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Saturday, May 30, 2015

STD Web Service Framework - Version 2015R2 Released!

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Web Service Framework - v2015.2.0.45 - Released!



     Software Tool & Die Inc are please to announce a new release of their Web Service STD Foundation Classes for IIs (STD FC IIs) - Version 2015.2.0.40 (2015R2). The updated Web Service IIs framework is solely targeted to helping PowerBuilder Classic developers, to develop .Net based Web Services and deploy these to IIs. The IIs based framework takes advantage of RAD techniques, employes an MVC (Model, View, Controller) architecture for superior performance, flexibility and extendability!
   All the STD frameworks are free and can be downloaded from its STD Foundation Classes SourceForge project website.

    The Web Service framework - while greatly improving the PB & Appeon developer's productivity - also includes these types of features to help with RAD based projects:
  • Helps the PB developer to Implement "stateless" programming
  • Does DBMS transaction management automatically
  • Manages DataStores for you automatically
  • Manages DB updates for you automatically
  • Facilitates  MVC design & programming
  • Provides Encryption / Decryption services
  • Provides extended numerical services (ie: And / Or / Xor / Xand / etc features to PowerScript
  • Provides Result Set generation for any data
  • Provides HTML generation for any data
  • Allows SMTP eMail generation
  • Facilitates  Event, Debug and Application logging
  • and much more!

    The main updates to the STD Web Service FC's included in Version #2015R2 include: ....   
  • Release numbering scheme changed to YYYY(Rn) = Year + Release#
  • New INI value "Log_Wrap" (Y/N) that enables/disables Log File wrapping
  • New INI value "Log_Wrap_Size" (NNNNNNNN) - threshold when Log File wrapping is engaged.
  • New code added to "nc_iis_master" to validate SQLCA, SQLDA, SQLSA, ERROR & MESSAGE classes.
  • New global function "FN_NVL" added that implememts the "NULL VALUE" DBMS command in PB.
  • New global function "FN_IIN" added that implememts the "IN" DBMS command in PB.
  • New code added to "nc_business_master" to check for valid INI & give diagnostics. 
  • Tested framework with ...
      - PowerBuilder 12.x, 12.5.x and 12.6
      - Appeon 2013R2 and Appeon 2015.
      - MS-Windows 7, 2008 & 2012.
      - .Net 2.0, .Net 3.5, .Net 4.0 and .Net 4.5
      - IIs 7.0, 7.5

   The STD Web Service and other PB frameworks are free and can be downloaded from the STD Foundation Classes SourceForge project website.

Regards   ... Chris

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Appeon EBF#298 Released!

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Appeon for PowerBuilder 2015 EBF #0298 Released


     Appeon® Corporation announced this week the availability of EBF #0298 for Appeon 2015 GA was released to production. In this update, you’ll find an important improvements for the iOS and Android mobile devices and a slew of features and patches. Appeon would like to thank their community for submitting requests and issues as well as, supplying valuable comments on their  Support Center and Appeon Developer Group!

What’s New:
  • Appeon Mobile now supports compiling 64-bit compatible iOS native apps.
  • Supports the silent installation of all Appeon components including Appeon Developer, Appeon Server of all types (except for EAServer and NetWeaver), Appeon Server Web Component, and Appeon Help.
  • Now supports the hide/display of the normal view icon on the AWS title bar.
  • Enhanced NCharBind data type support in MS SQL Server.
  • Various bug fixes ... read the list.

Download the update!
  • If you’ve already installed the GA version, then you directly install the EBF.
  • If you ‘re new to the app, you should download the GA version firstly and then apply this EBF.

Update your Applications!

    Please, remember to update your Appeon for PowerBuilder to the latest version in order to get the latest fixes & features.
 

 Enjoy ... Chris

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

PDF Generation - a la Web Services



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Web Service PDF Generation
(Web Service In-A-Box)

   Software Tool & Die Inc. are pleased to announce the early release of their next Web Service "In-A-Box" series of turn key reusable components. This Web Service facilitates the generation of PDF files in the middle tier using the Ghost Script open source software.
  
  The current problem with the PowerBuilder Classic PDF implementation is that the PB application needs to install & configure the Ghost Script software on every PC where a PB application resides. This also includes configuring a PostScript printer as well. A very tedious task for a few PC's, let alone when 100's or even 1,000's of PC's are concerned.

 
 

   The STD PDF Web Service negates the MS-Windows PC Client install & configuration by isolating the Ghost Script software to the IIs application server. The Web Server component utilizes the frameworks PowerShell (aka Command Shell) interface to execute PDF Generation and Storage of the PDF file(s) on an accompanying Web Server. The native, web or mobile application can then make a simple URL request for the PDF file when its ready. The URL request will in turn render the PDF file within the client's local web browser.
  

   The current Web Service prototype renders the PDF file to the Web Server but, you could adapt the basic code to save the PDF file in a database table, FTP it to the client, etc just to name a few other alternatives. The PDF Web Service leverages the STD Web Service framework to enable the PDF generation. The example PB & Appeon Web/Mobile application utilizes the STD Integrated framework to call the PDF Web Service and then render the generated PDF file in the client's local web browser.


  You can download the PDF Web service, example PB & Appeon client application by clicking here!
 
Enjoy ... Chris

Monday, May 25, 2015

ThankYou

A wonderful gift & thought .... a Tim Horton's eCard.
Thank you Chris Moyer!