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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!

Enjoy!

Regards ... Chris

Sunday, March 10, 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! 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

   The new PSRViewer.exe application is built using the latest version of the STD Integrated Foundation Class library (2019.1.0.124) 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 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

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

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

STD Integrated Framework - PowerBulder 2017R3/2019 TCP/IP Sockets

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TCP/IP Programming

Updated Socket Application Example for Appeon PowerBuilder!


        Software Tool & Die Inc. today are very pleased to announce a brand new MS-Windows Socket (2019R1) example application built with the latest STD Integrated Framework (2019R1). This latest release of the Socket application is also built using the latest Appeon PowerBuilder 2017R3 IDE and is also available for PowerBuilder 2019 Beta testing as well.

Client Application - Ready to send DW object & buffers


         The STD Socket example application demonstrates a significant enhancement to the the PB developer's toolbox! The Socket example showcases the TCP/IP features in the STD Integrated Framework and more importantly returns the power of Distributed PowerBuilder back to the application developer. The TCP/IP socket support in the STD Frameworks is based on the work by Tom Cervenka's Sockets objects (written in pure PB, dating back to the PowerSoft days) that utilizes MS-Windows socket API's for FTP'ing files between servers and/or peer-to-peer communications.

Server Application - Receiving DWO and buffers from sender
    In addition, the updated STD Socket example will also now work with PowerServer 2017 as well when deployed as a Web Application! 

Actual Web deployed Socket App talking to its Native PB counter-part!

Watch the video!


    You can download the new STD Socket example application from the STD Framework's website by clicking here to get more productive in peer-to-peer communications with PowerBuilder! Note that a new "Beta" sub-folder has been added to this location as well. This folder contains the PB2019 beta version of the socket example App!

 
Enjoy!


Regards ... Chris

Sunday, February 10, 2019

STD Integrated Framework - PowerBuilder 2017R3/2019 Script Commenter

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STD Foundation Classes

Script Commenter - Utility Application update released!

        Software Tool & Die Inc. today are very pleased to announce an updated  version of the Script Commenter (2019R1) application for the Appeon PowerBuilder 2017R3 IDE and the new Appeon PowerBuilder 2019 Beta#1. This latest release of the Script Commenter application is also using the latest STD Integrated Framework (2019R1)  ...


PB 2017R3 MR01 IDE using the Script Commenter!

         The STD Script Commenter is a significant enhancement to the way a PB developer works productivity wise by easily allowing code comments to be added to any object class in the current object painter's PowerScipt or declaration areas! The Script Commenter is based on the original commenter application by R.C. Sizer but has been totally refactored. The latest release includes the following new features ...

  • Migrated the App code from  PB 2018R2 build 1769 to PB 2018R3 MR01 build 1880
  • Updated the STD framework to release 2019.1.0.124 (2019R1) ... February 6, 2019.
  • Added code to work with the new PB2018 and PB2019 IDE's (currently in beta).

Mapping the Script Commenter in the PB 2017/2019 IDE

    The new Script Commenter is designed to work with any Unicode version of PowerBuilder (v10.0 through 2019). It can be activated in any PB IDE by creating a toolbar short-cut icon and assigning to the EXE as follows:

app path\ScriptCommenterXXX.exe  header
  - or -
app path\ScriptCommenterXXX.exe  block
  - or -
app path\ScriptCommenterXXX.exe  inline
  • where XXX = Compiled type 32M, 32P or 64P 

     The values added as a header, in-line or block comment are located in the "Comment_Block.ini" file. This file can built based on the values found in the "Comment_Template.ini" file and is customizable by the PB developer!
    You can download the new STD Script Commenter application from the STD Framework's website by clicking here and get more productive!

 
Enjoy!

Note: The previous PB12.1/PB2017 Script Commenter versions are in the Archive sub-folder.

Regards ... Chris

STD Integrated Framework - PowerBuilder 2017R3/2019 BASE64 Example

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STD Foundation Classes

Updated BASE64 Example Application released!

 

     Software Tool & Die Inc. today are very pleased to announce an updated Base64 Encoding / Decoding example application for Appeon PowerBuilder that was built from the latest STD Integrated Framework (version 2019.1.0.124 released on 2019-02-06) and the newest Appeon PB2017R3 MR01 release (build 1880) ...

