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If you're a regular reader you've probably noticed the recent evolution of this magazine from focusing specifically on PowerBuilder to covering the several tools included in EAStudio as well as the Enterprise Application Server. Though still called PowerBuilder Developer's Journal, this magazine now also has a subtitle: Enterprise Application Studio. While proud of our long history of cutting-edge PowerBuilder articles, we recognize that, as a lone software development tool, PB doesn't generate the interest it used to. Nearly 10 years after the first release of PowerBuilder, this once red-hot industry has matured. Though there are still hundreds of thousands of PB developers and millions of PB applications - ensuring that PowerBuilder itself will be popular and heavily used for many years to come - the market for PB training and education is declining. The mission... (more)

TechWave 2000

Each year the Sybase conference gives me a good excuse to visit friends in Florida, catch some rays, go to amusement parks and take a break from my clients. I usually arrive on Friday or Saturday and stay until the following Sunday. That's nine days for a four-day conference; plenty of time to enjoy my former stomping grounds. However, during the four days of the conference I'm all business...sort of. You might find me at Jelly's Piano Bar or in one of the many restaurants - but even those times are meant for networking. The rest of the time I'll be taking advantage of this once-... (more)

Enterprise Application Framework

Client/server is fading, supplanted by distributed architectures and Web clients; the new generation of architecture is here to stay. Fortunately, the latest generation of client/server object designs prepared developers and code for the transition to a distributed environment. Along with the new architecture, however, comes a need for framework and service objects designed for this environment. The PFC isn't appropriate because it's too fat. To fill the void many companies have built their own, but there haven't been any widely distributed libraries of this type. This may now b... (more)


That's the latest incarnation of our favorite tools: EAServer and EAStudio. Rumors and ruminations of release dates have been quietly circulating for quite some time. No official dates have been announced, but I expect to hear something soon. All the way back in August, at TechWave 2000, Sybase made public that PB8 would continue to be the cornerstone of EAStudio, that it would have better integration with EAServer (PB7 is already very well integrated), that PowerSite would be integrated into it (that means support for HTML and JavaScript within PB!), and that it would be based o... (more)

What We Do Next

Once again events have occurred that take the focus off our day-to-day activities and remind us of our mortality. Facing death, or the deaths of family, colleagues, or friends, always makes for a potent wake-up call. It shakes us out of our routine and reminds us that life is bigger than our current project. Unfortunately, it often requires a serious event to cause us to step back and survey our lives...or the wreckage of what's left of our lives. Usually the wreckage comes in the form of divorce, irreparable relationships, and poor health. Sometimes overworking is a means of esc... (more)