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Monday, December 6, 2010

OSUG Meeting - Dec 7, 2010

** Hot News! ** 

 Dear Sybase User;

     Please join us on Tuesday December 7, 2010 for the next Ottawa Sybase User Group (OSUG) special event! OSUG's mission is to create a Sybase community in the National Capital area of Canada where users can share knowledge, experiences, and best practices. Users of all Sybase products, including data management, tools and mobility are welcome to attend. This meeting will feature networking opportunities, product updates and a discussion.


     The OSUG Dec 7, 2010 meeting will be held in Ottawa at Constitution Square in the double Board Room (down the hallway from the Queen's University MBA lecture theater). Constitution Square is located at 350 Albert Street (at Lyon) just across the street from the Crowne Plaza hotel. Bus access is right to the door and parking is available at the hotel, in Constitution Square and across the street. The Double Board room  is located on the second floor (center) and can be accessed from either the west or east elevators.

Days Agenda:

Time:          Topic:

7:30am       Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30am       Introduction & welcome - Chris Pollach
9:00am       Rich Internet Development - Appeon & STD Foundation Classes - Chris Pollach
9:30am       SQL Anywhere version 12 features - Anthony Robinson
10:30am     Coffee Break
10:45am     PowerBuilder Road Map, New Features of PB 12.1, PB 12.5 Fresh from the Labs
12:00am     Lunch
12:45pm     Inheriting from C# classes in a PowerBuilder .NET application - John Strano
                   - Leveraging  PowerBuilder .NET classes in Visual Studio
 2:15pm      Coffee Break
 2:30pm      3rd Party WPF Components in DataWindow Objects - John Strano
                    -  Fun with the PowerBuilder .NET Debugger
 3:15pm      Coffee Break
 3:30pm      Creating Rich User Experience with PowerBuilder and Expression Blend - John Strano
 4:20pm      Q & A Session
 4:30pm      Wrap-up (all)

How to Register

    To register for the above event, please follow this link (click here). This will take you to the the ISUG website where the automated registration system will accept either ISUG members or non-members. Last years Canadian Technical Summit forced everyone who was registering to become a basic member (which is still free by the way). In the upgraded registration system, you now have a choice.

BTW: Everyone is welcome ... so I hope to see attendees again from Toronto, Montreal and northern New York state!

Location

   The OSUG event will be held in the double-board room located in Constitution Square at 350 Albert Street, Ottawa, Ontario. The lecture rooms are located on the center section of the second floor level. For more information on Constitution Square, please click here!

Things to do
   If you are coming from outside the National Capital region - Ottawa’s Christmas Lights Across Canada event runs for five weeks from Dec. 2 to Jan. 7, with more than 300,000 lights adding sparkle to the Capital Region. The best concentration of lights is along “Confederation Boulevard”, the name given to the circle of roads that connect the city’s most important buildings including Parliament Hill, the Supreme Court, the Canadian Museum of Civilization, the National Gallery.



* BIO's *

  John Strano   

    John Strano is a Sybase Technology Evangelist and a charter member of TeamSybase. He has been using PowerBuilder since 1991 and has authored articles for multiple industry periodicals. John has presented Sybase tools on an international basis since 1997. Over the last 15 years John has developed a variety of PowerBuilder applications from single-user scaling up to enterprise-class, web-based projects.


   Anthony Robinson

    Mr .Anthony Robinson is a Principal Systems Consultant for Sybase based in Ottawa, Canada.  Anthony has been with Sybase since 2000. He worked for Sybase's American Federal team out of Bethesda Maryland until 2004, when he then transferred to Sybase Canada. Before joining Sybase, Anthony was a sales consultant with New Era Of Networks and a functional SAP consultant for SLI Consulting Inc.

  
Regards ... Chris
OSUG - Co-Ordinator

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Thursday, December 2, 2010

STD Foundation Classes - PB 12.1 for EAServer

PowerBuilder 12.1 framework for EAServer!

