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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 allows automatic "bubble" help to appear during a mouse hover. Just to be on the safe side, I selected the F1 key on my laptop inside of PocketBuilder and checked out the ShowPopupHelp ( ) and SetMicroHelp ( ) commands. Guess what..."Not supported." Okay...I knew that! However, being a stubb... (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)

PowerBuilder History - How Did It Evolve?

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)

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)

Visual Expert 5.7 - Released!

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)