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PowerBuilder 11.2 Released: Sybase's Flagship IDE

Sybase has released the production version of its premier IDE for RAD

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Sybase has released the production version of its flagship .NET development tool - PowerBuilder version 11.2. This latest release of its premier IDE for RAD includes not only standard fixes but also a good list of new features. Here is the "Coles Notes" version of these new features ...
  • AJAX functionality for Web Forms applications
    • introduces AJAX (Asynchronous JavaScript and XML) update functionality for Web Forms applications. With ASP.NET AJAX, the page is updated by refreshing individual regions of the page asynchronously.
  • Telerik RadControls supported
    • PowerBuilder 11.2 uses Telerik RadControls for menus, toolbars, and other controls in Web Forms applications by default. Telerik RadControls provide enhanced functionality for Web Forms toolbars and menus, DatePicker and MonthCalendar controls, and TreeView controls.
  • Build .NET clients for EAServer
    • You can build a .NET client application that invokes methods of Enterprise JavaBeans (EJB) components or PowerBuilder EAServer components running in EAServer 6.1 or later. This capability is based on the .NET client ORB library introduced in EAServer 6.1.
  • Application pools for Web Forms in IIS 7
    • Virtual directories in IIS 7 are hosted in an application pool. When you deploy a PowerBuilder Web Forms application to IIS 7 in PowerBuilder 11.2, the application is deployed to a PowerBuilder-specific application pool named PBAppPool.
  • Certificate store for smart client applications
    • You can now select a digital certificate from a certificate store to sign your smart client application manifests. Previously you could only select a certificate from a file browser. You make the selection on the Publish page in the Project painter for a .NET Windows Forms target when Publish as a smart client application is selected on the General page. You can also select a password protected certificate.
  • IDE user interface enhancements
    • Target-relative paths and shared projects
      Library tab and wizard in the New dialog box
      Library list and .NET Assemblies context menu items on targets in the System Tree
      Publish context menu item on smart client projects in the System Tree
      Files opened in File editor added to most recently used objects list
      File editor Open dialog box lists additional file types
      Current database connection displays in the PowerBuilder title bar
      UseEllipsis property available in edit styles in the Database painter
  • Database connectivity enhancements
    • DisableBind DBParm supported by ASE and SYC database interfaces
    • Support for Oracle 10.2 NCHAR literal replacement.
  • DEBUG condition in ORCA and OrcaScript.
    • PowerBuilder 11.2 includes a new property and method that allow you to programmatically compile standard PowerBuilder applications using or excluding script contained in conditional compilation blocks set with the DEBUG preprocessor symbol.

You can read the detailed release information on PB 11.2 from Sybase's web site.  From there, if you want to upgrade your PB 11.0 or 11.1 release, you can download the new version 11.2. However, because PB 11.2 is also AJAX enabled, you will also have to install Microsoft's AJAX 1.0 support.

It should be noted that the features listed on the next page will no longer be supported after PB version 11.2 ...

More Stories By Chris Pollach

Chris Pollach is a Senior Consultant with over 30 years experience in Systems and Software Analysis, Development, Maintenance and Technical Support, mainly in the areas of GUI Design, MS-Windows Programming, Java / .NET Programming, Wireless, Application / Web Server Design & Programming, Object Oriented Development Tools and Methodologies, Data Base, Data Communications and Network application development. He has participated in numerous technical, planning and management roles, as well as consulted and educated in these fields for a diverse clientele. He is also the owner of “Software Tool & Die Inc.” a company dedicated to provide custom software and education solutions on Object Oriented business systems.

As an educator, Chris is certified to teach PowerBuilder (first in Canada), MS-SQLServer, Sybase’s Enterprise Application Studio and EAServer integrated application/web development environment. He is former Certified SilverStream developer (CSSD) and current Certified PowerBuilder Developer – Associate / Professional (CPD-P) as well as a Certified Sybase Tools Instructor (CSI).

Chris has written numerous articles in various popular personal computer magazines, newsletters and is the author of the PowerGuide and PowerExpert products as well as the STD Foundation Classes. Currently, Chris has developed a Foundation Class library for Sybase's PocketBuilder, SAP's PowerBulder and EAServer products and now Appeon Web & mobile products that integrates JSP or ASP web development, Section 508 / CLF web standards and mobile applications. A new Web Service framework has also been released for IIs to support PowerBuilder based web service NVUO's!

Chris recently became a 2nd Degree Black in the TaeKwonDo martial art and has developed a Martial Art multimedia study guide using the Component-One “Doc2Help” and Sybase PowerBuilder products. Since the fall of 2004 he became a TaeKwonDo instructor for the City of Ottawa’s Goulbourn program. He has also been certified with the World TaeKwonDo Federation (February 2005 - 1st Dan and October 2008 - 2nd Dan).

Chris was awarded the Sybase “Innovation and Achievement” award for 2005 as voted for by the International Sybase User Group (ISUG). This award was presented for innovations to the PocketBuilder mobile development product, contributions to the PowerBuilder News groups and support of the Ottawa Sybase User Group.

To round his management and leadership skills, Chris is the former president of the Kiwanis Club of Goulbourn and still volunteers his time with the service clubs in his area. He is also the coordinator of the Ottawa Sybase User group and a certified NAUI scuba instructor. For the last three years, Chris has been voted onto the ISUG Board of Directors and holds the position of "Director - North American User Groups".

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