** Hot News **


    Software Tool & Die Inc is pleased to announce that they have released a new version of their STD Foundation Classes for the production version of PowerBuilder 12.1 classic and the EAServer application server version 5.5 through 6.3. This release is based on the STD framework using PowerBuilder 12.1.0 build 6518. PowerBuilder developers can now enjoy this superior framework for their mission critical applications allowing them to communicate to NVUO's from either JSP or ASP.Net based web application environments. The framework architecture is MVC compliant and allows superior performance, stability, features, etc for EAS based PB component business logic!


      The STD Foundation Classes are a free business and productivity framework and available for Appeon, InfoMaker, EAServer, PocketBuilder, and PowerBuilder that support .Net Assemblies, WebForm, WinForn, Win32, WPF and JSP/ASP deployment as well. Note: For those developers who have an ISUG membership at either the Gold or Green  level - you can download the full development version of PowerBuilder 12.1 for free to use at home for learning purposes.

STD FC Release 12.1 for EAS/PB changes ... December 2, 2010)

1)  Migration of FC's from PB 11.5.1 to 12.1 build 6518
2)  Minor code changes for better performance.
3)  Tested framework with EAServer version 5.5 and 6.3

    Along with the new framework for EAServer, there is also an updated example sStore ASP.Net application that uses PB 12.1 NVUO's built with the STD Foundation Classes to aid in the learning and testing experience. Both the updated EAServer based STD framework and the eStore sample application have been uploaded to the SourceForge website (click here). Select "View All Files" at the main project page and the look for the EAServer folder.

Enjoy .... Chris!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

PB12.NET Training Day

** Hot News **

   
    The International Sybase User Group in conjunction with eLearnIt Systems is now offering a new one day PowerBuilder 12.NET training course. In this a full day of training where you will gain the knowledge and skills to prepare you to plan, perform a .NET migration and tips on re-factoring your enterprise level based PowerBuilder Classic applications.  You will able to follow-along with instructor led demonstrations using provided code examples if you bring your own notebook with verified functioning installations of PowerBuilder 12.1 Classic and .NET and SQL AnyWhere 11.



Topics include:
  •  .NET Revealed:
          * What is it?
          * What are the important features and how do they affect your PowerBuilder application?
          * Why might .NET be (or not be) important to you?
  • Migrating from Classic to .NET WPF
          See how to:
          * To plan for your own application migration by getting an overview of the .NET migration process
          * To plan for re-factoring your code to lessen the impact of not supported features
          * Performance differences between the platforms might impact your existing code
          * GUI differences between the platforms might impact your code
  • Future proofing your code, planning for today, tomorrow and beyond.
      The .NET and Classic platforms are intrinsically different. A large application that took seconds to modify and test in the IDE will takes many minutes to modify and test in the .NET IDE. In order to continue at a high productivity level you must partition your code into a series of related .NET assemblies. In this segment you will gain learn the basics of application logic partitioning and how to use the IDE to carve your application into smaller manageable pieces
  • Visual Studio IDE tips & tricks
      The new .NET IDE is similar to but different than the Classic IDE in fundamental ways. The goal of this presentation. Increase your initial and ongoing productivity by learning how to leverage many of the new features that the Visual Studio IDE offers. Included is a demonstration of configuring and working with source code control.

  • WCF and web services: Creating .NET web service client applications with examples and demonstrations
      Windows Communication Foundation is a new feature of .NET 3.5. WCF will be an imperative when SilverLight support is implemented. It is required when you migrate Classic Applications that are Web Service Clients to .NET or need to code new web service client applications in PB 12.NET. Learn the basics of WCF. Observe the process of building a Web Service Client app.




       To have this course brought to your area, please contact your local Sybase User Group to arrange a class in your locale.


Regards ... Chris




    Friday, November 26, 2010

    ISUG - PB12 Benefit Update

    ** Update on PowerBuilder 12 Benefit **

       ISUG has announced that Sybase is now releasing orders for their Powerbuilder 12 member benefit.  If you have ordered this benefit, and you have correctly submitted your signed license form, you may have already received your download instructions or you'll be receiving them shortly.

       ISUG have identified some issues with this process and are taking steps with Sybase to try and reduce the turn-around time significantly.  They definitely understand the frustration and did not originally anticipate it taking this long to fulfill this membership benefit.  The good news is that ISUG and Sybase appear to now be getting over the hump and are expecting a much smoother process moving forward from this point.

