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Brad Wery

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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 and restrictive for my needs. The only other option I had was to go directly to the Open Client API. Going directly to the Open Client API is much easier said than done. I'll be honest; it wasn't a simple task. I had a great deal of help from Jim O'Neil of TeamSybase. Once I got going and got ... (more)

Advanced DataWindow Filtering with PowerFilter

As we all know, the DataWindow is a very powerful and flexible control used for data presentation and manipulation. For the most part, the features that you get out of the box allow you to create some very impressive applications. With that said, there is always room for improvement. Fortunately for us, the DataWindow was built with flexibility in mind. By taking advantage of this flexibility, we can extend the DataWindow to do almost anything we want. In this article, I'm going to introduce you to PowerFilter, a control developed by Jim Reese and available for purchase from www... (more)

Dockable Windows in PowerBuilder

If you've read any of my past articles, you know that I love a good challenge, a challenge that really gets me thinking and ultimately ends up teaching me something. One thing I always wanted to do was create dockable windows using pure PowerScript. I held off from doing this for some time because of the almost overwhelming complexity that was inherent with this type of control. Seeing as this would be the perfect test of my skills, I motivated myself to do it. The first thing I had to do before I started was investigate an existing control so that I could record proper behavior... (more)

PBDJ Feature: Take Control of Your GUI

One of the biggest complaints I hear about PowerBuilder is how the applications developed with it end up looking old and outdated. PowerBuilder allows developers to create complicated, robust, and efficient business applications. What it doesn't do is offer an effective presentation. Sometimes lackluster presentation can hurt an application's marketability. Unfortunate as it is, the look of the application is what gives users their first impression. An old-looking application just won't impress. What to Do About It... The first option would be to get your hands on some third-party... (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)