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Brad Wery

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PowerBuilder contains so many features and capabilities that it's hard to fully understand and learn all of them when you're caught up in the "daily grind." A good way to deal with this is to create a skill-developing challenge. In most cases, I try to do something that I figure can't be done in PowerBuilder. My latest challenge was to create an XP style listbar similar to the one in the Windows XP Control Panel (see Figure 1). I think it's a sharp-looking control that provides an efficient way to navigate an application. Could it be done in PowerBuilder? With enough time and creativity anything can be done. XP Style Listbar When duplicating a control, one of the most important things you should do is document its behavior. If you play with the listbar in the Windows XP Control Panel you will observe four things: When you click on the group header when the group is... (more)

Office 2003 Toolbar: A New Look For Your Old PowerBuilder App

There's a reason why software developers like Microsoft update the look of their applications every two years. It shows the consumer that something has changed and therefore they need to upgrade, at least that's my opinion. If this is true, I can only presume that presentation plays a vital role in the sale of commercial applications. If you're not writing commercial applications, then it's just a cool thing to do. Unfortunately, most developers are usually confined to creating applications with the look provided by the development tool they're using. Fortunately for us developer... (more)

Dynamic SQL with Sybase's Open Client

PowerBuilder offers some dynamic querying capabilities. For simple scenarios it works quite well. But what if your scenario isn't simple? What if you wanted to write a database-querying tool that provides stored procedure compilation, ShowPlan display, or the execution of large complicated batch scripts? I was writing a database-querying tool that was destined to work against our ASE database (and ODBC connections but, that's a whole different article). At first I tried to use the PowerBuilder dynamic SQL functions but found it to be very limiting. That solution was too simple a... (more)

QweryBuilder: A PowerBuilder Application

QweryBuilder is a database development tool designed and developed in PowerBuilder. Its purpose is to use innovative ideas and techniques to make database development and data retrieval easy and intuitive. It currently works against Sybase ASE, iAnywhere SQL Anywhere, Microsoft SQL Server and Oracle. An evaluation version of the application can be downloaded from www.Werysoft.com. The purpose of this article will be to take you on a tour of QweryBuilder. I would like to show you what PowerBuilder is capable of. My hope is that some of the functionality you see can be used in you... (more)

Novalys 2009 PowerBuilder Worldwide Survey

As every year, Novalys is carrying out a worldwide survey on the use of PowerBuilder. The thousands of responses received each year allow us to follow the evolution of PowerBuilder projects since 2001. Now help us to monitor the new trends in the PowerBuilder community by completing the 2009 edition of the survey below. Afterwards, you’ll be able to see the 2008 results and discover, in particular: - How large PowerBuilder projects differ from small ones in terms of architecture - How the test of strength is going between Java and DotNET - How many PB projects used .NET in 2008 Parti... (more)