       Please note that Sybase is rejecting a few signed license forms.  In order to meet auditor requirements, if your license form contains your company name, then your ISUG email address must be your company email address in the form @yourcompany.com.  If your ISUG email address does not match, but you have a company email address ISUG can make that change very easily.  If you do not, ISUG will need to get a new signed license form from you without your company name. ISUG will be contacting any members whose licenses are rejected to get straightened out ASAP.

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    PS: So renew or sign-up for an ISUG green or gold membership today and take advantage of your PB 12.net benefit - plus ... enter into a draw to win a "kool" iPad!
    PPS: Also, check out the ISUG blogs and their new e-learning initiatives for PowerBuilder and ASE!

    Regards ... Chris

    Wednesday, November 24, 2010

    Ouch

    ** Oracle awarded $1.3B in damages against SAP **

     The amount is slightly less than Oracle's damages expert recommended but far more than SAP had said it should pay. To read the full story, click here.


     I guess Sybase needs to sell a lot more PowerBuilder!    :-)


    Chris

    Tuesday, November 23, 2010

    PB 12.Net

        PowerBuilder is the declarative application development environment for building, maintaining and modernizing business-critical Windows applications. With PowerBuilder, all you need is your current skill-set to do a variety of application development PowerBuilder is simply the easiest way for developers to create the most updated, visually appealing business applications on the latest Windows platforms – on time and under budget.



     Check out this great video from Sue Dunnell - PB's product manager!

    Regards ... Chris

    PBTV - December, 2010

    ** Hot News **
    PowerBuilder TV listing for the month of December, 2010!

    Thursday December 2nd
    at 10:00am EST (New York) / 16:00 CET (Paris)

    Combine PB, .NET and Java Access Control in a single tool

    Companies rarely work with applications in a single technology. But securing each application with a different system means a lot of repetitive user administration. See how a single access control system can secure all your applications.
    Presenter: Christophe Dufourmantelle
    Register

    Tuesday December 7th
    at 11:00am EST (New York) / 17:00 CET (Paris)

    Version control using PowerBuilder and Subversion

    In this webcast we will show you how to use PowerBuilder in a multiple developer work environment, so several people can use simultaneously the same PBL and keep track of the versions of each object modified. We will also show you how to install and configure the free tools for this task and how to use them with PowerBuilder in its different versions.
    Presented in Spanish
    Presenter: Oscar Tobar
    Register

    I hope that you can make these exciting presentations!

    Regards ... Chris
     

    Monday, November 1, 2010

    PBTV - November, 2010

    ** Hot News **
    PowerBuilder TV listing for the month of November!

    Tuesday November 2nd
    at 11:00am EST (New York) / 17:00 CET (Paris)

    What's new in Appeon 6.5?

    Appeon 6.5 is the latest release of the most-popular Web deployment solution for PowerBuilder. This release of Appeon boasts support for PowerBuilder 12, JBoss open-source application server, and 64-bit OS, just to name a few. We will spend 30 minutes to guide you through the key new features of Appeon 6.5.
    Presenter: Armeen Mazda
    Register





    Tuesday November 16th
    at 10:00am EST (New York) / 16:00 CET (Paris)

    Make your application customizable in a few minutes

    When users want to adapt screens or build custom reports, it generates additional costs.
    If multiple clients request different changes, it becomes even more complicated.
    Find out how to simplify that process: we'll introduce a tool to let users customize screens and reports by themselves, without any technical skill, and using only an executable copy of the application (no change to the source code).
    Presenter: Christophe Dufourmantelle
    Register





    Tuesday November 23rd
    at 12:00pm EST (New York) / 18:00 CET (Paris)

    Using PowerBuilder and Expression Blend Together

    WPF is all about creating a rich User Experience. Come see how Expression Blend, Microsoft's WPF design tool, helps you to build powerful and sophisticated PowerBuilder user interfaces.
    Presenter: John Strano
    Register


    Regards ... Chris

    Friday, October 15, 2010

    Appeon 6.5 & jBoss

    Appeon 6.5 now supports JBoss


    Appeon 6.5, the most powerful and flexible version of the go-to web deployment tool to date. Appeon 6.5 introduces support for the JBoss Platform; take advantage of the popular open-source platform and Appeon brings you these new features while preserving stability and performance!

