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Saturday, August 28, 2010

Canadian Technology Summit

    For the first time in our history, the Ottawa Sybase User Group (OSUG) held a two day event hosting many Sybase professionals, 3rd party vendors, user presentations, senior management participation, etc culminating in an event I would like to call the "Canadian Technical Summit". This event had two streams - one Data Management and the other Development. There was even a "cocktail reception" on the Tuesday night! The event covered subject areas such as: SMS messaging from PB 12.NET, Taking your PowerBuilder applications to the Web; Data Warehousing, Replication, Sybase and SAS, Data Modeling, Database Monitoring and Performance, ASE and PB tools, Product Futures, Mobility, etc just to highlight some key areas. On the Development side we saw evangelist John Strano showing us the latest PB 12.NET from engineering, best practices and another training session. For Data Management we had senior Sybase VP Brian Vink addressing key product futures, Mobility and presentations on comparing various Data Modeling approaches. We also had access to key Sybase technical staff from Canada and the USA to ask questions about Sybase products, interact with users utilizing the same technologies and gain key information into 2010 based products and features.  

    For attendees and friends of the Canadian Technology Summit at the Ottawa Sybase User Group, please find below the downloads to the various presentations that were given ...

1) State of the Nation - Brian Vink  (VP Database Products - Sybase)
2) Opening Remarks - Chris Pollach  (President - OSUG)
3) Appeon for PowerBuilder - Armeen Mazda (CEO - Appeon )
4) Appeon Web Application Case Study - Armeen Mazda (CEO - Appeon)
5) PowerBuilder 11.5 Solving Top Business Problems - John Strano (Technical Evangelist - Sybase)
6) PowerBuilder is .NET - John Strano (Technical Evangelist - Sybase)
7) Bradmark Surveillance for Database - Cindy Bean ( Technical Specialist  - Bradmark)
8) Real-Time Analytics Platform - Chris Baker (Principal Consultant - Sybase)
9) PowerBuilder Protect - Christophe Dufourmantelle (CEO - Novalys)
10) Visual Expert - Christophe Dufourmantelle (CEO - Novalys)
11) Novalys Corporate Overview   - Christophe Dufourmantelle (CEO - Novalys)
12) Visual Guard for PowerBuilder - Christophe Dufourmantelle (CEO - Novalys)
13)  Visual Guard Enterprise - Christophe Dufourmantelle (CEO - Novalys)
14) Customization Studio -  Christophe Dufourmantelle (CEO - Novalys)
15) Beyond Data Modeling with PowerDesigner - Matt Creason (Principal Consultant - Sybase)
16) Mobilizing  SAP, Peoplesoft and Remedy - Anthony Robinson (Principal Consultant - Sybase)
17) Heterogeneous Replication and Disaster Recovery - Anthony Robinson (Principal Consultant - Sybase)
18) Enterprise Information Architecture - Stan Loche (Principal Consultant - Sybase)


    Please find below the downloads to the various PowerBuilder 11.5 examples used by John Strano in his lectures ...  PB11.5 Solving Your Top Business Problems - John Strano (Technical Evangelist - Sybase)


    Please find below the downloads to the various PowerBuilder 12.NET examples used by John Strano in his lectures ...  PB 12 / PB12.NET Code Examples - John Strano (Technical Evangelist - Sybase)


    If you encounter any problems with the downloads or have suggestions for future meetings - please drop me a note. Enjoy and thanks again for coming  ... Chris!

Sunday, August 22, 2010

STD Foundation Classes for Appeon 6.2

** Hot News **


    Software Tool & Die Inc is pleased to announce that they have released a new version of their STD Foundation Classes for the production version of Appeon 6.2. This release is based on the STD framework using PowerBuilder11.5.1 build 4011. PowerBuilder developers can now enjoy this superior framework for their mission critical applications allowing them to deploy either JSP or ASP.Net based web server environments. In the mean time, Appeon will supercharge your Web deployed applications assisted by the STD FC's lightweight performance architecture!


      The STD Foundation Classes are a free business and productivity framework for now Appeon, InfoMaker, EAServer, PocketBuilder, and PowerBuilder that support .Net Assemblies, WebForm, WinForn, Win32, WPF and now JSP/ASP deployment as well. For those developers who have an ISUG membership at either the Gold or Green  level - you can download the full development version of Appeon 6.2 for free as well.

