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The Novalys company has just launched a new version of Visual Expert, a tool that automates impact analysis, generates source code documentation and checks code quality.  The new Visual Expert version 5.7 analyzes both PowerBuilder and related Stored Procedure code (Sybase ASE, Oracle and Microsoft SQLServer DBMS's are supported). This version also now supports the soon to be released PowerBuilder 11! The new VisualExpert version comes with several new features such as exporting a result into an Excel file, an extremely fast string search (covering both PB and DB code), and much more… You can read about all the new features on the Visual Expert web site. For this occasion, Novalys is offering a three-month license. Link to this page to get it. ... (more)

Sybase Is Releasing PowerBuilder 10.5

Sybase Is Releasing PowerBuilder 10.5 Please take note that Sybase will be releasing a new version of it's "premier" development tool for MS-Windows .. PowerBuilder version 10.5! The release date is March the 15th, 2006. This new release will include these major new features (amoung others): OverView PowerBuilder Controls: · DatePicker control · DropDownCalendar property for EditMask controls · DateSelected event for the MonthCalendar control · Rich Text enhancements Language Enhancements: . Importing PowerBuilder extensions · 30 digit Decimal datatype support · Byte datatype support Da... (more)

PBDJ Cover Story — Why Upgrade to PB11?

Why upgrade to PowerBuilder 11? Here are some interesting and compelling reasons in my opinion... First, before we even get into the PowerBuilder details, PB 11 will be shipping with the new SQL Anywhere version 10 DBMS. This newest release is "jam-packed" with over 200 new features and performance improvements so this DBMS engine will rival the big guys like Oracle, DB/2, SS2005 - but at a fraction of the price. What caught my eye were features like table encryption, column compression, reduced locking overhead, parallel queries, improved BLOB indexing, failover/mirroring, .NET... (more)

PowerBuilder 11.2 Released: Sybase's Flagship IDE

Chris Pollach's Blog Sybase has released the production version of its flagship .NET development tool - PowerBuilder version 11.2. This latest release of its premier IDE for RAD includes not only standard fixes but also a good list of new features. Here is the "Coles Notes" version of these new features ...AJAX functionality for Web Forms applications introduces AJAX (Asynchronous JavaScript and XML) update functionality for Web Forms applications. With ASP.NET AJAX, the page is updated by refreshing individual regions of the page asynchronously. Telerik RadControls supported Power... (more)

An Updated History of PowerBuilder

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 P... (more)