    Appeon 6.5 also includes:
    •  Support for the latest Software: PowerBuilder 12 Classic, Windows 7, EAServer 6.3, and Sybase's SQL Anywhere 12 DBMS.
    •  Deployment to multi-instance servers
    •  Calls to web services without any additional plug-ins
    •  and more!

    Discover Appeon 6.5 for PowerBuilder! With Appeon, maintain a single version of your application and deploy it in client/server and to the Web. The PB code is automatically converted to .NET or Java during deployment:
    • No significant change to the architecture
    • No effort spent rewriting the code
    • The users will find the same interface they are already comfortable with
    Appeon Flash Animations

      Watch new videos to find out more about Appeon ... 

    Try Appeon 6.5 for PowerBuilder free now from Appeon corporation itself or one of its distributors:  Sybase or Novalys. For those individuals who have an ISUG membership, you can get a full (unrestricted) developer version for free with your Gold or Green membership!


    Regards ... Chris
    PS: Check out my free Foundation Classes for PB and Appeon!

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    Tuesday, September 28, 2010

    PB12 ISUG Benefit - Active!

    ** Hot News **


        The International Sybase User Group (ISUG) are pleased to announce that their newest member benefit, PowerBuilder 12, is now available to both the Green and Gold level members! This member benefit is a fully-functional, personal-use copy of PowerBuilder 12 Enterprise (which includes both the Classic and .NET versions of PB).  However, unlike the previous NFR program, this benefit is strictly for personal use, and it tied to your ISUG membership.  You will be required to download, sign and return a license agreement that outlines these terms before you receive your copy.  Your right to use this license will expire at the earliest of your paid membership expiration or 12 months. These small changes are a result of abuse with prior versions of the PowerBuilder benefit and while they will be a minor inconvenience ISUG believes that you will appreciate this new offering.

       Also, don't forget that if you upgrade your membership or renew your membership before the end of September, you'll be eligible for our member drawing of a portable hard drive! So login to your ISUG membership account today, renew your (or upgrade to) Green / Gold membership if you want to or need to, and then go to 'My Benefits' to learn how to acquire your personal copy of PowerBuilder 12 today!

    ISUG WebSite

    Regards ... Chris

    Thursday, September 16, 2010

    TopWiz Update

    ** Hot News **

    Roland Smith of TopWiz recently updated the Winsock example on his website along with the examples that are based on it - EmailSMTP, PBChat and the new EmailPOP3.

    The error handling in n_winsock was completely rewritten, most functions now return a boolean with True=Success or False=Failure and the MessageBox function calls have been removed. If an error happens, your code can call a new of_GetLastError method to get the error message text. It also has a new form of the of_Listen function that doesn't require a window handle.

    The SMTP email object n_smtp has several new capabilities. The new of_AddAttachment function replaces of_AddFile and allows the developer tp attach blob variables in addition to files. Other new functions include of_AddCustomHeader and of_SetPriority.

    The POP3 example can be used to download email from a mail server. It returns the email as a string that can be saved as a .eml file. Eventually, the plan is to add more functions to separate out the message body and attachments.

    Enjoy .... Chris

    Thursday, September 9, 2010

    STD Foundation Classes for Appeon 6.5

    ** Hot News **


        Software Tool & Die Inc is pleased to announce that they have released a new version of their STD Foundation Classes for the production version of Appeon 6.5. This release is based on the STD framework using PowerBuilder 11.5.1 build 4011 and PB 12.0 build 5530. PowerBuilder developers can now enjoy this superior framework for their mission critical applications allowing them to deploy either JSP or ASP.Net based web server environments. In the mean time, Appeon will supercharge your Web deployed applications assisted by the STD FC's lightweight performance architecture!


          The STD Foundation Classes are a free business and productivity framework for now Appeon, InfoMaker, EAServer, PocketBuilder, and PowerBuilder that support .Net Assemblies, WebForm, WinForn, Win32, WPF and now JSP/ASP deployment as well. For those developers who have an ISUG membership at either the Gold or Green  level - you can download the full development version of Appeon 6.2 or 6.5 for free as well.

