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Monday, December 19, 2016

A PowerBuilder Christmas

A Christmas Story ...

Twas the Night Before Production
adaptation by Chris Pollach
'Twas the night before Production, when all through the Appeon house
Not a creature was stirring, not even Armeen’s mouse;
The stockings were hung by the developers chimneys with care,
In hopes that St. Nick’s software soon would be there;

The Application Servers were nestled all snug in their racks,
While Light backed-up their data, oh there was stacks;
The sales manager Sally
in her 'kerchief, and I in my cap,
Had just settled down for a long tester's nap,

When out in the hall there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from my Tablet to see what was the matter.
Away to the Appeon WorkSpace I flew like Macromedia flash,
Opened the Browser and enjoyed the animations splash,

Engineering's build of Appeon PowerBuilder was like the new-fallen snow,
It gave promise of new Mobile features - listed below,
When, what to my wondering eyes - Santa did appear,
Riding in his sleigh pulled by eight tiny reindeer,

With a little native database driver, so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment that DBMS was designed by St. Nick.
More rapid than streaming electrons the data they came,
And he whistled, and shouted, as he categorized them by name;

"Now, Light! now, John! now, Hill!
and VIXEN!
On, Julie
! on Steven! on, Danny and BLITZEN!
To the edge of the ISP! Through the Appeon fire-wall!
Now process away! Process away! Process away all!"

As the new applications under Appeon PowerBuilder 2017 did fly,
When they met with a user their new features they did try,
So up to the Browser menu the mouse pointers they flew,
To display a full load of data, images, and animations too!

And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the sound card - mystified,
A message signaling a software order had just arrived.
As I drew in my mouse, and was turning around,
An email message alerted me to a new application … it looked sound.

The project manager was dressed all in fur, from her head to her feet,
And the red robe was all polished, and she even had someone to meet;
A bundle of Web & Mobile applications she had flung on her back,
Most of the programmer’s had agreed, so a DataWindow she also did pack.

The Engineers faces -- how they twinkled! Their dimples how merry!
Their cheeks were like roses, their noses like a cherry!
One droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,
The “Technical Architect” his beard on his chin was as white as the snow.

The Log from the Application Server he held tight in his teeth,
New ideas using Appeon PowerBuilder, Web & Mobile encircled his head like a wreath.
He had a broad face and a black belt round his belly,
Using moves he learned in TaeKwonDo, the guards shook like jelly.

The “release guy” was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,
And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself.
A wink of his eye and a twist of his head,
Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread.

He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
And deployed all the new applications; then turned with a jerk,
And laying his finger aside of his nose,
And giving a nod, up the Appeon Servers rose;

He sprang to his laptop, to his development team gave a whistle,
And away they all flew, for a beer at the pub “The English Thistle”.
But I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out in the night,

regards ... Chris


  1. Hola Chris pollach por hacer una pregunta urgente

    Como hago para conectarme desde power builder a Archivos Cobol, Necesito hacer una conexion ODBC

  2. Hola! Si la aplicación Cobol está escribiendo formatos de archivo estándar como: TXT, DIF, CSV, dBase, etc - entonces sí, usaría la conectividad ODBC de PB para leer estos datos ya sea importándolo en un DataWindow o utilizando el objeto Pipeline de PB. Recuerdos ... Chris

  3. Muchísimas gracias Chris Pollach
    Que Dios le de bendiciones y Conocimiento para que nos siga ayudando


  4. hola Chris Pollach

    hago la conexión no me aparece, ninguan tabla ?

    No existe algun Driver para conectar a cobol;


  5. Suponiendo que la aplicación Cobol creó un archivo de tipo: TXT, DIF, dBASE, CSV, etc. - con los datos que su aplicación requiere ... entonces tendría que crear un DSN (Data Source Name) usando el controlador ODBC apropiado para Ese tipo de archivo. A continuación, en PB, cree un perfil de base de datos de tipo ODBC que utiliza el DSN que acaba de crear en el Administrador ODBC.

  6. Wow, a poet too, Chris? :).

    Look forward to seeing St. Nick's present to PB Dev this year. It's been naughty for years. Hope he makes it nice :)