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When you start to develop mission-critical business applications using your favorite development tool, you should seriously consider iAnywhere's SQL Anywhere database management system to support the data management requirements. The iAnywhere company is a subsidiary of Sybase. In the middle 1990s, Sybase acquired along with Powersoft's PowerBuilder product a company from Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, known as Watcom. The company had many products, but was also internationally recognized with the best small footprint and performance DBMS engine then called Watcom SQL. Sybase renamed the "little engine that could" to SQL Anywhere, as it now supported a wide variety of operating system platforms while also venturing into the handheld (PDA) and smartphone device arena as well. For this article I will focus on SQL Anywhere version 10 and PowerBuilder 11.0. Some of the fea... (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)

PBDJ Blogger Chris Pollach Reaches 150,000 Reader Mark

Chris Pollach's Blog I just wanted to acknowledge the tremendous increase in the amount of Blog activity that I have received over the past year. I think (and hope) that this is because many Sybase professionals out there have come to visit my site for latest information on the Sybase scene. Since I started my Blog in August of 2005 I have seen a steady increase in unique visits to my site. This whole Blog experience of course is Reed Shilt's fault. Reed is the development manager for PocketBuilder and started the whole thing off by opening his own Blog within PBDJ, then sending ... (more)

A Technology Leap for PowerBuilder Developers

Sybase has just released the latest version of its premier .NET development tool in PowerBuilder version 11.2. I am proud to say that I haven’t missed a beta since November 1989 (version 0.8) and that includes PocketBuilder and InfoMaker too. I need to thank the people at Sybase for continuing to let me test drive their new code. I must either be a good tester or someone who loves being a guinea pig...maybe I can get a TV show – but that slot might be taken. I just tell people I love punishment and hey, what else is there to do in Canada in winter, especially this year here in Ot... (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)