    STD FC Release 6.5 Changes ... September 9, 2010)

    1)  Corrected file handling problem with the Log Viewer screen.
    2)  Changed Appeon WorkAround library to v6.5
    3)  Tested framework with OrderEntry sample application
    4)   Migrated changes to PB 12.0 build 5530.

        Along with the new framework for Appeon 6.5, there is also new example OrderEntry application that uses the Appeon aligned STD Foundation Classes to aid in the learning and testing experience. Both the new Appeon based STD framework and the OrderEntry sample application have been uploaded to the SourceForge website (click here). Select "View All Files" at the main project page and the look for the new Appeon folder.

    Enjoy .... Chris!

    Wednesday, September 8, 2010

    ISUG User Group Meetings in September

    ** Hot News **


     Please note the following up coming International Sybase User Group meetings scheduled for the September, 2010 time frame ...


     I hope that you can attend one in your area!

    Regards ... Chris

    Monday, September 6, 2010

    PowerBuilderTV - September 2010

    ** Upcoming webinars on PowerBuilderTV **

     This fall, PowerBuilderTV continues to bring you the best of PowerBuilder bringing new energy and focus.

    Thursday September 9th at 10:00am EST (New York) / 16:00 CET (Paris)

    Implement Single Sign-On in PowerBuilder Applications
    Password fatigue is the phenomenon of feeling overwhelmed by the need to remember all of them. Implementing Single Sign-on with Active Directory is one way to fight it. In this webinar, we’ll show you how to add user authentication to your PowerBuilder application, and combine it with Active Directory accounts.
    Presenter: Christophe Dufourmantelle

    Thursday September 23rd at 10:00am EST (New York) / 16:00 CET (Paris)

    What's new in Visual Expert 6.0
    Designed specifically for those who are already familiar with Visual Expert, this webinar will focus on how to use the new features in Visual Expert 6.0. See how the new Visual Expert makes code maintenance even easier with extended cross referencing and redeveloped Impact Analysis.Unfamiliar with Visual Expert? See an introduction
    Presenter: Christophe Dufourmantelle

    Tuesday September 28th at 12:00pm EST (New York) / 18:00 CET (Paris)

    Dive into WPF: Binding 3rd Party WPF Controls to DataWindow Columns

    Not only can you now use custom WPF controls in PowerBuilder, not only can you use them in DataWindow Objects... you can bind them to result sets too! We'll show various base WPF controls and 3rd party WPF controls being used in DataWindow Objects and how their properties can be mapped to, and manipulate, DataWindow buffer columns.
    Presenter: John Strano

    Find more at PowerBuilderTV!






    Regards ... Chris

    Saturday, August 28, 2010

    Canadian Technology Summit

        For the first time in our history, the Ottawa Sybase User Group (OSUG) held a two day event hosting many Sybase professionals, 3rd party vendors, user presentations, senior management participation, etc culminating in an event I would like to call the "Canadian Technical Summit". This event had two streams - one Data Management and the other Development. There was even a "cocktail reception" on the Tuesday night! The event covered subject areas such as: SMS messaging from PB 12.NET, Taking your PowerBuilder applications to the Web; Data Warehousing, Replication, Sybase and SAS, Data Modeling, Database Monitoring and Performance, ASE and PB tools, Product Futures, Mobility, etc just to highlight some key areas. On the Development side we saw evangelist John Strano showing us the latest PB 12.NET from engineering, best practices and another training session. For Data Management we had senior Sybase VP Brian Vink addressing key product futures, Mobility and presentations on comparing various Data Modeling approaches. We also had access to key Sybase technical staff from Canada and the USA to ask questions about Sybase products, interact with users utilizing the same technologies and gain key information into 2010 based products and features.  

        For attendees and friends of the Canadian Technology Summit at the Ottawa Sybase User Group, please find below the downloads to the various presentations that were given ...

