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Thursday, May 16, 2019

STD Integrated Foundation Classes - Updated Version 2019R2 Released!

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  Integrated Foundation Classes (2019R2) Released!

 "THE" Framework for Appeon PowerBuilder & PowerServer!

(v2019.2.0.131 - May 16, 2019)
Actual application built from the Integrated framework!

        Software Tool & Die Inc (STD) are very pleased to announce that they have just released a new version of their Integrated Foundation Class library framework 2019R2 (build 2019.2.0.131) exclusively for PowerBuilder 2017R3, PowerServer 2017 Web and PowerServer 2017 Mobile builds 1880!
     STD are also very excited as this release represents another significant enhancement to the Integrated framework that really further exemplifies the power of the Appeon PowerBuilder 2017R3 development environment! The new framework combined with the current PowerBuilder and/or PowerServer products, positions developers to take advantage of today's Agile and DevOps methodologies. Plus it further enhances a new GUI "punch" in your Native, Web and Mobile Apps without buying expensive add-on products.

     For a summary of the previous framework version's feature sets for 2018, please follow these links - 2018R1, 2018R2, 2018R3, 2018R4 and 2018R5. STD has now released 2 new versions of the framework in 2019 (2019R1). Stay tuned for more exciting releases throughout 2019 including a brand new version just for PowerBuilder 2019!

   The following are some of the key highlights of the new 2019R2 Integrated Foundation Class library and Appeon PowerBuilder 2017R3 versions at work, as follows:

Web Browser Print Window Ready

New Print Window feature in action!

Windows 10 Notification Ready

MS-Windows Notification Example
Theme Ready

Ready for the new "Theme" feature in PB2019
    The latest Integrated framework version contains the following updates and has been tested with MS-Windows 10 O/S (Spring Creator Edition), PB 2017R3 and the PowerServer 2017 builds #1880. Testing inside of PB included Win32 (both P-code & M-code) and Win64 (P-code) deployments. Testing inside of PowerServer Web & Mobile included latest Web Browsers, latest Apple Tablet / Smart Phone and Android Tablet / Smart Phone deployments.

Note: All the STD frameworks are free and can be downloaded from its STD Foundation Classes SourceForge project website..

