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I have been asked many times by various clients, students, and the IT curious about PowerBuilder: When did Sybase develop the product and how did it evolve? I keep telling this story and answering e-mails on the subject. I am now to the point where I have decided that I should have PBDJ formally publish this story for posterity. This story is solely from my own personal perspective and I'm sure that I may have a somewhat distorted view of time and space (which keeps getting worse at my age). But anyway, here is a perspective of how life (as a DataWindow) began. Episode I - The Phantom Product In a galaxy, far, far away... before Sybase... PowerBuilder was developed as a prototype by Cullinet Database Systems of Boston. Cullinet was the developer of the IDMS DBMS and ADS-Online (Application Development System). IDMS was originally developed by BF Goodrich, the tire co... (more)

Software Tool & Die Inc Releases a New Update for Their STDFCPK

Software Tool & Die (my company) is pleased to announce that they have released an update to their STD Foundation Classes for PocketBuilder (PK). This latest release of the framework complements PocketBuilder release 2.5.2 build 1273. The Foundation Classes are located on the Source Forge web site and also include the sample OrderEntry application built from the same framework.   To download the STD Foundation Classes for PK 2.5.2 build 1273 and the example OrderEntry application  - click here .   Here is a summary of the latest new and revised features of this FC release: 1) ... (more)

PowerBuilder 12 Webinar

** Hot News **     On May 26, 2010, Sybase along with the International Sybase User Group (ISUG) hosted a webinar on PowerBulder 12. The guest presenter was Mr. Dave Fish from Sybase Engineering. For those people who could not attened the original webcast or those who did and would like to review the information again - the good news is that the webinar was recorded and is now avaialble for playback!   To review the slides and hear Dave's great presenation click here on "PowerBuilder 12 ROCKS .NET".   For those who missed the original webinar, the above recording will take y... (more)

SAP Withdraws PowerBuilder 15 and Releases 12.6 Instead!

** Hot News **SAP withdraws PowerBuilder 15!   In a surprise move this week, SAP cancelled the much anticipated PowerBuilder 15 release and released instead PowerBuilder version 12.6. The product announcement was made by PB product manager Sue Dunnell on the SAP website (click here).   The new features of PB 12.6 are mainly focused on PowerBuilder Classic. Highlights include: support for OData; 64 bit compilation (note that the IDE is still 32 bit); and Dockable Windows. Due to the limited new feature list, speculation in the PB Community is that SAP decided not to release PB 15 as... (more)

PowerBuilder Feature Story: "Context-Sensitive Help"

The Las Vegas heat must have gotten to me as I started a new PocketBuilder application and wanted to encompass some of the "context sensitive" help features that I have previously used in a PowerBuilder application. I knew that this was not going to be easy, as the Pocket PC operating system does not support the (Multiple Document Interface) behavior. As a result, neither the Micro-Help bar nor pop-up help (also known as "bubble help") are available as they would be in a standard PowerBuilder application. PowerBuilder developers also use a nice feature named "PowerTipText" that ... (more)