STD FC Release 6.2 Changes ... August 22, 2010)

1)  Migrated PB FC's version 11.5.1 to work with Appeon version 6.2
2)  Changed unsupported PB methods to Appeon equivalent
3) Changed INI file values to align with Appeon
4) Added Appeon WorkAround library
5) Tested framework with OrderEntry sample application

    Along with the new framework for Appeon 6.2, there is also new example OrderEntry application that uses the Appeon aligned STD Foundation Classes to aid in the learning and testing experience. Both the new Appeon based STD framework and the OrderEntry sample application have been uploaded to the SourceForge website (click here). Select "View All Files" at the main project page and the look for the new Appeon folder.

Enjoy .... Chris!

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Friday, August 20, 2010

ISUG - PB 12 Extended to Memebers Benefits

** Hot News **

ISUG Uses TechWave 2010 To Extend Member Services Benefits With Fully Functional Trial Version of Sybase PowerBuilder 12

Washington, D.C., August 9, 2010 – The International Sybase User Group, a trade association representing more than six thousand members in more than sixty countries around the globe, announced today at the Sybase TechWave user conference that ISUG Green and Gold Members are now eligible to receive a one-year, fully functional trial version of PowerBuilder 12 as part of their member benefits.

Central to ISUG's membership services remit is the responsibility to use the organization's proximity to and close relationship with Sybase itself to provide tangible user benefits that far outweigh the cost of the group's membership subscription charge.

In return, ISUG stands open to receive member feedback on the products and services that users themselves feel they need additional support with. Be in terms of training, guidance from Sybase evangelists, user group meetings or access to actual products, ISUG constantly strives to exceed its members expectations.

"Our members have been waiting patiently for this new benefit and we're extremely pleased to be able to offer it to them with immediate effect," commented ISUG President, Bryan Enochs. "This new benefit allows our members to experiment with PowerBuilder 12 at their own pace, something that is extremely important as it enables full exploration of all of the features and functionality that this eagerly awaited release contains."

"We are seeing more and more PowerBuilder developers attending our user group meetings," said Mike Harrold, Executive Director for ISUG. "This confirms to us that PowerBuilder is not only still widely accepted within the IT world, but that it is also a growing developer marketplace. We hope that this shows continued commitment to the Sybase user community from both ISUG and Sybase."

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Thursday, August 19, 2010

Martial Arts - Fall Registration

Graduating Class - Spring 2010


New sessions will soon be starting for the Goulbourn TaeKwonDo club run through the City of Ottawa’s recreation department. Once again Master Stephen Yeoh will be heading the program that meets Mondays and Thursdays at the Goulbourn Middle School. This year Master Yeoh is also excited to announce he will be starting a new Friday session with classes located at the Goulbourn Recreation Center in Stittsville. Both locations are family oriented and the curriculum is orchestrated towards children, teens and adults. The fall TaeKwonDo winter session gets underway soon and new registrants are most welcome.

In the last spring session, the Goulbourn TKD club saw 72 registrations with 32 of these students testing for their next belt level. Over the past 25 years that Master Yeoh has been leading the TKD club and has witnessed just over 200 students attain their black belt level. Master Yeoh along with lead instructor Derek O’Connell have been busy over the summer planning new facets to the curriculum that will please both new and returning martial artists. The new fall program will kick off the 2010/2011 season that will focus on health, fitness and enjoyment along with traditional TaeKwonDo martial arts. The Goulbourn Middle School program will be one hour in length as in previous years. The new Goulbourn Recreation Center program on Fridays will be 1.5 hours long with 1 hour devoted to traditional TaeKwonDo and the next half hour allowing the student to choose from kick boxing, weapons, sparring, or poomsae. Due to the extended length of the Friday program the fee for September to December will be $132 while the Monday and Thursday 1 hour evening program will be $96.

            Registration for the fall session is now open and can be done online at the City of Ottawa website. Registration can also be done at any city of Ottawa recreation office including the Goulbourn Recreation Complex in Stittsville. As this program is a fully registered sports program - tax receipts will be issued and can be used for tax deductions of up to $500 per year, per child on your 2010 tax return.

  For more information about the Goulbourn TaeKwonDo program, please see Master Stephen Yeoh’s TKD Website or contact associate instructor Chris Pollach (see TKD website under contacts).

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Appeon 6.5

** How News **

     The new Appeon version 6.5 for PowerBuilder has just been released that supports PowerBuilder 12 Classic, JBoss application server, .NET server load balancing, and many other new features and enhancements. The edition for .NET platform was just released in August and the edition for Java platform will be available later this month.


