Welcome!

PowerBuilder, Appeon, SQLAnywhere, ASE, EAServer and .Net

Chris Pollach

Subscribe to Chris Pollach: eMailAlertsEmail Alerts
Get Chris Pollach via: homepageHomepage mobileMobile rssRSS facebookFacebook twitterTwitter linkedinLinkedIn


Blog Feed Post

PB 2017 - Web Service PDF Generation



** Hot News **
Web Service PDF Generation
(Web Service In-A-Box)
   Software Tool & Die Inc. are pleased to announce the early release of their next Web Service "In-A-Box" series of turn key reusable components. This Web Service facilitates the generation of PDF files in the middle tier using either PB 2017 NativePDF, a 3rd party solution (ie: Amyuni) or a PostScript printer (ie: GhostScript open source) software solution.
  
  The current problem with the PowerBuilder Classic PDF implementation is that the PB application needs to quite often install & configure the external software or license 3rd party software on every PC where a PB application resides. This may also includes configuring a PostScript printer as well. A very tedious task for a few PC's, let alone when 100's or even 1,000's of PC's are concerned.

 
 
   The STD PDF Web Service negates the MS-Windows PC Client install & configuration by isolating the PDF generation software to an IIs application server. The Web Service component utilizes the frameworks PowerShell (aka Command Shell) interface to execute PDF Generation and Storage of the PDF file(s) on an accompanying Web Server. The native, web or mobile application can then make a simple URL request for the PDF file when its ready. The URL request will in turn render the PDF file within the client's local web browser.
  
   The current Web Service prototype renders the PDF file to the Web Server but, you could adapt the basic code to save the PDF file in a database table, FTP it to the client, etc just to name a few other alternatives. The PDF Web Service leverages the STD Web Serviceframework to enable the PDF generation. The example PB & Appeon Web/Mobile application utilizes the STD Integrated framework to call the PDF Web Service and then render the generated PDF file in the client's local web browser.
  You can download the PDF Web service, example PB & Appeon Web/Mobile client application by clicking here!
 
Enjoy ... Chris

Read the original blog entry...

More Stories By Chris Pollach

Chris Pollach is a Senior Consultant with over 30 years experience in Systems and Software Analysis, Development, Maintenance and Technical Support, mainly in the areas of GUI Design, MS-Windows Programming, Java / .NET Programming, Wireless, Application / Web Server Design & Programming, Object Oriented Development Tools and Methodologies, Data Base, Data Communications and Network application development. He has participated in numerous technical, planning and management roles, as well as consulted and educated in these fields for a diverse clientele. He is also the owner of “Software Tool & Die Inc.” a company dedicated to provide custom software and education solutions on Object Oriented business systems.

As an educator, Chris is certified to teach PowerBuilder (first in Canada), MS-SQLServer, Sybase’s Enterprise Application Studio and EAServer integrated application/web development environment. He is former Certified SilverStream developer (CSSD) and current Certified PowerBuilder Developer – Associate / Professional (CPD-P) as well as a Certified Sybase Tools Instructor (CSI).

Chris has written numerous articles in various popular personal computer magazines, newsletters and is the author of the PowerGuide and PowerExpert products as well as the STD Foundation Classes. Currently, Chris has developed a Foundation Class library for Sybase's PocketBuilder, SAP's PowerBulder and EAServer products and now Appeon Web & mobile products that integrates JSP or ASP web development, Section 508 / CLF web standards and mobile applications. A new Web Service framework has also been released for IIs to support PowerBuilder based web service NVUO's!

Chris recently became a 2nd Degree Black in the TaeKwonDo martial art and has developed a Martial Art multimedia study guide using the Component-One “Doc2Help” and Sybase PowerBuilder products. Since the fall of 2004 he became a TaeKwonDo instructor for the City of Ottawa’s Goulbourn program. He has also been certified with the World TaeKwonDo Federation (February 2005 - 1st Dan and October 2008 - 2nd Dan).

Chris was awarded the Sybase “Innovation and Achievement” award for 2005 as voted for by the International Sybase User Group (ISUG). This award was presented for innovations to the PocketBuilder mobile development product, contributions to the PowerBuilder News groups and support of the Ottawa Sybase User Group.

To round his management and leadership skills, Chris is the former president of the Kiwanis Club of Goulbourn and still volunteers his time with the service clubs in his area. He is also the coordinator of the Ottawa Sybase User group and a certified NAUI scuba instructor. For the last three years, Chris has been voted onto the ISUG Board of Directors and holds the position of "Director - North American User Groups".