Release 2019.2.0.131 - Major Release (2019R2) - change highlights ...
  • Added "Process" API external declarations into "nc_app_controller_master" base class
  • Added "of_get_rte_control_type" function into "nc_app_controller_master" base class to get RTE 3rd party control being used
  • Revised "Constructor" event of "nc_app_controller_master" base class to validate RTE 3rd party control
  • Added Boolean SW to "nc_app_controller_master" base class to support PB2019 "Themes" feature ON/OFF
  • Revised "nc_app_controller_master" base class to log the application's Library List at start-up
  • Revised "nc_app_controller_master" base class to handle Dockable App Restore on App Restart    
  • Revised "nc_app_controller_master" base class to make the O/S Path more "readable" in the App Log
  • Revised "nc_app_controller_master" base class to make sure that only PB App's use App Object's dynamic methods
  • Added new "of_is_theme_feature_active" method to "nc_app_controller_master" base class for PB2019 support
  • Added new "of_set_themes_active" method to "nc_app_controller_master" base class for PB2019 support
  • Added new "of_call_phone_number" method to "nc_app_controller_master" base class
  • Added new "of_set_dockable_restore" method to "nc_app_controller_master" base class for more Dockable Window support
  • Added new "of_get_dockable_restore" method to "nc_app_controller_master" base class for more Dockable Window support
  • Revised "nc_app_controller_master" base class's "of_notification_display" method to use MS-Windows "PBNotify" App to send W10 message
  • Revised "nc_app_controller_master" base class's "Constructor" event to check if a Dockble app Restore is required
  • Revised "nc_app_controller_master" base class's "Constructor" event to add MS-Windows notify EXE command-line setting    
  • Revised "ns_ds_master" base class's "WSError" event to log Web Service "Buffer" name to the log
  • Revised "ns_ds_master" base class's "RetrieveStart" event to allow DWO to try and keep band data together as much as possible
  • Revised "nc_app_controller_master" base class's "oe_postopen" event to handle Dockable Restore mode
  • Revised "nc_app_controller_master" base class's "CloseQuery" event to save Dockable state of all open Document Sheets
  • Revised "wn_master" base class's "oe_set_theme" event to check if themes are active and set mouse pointer accordingly
  • Revised "nc_app_controller_master" base class's "of_set_network_info" method to bypass network adapter check if browser = IE - PS2017 (bug)
  • Revised "nc_app_controller_master" base class's "of_check_aws_version" method to retrieve AWS's AppName and AppURL
  • Added new "of_get_powerserver_version" method to "nc_app_controller_master" base class to get PS version (release)
  • Revised "nc_app_controller_master" base class's "Constructor" method to grab NetWork Adapter information from PS Web Apps
  • Revised "nc_powershell_master" base class's "of_run" method to  log the Power-Shell command's Return Code
  • Revised "wn_master" base class's "oe_drop_files" event to logging when "debug" switch is ON    
  • Revised "wn_messagebox_master" base class's "oe_postopen" event to allow no CommandButton default if a Zero is passed
  • Revised "fn_print_screen" global function base class to use external print screen when in PowerServer mode
  • Revised "fn_print_screen" global function base class to adjust for PB Units to Pixels for proper sizing
  • Revised "fn_print_window" global function base class to handle PS Web App's where Object.Print() is not supported
  • Revised "nc_app_controller_master" base class's "Instance Variables" to support the location of the PrintScreen application
  • Revised "nc_app_controller_master" base class's "Instance Variables" to support the location of the PrintWindow application
  • Revised "wn_main_master" base class's "oe_postopen" event to help with Window focus on OpenSheet() command in PowerServer apps
  • Revised "wn_master" base class's "deactivate" event to  "top most" (foreground) window position if "ib_always_on_top" SW is ON

     The OrderEntry example application and the Integrated Framework's Documentation has also been updated to the new Integrated Foundation class 2019R2 framework version. You can download the example application from here. Also, check out the online "getting started" video series to accelerate your assimilation of the best framework for PowerBuilder & PowerServer!

   STD would also like to thank Novalys Corporation for their support of the Foundation Classes by supplying the VisualExpert product for the framework's documentation.


Regards ... Chris

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Appeon 2019 - Up Coming Webcasts!

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Up Coming Appeon Webcasts!

Using Dropbox REST API from PowerBuilder

Wednesday, May 22

In this community webcast, Kevin Ridley, Appeon MVP, will share with you how to call Dropbox REST APIs from PowerBuilder. You will learn how to set up a service account in Dropbox, generate an OAuth2 access token, use Files/ListFolder functions to show a directory view of folders and files, drill into folders to see contents, download selected files using Files/Download APIs, as well as upload selected file using Files/Upload APIs. Also, Kevin will demonstrate using new PowerBuilder features OAuthClient, JSONGenerator, JSONParser, DW.ImportJSON to integrate with Dropbox using the REST standard.
Recording of the Webcast will be sent to all registrants, so we recommend you register even if you can’t attend.  
Presenter: Kevin Ridley, Appeon MVP



PowerBuilder 2019 Release Webinar

Wednesday, June 12

In this official Appeon webinar, Appeon will walk you through the key new features of PowerBuilder 2019, with a special focus on codeless enhancement of application UI and a practical approach to cloudify (a little or a lot) your existing projects. This webinar includes quick-start tutorials and a Q&A session so you are ready to benefit from PowerBuilder 2019 in the shortest amount of time. Join us at this live event to get valuable knowledge in an action-packed 60 minutes!

