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Sometimes this job is a real headache, and at other times, it's a lot of fun. This month was fun. Instead of searching for writers for the focus topic, PowerDesigner 8, I was able to quickly line up four solid PD8 articles plus the usual mixture of other topics. Why was it so easy? Excitement. A lot of people are excited about this new version and what it can do. Sybase has finally jumped into the object design arena with a solid effort, not to mention the entirely new code base and more powerful interface. Now you can have one tool for all your designs, from database to objects. That's enough to throw object designers into a frenzy and stir DBAs from their slumber. For an overview of new PD8 features see "Power Designer 8.0 Beta" (PBDJ, Vol. 8, issue 2). In this month's issue you'll find a message about PD8 directly from Sybase. Also, our focus article delves into O... (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)

Fat Pipes Boost Java Flow

At work, Lisa takes advantage of her employer's dedicated T-3 to quickly access live NASDAQ quotes via a Java applet stock ticker. She spends each day alternating between development work and day trading. Soon to be rich, she dreams of early retirement and a life filled with leisure activities and day trading at home. Back at home her lack of patience and 56K connection make day trading a painfully slow torture. Java and 56K aren't meant to be together. Unfortunately, most of the 50 million regular Internet users worldwide are ecstatic if they can even achieve 56K. High-speed co... (more)

TechWave 2000

This year's TechWave was a marked improvement over the last few years. Overall I'd have to say that 1994 and 1995 were the best Sybase Tools conferences ever. Since then their value to me has declined, though they were still worth the time and money. The two areas in which I've been disappointed in past years were the technical sessions and Sybase's inability to communicate their vision. TechWave 2000 contrasted sharply. Sessions Most markedly, in 1997 and 1998, rather than having a good mix of beginner to advanced topics, I found the sessions to be too basic, though undoubtedly ... (more)

Feedback Loop

I recently received feedback from a reader regarding the content and direction of PBDJ. He was concerned that the number of articles on PowerBuilder client/server was decreasing. He is correct. As I've noted in past editorials, our content covers all of EAStudio and focuses on new features and uses for PowerBuilder. That means there's an emphasis on n-tier development with many articles on EAServer, PowerJ, and distributed development concepts. We know there are many PowerBuilder developers who aren't yet doing distributed development; our goal is to publish articles in each iss... (more)