    1) State of the Nation - Brian Vink  (VP Database Products - Sybase)
    2) Opening Remarks - Chris Pollach  (President - OSUG)
    3) Appeon for PowerBuilder - Armeen Mazda (CEO - Appeon )
    4) Appeon Web Application Case Study - Armeen Mazda (CEO - Appeon)
    5) PowerBuilder 11.5 Solving Top Business Problems - John Strano (Technical Evangelist - Sybase)
    6) PowerBuilder is .NET - John Strano (Technical Evangelist - Sybase)
    7) Bradmark Surveillance for Database - Cindy Bean ( Technical Specialist  - Bradmark)
    8) Real-Time Analytics Platform - Chris Baker (Principal Consultant - Sybase)
    9) PowerBuilder Protect - Christophe Dufourmantelle (CEO - Novalys)
    10) Visual Expert - Christophe Dufourmantelle (CEO - Novalys)
    11) Novalys Corporate Overview   - Christophe Dufourmantelle (CEO - Novalys)
    12) Visual Guard for PowerBuilder - Christophe Dufourmantelle (CEO - Novalys)
    13)  Visual Guard Enterprise - Christophe Dufourmantelle (CEO - Novalys)
    14) Customization Studio -  Christophe Dufourmantelle (CEO - Novalys)
    15) Beyond Data Modeling with PowerDesigner - Matt Creason (Principal Consultant - Sybase)
    16) Mobilizing  SAP, Peoplesoft and Remedy - Anthony Robinson (Principal Consultant - Sybase)
    17) Heterogeneous Replication and Disaster Recovery - Anthony Robinson (Principal Consultant - Sybase)
    18) Enterprise Information Architecture - Stan Loche (Principal Consultant - Sybase)


        Please find below the downloads to the various PowerBuilder 11.5 examples used by John Strano in his lectures ...  PB11.5 Solving Your Top Business Problems - John Strano (Technical Evangelist - Sybase)


        Please find below the downloads to the various PowerBuilder 12.NET examples used by John Strano in his lectures ...  PB 12 / PB12.NET Code Examples - John Strano (Technical Evangelist - Sybase)


        If you encounter any problems with the downloads or have suggestions for future meetings - please drop me a note. Enjoy and thanks again for coming  ... Chris!

    Sunday, August 22, 2010

    STD Foundation Classes for Appeon 6.2

    ** Hot News **


        Software Tool & Die Inc is pleased to announce that they have released a new version of their STD Foundation Classes for the production version of Appeon 6.2. This release is based on the STD framework using PowerBuilder11.5.1 build 4011. PowerBuilder developers can now enjoy this superior framework for their mission critical applications allowing them to deploy either JSP or ASP.Net based web server environments. In the mean time, Appeon will supercharge your Web deployed applications assisted by the STD FC's lightweight performance architecture!


          The STD Foundation Classes are a free business and productivity framework for now Appeon, InfoMaker, EAServer, PocketBuilder, and PowerBuilder that support .Net Assemblies, WebForm, WinForn, Win32, WPF and now JSP/ASP deployment as well. For those developers who have an ISUG membership at either the Gold or Green  level - you can download the full development version of Appeon 6.2 for free as well.

    STD FC Release 6.2 Changes ... August 22, 2010)

    1)  Migrated PB FC's version 11.5.1 to work with Appeon version 6.2
    2)  Changed unsupported PB methods to Appeon equivalent
    3) Changed INI file values to align with Appeon
    4) Added Appeon WorkAround library
    5) Tested framework with OrderEntry sample application

        Along with the new framework for Appeon 6.2, there is also new example OrderEntry application that uses the Appeon aligned STD Foundation Classes to aid in the learning and testing experience. Both the new Appeon based STD framework and the OrderEntry sample application have been uploaded to the SourceForge website (click here). Select "View All Files" at the main project page and the look for the new Appeon folder.

    Enjoy .... Chris!

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    Friday, August 20, 2010

    ISUG - PB 12 Extended to Memebers Benefits

    ** Hot News **

    ISUG Uses TechWave 2010 To Extend Member Services Benefits With Fully Functional Trial Version of Sybase PowerBuilder 12

    Washington, D.C., August 9, 2010 – The International Sybase User Group, a trade association representing more than six thousand members in more than sixty countries around the globe, announced today at the Sybase TechWave user conference that ISUG Green and Gold Members are now eligible to receive a one-year, fully functional trial version of PowerBuilder 12 as part of their member benefits.