Native PB App using framework's Base64

     Base64 encoding and decoding is a critical  feature when processing XML and JSON files that contain binary datum. As well as using PowerBuilder's PBDOM feature, an XML DataWindow or interacting with Web Services that pass binary data back and forth (ie: JSON in a RESTFul web service). The received binary data will be in base64 encoded format - which is unusable to your PB application unless decoded (converted back) to its original binary state. Conversely, binary data that your PB application needs to send to other XML or JSON based applications must be converted (encoded) into the base64 standard.
STD Frameworks Base64 running as a PowerServer Web application!

    The Base64 Example application utilizes standard Microsoft Base64 API's supplied by the MS-Windows O/S. These API's are now embedded in the framework's "nc_crypto_master" object class and easily called from your PowerScript code, as follows:
  • lo_crypto.of_base64_stringtobinary ( lblb_image , ls_base64 )

    The Base64 Example - along with the STD Integrated Framework is also able be used with PowerServer Web applications. Thus, the Base64 Example application can also be deployed to your favourite Web Browser using PowerServer. The nc_crypto_master has also been ported to the STD Web Service framework so you can now use the Base64 functionality in a PB built web services as well!

    You can download the Base64 Example application from the STD Framework's website by clicking here! You can also download either of the free open source STD frameworks for PowerBuilder, PowerServer and Web Services by clicking here!

Enjoy!

Regards ... Chris

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

STD Integrated Foundation Classes - Updated Version 2019R1 Released!


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  Integrated Foundation Classes (2019R1) Released!

 "THE" Framework for Appeon PowerBuilder & PowerServer!

(v2019.1.0.124 - February 6, 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 2019R1 (build 2019.1.0.124) exclusively for PowerBuilder 2017R3, PowerServer 2017 Web and PowerServer 2017 Mobile builds 1858!
  
     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. Note that STD has now released 5 new versions of the framework in 2018. Stay tuned for more exciting releases throughout 2019!

  
   The following are some of the key highlights of the new 2019R1 Integrated Foundation Class library and Appeon PowerBuilder 2017R3 versions at work, as follows:
   

Debug Tracing (built-in)


Updated Debug Tracing feature extended to PB2018/2019

Built-in Web Browser

 
Access websites inside your PB Apps!

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 #1858. 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 2019.1.0.124 - Major Release (2019R5) - change highlights ...

  • Revised "mu_application_master" object class to add support for "Themes" in PB 2018 or higher   
  • Revised "nc_app_controller_master" object class to...
  1.  Track Theme in use
  2.  Allow sending a Return Code back to the calling App or O/S
  3.  Added HEAP memory command declarations
  4.  Perfrom Controller Close before a Restart
  5.  Get the PS App's "run mode" & log it for debug tracing
  6.  Retrieve PowerServer session count information
  • Added "nc_pbdebug_pbvm180" object class to add support for debug tracing in PB 2018
  • Added "nc_pbdebug_pbvm190" object class to add support for debug tracing in PB 2019
  • Revised "nc_systemtray_master" object class to use external functions now located in the "nc_app_controller_master" object class
  • Revised "ns_sqlca_master" object class to issue either a Commit or Rollback on disconnect
  • Revised "wn_controller_master" object class to ...
  1. Added Yield command to allow proper resource clean-up between Window closes
  2.  Revised code to automatically compute FNFIXEDBAR version   
  3.  Added code to save the location & size of this window to the INI file
  4.  Added code to restore the window to its last known position & size
  5.  Added code to close All Windows before the Controller window   
  • Revised "wn_master" object class to restore last App "Theme" used when App shutdown previously
  • Revised "wn_popup_master" object class to center window on last controller's position
  • Revised "wn_response_master" object class to center window on last controller's position
  • Added new "vs_ole_browser_master" object class to allow an embedded IE Web Browser.


     The OrderEntry example application and the Integrated Framework's Documentation has also been updated to the new Integrated Foundation class 2019R1 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.

Enjoy!


Regards ... Chris