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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)

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)

SqlXtract - PowerBuilder Version 9 Through 11.5.1

PBDJ Blog Post Software Tool & Die Inc. is pleased to announce that it has uploaded newer versions of its SQLExtract Utility to STD's SourceForge open source server. The new versions are for PowerBuilder 11.2, and 11.5.1. STD has also uploaded versions of SQLXtract for PB 9.0.3 and 10.2.1 to SourceForge as well that were previously housed on Sybase's CodeXchange system. The SQLXtract utility can be downloaded from STD's development area on SourceForge (click here).   This utility was developed with the anticipation that many PowerBuilder sites use Sybase’s DataWindow technology t... (more)

Appeon 2013 - Product Release

** SUPER Hot News ** Appeon Announces General Availability of Appeon Mobile Hong Kong - May 3, 2013 – Appeon® Corporation today announced the general availability of Appeon Mobile, the first cross-OS native-technology MEAP (mobile enterprise application platform) for SAP developers.  Appeon Mobile works with most SAP technology infrastructure products, including SAP PowerBuilder, NetWeaver, Afaria, SQL Anywhere, Adaptive Server Enterprise, IQ and HANA.  Unlike typical MEAP, Appeon Mobile is powered by native technology that delivers the best performance, memory management, applicat... (more)

The Lost Art of Performance

I have been spending a lot of time at a particular client of mine lately addressing stability and performance issues on a particular Web-based PowerBuilder application. After identifying many issues with the application system, I'm pleased to report an exponential gain in both the stability and, in particular, identified performance. This started me thinking about the various projects that I have been working on over the past five years - with a subsequent amount of the same issues as the ones I have just been addressing. Many of my friends and fellow developers using similar ap... (more)