    Central to ISUG's membership services remit is the responsibility to use the organization's proximity to and close relationship with Sybase itself to provide tangible user benefits that far outweigh the cost of the group's membership subscription charge.

    In return, ISUG stands open to receive member feedback on the products and services that users themselves feel they need additional support with. Be in terms of training, guidance from Sybase evangelists, user group meetings or access to actual products, ISUG constantly strives to exceed its members expectations.

    "Our members have been waiting patiently for this new benefit and we're extremely pleased to be able to offer it to them with immediate effect," commented ISUG President, Bryan Enochs. "This new benefit allows our members to experiment with PowerBuilder 12 at their own pace, something that is extremely important as it enables full exploration of all of the features and functionality that this eagerly awaited release contains."

    "We are seeing more and more PowerBuilder developers attending our user group meetings," said Mike Harrold, Executive Director for ISUG. "This confirms to us that PowerBuilder is not only still widely accepted within the IT world, but that it is also a growing developer marketplace. We hope that this shows continued commitment to the Sybase user community from both ISUG and Sybase."

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    Thursday, August 19, 2010

    Martial Arts - Fall Registration

    Graduating Class - Spring 2010


    New sessions will soon be starting for the Goulbourn TaeKwonDo club run through the City of Ottawa’s recreation department. Once again Master Stephen Yeoh will be heading the program that meets Mondays and Thursdays at the Goulbourn Middle School. This year Master Yeoh is also excited to announce he will be starting a new Friday session with classes located at the Goulbourn Recreation Center in Stittsville. Both locations are family oriented and the curriculum is orchestrated towards children, teens and adults. The fall TaeKwonDo winter session gets underway soon and new registrants are most welcome.

    In the last spring session, the Goulbourn TKD club saw 72 registrations with 32 of these students testing for their next belt level. Over the past 25 years that Master Yeoh has been leading the TKD club and has witnessed just over 200 students attain their black belt level. Master Yeoh along with lead instructor Derek O’Connell have been busy over the summer planning new facets to the curriculum that will please both new and returning martial artists. The new fall program will kick off the 2010/2011 season that will focus on health, fitness and enjoyment along with traditional TaeKwonDo martial arts. The Goulbourn Middle School program will be one hour in length as in previous years. The new Goulbourn Recreation Center program on Fridays will be 1.5 hours long with 1 hour devoted to traditional TaeKwonDo and the next half hour allowing the student to choose from kick boxing, weapons, sparring, or poomsae. Due to the extended length of the Friday program the fee for September to December will be $132 while the Monday and Thursday 1 hour evening program will be $96.

                Registration for the fall session is now open and can be done online at the City of Ottawa website. Registration can also be done at any city of Ottawa recreation office including the Goulbourn Recreation Complex in Stittsville. As this program is a fully registered sports program - tax receipts will be issued and can be used for tax deductions of up to $500 per year, per child on your 2010 tax return.

      For more information about the Goulbourn TaeKwonDo program, please see Master Stephen Yeoh’s TKD Website or contact associate instructor Chris Pollach (see TKD website under contacts).

    Sunday, August 8, 2010

    Appeon 6.5

    ** How News **

         The new Appeon version 6.5 for PowerBuilder has just been released that supports PowerBuilder 12 Classic, JBoss application server, .NET server load balancing, and many other new features and enhancements. The edition for .NET platform was just released in August and the edition for Java platform will be available later this month.


    New Feature Highlights ...

    • Supports PowerBuilder 12 Classic.
    • Web Services can be used as the data source for DataWindows.
    • DataWindows can be saved in various formats, including PDFs and images (JPEG/GIF/BMP).
    • BYTE data type is supported and binary data can be processed as parameters.
    • FileReadEx and FileWriteEx functions are supported for handling large files.
    • Printer page size/width/length can be customized by defining the dimensions in the PB painter.
    For a complete list of features and product specifications - please see the Appeon webite!

