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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

PDBJ Magazine - End of Life

** End of an ERA **



  I just wanted to formerly acknowledge the end of a great PowerBuilder Community resource ... the PowerBuilder Developers Journal magazine. In case you had not noticed, the last publication of the magazine was on March 6, 2013. Also, online digital editions had ceased to be updated since the end of 2009. As of late, you can not subscribe to the PBDJ magazine either - only various the Syscon news letters.

   Just to make sure, I tried to contact my PBDJ editor Nancy Valentine and then to be even more pragmatic emailed the VP sales, subscriptions, etc contacts as well. All of these contacts are published on the Syscon website but the emails were returned as undeliverable. From there, I went to the Utilizer website and tried to contact them as Utilizer now controls Syscon. The final response I received from them is that the PBDJ Magazine was no longer but the PBDJ web portal was still running.

  The PDBJ web portal does still accept articles written by Utilizer authors and verified RSS feeds like the one I have from this blog to PBDJ. This means that you can still publish to the PBDJ web portal using either of these mechanisms. Looking the PBDJ website though ( http://pbdj.sys-con.com ) most of the current articles are actually from my blog transferred over to PBDJ via my automatic RSS feed. So not much new content related to PB seems to be evident these days.

  I would also really like to thank Bruce Armstrong for all his years of service to the PBDJ
Magazine as it's editor and also for writing many great PowerBuilder articles loaded with great technical information.

Unfortunately, with the demise of the PBDJ magazine, the whole PB community has lost another great resource in the PB Ecosystem!


Regards ... Chris

 
  

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

SAP Withdraws PowerBuilder 15 and Releases 12.6 Instead!

** Hot News **
SAP withdraws PowerBuilder 15!

  In a surprise move this week, SAP cancelled the much anticipated PowerBuilder 15 release and released instead PowerBuilder version 12.6. The product announcement was made by PB product manager Sue Dunnell on the SAP website (click here).

  The new features of PB 12.6 are mainly focused on PowerBuilder Classic. Highlights include: support for OData; 64 bit compilation (note that the IDE is still 32 bit); and Dockable Windows. Due to the limited new feature list, speculation in the PB Community is that SAP decided not to release PB 15 as this would be an embarrassment after nearly 4 years since PB 12.5 was released.

  SAP currently has no solid road-map for PB 15 and the last update for this was in 2011. So it is unclear where SAP will take PB in the future - especially given PB.Net`s lackluster adoption in the market place.

  The only real bright spot in the PB community is the Appeon Web and Appeon Mobile products produced by Appeon Corporation. These products support PowerBuilder versions 8 through now 12.6. In the highly wanted modernization arena, Appeon certainly delivers the future now for the PB developer.

Regards ... Chris


Friday, August 8, 2014

Free ASE & IQ Software

** Hot Tip **

Free Developers Edition of either SAP Sybase ASE or IQ!


ASE


   The developer's edition has most license options enabled, but only restricted with a light limit of 25 user connections and may not be used for production purposes. When you're running ASE on Linux you won't be able to run it on older versions of Linux such as RedHat 7.x - you really need to run RH Enterprise Linux (or similar).

   The free Developer's Edition for ASE 16.0 can be downloaded here (available on all supported ASE platforms).

IQ

   A free Express Edition of IQ 16.0 for Linux/Intel and Windows (all 64-bit only) can be downloaded here. The IQ Express Edition is limited to 5 Gb of data space and most (but not all) IQ options are included.

=> There is no time limit with these versions of ASE or IQ

Enjoy!

Regards ... Chris

Monday, August 4, 2014

Appeon 2015 beta - New Release Highlights

** Very HOT news **

Appeon 2015 To Be Released this September!

 


   Appeon corporation announced the other day that their new Appeon 2015 production version should be shipping this September 2014. To prove how close they are to this release, Appeon has opened up a Beta program to anyone interested around the new software last week (July 28, 2014). This new release has some very key new features ...

What's New in 2015 Beta

Web Features

    Multiple Web Browser Compatibility
  • In addition to Microsoft Internet Explorer, now Appeon Web application can also run in the following Web browsers: Google Chrome, Apple Safari, Mozilla Firefox, Opera. on the Windows platform.
Clockwise, starting at the top right - the SALES PowerBuilder application webified by Appeon2015 and running in the latest releases of: Safari; Chrome; Opera and FireFox web browsers!

Here is an actual test I performed on my Appeon Beta test PC!



    Appeon Debugger
  •     Appeon Debugger now supports IE 6 thru 11 (both 32-bit & 64-bit).
    Appeon Server open interface enhancements
  •     More Appeon Server APIs are added to facilitate the managements of user sessions.
    PB features
  •     DDCalendar property for the DataWindow Column control is supported.
  •     MERGE statement for dynamic SQL is supported.