Recording of the Webcast will be sent to all registrants, so we recommend you register even if you can’t attend. 
Presenters: Armeen Mazda, Appeon CEO; Bruce Armstrong, Appeon MVP



PowerServer 2019 and PB C# Web API integration: Why, When, How

Wednesday, June 26

In this community webinar, Marco Meoni, Appeon MVP, will show you how to utilize new features of PowerServer 2019 (in conjunction with PowerBuilder 2019) to free your apps from the desktop and limitations of client/server architecture. You will learn about how to thin out your application by deploying business logic as C# Web APIs utilizing the new .NET DataStore of PowerBuilder 2019. And then convert your application UI into a Web app that consumes your C# Web APIs utilizing the new REST features of PowerServer 2019. Since majority of the work is automated by the migration engines in PowerServer and PowerBuilder, this Webinar will focus on the manual work that is involved.

Recording of the Webcast will be sent to all registrants, so we recommend you register even if you can’t attend. 
Presenter: Marco Meoni, Appeon MVP


Regards ... Chris

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Visual Expert 2019 - for Appeon PowerBuilder

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 What's new in Visual Expert 2019?
Generate Diagrams of your Appeon PowerBuilder code, perform code reviews, analyze DBMS performance and code analysis for PowerBuilder, Oracle, and SQL Server (just to highlight a few new key features)!

Generate Code Review ReportS
* Check coding rules and conventions.
* Find unused objects
* Review all issues with HTML Reports.
* Improve maintainability.
* Supports PB, SQL Server and Oracle code
Visual Expert Code Review Reports
Analyze the Performance of your DATABASE code
Identify slow Oracle or SQL Server objects (procedures, functions...).
Pinpoint bottle necks, slow instructions and/or queries.
Improve response times. Reduce table locks.
Visual Expert provides more than 300 features to help you
maintain your Appeon PowerBuilder code! To find out more ... 

Try with YOUR Code

Regards ... Chris

Thursday, April 25, 2019

STD Integrated Framework - PowerBuilder PB2017R3/2019 PSR Viewer

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PSR Viewer Application updated!

    Software Tool & Die Inc. are please to announce a new version of the PowerSoft Report (PSR) Viewer application built from the latest free open source STD Integrated Foundation Classes and specially designed for Appeon PowerBuilder version PB2017R3 MR02! The Foundation Classes provide most of the PSR functionality natively wrapped around the framework's DataWindow Control class! The PSR Viewer allows the user to view DataWindow reports that have been saved in PSR format from either Appeon PowerBuilder or InfoMaker. A .PSR file is actually the DataWindow Object source along with its Primary data buffer contents.

PSR Viewer new look & feel under PB2017R3 MR02

   Included in this new release are also the ability to write to the MS-Windows 10  "Notification area" and also drag & drop external PSR files into the PSR Viewer for display. A much more intuitive feedback and way of working!

MS-Windows 10 Notification
Drag & Drop external PSR report files directly into the PSRViewer!

   The new PSRViewer.exe application is built using the latest version of the STD Integrated Foundation Class library (2019.1.0.129) utilizing PowerBuilder 2017 R3 MR01 (build 1880). However, the application is already ready to migrate to the new PB2019 beta#2 using Appeon PB's built-in migration feature.

PSR Viewer under PB2019 using the new Themes feature.

   The new PSR Viewer application for Appeon PB2017R3 MR01 can be downloaded from the SourceForge web site ... just click here! For the PB2019 Beta #2 version, you can download the PSR Viewer beta version from here!

Note: Older versions of the PSR viewer can be downloaded from here.

Enjoy ... Chris

Thursday, April 4, 2019

Appeon Elevate 2019 Conference!

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Elevate 2019 Conference

Appeon is calling for presenters and collecting presentation proposals for the Elevate 2019 Developer Conference, which will take place in Philadelphia, PA (USA) on October 28-30, 2019. The Elevate conference aims to be a technical conference, offering developers training on the latest PowerBuilder features, the opportunity to schedule one-on-one meetings with the Appeon team, and networking with other developers, community leaders and reference customers.