    Regards ... Chris

    Saturday, August 7, 2010

    PowerFilter

    ** Hot News **

       Brad Wery has added another great tool to his GUI arsenal of PowerBuilder gadgets. In this case its the new PowerFilter tool that greatly enhances the DataWindow object to enable the application user to specify complex data filtering operations using point-and-click technology.



         PowerFilter is a powerful, easy-to-implement DataWindow filtering component that provides users functionality similar to what is found in Excel 2007. To learn more about this "kool" PowerBuilder add-on, please visit Brad's PowerToTheBuilder website!

    Regards ,,, Chris

    PowerBuilder Chronology

    An Historical Perspective!

    PowerBuilder Release History

    Release Number
    Release Date
    Key New Feature Highlights
    1
    July 1991
    Beginning of a historic run
    2
    June 1992
    OO support, Painter
    3
    May 1993
    Bundled DB (Watcom), Version Control
    4
    November 1995
    Reporting, Data Pipeline, OLE 2.0
    5
    July 1996
    Machine code compilation, Distributed PowerBuilder
    three-tier support
    6
    December 1997
    Window ActiveX, CORBA, DataWindow HTML generation, DataWindow synchronization
    6.5
    August 1998
    COM and Java component generators, separate Unix, Macintosh, and Unicode SKUs, internationalization via Translation Toolkit
    7
    October 1999
    New IDE, new layouts and look/feel, Jaguar integration (aka EAServer) — build, create, and deploy COM and MTS components (Component Theme)
    8
    June 2001
    Web Targets, Web DataWindow (integration of PowerSite functionality into PowerBuilder) (Web Development Theme)
    9
    February 2003
    .NET phase 1: Web Services, XML, Java Server Pages
    10
    July 2004
    .NET phase 2: DataWindow .NET, Fully Unicode
    10.5
    March 2006
    .NET-based Web Services engine (Visual Enhancements Theme); large and small UI and core client/server enhancements, including TreeView DataWindow, RichText Edit Control
    11
    July 2007
    .NET phase 3: NVOs as .NET assemblies, ASP.NET Web Forms, Windows Forms (.NET Theme, Web Services Theme)
    11.5
    September 2008
    DataWindow enhancements, Oracle 11g and SQL Server 2008 support, improved graphing (Visual Enhancements Theme)
    12
    April 2010
    .NET phase 4: WPF applications, WPF DataWindow, improved DataWindow graphing, Visual Studio isolated shell

     I hope you enjoyed the history lesson ... Chris

    Thursday, August 5, 2010

    Sybase DBA - Systems Analyst

    ** Hot Job Prospect **

     Overview

          The Systems Analyst is an integral part of the RADARSAT-1 satellite team providing service to the operational team. The Systems Analyst interfaces directly with the Mission Planning staff – both government (customer) and contractual. The Systems Analyst is responsible for: the design, development, test, and integration tools; documentation of work to support configuration control board reviews; database administration to maintain the integrity of the operational and development databases; address issues related to system administration, system security, and network configuration; and analyze system performance issues and propose solutions.

    Position:
       Contract
    Location:
       Montreal, Canada
    Contact: 
       Mike Dohey, Recruiter
       S.I. Systems
       Ottawa, Ontario Canada
       Phone: (613) 786-3290 x 231

    Tuesday, August 3, 2010

    PowerBuilder Survey 2010

    Survey Says ...  Wink

          For many years Novalys (the makers of VisualExpert) have conducted an international survey on the use of Sybase's PowerBuilder development tool. This is a great feedback mechanism and the last few years results have shown significant changes in developers impressions of this premier IDE! The survey covers many aspects of PowerBuilder usage - here are some of the areas that are covered:
    • What is the average size of a PowerBuilder project?
    • What type of application is currently developed with PB?
    • Which other tools are used along with PB?
    • What are the expectations of PowerBuilder users?
    • What trends do you see from your perspective?
    • What are the key PB enhancements IT people are looking for?
    • To what extent will PB be used for Web development?

       You can provide "valuable" research information and feedback to Sybase and the PowerBuilder community by taking the 2010 survey (click here). If you are interested in last years results for 2009 click here - for results for 2008 click here!

    Regards ... Chris