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My forecasts for the future of Sybase have been through a renaissance. More than an evolution, they've been reborn. In last month's PBDJ (Vol. 7, issue 9) my editorial, as well as my TechWave review article, recounted what John Chen and Raj Nathan had to say about the past and future of Sybase. The vision itself wasn't new to me; it had been conveyed very clearly by Eric Miles in an interview I did in November 1998. I hadn't bought into the vision because I didn't see any concrete evidence that it was culminating in Sybase taking leadership positions in existing and new markets. My 'wait and see' approach had landed me in the skeptic's camp. I privately held the opinion that Chen's sole purpose as CEO was to return Sybase to short-term profitability to boost the perceived value of the company so it could be broken up and sold in pieces. That seemed to be supported ... (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)

n_ds DataStore Coupled to Parent Window in PFC 6.0+

Last year, after migrating a client's application from PFC 5.0.02 to 6.5, then applying some enhancements to take advantage of new features, the program began giving the following PFC error message: "For certain functionality the PFC DataStore requires a reference to its parent window. One of these cases has been encountered. To let the DataStore know who its parent window is, call the of_SetParentWindow() function after the DataStore creation." At first I was disturbed that the PFC developers had coupled the DataStore to a parent object. And worse, not only a parent object, but... (more)

PowerDesigner: Neck and Neck with the Competition,

Though PowerDesigner 7 was released a few months ago, not many people are aware that it's much more feature-rich than past versions. Sybase has been pushing hard to get the word out that PD7 is a great product, but it's getting only mediocre media coverage. We haven't even mentioned it yet in this magazine, so I'm going to focus on it now. First, a little history... Back in 1994, Powersoft was looking to broaden its toolset by adding relational design capabilities, a database and various other components needed for full-cycle development. Rather than taking years to build them f... (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)