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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

PB 2017 - PreOrder Special!

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Appeon PowerBuilder 2017 

Special Pre-Order Pricing is Back!

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Over the last 2 months of 2015, thousands of copies of PowerBuilder 2017 were pre-ordered at a very special price. Due to the still high demand at the end of the first pricing promotion, Appeon has decided to extend a second promotion period to the PowerBuilder community starting on January 1, 2017 until the end of April 2017.
Appeon also appreciates that it takes time for companies & government agencies to fully understand the offer and work through their various purchase processing procedures. As such, Appeon are pleased to offer the PowerBuilder community a “second chance” to pre-order PowerBuilder at a big savings. If you pre-order PowerBuilder 2017 you will be entitled to the following benefits:
Don’t miss out on this last chance to pre-order PowerBuilder 2017 and save big before the regular pricing takes effect after April 30, 2017.

Regards ... Chris

Monday, January 2, 2017

PowerBuilder Classic - Script Commenter

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STD Foundation Classes

New Script Commenter Application released!

     Software Tool & Die Inc. today are very pleased to announce a new Script Commenter application for the PowerBuilder Classic IDE built from the latest STD Integrated Framework (release: October 2016) ...

Example of the Code Commenter at work!

         The STD Script Commenter is a significant enhancement to the way a PB developer works (productivity) by easily allowing code comments to be added to any object classes PowerScipt! The Script Commenter is based on the original commenter application by R.C. Sizer but has been totally refactored.

    The Script Commenter is designed to work with any Unicode version of PowerBuilder (v10.0 through 12.6). It can be activated in any PB IDE by creating a toolbar short-cut icon and assigning to the EXE as follows:

app path\ScriptCommenter.exe  header
  - or -
app path\ScriptCommenter.exe  block


    The values added as a header or block comment are located in the "Comment_Block.ini" file. This file can built based on the values found in the "Comment_Template.ini" file and is customizable by the PB developer!

    You can download the STD Script Commenter application from the STD Framework's website by clicking here!


Regards ... Chris

Monday, December 19, 2016

A PowerBuilder 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 Application Servers were nestled all snug in their racks,
While Light 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 Tablet to see what was the matter.
Away to the Appeon WorkSpace I flew like Macromedia flash,
Opened the Browser and enjoyed the animations splash,

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

With a little 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, as he categorized them by name;

"Now, Light! now, John! now, Hill!
and VIXEN!
On, Julie
! on Steven! on, Danny 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 PowerBuilder 2017 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 her head to her feet,
And the red robe was all polished, and she even had someone to meet;
A bundle of Web & Mobile applications she had flung on her back,
Most of the programmer’s had agreed, so a DataWindow she also did pack.

The Engineers faces -- 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 Appeon PowerBuilder, Web & Mobile 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 new applications; then turned with a jerk,
And laying his finger aside of his nose,
And giving a nod, up the Appeon 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

Sunday, November 27, 2016

PowerBuilder on TV

** Very "Kool" **

   One normally thinks of PowerBuilder TV as the PBTV website that contains great information about the PowerBuilder product. However, what I am talking about today is putting PowerBuilder on your TV! Yes, you read that right ... put your PowerBuilder applications on your TV and interact directly with them. You can do that today, thanks to the Appeon Mobile product from Appeon corporation.

   New televisions or even older ones can now have Android enabled boxes attached to them or "smart" TV's may come pre-loaded with the Android operating system built in. In my case, I am using an MXQ Pro Android media box in this article attached to my Samsung TV. The MXQ box is a quad processor based system with the Android 5.1 O/S loaded on to its ROM with 32G of RAM memory on board. That being said, these media boxes or on-board TV computer based Android systems are more than capable of hosting the Appeon Mobile Work Space (AWS) application that will in turn host any PowerBuilder application that can be deployed to an Appeon 2016 server.

MXQ media box with keyboard.
   The Android O/S on your SmartTV or the media box typically has a similar user interface to your Android phone or tablet. The O/S has all the typical bells & whistles like a file manager, web browser, system console, etc ... all the ingredients you need to load the AWS application on to the droid system. So the first action is to start the Chrome web browser and point it to your Appeon Server - for example:  http:///AEM. Once your in the Appeon Enterprise Manager (AEM) you will be prompted to download the AWS install application (an Android .APK file).
AWS install file downloaded.
  Double tapping the .IPA file from the "download manager" will start the AWS install just like on your Android phone or tablet. Once the installation has completed and you return to the main screen, you will now see the AWS application icon on the main application group.
AWS installed (lower right hand side)
  Now that you have AWS installed, you can start the application which acts as the host for any of your PowerBuilder applications on a mobile device. The AWS application will now let you point it to your PB application deployed & hosted on the Appeon Server. Once AWS locates your PB application on the Appeon Server, it will download the executable code to the Android device. 
PB application being downloaded to the MXQ Android system.
   Now that the PB application has been downloaded to the AWS application. You can start the application and interact with it via the Android based Bluetooth keyboard. This is no different than interacting with your touch device or even more akin to using your PB application deployed as an Appeon Web based application. The great news is that in my testing all the PB applications worked flawlessly. A great tribute to the Appeon Mobile architecture for Android.
Interacting with a Master / Detail DataWindow!

