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New Integrated Foundation Classes (2017R3) Released!

** Hot News **

  New Integrated Foundation Classes (2017R3) Released!

 "THE" Appeon PowerBuilder & PowerServer framework!

(v2017.3.0.90 - December 10, 2017)
New Dockable Application Style!
    Software Tool & Die Inc (STD) are very pleased to announce that they have just released a new version 2017R3 (build 2017.3.0.90) of their Integrated Foundation Class library framework for PowerBuilder 2017MR01, PowerServer 2017 Web and PowerServer 2017 Mobile!
     STD are also super excited as this release represents one of most significant enhancements to the Integrated framework that really exposes the power of Appeon PowerBuilder 2017! The new framework combined with PB2017 really positions developers to take advantage of today's Agile and DevOps methodologies plus put a complete new GUI "punch" in your Native, Web and Mobile Apps.
   The following are some of the highlights of the new combined framework and Appeon PowerBuilder 2017 versions at work, as follows:

Application GUI

From this
To this (all native PB)


From basic to WOW!


From plain to Amazing!

Intelligent Drag & Drop

Just like in the Visual Studio IDE!

and Much, Much More!

  The latest Integrated framework version contains the following updates and has been tested with MS-Windows 10 O/S (Creator Edition), PB 2017 build #1681 and the PowerServer 2017 (build 1689). Testing inside of PB included Win32 (both P-code & M-code) and Win64 ( P-code) deployments. Testing inside of PowerServer Web & Mobile included latest Web Browsers, latest Apple Tablet/Smart Phone and Android Tablet/Smart Phone  deployments.

Note: All the STD frameworks are free and can be downloaded from its STD Foundation Classes SourceForge project website..

Release 2017.3.0.90 - Major Release (2017R3) - change highlights ...
  • Migration of entire framework from PB 2017 to PB 2017MR01.
  • Changed function fn_number_to_words_cheque to fn_number_to_words.
  • Added new variables for O/S version and build to nc_app_controller_master
  • Revisd the code to now retrieve & include O/S build & platform number in of_check_os_version
  • Changed the script to always write the App's bitness to the log in of_set_pb_environment_info
  • Added SetCapture() & ReleaseCapture() declarations for better mouse control    in nc_app_controller_master
  • Added of_is_64bit_os function to  nc_app_controller_master
  • Created a 64bit Structure for the support of 64bit App's in of_browse_for_folder of nc_app_controller_master
  • Removed deprecated code in of_write_event of nc_app_controller_master
  • Created new function of_is_64bit_app in nc_app_controller_master
  • Created new function of_is_64bit_processor in nc_app_controller_master
  • Created new function of_check_fc_version in nc_app_controller_master
  • Added ib_check_fc_version switch to check for STD Framework version at start-up in nc_app_controller_master
  • Added ii_keyboardtype for PB2017 Universal compliance in vs_dc_master
  • Added new variables for new PowerServer Mobile features in PB 2017 Universal in vs_em_master
  • Added recognition timer variable for PB2017 Universal compliance in vs_ip_master
  • Moved Hint Text support to oe_postconstructor in vs_sle_master
  • Revised the code to use of_sethinttext from the AWS object vs appeonextfuncs in vs_sle_master
  • Added ii_vertical variable for compatibility with PB 2017 Universal in vs_st_master
  • Revised mouse pointer handling in fn_print_screen
  • Created new fn_print_window global function
  • Added DataStore to collect Menu activity statistics in mu_master
  • Added GetMenuString() & GetMenuItemInfo() method for menu activity capture in nc_app_controller_master
  • Added code to fire the RowFocusChanged if row highlighting is in effect in vs_dc_list_master
  • Added the ability to show a print dialogue in in vs_dc_master
  • Revised the code to print more effectively under W10 and also with Cancel dialogue in wn_master
  • Added new oe_print_screen event in wn_master
  • Added code to fire the "oe_preDestructor" menu event in wn_master
  • Removed the "pc_icon" & "st_msg" controls as the DWO now handles this in wn_messagebox_master
  • Revised default control properties for PB2017MR01 optimization vs_rte_master
  • Revised to allow the TXT file to created dynamically via DWO's default primary buffer in wn_tracing_options_master
  • Moved the code from the Constructor to the Post Constructor of the DC in wn_tracing_options_master
  • Revised to allow the TXT file to created dynamically via DWO's default primary buffer in wn_tracing_options_master
  • Revised code to mark the window as now being used as an MDI Sheet in fn_open_sheet_window
  • Added code to indicate that the window was opened as a Sheet (MDI Child) in fn_open_sheet_window_withparm
  • Added code to record the fact that the user clicked this enu item in mu_application_master
  • Added menu and menu item pointers in mu_master
  • Added new function of_set_controller_window_class to nc_app_controller_master
  • Over-Rode the Ancestor to stop annoying messages in wn_log_viewer_master
  • Added new of_get_document_state function in wn_main_master
  • Added new of_get_tabgroup_state function in wn_main_master
  • Added new of_get_docked_state function in wn_main_master
  • Added new of_set_docked_state function in wn_main_master
  • Added new of_set_document_state function in wn_main_master
  • Added new of_set_sheet_state function in wn_main_master
  • Added new of_set_tabgroup_state function in wn_main_master
  • Added new of_get_sheet_open_state function in wn_main_master
  • Added new of_get_window_open_type function in wn_main_master
  • Added code to set the open state tracking indicator    in fn_open_sheet_as_document
  • Added code to set the Document state indicator in fn_open_sheet_docked
  • Added code to set the TabGroup state indicator in fn_open_sheet_in_tabggroup
  • Added code to set the document state indicator in fn_open_sheet_withparm_as_document
  • Added code to set the Docked state indicator in fn_open_sheet_withparm_docked
  • Added code to set the Tab Group state indicator in fn_open_sheet_withparm_in_tabggroup

Debug Tracing

Debugging & tracing options increased from 21 to 130!

    The OrderEntry example application has also been updated to the new Integrated Foundation class framework version. You can download the example application from here. Also, check out the online "getting started" video series to accelerate your assimilation of the best framework for PowerBuilder & PowerServer!

   STD would also like to thank Novalys Corporation for their support of the Foundation Classes by supplying the VisualExpert product for the framework's documentation.


Regards ... Chris

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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".