Many terms are born out of reality, based on observable evidence. When I hear
the term silent majority I think of a large crowd of people, sharing some
commonality, moving along peacefully without fanfare or press coverage. Maybe
the commonality is a belief, like a religious or moral conviction, or maybe
it's immutable, like race or gender. Occasionally, one in the group will
speak out, saying something that resonates with the crowd. They nod in
agreement, yet remain quiet, silent in support. That one becomes an
involuntary spokesperson for thousands just because he or she had the courage
to speak up. Studies have shown that for a particular demography each person
who speaks out actually represents a large number of people, usually in the
thousands, though the estimation varies greatly.
Frankly, I don't get a lot of concrete feedback about PBDJ. Sure, at
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)
Once again Sybase's annual conference is quickly approaching. TechWave 2000
will be held at the location most popular among past attendees, Disney
World's Swan and Dolphin hotels, from July 30 through August 3. Following the
precedent set last year, this year's TechWave will cover all of Sybase's
products rather than just the development tools, which was the standard until
The theme of this year's conference, "e-nabling your future," is reflected in
a heavy Web development/e-commerce emphasis in the sessions being offered.
Certainly that's where the excitement is in t... (more)
My goal in this article is to raise your awareness of the products available
and give you enough information to go on if you choose to investigate them.
I'll also discuss some of the main issues involved in searching for and
selecting off-the-shelf products. Finally, this article ends by listing a few
dozen products you should find useful.
What's Out There?
Often the only products that are well known are the ones for which large
amounts are spent on advertising, which often translates into a high-price
tag. It's a paradox of capitalism. For a company to get its product noticed,
I first began attending the annual PowerBuilder conferences back in 1994 when
PowerBuilder was a new and revolutionary development tool. TechWave 2003 will
be my 10th annual PowerBuilder conference, which makes me feel a bit old. We
still have the DataWindow and PowerScript, otherwise PowerBuilder doesn't
look the same as it did 10 years ago. Though I often look forward to TechWave
for big announcements, the future of PB is already well known because Dave
Fish and John Strano described the plan in detail at the PowerBuilder
Roadshow I attended a few months ago. I'm sure that same... (more)