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The release-defining feature of PowerBuilder 11 is its ability to deploy existing applications as .NET Windows Forms and Web Forms applications and components of business logic, namely custom-class user objects (NVOs), as .NET assemblies and Web Services. Although PowerBuilder's adoption of the .NET Framework represents a great leap forward for application developers, the implications of converting a desktop, client/server application to an ASP.NET Web application are significant. Those of you who have been working with PowerBuilder 11 know this first hand just from the sometimes daunting list of unsupported features that can appear in the Output window after deploying a .NET target (Figure 1). The unsupported features list contains valuable information necessary for you to successfully bring your application's functionality into the .NET world; however, the organi... (more)

Windows 8 AND Visual Studio 2012 Completion Milestones

It’s been a busy day! Both the Windows 8 team and the Visual Studio teams have reached significant milestones in their respective releases. Per Steven Sinofsky’s blog, Windows 8 has been Released to Manufacturing (RTM), and the Windows Store is officially open for paid applications and company accounts (and with a considerable expansion in the number of markets and certification languages). And Jason Zander just announced the final build for Visual Studio 2012, with MSDN availability on August 15th, and a online launch event on September 12th. Here’s a quick rundown of the timel... (more)

PowerBuilder & Informix

In this article we'll discuss connectivity requirements, Informix-specific data type processing, and the use of Informix stored procedures within the PowerBuilder environment. PowerBuilder offers developers four specific connectivity options for IBM Informix databases: Third-party Open Database Connectivity (ODBC) drivers Third-party Java Database Connectivity (JDBC) drivers Third-party OLE-DB providers The "native" driver available in the PowerBuilder Enterprise version In this article we'll focus on the last option by discussing connectivity requirements, Informix-specific data... (more)

Windows 8 Notifications: Using Azure for Periodic Notifications

At the end of my last post, I put in a plug for using Windows Azure to host periodic notification templates, so I’ll use this opportunity to delve into a bit more detail. If you want to follow along and don’t already have an Azure subscription, you can get a free 90-day trial account on Windows Azure in minutes. The Big Picture The concept of periodic notifications is a simple one: it’s a publication/subscription model. Some external application or service creates and exposes a badge or tile XML template for the Windows 8 application to consume on a regular cadence. The only insi... (more)

SQL Saturday Providence – September 15

The historic first-ever SQL Saturday in Rhode Island will be held this coming Saturday in East Warwick at the campus of the New England Institute of Technology. Looking at the schedule there’s a number of local and not-so-local MVPs, Microsoft technologists, and SQL luminaries covering topics from beginner to advanced – a total of 35 sessions!  Do be sure to RSVP and note there is a $10 fee to cover lunch, but that minimal cost is definitely offset by the fantastic sessions, vendor offerings (and giveaways!), and networking opportunity, as any SQL Saturday attendee can tell you... (more)