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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)

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)

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)

The Road to Windows 8 Development Success

Did you spend the weekend getting to know your Surface – like many of those who lined up at Microsoft Stores across the country? And now you’re considering getting your own application into the Windows Store, but not sure where to begin? Well, we all started somewhere, and although I’m far from laying claim to a Windows 8 app with thousands of downloads, over the past few months of working with developers as well as on my own, I’ve settled on my own shortlist of things to know about Windows 8 development that are I feel are keys to future success. Read the store certification r... (more)