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A few years ago Brian Wesselink took over as director of Sybase's North America Education. Brian received a B.S. in mathematics from Central College in Iowa in 1969 and a Ph.D. in mathematics from Florida State University in 1973. He was an associate professor of mathematics and computer science at the College of Charleston until 1983, at which time he joined Wang Laboratories, holding various management positions within customer education. He joined the customer education organization at Sybase in 1995, and became its director in 1999. I recently had the opportunity to speak with him. Olson: How did you become the director of education for Sybase? Wesselink: I joined the Sybase education organization about six years ago after managing the customer education organization for Wang Laboratories for 12 years. After holding several education management positions at Sybas... (more)

XML - the Universal Language of Business

I barely mentioned TechWave in my editorial last month, "Let Me Introduce You to ISUG" (PBDJ, Vol. 9, issue 9), though it was fresh in everyone's minds. Instead, I focused on ISUG and its value to the Sybase customer community. I hope you read Jerry Neppl's TechWave review in that issue. If you missed it, read it now online at www.sys-con.com. This month I want to return to the topic of TechWave. First, it was a great conference. There are so many new and exciting features coming in EAStudio and EAServer that it was impossible to attend all the sessions dedicated to them. Of cou... (more)

PB9 En Route

The availability of PowerBuilder 9 was announced March 4 and the release was made available March 24. If you have an upgrade subscription or have prepurchased a copy, then you've probably already received it by the time you read this. I have the beta version, but haven't yet received the official final copy, though I'm currently watching my mailbox in hopeful anticipation of an imminent delivery. When I receive it, I'll put it to good use right away. I don't know what you're doing with PowerBuilder, but for what I'm doing, the new PB9 features are great! Allow me to put on my cl... (more)

What's Coming Up in This New Year

Wow, 2000! I remember back in the '70s when I was a teenager thinking about the year 2000. It was so far away. I was sure the world would be radically different, plus I'd be such an old man. Well, I'm older, though not yet an old man. And the world has changed, but not as drastically as sci-fi movies and shows had led me to believe. Technology has made incredible advances. One dramatic example is that the U.S. government-sponsored Human Genome Project expects to finish mapping the entire human gene structures by the end of the year. Not too long ago that task was considered impos... (more)

The Evolution Continues?

Another TechWave issue? You bet! In addition to our content changing to flow with the currents of technology, our schedule is also changing. We've been moving up the schedule each month with the goal of getting on the magazine racks by the first of the month rather than the middle, which has been the case for quite some time. The July issue was going to be the TechWave issue because we hadn't anticipated having the August issue ready by July 30. After getting July out earlier than expected, we went full speed ahead on this issue and I'm now proud to say we're back on schedule. Bo... (more)