Welcome!

Agile Computing Authors: Stackify Blog, Elizabeth White, Ed Featherston, Pat Romanski, Liz McMillan

Related Topics: PowerBuilder

PowerBuilder: Article

Come Get Your Beta While It’s Hot

The PowerBuilder 12.0 beta has officially started

The PowerBuilder 12.0 beta has officially started. It's pretty hard to overstate the magnitude of the changes that are taking place within PowerBuilder for this version. As a result, it's more important than ever for as many people as possible to participate in order to get the most amount of feedback as possible back to Sybase. It's going to be a lot easier to let Sybase know there's a problem with a feature now before the "die is cast" and it's easier for them to fix than to wait until after the release to find the problem, and then have to wait for an EBF for a correction

In case you haven't been following the announcements leading up to the beta, including the release of a CTP version, PowerBuilder 12 is slated to contain the following enhancements:

A New IDE
PowerBuilder.NET is a new IDE built upon the Visual Studio Isolated Shell. As a result, we automatically gain some of the long-awaited IDE features we've been asking for (Intellisense, collapsible code bands, line revision marks, go to definition, bookmarks, code formatting, code snippets, split screen editing, dockable tapped panes, etc.). We will also still have PowerBuilder Classic, the existing IDE with a few enhancements for continued work on existing Win32 and .NET (Winform, Webform, Web Service and Assembly) target types. The new IDE is initially intended to support the development of WPF-based applications (see below). Other .NET target types will be ported from PowerBuilder Classic to PowerBuilder.NET over time.

WPF Support
Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) was originally introduced by Microsoft with the release of .NET 3.0. It is based on an XML style markup language called XAML, and uses DirectX rather than GDI to render the user interface for Windows-based applications. It is intended as the replacement for WinForms. A very similar technology (Silverlight) was also introduced by Microsoft largely to compete against technologies such as Adobe Flash, though it could also be used to replace or at least embellish WebForms.

WPF DataWindow
In order to support the generation of WPF targets, Sybase has developed a fully managed code version of the DataWindow that generates its output through WPF.

WCF Support
Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) was also originally introduced by Microsoft in .NET 3.0 as a second-generation method for consuming (and creating) services. The primary advantages of WCF is that later web services standards (e.g., WS-Security) were directly supported (support was provided through an add-on in prior .NET service implementations) and protocols other than SOAP for transport could be used (for example, support for REST was introduced in .NET 3.5).

PowerScript Enhancements
In order to more fully support .NET target development, PowerScript has been enhanced to support a number of .NET language features such as parameterized constructors, user-defined enumerations, delegates, generics, interfaces, as well as broader support for array types.

Fully Managed Code
As a result of the development of a fully managed code version of the DataWindow, it is now possible to create PowerBuilder applications that are also fully managed. Previously, the unmanaged libraries required for the DataWindow as well as unmanaged database drivers would often cause problems in locations where only fully managed code is allowed.

The Death of the PBL
At least in PowerBuilder.NET, which stores all of its source code as individual files. As a result, support for using non-MSCCI-based source control systems is greatly enhanced. It also means no more corrupted PBLs.

I see some great potential for the future based on these new enhancements. WPF is basically a new way of creating Windows desktop applications. Once that is done, it would seem (based on the similarities between WPF and Silverlight) that support for Silverlight as well might easily be included in the future. Allowing PowerBuilder developers to generate WPF applications give them some new capabilities for Windows applications, but Silverlight support would provide an alternative to the current WebForms method of generating web apps, which would be an even greater benefit. Silverlight-based web applications have (in my opinion) much better capability for maintaining the rich client look and feel of the Windows desktop application than the current WebForm approach. Microsoft is also currently developing a Silverlight for mobile that would allow Silverlight applications to run on a number of different mobile device platforms.

I also hold out hope that the capability for PowerBuilder to generate fully managed code would allow it to run via Mono on other desktop platforms (e.g., Linux, Mac). The primary problem with this is that Mono currently does not support, and had indicated no current plans to ever support, WPF (http://www.mono-project.com/Roadmap#Unsupported_technologies). We would either need to have the other .NET targets (i.e., WinForm) also available in fully managed code in the future, or Mono plans would need to change so that they do support WPF.

In any event, the changes represent a huge leap forward in PowerBuilder capabilities and open the door to even greater capabilities in the future. Now's the time to get on board.

More Stories By Bruce Armstrong

Bruce Armstrong is a development lead with Integrated Data Services (www.get-integrated.com). A charter member of TeamSybase, he has been using PowerBuilder since version 1.0.B. He was a contributing author to SYS-CON's PowerBuilder 4.0 Secrets of the Masters and the editor of SAMs' PowerBuilder 9: Advanced Client/Server Development.

Comments (0)

Share your thoughts on this story.

Add your comment
You must be signed in to add a comment. Sign-in | Register

In accordance with our Comment Policy, we encourage comments that are on topic, relevant and to-the-point. We will remove comments that include profanity, personal attacks, racial slurs, threats of violence, or other inappropriate material that violates our Terms and Conditions, and will block users who make repeated violations. We ask all readers to expect diversity of opinion and to treat one another with dignity and respect.