New Feature Highlights ...

  • Supports PowerBuilder 12 Classic.
  • Web Services can be used as the data source for DataWindows.
  • DataWindows can be saved in various formats, including PDFs and images (JPEG/GIF/BMP).
  • BYTE data type is supported and binary data can be processed as parameters.
  • FileReadEx and FileWriteEx functions are supported for handling large files.
  • Printer page size/width/length can be customized by defining the dimensions in the PB painter.
For a complete list of features and product specifications - please see the Appeon webite!

Regards ... Chris

Saturday, August 7, 2010

PowerFilter

** Hot News **

   Brad Wery has added another great tool to his GUI arsenal of PowerBuilder gadgets. In this case its the new PowerFilter tool that greatly enhances the DataWindow object to enable the application user to specify complex data filtering operations using point-and-click technology.



     PowerFilter is a powerful, easy-to-implement DataWindow filtering component that provides users functionality similar to what is found in Excel 2007. To learn more about this "kool" PowerBuilder add-on, please visit Brad's PowerToTheBuilder website!

Regards ,,, Chris

PowerBuilder Chronology

An Historical Perspective!

PowerBuilder Release History

Release Number
Release Date
Key New Feature Highlights
1
July 1991
Beginning of a historic run
2
June 1992
OO support, Painter
3
May 1993
Bundled DB (Watcom), Version Control
4
November 1995
Reporting, Data Pipeline, OLE 2.0
5
July 1996
Machine code compilation, Distributed PowerBuilder
three-tier support
6
December 1997
Window ActiveX, CORBA, DataWindow HTML generation, DataWindow synchronization
6.5
August 1998
COM and Java component generators, separate Unix, Macintosh, and Unicode SKUs, internationalization via Translation Toolkit
7
October 1999
New IDE, new layouts and look/feel, Jaguar integration (aka EAServer) — build, create, and deploy COM and MTS components (Component Theme)
8
June 2001
Web Targets, Web DataWindow (integration of PowerSite functionality into PowerBuilder) (Web Development Theme)
9
February 2003
.NET phase 1: Web Services, XML, Java Server Pages
10
July 2004
.NET phase 2: DataWindow .NET, Fully Unicode
10.5
March 2006
.NET-based Web Services engine (Visual Enhancements Theme); large and small UI and core client/server enhancements, including TreeView DataWindow, RichText Edit Control
11
July 2007
.NET phase 3: NVOs as .NET assemblies, ASP.NET Web Forms, Windows Forms (.NET Theme, Web Services Theme)
11.5
September 2008
DataWindow enhancements, Oracle 11g and SQL Server 2008 support, improved graphing (Visual Enhancements Theme)
12
April 2010
.NET phase 4: WPF applications, WPF DataWindow, improved DataWindow graphing, Visual Studio isolated shell

 I hope you enjoyed the history lesson ... Chris

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Sybase DBA - Systems Analyst

** Hot Job Prospect **

 Overview

      The Systems Analyst is an integral part of the RADARSAT-1 satellite team providing service to the operational team. The Systems Analyst interfaces directly with the Mission Planning staff – both government (customer) and contractual. The Systems Analyst is responsible for: the design, development, test, and integration tools; documentation of work to support configuration control board reviews; database administration to maintain the integrity of the operational and development databases; address issues related to system administration, system security, and network configuration; and analyze system performance issues and propose solutions.

Position:
   Contract
Location:
   Montreal, Canada
Contact: 
   Mike Dohey, Recruiter
   S.I. Systems
   Ottawa, Ontario Canada
   Phone: (613) 786-3290 x 231

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

PowerBuilder Survey 2010

Survey Says ...  Wink

      For many years Novalys (the makers of VisualExpert) have conducted an international survey on the use of Sybase's PowerBuilder development tool. This is a great feedback mechanism and the last few years results have shown significant changes in developers impressions of this premier IDE! The survey covers many aspects of PowerBuilder usage - here are some of the areas that are covered:
  • What is the average size of a PowerBuilder project?
  • What type of application is currently developed with PB?
  • Which other tools are used along with PB?
  • What are the expectations of PowerBuilder users?
  • What trends do you see from your perspective?
  • What are the key PB enhancements IT people are looking for?
  • To what extent will PB be used for Web development?

   You can provide "valuable" research information and feedback to Sybase and the PowerBuilder community by taking the 2010 survey (click here). If you are interested in last years results for 2009 click here - for results for 2008 click here!

Regards ... Chris