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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) application that provides a given function or caters to a specific audience. The time to secure your brand is now, and with the opening of the Windows Store last week – to developers in 120 markets – the playing field has been leveled. This is the age of developer democratization. Anyone ... (more)

PowerBuilder and EAServer: Uniting the .NET and J2EE Communities

In PowerBuilder 11.2, .NET meets J2EE head-on with the capability to deploy .NET Windows Forms and Web Forms applications (as well as assemblies and Web Services) that access Enterprise JavaBeans (EJBs) in Sybase’s own EAServer. As you’ll see over the course of this article, integrating these “competing” technologies is quite straightforward and leverages mechanisms that have been available since PowerBuilder 7. The enabling technology for the .NET to J2EE functionality in PowerBuilder is the new client support introduced in EAServer 6.1. The EAServer .NET runtime includes three... (more)

EAServer Problem Analysis & Troubleshooting

Designing and implementing an n-tier or Internet application is a complex task, and issues resulting from errors in the runtime configuration or the application code itself are practically inevitable. Problem analysis and troubleshooting are part art, part science. Therefore, although the techniques discussed here can be helpful, the sheer diversity of client and server environments precludes a single recipe for resolving all issues. We'll focus on problems that involve PowerBuilder that occur from the point of connectivity all the way through an EAServer component's lifecycle, an... (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 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)