At Elevate 2019, Appeon is welcoming presentations on a broad range of topic areas including but not limited to the topic areas listed below. Please submit your presentation proposal before June 15, 2019. If your presentation is accepted, you will receive a complimentary Full Conference Pass for your participation, which is a $995 value, and you will also receive acknowledgement on the conference website.

Featured Topic Areas:
  • Cloud Migration: how to migrate your existing projects to the cloud using either PowerServer or the C# DataStore.
  • C# Development: how to develop C# cloud apps with either a native or HTML UI using PowerBuilder 2019 Cloud Edition.
  • Developer Productivity: strategies, processes, and design practices for improving developer productivity.
  • Integration & Interop: how to integrate with other applications and cloud services.
  • Modern UI/UX: how to modernize your application’s UI and UX.
  • Tips & Tricks: various tips n’ tricks for PowerBuilder & PowerServer.

Sign Up as a Presenter!

The Early-bird conference registration is now open! Appeon would love to have you and your colleagues join us in Philadelphia on October 28-30, 2019. Register now and you will receive a $300 early-bird discount.

Learn More about Elevate 2019

Regards ... Chris

Saturday, March 16, 2019

STD Integrated Framework - PowerBuilder MS-Windows Notification Utility

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New MS-Windows Notification Utility

     Software Tool & Die Inc. are please to announce a new MS-Windows Notification application built from the latest free open source STD Integrated Foundation Classes and specially designed for Appeon PowerBuilder version PB2017R3! The Foundation Classes provide most of the Notification functionality.

         The notification utility application takes the notification information as a command line argument when calling the executable, as follows:
pbnotify32p.exe Time=5,Name=STD Framework,Msg=This is a test message from the calling application!

Where ...

Time=nn        // Time to display (seconds)
Name=xxxx    // Application Name
Msg=xxxx    // User message to display

The resulting notification would appear like so        ==>

 The notification application has the following uses ...

  • The application returns an O/S return code. +1 for OK and -1 for fail.
  • The application will only work in MS-Windows 10 and higher
  • Can be called from any Application EXE, Batch, PowerShell or Windows scheduler script!
  • Simultaneous messages can appear if the Application Name or message text is different.
    Due to the fact that the Notification application is built from the STD framework, logging is automatically performed where you can check the status of the executable's processing.

    The new Notification application for Appeon PB2017R3 can be downloaded and used for free from the SourceForge web site ... just click here!


Regards ... Chris

Friday, February 15, 2019

STD Integrated Framework - PowerBuilder PB2017R3/2019 MS-Windows Explorer

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PowerBuilder - Windows O/S Explorer

    Software Tool & Die Inc. are please to announce the release of its updated MS-Windows O/S System Explorer utility all written in PowerBuilder 2017R3 - build 1880! This utility demonstrates the power of using the STD Integrated Framework plus MS-Windows SDK calls to locate every running application, process, service, etc running in the entire operating system. The latest release contains the following upgrades ...
  • Migrated the code base from 2017R2 to PowerBuilder 2017R3 build 1880
  • Updated the STD Integrated framework to the latest release (2019R1 Build 124)
  • Created a PB2019 (build 1960) beta test version (checkout new "beta" sub-folder)
  • Created a new PBL to house all images so that no image deployment is now necessary
  • Various small performance improvements
Win 32/64 WinExplorer running on W10

     This release is also already ready for deployment as a Web Browser or IWA (Installable Web Application) based application utilizing the PowerServer software. With the combination of the STD Integrated  Framework plus Appeon PowerServer - the MS-Windows Explorer application will now function in either the Internet Explorer, Opera, FireFox, Chrome or Edge web browsers.

WinExplorer running as a Web App on MS-Edge!

     Unlock the "Power" in PowerBuilder and download this free PB Classic utility application. Check out the prowess of the Integrated framework assisting the Windows Explorer application - click here to download!

Enjoy ... Chris