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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 conference... (more)

PowerBuilder and TechWave 2002

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)

A Heads-Up on TechWave

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 last year. 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)

Third-Party Products

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, ... (more)

Pocket PowerBuilder and TechWave

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)