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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

An Appeon Christmas

A Christmas Story ...

Twas the Night Before Production
adaptation by Chris Pollach
'Twas the night before Production, when all through the Appeon house
Not a creature was stirring, not even Armeen’s mouse;
The stockings were hung by the developers chimneys with care,
In hopes that St. Nick’s software soon would be there;

The Appeon Web Servers were nestled all snug in their racks,
While Katty backed-up their data, oh there was stacks;
The sales manager Sally
in her 'kerchief, and I in my cap,
Had just settled down for a long tester's nap,

When out in the hall there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from my PC to see what was the matter.
Away to the MS-Window I flew like Macromedia flash,
Opened the Browser and enjoyed the animations splash,

Engineering's build of Appeon was like the new-fallen snow
It gave promise of new Mobile features - listed below,
When, what to my wondering eyes Issac did appear,
Riding his motorcycle pulled by eight tiny reindeer,

With a little ASE native database driver, so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment that DBMS was designed by St. Nick.
More rapid than streaming electrons the data they came,
And he whistled, and shouted, and categorized them by name;

"Now, Daisy! now, Anne! now,
ZhaoKai and VIXEN!
Flora! on Li! on, Christophe and BLITZEN!
To the edge of the ISP! Through the Appeon fire-wall!
Now process away! Process away! Process away all!"

As the new applications under Appeon from PowerBuilder did fly,
When they met with a user their new features they did try,
So up to the Browser menu the mouse pointers they flew,
To display a full load of data, images, and animations too!

And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the sound card - mystified
A message signaling a software order had just arrived.
As I drew in my mouse, and was turning around,
An email message alerted me to a new application … it looked sound.

The project manager was dressed all in fur, from his head to his feet,
And the red robe was all polished, and he even had someone to meet;
A bundle of Web applications he had flung on his back,
Most of the Engineer’s had agreed, and a DataWindow he also did pack.

The programmers eyes -- how they twinkled! Their dimples how merry!
Their cheeks were like roses, their noses like a cherry!
One droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,
The “Technical Architect” his beard on his chin was as white as the snow;

The Log from the Application Server he held tight in his teeth,
New ideas using PowerBuilder and Appeon encircled his head like a wreath;
He had a broad face and a black belt round his belly,
Using moves he learned in TaeKwonDo, the guards shook like jelly.

The “release guy” was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,
And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself;
A wink of his eye and a twist of his head,
Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread;

He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
And deployed all the Mobile applications; then turned with a jerk,
And laying his finger aside of his nose,
And giving a nod, up the Web Servers rose;

He sprang to his laptop, to his development team gave a whistle,
And away they all flew, for a beer at the pub “The English Thistle”.
But I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out in the night,

regards ... Chris

Monday, December 15, 2014

CodeXchange - End of Life

** Sad News **

PowerBuilder CodeXChange

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     The wonderful repository of PowerBuilder demonstration applications, code snippets, examples, utilities, frameworks, etc (aka CodeXchange ... ) has been decommissioned this month by SAP. This was great resource to the PowerBuilder Community for more than a decade! It is so sad that CodeXchange has been removed as it was an extremely valuable learning tool.

   I would personally like to thank all the many contributors over the years from the PowerBuilder realm who uploaded items to CodeXchange. Your efforts were very much appreciated by many, many PB developers!

   I hope that some day soon, SAP will resurrect the CodeXchange content underneath its SCN website for new PB developers to enjoy.

Regards ... Chris


PowerBuilder 2014 World Wide Survey

** Hot News **

PowerBuilder 2014 Survey

Novalys Novalys has now released the  PowerBuilder 2014 survey results. This year, SAP added questions to the survey to help identify more requirements/trends being encountered by PowerBuilder developers. These answers were numerous and very detailed and were compiled by theme to help SAP elaborate an eventual road-map. For all the details of the survey, click here!

Advanced IDE Features

    To all those who answered the survey, the PowerBuilder community thanks you! 

Regards ... Chris

Thursday, December 4, 2014

STD Web Service Framework - Version 2.2 Released!

** Hot News **

PB Classic Web Service Framework - v2.2.0.21!

     Software Tool & Die Inc are please to announce a new release of their Web Service STD Foundation Classes for IIs (STD FC IIs) - Version (Service Pack#2). The updated v2.2 Web Service IIs framework is solely targeted to helping PowerBuilder Classic developers, develop .Net based Web Services deployed to IIs. The IIs based framework takes advantage of RAD techniques - employes an MVC (Model, View, Controller) architecture for superior performance, flexibility and extendability. 
All the STD frameworks are free and can be downloaded from its STD Foundation Classes SourceForge project website.