Mobile Features


    WebView APIs
  • The WebView object is added to the Appeon Workarounds PBL to allow developers to load the HTML page and/or run JavaScript in their mobile applications.
    DataWindow resize
  • The Appeon Resize PBL has been enhanced to automatically resize the controls in the DataWindow object.
    Appeon Server open interface enhancements
  • More Appeon Server APIs are added to facilitate the managements of user sessions.
    Other API enhancements
  • NFC APIs can handle errors gracefully.
  • Notification APIs can add title to notification on the Android device.
    PB features
  • MERGE statement for dynamic SQL is supported.


http://www.appeon.com/form/form.php?mid=15




Regards ... Chris

Sunday, August 3, 2014

AIRMAN on the Amazon Cloud via APPEON

** Hot News **

Airman on Amazon


Airman running on my actual iPhone.

     Wow, did I ever have a great weekend! I was able to help out a friend of mine Greg Winfield who owns Volairus - the home of the famous AIRMAN PowerBuilder application. You might remember in the days of PocketBuilder, the first production application built with this tool was the Airman Mobile system deployed to NewYork city's LaGuardia Airport. I was the person who built that first PocketPC mobile application for Greg.

  However, my pleasure this weekend was to allocate an E2.Medium Amazon Cloud space and load it with the Sybase SQL Anywhere database engine and the Appeon2013R2 web and mobile software that webifies and/or mobilizes almost any PowerBuilder based application. In this, I used Greg's AIRMAN application that is installed in many airports around North America.

Deploying AIRMAN in the Amazon Cloud using Remote Desktop.


  The first stage was to get Greg's application and configure it to work on my development machine. From there, I deployed this to my local Appeon Server and unit tested the application under the IE web browser. Once that ran clean, I used Appon's "application packager" to create an MSI installation file - which I uploaded to the Amazon E2 machine.

  Once the MSI from the Appeon packager is copied to the target Appeon Server machine, all I had to do was run the MSI to deploy the application and configure a database connection in Appeon to the SQL Anywhere based Airman database (although Airman works with SQL Server, ASE, Oracle, etc). After that, the application started up first time and ran perfectly in the Internet Explorer web browser!

AIRMAN running from the Cloud in my IE web browser.

  The next step was to point my Appeon WorkSpace application on the iPhone and iPad to the Amazon based Appeon Server cloud machine. After that, the native compiled iOS Airman application was downloaded to these Apple devices and the AIRMAN application ran perfectly these as well.
Actual Amazon based AIRMAN application running on my iPad.

 The final test was to fire up my Samsung tablet and the Appeon WorkSpace application and point this to the Amazon Cloud E2 machine. Once that was done, again the Airman application came alive on this super Android device and ran perfectly the 1st time!

The Android version of AIRMAN on my Nexus10 tablet a la Amazon Cloud & Appeon!

 All in all, an out standing weekend with Appeon, Amazon, SA, and the AIRMAN application with only a few hours of work. Watch out Cloud ... Appeon is bringing you its PowerBuilder applications as easy as 1-2-3!



Regards ... Chris

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Reporting Studio for PowerBuilder

** Hot News **

Reporting Studio

Reporting Studio Positioning 

    Novalys will soon be launching the first version of Reporting Studio.Unlike InfoMaker or Crystal Reports, this tool does not require any SQL skills to create a report.Business users can add new reports themselves, and even deploy them to web and mobile users!You can tightly integrate it with your PowerBuilder code, or use it as a standalone application.

   Novalys needs your help to make the User experience as smooth as possible.If you are Interested in joining this innovative adventure, please Sign-up here for the BETA!

Regards ... Chris

Monday, July 14, 2014

SCN - PB Discrimination

Discriminating Against the PowerBuilder Community

What the %$^#* is SAP's doing?



  It has been an ever frustrating set of events for the PowerBuilder Community and ever saddening state of affairs since SAP took over Sybase and transferred the News Groups and moved the PB community over to their SAP Community Network (SCN) system! I say this because the SCN moderators have consistently suppressed key & useful information about the PowerBuilder product. I say this from first hand experience and in talking with other SCN users in the PowerBuilder Developer Centre section of SCN. We have all seen our information posts delayed, dropped, and hidden.

  Most of the SCN postings that have been dropped have been about User Group events, ISUG events & news, free open source product initiatives, 3rd party products, PB community news, correct answers to questions (this one still boggles my mind), helpful hints on using PB, constructive criticism of PB features, suggestions of product improvement and many other areas of general interest to the PB community.


This suppression of PowerBuilder product information, constructive criticism, pertinent questions  on PB product direction has now reached an all time high in 2014. I am personally deeply saddened with SAP's blatant attacks on the relevant PB news items in SCN. This kind of childish behaviour reflects poorly on SAP in general.

  I personally, seem to get many postings deleted as I am about to take over the top spot in the SCN rankings. Interestingly enough, the postings that get deleted are often over 1 year old at that time. Come ON - these postings have been around for over 365 days and now they are now just being targeted because I'm getting more points than anyone else for answering relevant questions and posting newsworthy items about PB. How ridiculous SAP!

 I am sure that many of the PB Community members have also been treated in this way. If so or you agree with my observations - please write your SAP contacts, SCN, PB product people and complain about this injustice to the PB community. Only with free flowing information about the product and its ecosystem can the PB community thrive. Or is that something that SAP is trying to deliberately undermine (it sure looks like it!)?


Regards ... Chris