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Friday, September 16, 2011

Happy Birthday!

 Happy 20th Birthday - PowerBuilder!

 From the Sybase Techwave event at the Venetian hotel in Las Vegas this week ...

Left: Dave Fish    - PB Technical Evangelist from Engineering
Right: John Strano - PB Technical Evangelist from Marketing

PB: Your Dad - Dave Litwack - is very proud of you!

Regards ... Uncle Chris
(I was there at Cullinet when PB was conceived and at PowerSoft when he was born)   :-)

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Upcoming Webinars for September 2011

** Hot News - PowerBuilder TV **

1) The Road Ahead - An Update on What's Next for PowerBuilder

Date: September 20, 2011 at 12:00pm EST (New York) / 18:00 CET (Paris)
A post-TechWave webcast: If you couldn't make it to TechWave, or want to go back already, we have a session just for you! Join us for a recap of what was covered in the plenary session, when John Strano and guests will share what's coming up for PowerBuilder.
Presenter: John Strano, Dave Fish, Sue Dunnell, Dimitri Joosten, Peter Loozen, Armeen Mazda

2) Advanced Security for PowerBuilder and .NET

Date: Monday September 26th 2011 at 11am EST (New York) / 17h CET (Paris)
Over the years, applications have evolved to support multiple technologies and complex architectures. Access Control systems must be flexible enough to handle all possible configurations. This webinar will show you concrete solutions that fulfill these requirements.

We will implement the following features: • Web SSO • Identity Federation • Mixed Mode Authentication • Centralized view and Control of all applications • Multi-tenant / SaaS applications • Securing recent technologies

Note: this solution will be illustrated with concrete examples and case studies. We will also include information allowing attendees to calculate the ROI of each solution: software and material costs, implementation times, etc…

Presenter: Christophe Dufourmantelle

3) Accenture Case Study: Taking PowerBuilder to the Cloud (with Microsoft Azure)

Date: Tuesday October 4th 2011 at 12:00pm EST (New York) / 18:00 CET (Paris)
If you missed it at TechWave, now's your chance to see how Accenture took their PB application to the cloud. We'll show you the important lessons and some pitfalls we discovered along the way.  We will also discuss the overall process and tools that enabled Accenture to successfully take their PowerBuilder application to the cloud.
Accenture has a commercial software solution originally developed in PowerBuilder, which is used by Fortune 500 companies.
Presenter: Anthony Orsini

Regards ... Chris

What's New this month?

** Hot News **

 Whats New at Sybase these days?

    Sybase has co-hosted its own TechWave developer/DBA symposium at SAP's TechEd conference!. During this event in Las Vegas, Sybase announced PowerBuilder 12.5, the second .NET release of its rapid application development tool. Built for creating "visually appealing" business applications on Windows 32 and .NET Frameworks, PowerBuilder 12.5 is now said to include WCF Services to create web services using the WCF model. There is also support for CVUOs in .NET assemblies, an enhancement designed to enable PowerBuilder users to share the productivity of the DataWindow with .NET developer peers. There is also PowerBuilder .NET assembly — used to create a PowerBuilder .NET target, then reference it in another PowerBuilder .NET project, without exposing the source code behind it.

    According to Sybase, the new iteration of PowerBuilder 12.5 comes with multithreading support implemented through Shared Objects in PowerBuilder .NET (originally supported in PB Classic). There is also Batch Command Processing, which enables customers to run a batch file to build applications without any user intervention. Also present here is REST Client in PowerBuilder .NET, so that targets can be clients that consume RESTful (Representational State Transfer) web services.

   Sybase PowerDesigner 16 was also been launched this month. This collaborative enterprise-modeling tool is, according to Sybase, "Enabling forward-thinking companies to achieve a clear and consistent Information Architecture throughout their enterprise." In more detail perhaps, we learn that PowerDesigner 16 now includes support for over 80 RDBMSs, more than any other modeling tool in the industry; a modernized, role-based user interface based on Windows 7 standards for improved usability and management; and an enterprise glossary to ensure business terms and definitions are established and consistently managed throughout all models to ensure everyone is speaking the same language. There is also improved Link & Sync technology with impact analysis in the repository to ensure users are gathering all the connections throughout the entire enterprise to provide mission-critical decision support.

    Last but not least in this batch of news updates is SQL Anywhere OnDemand Edition — a new product launched to fulfill the demand from Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) for easier data management and deployment of multi-tenant, hosted applications. It provides cloud-specific tooling and features that allow ISVs to manage data for cloud applications that meet both their business needs and those of their customers.

The features of SQL Anywhere OnDemand Edition include:
  • Elastic Database Provisioning — scale up and scale down computing resources on demand; ability to share computing resources among tenants to achieve economies of scale; tenant data is isolated from all other tenants at the file level
  • Tenant Scalability — designed to power "web scale" applications that grow to thousands of tenants
  • Atomic Tenant Databases — each database treated individually, allowing for customer-specific customizations, backup solutions, and direct customer access; databases stored in known locations and can be restricted from moving to another
  • Cloud Management Tools — designed to meet the needs of ISVs who are managing thousands of databases, hundreds of servers, and multiple versions of software and schemas.

Regards ... Chris