@ThingsExpo Stories
I think DevOps is now a rambunctious teenager - it's starting to get a mind of its own, wanting to get its own things but it still needs some adult supervision," explained Thomas Hooker, VP of marketing at CollabNet, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at DevOps Summit at 20th Cloud Expo, held June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
"MobiDev is a software development company and we do complex, custom software development for everybody from entrepreneurs to large enterprises," explained Alan Winters, U.S. Head of Business Development at MobiDev, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 21st Cloud Expo, held Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
Major trends and emerging technologies – from virtual reality and IoT, to Big Data and algorithms – are helping organizations innovate in the digital era. However, to create real business value, IT must think beyond the ‘what’ of digital transformation to the ‘how’ to harness emerging trends, innovation and disruption. Architecture is the key that underpins and ties all these efforts together. In the digital age, it’s important to invest in architecture, extend the enterprise footprint to the cl...
Data is the fuel that drives the machine learning algorithmic engines and ultimately provides the business value. In his session at Cloud Expo, Ed Featherston, a director and senior enterprise architect at Collaborative Consulting, discussed the key considerations around quality, volume, timeliness, and pedigree that must be dealt with in order to properly fuel that engine.
Two weeks ago (November 3-5), I attended the Cloud Expo Silicon Valley as a speaker, where I presented on the security and privacy due diligence requirements for cloud solutions. Cloud security is a topical issue for every CIO, CISO, and technology buyer. Decision-makers are always looking for insights on how to mitigate the security risks of implementing and using cloud solutions. Based on the presentation topics covered at the conference, as well as the general discussions heard between sessio...
IoT is rapidly becoming mainstream as more and more investments are made into the platforms and technology. As this movement continues to expand and gain momentum it creates a massive wall of noise that can be difficult to sift through. Unfortunately, this inevitably makes IoT less approachable for people to get started with and can hamper efforts to integrate this key technology into your own portfolio. There are so many connected products already in place today with many hundreds more on the h...
No hype cycles or predictions of zillions of things here. IoT is big. You get it. You know your business and have great ideas for a business transformation strategy. What comes next? Time to make it happen. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Jay Mason, Associate Partner at M&S Consulting, presented a step-by-step plan to develop your technology implementation strategy. He discussed the evaluation of communication standards and IoT messaging protocols, data analytics considerations, edge-to-cloud tec...
Announcing Poland #DigitalTransformation Pavilion
Digital Transformation is much more than a buzzword. The radical shift to digital mechanisms for almost every process is evident across all industries and verticals. This is often especially true in financial services, where the legacy environment is many times unable to keep up with the rapidly shifting demands of the consumer. The constant pressure to provide complete, omnichannel delivery of customer-facing solutions to meet both regulatory and customer demands is putting enormous pressure on...
CloudEXPO | DXWorldEXPO are the world's most influential, independent events where Cloud Computing was coined and where technology buyers and vendors meet to experience and discuss the big picture of Digital Transformation and all of the strategies, tactics, and tools they need to realize their goals. Sponsors of DXWorldEXPO | CloudEXPO benefit from unmatched branding, profile building and lead generation opportunities.
DXWorldEXPO LLC announced today that All in Mobile, a mobile app development company from Poland, will exhibit at the 22nd International CloudEXPO | DXWorldEXPO. All In Mobile is a mobile app development company from Poland. Since 2014, they maintain passion for developing mobile applications for enterprises and startups worldwide.
The best way to leverage your CloudEXPO | DXWorldEXPO presence as a sponsor and exhibitor is to plan your news announcements around our events. The press covering CloudEXPO | DXWorldEXPO will have access to these releases and will amplify your news announcements. More than two dozen Cloud companies either set deals at our shows or have announced their mergers and acquisitions at CloudEXPO. Product announcements during our show provide your company with the most reach through our targeted audienc...
@DevOpsSummit at Cloud Expo, taking place November 12-13 in New York City, NY, is co-located with 22nd international CloudEXPO | first international DXWorldEXPO and will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world.
Everything run by electricity will eventually be connected to the Internet. Get ahead of the Internet of Things revolution. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Akvelon expert and IoT industry leader Sergey Grebnov provided an educational dive into the world of managing your home, workplace and all the devices they contain with the power of machine-based AI and intelligent Bot services for a completely streamlined experience.
DXWorldEXPO | CloudEXPO are the world's most influential, independent events where Cloud Computing was coined and where technology buyers and vendors meet to experience and discuss the big picture of Digital Transformation and all of the strategies, tactics, and tools they need to realize their goals. Sponsors of DXWorldEXPO | CloudEXPO benefit from unmatched branding, profile building and lead generation opportunities.
22nd International Cloud Expo, taking place June 5-7, 2018, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY, and co-located with the 1st DXWorld Expo will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world. Cloud computing is now being embraced by a majority of enterprises of all sizes. Yesterday's debate about public vs. private has transformed into the reality of hybrid cloud: a recent survey shows that 74% of enterprises have a hybrid cloud ...
In his keynote at 19th Cloud Expo, Sheng Liang, co-founder and CEO of Rancher Labs, discussed the technological advances and new business opportunities created by the rapid adoption of containers. With the success of Amazon Web Services (AWS) and various open source technologies used to build private clouds, cloud computing has become an essential component of IT strategy. However, users continue to face challenges in implementing clouds, as older technologies evolve and newer ones like Docker c...
JETRO showcased Japan Digital Transformation Pavilion at SYS-CON's 21st International Cloud Expo® at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. The Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) is a non-profit organization that provides business support services to companies expanding to Japan. With the support of JETRO's dedicated staff, clients can incorporate their business; receive visa, immigration, and HR support; find dedicated office space; identify local government subsidies; get...
Dion Hinchcliffe is an internationally recognized digital expert, bestselling book author, frequent keynote speaker, analyst, futurist, and transformation expert based in Washington, DC. He is currently Chief Strategy Officer at the industry-leading digital strategy and online community solutions firm, 7Summits.
Bill Schmarzo, author of "Big Data: Understanding How Data Powers Big Business" and "Big Data MBA: Driving Business Strategies with Data Science," is responsible for setting the strategy and defining the Big Data service offerings and capabilities for EMC Global Services Big Data Practice. As the CTO for the Big Data Practice, he is responsible for working with organizations to help them identify where and how to start their big data journeys. He's written several white papers, is an avid blogge...