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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 define an application programming interface (API) that was vendor neutral, but provided essentially the same functionality as the proprietary embedded-SQL techniques that had been widely used to that point. The API was to be used by database vendors and other software providers in developing dri... (more)

Windows 8 Notifications: Leveraging Azure Storage

When incorporating images into your toast and tile notifications, there are three options for hosting those images: within the application package itself, using an ms-appx:/// URI, within local application storage, using an ms-appdata:///local URI, or on the web using an HTTP or HTTPS URI. The primary advantage of hosting images on the web is that it insulates the application from changes to those images.  The images hosted on the web can be modified or refined without requiring an update to the application, which both necessitates a resubmission to the Windows Store and relies on... (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)

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)

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)