Graph DataWindow report!

  A whole new horizon has now opened up for PowerBuilder applications thanks to Appeon!

Regards ... Chris

Friday, November 18, 2016

Appeon PB - Consulting Ecosystem!

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    Appeon Corporation is seeking to establish a worldwide network of seasoned PowerBuilder professionals who share their passion for PowerBuilder.  Regardless of whether you are an independent consultant or part of a larger consulting company, Appeon hopes that you will join their efforts in building a thriving ecosystem around the new generation of PowerBuilder!

   For more information on this exciting announcement, benefits and how to sign-up - please click here!

Regards ... Chris

Monday, November 7, 2016

New Website - Appeon PowerBuilder

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Hi Everyone;

     Come check out Appeon’s new website that now includes Appeon PowerBuilder in its portfolio! Do a Live Chat with the Appeon sales team, browse various Appeon & PB videos, check out the FAQ’s on the upcoming Appeon PB, Review PB’s new road-map, check out the new “Developer” section, and much, much more!

Click here to check out the new Website!

    Also, check out the huge savings on pre-ordering Appeon PowerBuilder before December 31, 2016 ....  
Click here and Save!

Regards ... Chris

Monday, October 10, 2016

New Release (2016R3) of the STD "Integrated" FrameWork!

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 Integrated Foundation Classes (2016R3) Released!

 "THE" PowerBuilder Classic & Appeon Framework!

(v2016.3.0.68 - October 10, 2016)
   Software Tool & Die Inc (STD) is very pleased to announce that they have just released an updated version 2016R3 (2016.3.0.68) of their Integrated Foundation Class library for PowerBuilder "Classic", Appeon Web and Appeon Mobile!

   The latest version contains the following updates and has been tested with Appeon 2015R2 Server  (build 0359.00) and Appeon 2016 Server  (build 1080.00) using the official MR (maintenance  releases) of PowerBuilder "Classic" versions 12.1, 12.5.1 and 12.6. Testing inside of PB included Win32 (both P-code & M-code) deployments while testing inside of Appeon included latest Web Browsers, latest Apple Tablet/Smart Phone and Android Tablet/Smart Phone  deployments.

Release 2016.3.0.68 - Major Release (2016R3) - change highlights ...
  • Framework was system tested with: PowerBuilder Classic 12.1, 12.5.1 and 12.6; Appeon and 2015R1 (2015.0328.00); iOS 10.02 and Android 7.0.0 (both Smart Phone & Tablet); IE11; FireFox 47.0.1; Safari 5.1.7; Opera 32.0.1948.25; Chrome 53.0.2785.143,  Edge 38.14393.0.0)
  • Revised the "nc_app_controller_master" NVUO to only open the HOLD window if a Controller type window is being used.
  • Added "oe_print_window" event to the "vs_dc_master" DataWindow base class.
  • Added "of_get_print_window_status" function to the "vs_dc_master" DataWindow base class.
  • Added "IsWindowEnabled" external function declaration to the "nc_application_master" base class.
  • Added "mu_application_extension" extension class.
  • Added "mu_extension" extension class.
  • Added "nc_extension" extension class.
  • Added "ns_ds_extension" extension class.
  • Added "vs_dc_extension" extension class.
  • Added "wn_extension" extension class.
  • Added "wn_response_extension" extension class.
  • Added "RtlGetVersion" SDK API to the "nc_app_controller_master" base class.
  • Various small code tweaks for better performance under the Appeon 2016 product release.
  • Revised "of_check_os_version" function in the "nc_app_controller_master" base class to acquire the correct O/S version (PB 12.6 workaround Environment bug).

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

Please Note: This will be the last version of the STD Integrated framework for PowerBuilder 12.1. The next Integrated framework release will be based on PowerBuilder 12.6 as STD tunes their development efforts to align with the new Appeon PB product (which is being developed using the current PB Classic 12.6 code-line).


Regards ... Chris