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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

2016 PB Conference Postponed

** Sad News **

 2016 Charlotte PowerBuilder Conference Postponed.

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    The North Carolina PowerBuilder User Group (NCPBUG) in conjunction with their conference sponsor, Appeon Corporation have decided to postpone their previously announced conference scheduled to take place in May, 2016.  

    According to NCPBUG Conference Chair Matt Balent - "We would like to be in a position to discuss detailed road-maps and timelines for PowerBuilder, as well as many other questions customers have regarding the transfer of PowerBuilder to Appeon.  We would not be in a position to do this until SAP has first concluded its transfer of PowerBuilder to Appeon.  So for this reason we will reschedule the conference to a later time in this year, and will announce the new date as soon as possible".

    Hopefully, SAP will sign the contract soon and allow Appeon to finally grab a foot-hold on the PowerBuilder product. Please stay tuned to this blog for more details as they become known.

Regards ... Chris

Monday, January 18, 2016

2016 PB Conference - Call for Presentations!

** Hot News **

Charlotte PowerBuilder Conference 2016

Call for Session Abstracts

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    Now is your chance to inspire the PowerBuilder Community by presenting a session at the 2016 PB Conference to be held once again in Charlotte, North Carolina. As a whole, the PB / Appeon Community can only get stronger by coming together and sharing ideas, know-how, and experiences. By showcasing your achievements in front of your peers – it will help us all grow!

   Your session length may be either 60, 90, or 120 minutes. Demonstration type presentations should be limited to sixty minutes; in depth technical discussions or detailed analysis/examples would be more appropriate for a 90 or 120 minute time slot.

Sessions need to be educational and technically focused. Your presentation materials should target the Intermediate PowerBuilder and/or Appeon level.

Speakers must be available to present during the entire span of the May 16-20, 2016 conference. The PB Conference will offer complimentary registration to all the approved speakers.

The deadline to submit a session for consideration is January 31, 2016. Acceptance notifications will be sent out no later than the end of February, 2016.

For more details, please visit the North Carolina PowerBuilder User Group website! 

Regards ... Chris

Friday, January 8, 2016

PowerBuilder Horizons 2016

** Hot News **

A Significant Year ahead predicted for PowerBuilder in 2016!

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    David Peace, Technical Director at Powersoft Computer Services Ltd discusses his observations for a new PowerBuilder vision & reality coming soon to the PB Community ... click here to read more!

Regards ... Chris

Thursday, December 17, 2015

STD Foundation Classes - Download Statistics

Thank you!

    I thought that many PowerBuilder developers might be interested in some of the year over year download statistics from the STD Foundation Classes frameworks. These frameworks are designed for use in with native PB Classic (P-Code, M-Code, Winform), Web Services, EAServer, Appeon Web and Appeon Mobile based applications. The original version 1.0 of what is now called the integrated framework was first published in 1992 and was adopted by many Canadian Government departments throughout the early 1990's. In the latter part of that decade and into the early 2000's, many other US government departments and then North American and European private organizations also started using the initial framework. 

    From the initial single framework, it then bloomed into various versions that included the famous PocketBuilder mobile product. The next major evolution of the Foundation Classes was the consolidation of the 1/2 dozen frameworks into one single Integrated framework for all client based applications. Then the migration of the EAServer framework into what is known today as the Web Service framework. These two frameworks now form the pillars of many PowerBuilder and Appeon applications in production use today around the world!

     The following screen capture statistics from the actual SourceForge's website show the download activity of the STD frameworks over the past 5 years. It is very interesting and pleasing to me to see the download volume more than doubling in 2015 since 2012!

2015 ( still in progress - not final)






     For those of you who have adopted the frameworks, I hope that your experiences with the STD Foundation Classes has been enlightening as to what you can build with PowerBuilder. For those of you who have not tried the frameworks or are just downloading them now - welcome to the best framework for PowerBuilder and Appeon in use today!

Happy holidays!

Regards ... Chris