    The Web Service framework - while greatly improving the PB & Appeon developer's productivity - also includes these types of features to help with RAD based projects:
  • Helps the PB developer to Implement "stateless" programming
  • Does DBMS transaction management automatically
  • Manages DataStores for you automatically
  • Manages DB updates for you automatically
  • Facilitates  MVC design & programming
  • Provides Encryption / Decryption servicesProvides extended numerical services (ie: And / Or / Xor / Xand / etc features to PowerScript
  • Provides Result Set generation for any data
  • Provides HTML generation for any data
  • Allows SMTP eMail generation
  • and much more!

    The main updates to the STD Web Service FC's included in Version #2.2 - Service Pack#2 include: ....  
  • Removed the nc_Timing_Master class as the Timer Event is not supported by IIs & .Net.
  • Added PBDEBUG support for PB 12.6
  • Added abstract Transaction Object classes for the following DBMS: SQLServer, Oracle, DB/2, Informix, & SQLite.
  • Added new constants: FAIL & SUCCESS completion code to use in methods returning the INT data type.
  • Changed the Logging sub-system to allow log message redirection via the new "of_set_log_location" method.
  • Added a new "of_write_database" method to allow logging to a DB versus a file.
  • Various miscellaneous performance enhancements.
  • Tested framework with ....
      - PowerBuilder 12.x, 12.5.x and 12.6
      - Appeon 2013R2 and Appeon 2015.
      - MS-Windows 7, 2008 & 2012.
      - .Net 2.0, .Net 3.5, .Net 4.0 and .Net 4.5
      - IIs 7.0, 7.5
  • Added new OLE class to support the open source ImageMagicK product (nc_ole_image_magick).
  • Added support for multi-session logging. 

   The STD Web Service and other PB frameworks are free and can be downloaded from the STD Foundation Classes SourceForge project website.

Regards   ... Chris

Monday, December 1, 2014

PowerBuilder 2015 Conference - Preliminary Agenda

** Hot News **

2015 PowerBuilder Conference

Preliminary Session Announcement

    The North Carolina PowerBuilder User Group, Appeon Corporation and Novalys are pleased to announce the 2015 Charlotte PowerBuilder Conference to be held on May 6-7-8 2015 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  As with the successful inaugural event in 2014, the focus of the conference is the unparalleled Rapid Application Development tool PowerBuilder.

   NCPBUG has already planned over 25 PowerBuilder centric sessions and are still counting. Sessions will include a session on the recently released PowerBuilder 12.6, plus 2015 conference presenters now include Bruce Armstrong, Chris Pollach, Brian Le Suer, Ronnie Po, Christophe Dufourmantelle, Armeen Mazda and Matt Balent.

   Attend sessions on current GUI design and application development from industry veterans. Workshops on topics such as stored procedure debugging, getting the most out of your source control system, and the "How To's" of working with application frameworks are in the mix right now.

  For a detailed list of preliminary sessions and information how to register early ... click here!

Regards ... Chris

Thursday, November 27, 2014

PB Product Manager Leaves SAP

** Hot News **

Sue Dunnell leaves SAP

Sue Dunnell  PowerBuilder product manger Sue Dunnell has left SAP according to Matt Balent - North Carolina PowerBuilder User Group president. Sue has been PowerBuilder's product manager ever since Sybase took over the product from its original creator PowerSoft. Apparently, Sue has decided to pursue other opportunities outside SAP.

  The PB Community wishes Sue all the best in her new endeavors.

  To read the original post on SCN, click here.

Regards ... Chris

Monday, November 17, 2014

Appeon World Tour coming to Taipei!

** Hot News **

World Tour 2014 - Taipei
     As part of the Appeon World Tour, Appeon and M-Power Information Co., Ltd will host an Appeon/PB seminar in Taiwan this month!

Date: November 24, 2014
Venue: Primasia Conference & Business Center
15F., No. 99, Fuxing N. Rd., Songshan Dist., Taipei City, Taiwan (at Nanjing E. Road MRT station)

Time Subject
13:30 – 14:00 Visitor registration
14:00 – 14:10 Welcome and opening remarks
14:10 – 15:30 Demonstrating Appeon for PowerBuilder and building a mobile app – Presented by Barkely Hwang, Technical Dept. Manager from M-Power
15:30 – 15:50 Tea time
15:50 – 16:30 Introducing new features of PowerBuilder 12.6 – Presented by Xiang Zhibin, System Consultant from SAP Sybase
16:30 – 16:45 Q & A

Registration: Sign up online or contact Zola Wang via telephone 02-27316868#603 or e-mail

Regards ... Chris