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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)

IBM & 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 and in Part 2 we'll discuss TEXT and BYTE data, Stored Procedur... (more)

The Windows 8 Opportunity

As the march toward general availability of Windows 8 (on October 26th) continues, I’ve had the opportunity to chat and work with lots of Windows 8 developers via hackathons, mini-meetups, and in-person and e-mail conversations. Many of them are well on their way to, or already have apps, in the Windows Store – and I’ll be profiling some of them in the weeks to come. They got there because they recognized the significance of the first-mover advantage; there’s nothing better to increase your visibility - and profitability - than being the first (and perhaps for a while, the only... (more)

Introduction To PBNI

Have you ever thought of adding new features to PowerBuilder? Or wanted to call Java or .NET from PowerScript? Or imagined that you can call PowerScript from C++ or Java? With PBNI, you can do them all and more. PowerBuilder Native Interface (PBNI) is a standard interface for third parties to extend the functionality of PowerBuilder. PBNI is a valuable new addition to the PowerBuilder programmer's toolbox that allows developers to reach beyond the already feature-rich constructs of PowerScript and custom class user objects (commonly referred to as nonvisual objects or NVOs). The... (more)

Open Database Connectivity

This article offers a brief look into accessing the ODBC API from a PowerBuilder client application that views the tables and columns within any ODBC data source. The techniques shown here can be leveraged to provide capabilities such as ad-hoc reporting within your PowerBuilder applications. A Brief Overview of ODBC In 1989, the SQL Access Group (SAG), including representation from Oracle, Informix, Ingres, and Sun, was launched with the goal of defining standards for database interoperability. SAG took the lead in developing a SQL Call Level Interface (CLI) specification to defi... (more)