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Though I spend most of my time consulting on software systems, I also have the pleasure of teaching a variety of courses on Sybase Tools. As a Certified Sybase Instructor, I was able to attend a recent conference in Santa Fe that Sybase put on for its instructors. While there, I sat in on a Java course taught by Yakov Werde. Yakov is a very talented teacher, skilled in communication and humor. It's a good mix. I always enjoy the opportunity to learn from him. Recently, we had the opportunity to speak about his job and get a small glimpse of Yakov after hours. Olson: Briefly tell the readers about your position and what your responsibilities are with Sybase Education. Werde: Formally, John, I wear the title of principal tools instructor for Northeast Education. Informally, the job has me acting like a college professor, but without the black robes of academia. I'm "... (more)

Live Editing Jaguar Components - Helpful but Dangerous

Live Editing is a feature specific to Jaguar components. When enabled, it causes a component to be deployed automatically to Jaguar whenever that object is saved in the User Object Painter. When it's not enabled, the developer must manually deploy the object to the Jaguar server by executing a Jaguar Component Generator Project. Live Editing automates the step that deploys the updated component version to the Jaguar server when the component is changed in PowerBuilder. While this feature can relieve developers of the extra step of component deployment each time a change is made, ... (more)

Predictions Or Statements Of The Obvious

Another year has quickly passed and once again we'll take a moment to look at how my predictions for the year fared. Last January I predicted the following five things: Over the next three years high-speed data access will dramatically change the face of the Internet. Many Java and Web development tools will stop being produced, while a few tools will rise above the fray to take control of the market. Most Sybase tools customers will actually start developing distributed and Web applications. Many Sybase tools customers will bypass PB7 and migrate directly to PB8. A flood of new ... (more)

A Nose For The Essentials, Interview with Yakov Werde

Though I spend most of my time consulting on software systems, I also have the pleasure of teaching a variety of courses on Sybase Tools. As a Certified Sybase Instructor, I was able to attend a recent conference in Santa Fe that Sybase put on for its instructors. While there, I sat in on a Java course taught by Yakov Werde. Yakov is a very talented teacher, skilled in communication and humor. It's a good mix. I always enjoy the opportunity to learn from him. Recently, we had the opportunity to speak about his job and get a small glimpse of Yakov after hours. Olson: Briefly tel... (more)

Quite an Arsenal !

Technology is changing fast, and PowerBuilder is changing with it. Back when I was coding with PowerBuilder 2, HTML was still on the drawing board, and open application servers, XML, and other contemporary technologies hadn't even been thought of. Sybase's flagship development tool has changed a lot since then. If you pulled an early PB developer out of cryonic freeze, he or she wouldn't even recognize it. Did you know that PB can already be used to develop Web services? And soon you'll be able to easily generate XML from DataWindows and even import it? PowerBuilder 9 is just aro... (more)