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Another year, another conference. The Sybase conference is like clockwork. You can set your calendar by it. Sure, it moves around some, but it's always there. A guaranteed week of "vacation" away from my clients. Hard-core development replaced by sun, fun, and lots of elbow rubbing. It's always enjoyable, even though my levels of excitement and interest in the conferences may vary. Some are great, some are hot. And some are not. Last year was okay, but there wasn't a whole lot to be excited about. Being a Sybase tools aficionado, I get excited by new releases, new features, new announcements. This year, the planets have aligned, and solar activity is at its height: the four major Sybase tools products each have a major new release! Yes, I'd say the excitement level will be very high this year. Sybase announced the general availability of PowerBuilder 8 on June 12 and ... (more)

Running a Tight Ship, an Interview with Brian Wesselink

A few years ago Brian Wesselink took over as director of Sybase's North America Education. Brian received a B.S. in mathematics from Central College in Iowa in 1969 and a Ph.D. in mathematics from Florida State University in 1973. He was an associate professor of mathematics and computer science at the College of Charleston until 1983, at which time he joined Wang Laboratories, holding various management positions within customer education. He joined the customer education organization at Sybase in 1995, and became its director in 1999. I recently had the opportunity to speak wi... (more)

New Life for a Product and an Economy

Can Sybase breath new life into PowerJ? We'll know soon. Next month PowerJ 4.0 will be released. It will contain many new features and promises to be more stable than prior versions. Though the new features will be welcome, it's more important that the features already there can be trusted to work as they are intended to. That's my main hope. PowerJ never received the acceptance Sybase hoped it would when they first envisioned the product in the mid- to late-'90s. PowerJ was targeted at Java client development, and its features were heavily weighted toward GUI building. It was, ... (more)

PowerBuilder and TechWave 2002

For Sybase TechWave 2002 at the San Diego Convention Center, the PowerBuilder team has been getting ready to show off some of the next-generation capabilities currently under development for PowerBuilder 9.0. They've been busy developing Web, distributed, and client/server capabilities that will further your development needs. These new features are an indication of the brighter future that's in store for PowerBuilder as we move forward with its evolution. If you're at TechWave, be sure to swing by the PowerBuilder booth or Technology Boardwalk area in the exhibition hall to see ... (more)

Advanced WebDW HTML Generation

Okay, so I've been promoting the inclusion of PB client/server articles, yet here I am writing about the Web DataWindow. Don't stop reading! This article applies to all PB developers, whether n-tier or client/server. That said, I now have to prove that this article is important to client/server developers.... Here's my angle: HTML has become a standard beyond Web development. People doing work unrelated to the Web, even nonprogrammers, need to learn the basics of HTML. Here's an example: I'm a consultant and I invoice my customers using QuickBooks. When I generate my invoices I ... (more)