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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

An Appeon Christmas

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 would
soon be there;

The PowerServers were nestled all snug in their racks,
While Light backed-up their data, oh there was stacks;
The marketing 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 PowerBuilder R2 was like the new-fallen snow,
It gave promise of so many new 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 datum they came,
And he whistled, and shouted, as he categorized them by name;

"Now, Purple! 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 PowerServer 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 new data, images, and animations too!

And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the tablet - mystified,
A message signaling a new Mobile App had just arrived.
As I pointed my device to the new QR Code, and was turning around,
A message alerted me that the new application was ready … 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 Logs from the PowerServer he held tight in his teeth,
New ideas for PowerBuilder & InfoMaker 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 all the PowerServers 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,

Merry Christmas from everyone at Appeon!

Regards ... Chris

Sunday, December 10, 2017

New Integrated Foundation Classes (2017R3) Released!

** Hot News **

  New Integrated Foundation Classes (2017R3) Released!

 "THE" Appeon PowerBuilder & PowerServer framework!

(v2017.3.0.90 - December 10, 2017)
New Dockable Application Style!
    Software Tool & Die Inc (STD) are very pleased to announce that they have just released a new version 2017R3 (build 2017.3.0.90) of their Integrated Foundation Class library framework for PowerBuilder 2017MR01, PowerServer 2017 Web and PowerServer 2017 Mobile!
     STD are also super excited as this release represents one of most significant enhancements to the Integrated framework that really exposes the power of Appeon PowerBuilder 2017! The new framework combined with PB2017 really positions developers to take advantage of today's Agile and DevOps methodologies plus put a complete new GUI "punch" in your Native, Web and Mobile Apps  without buying expensive add-on products.
   The following are some of the highlights of the new combined framework and Appeon PowerBuilder 2017 versions at work, as follows:

Application GUI

From this
To this (with two lines of framework code)


From basic to WOW!


From plain to Amazing!

Intelligent Drag & Drop

Just like in the Visual Studio IDE!

and Much, Much More!


  The latest Integrated framework version contains the following updates and has been tested with MS-Windows 10 O/S (Creator Edition), PB 2017 build #1681 and the PowerServer 2017 (build 1689). 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 2017.3.0.90 - Major Release (2017R3) - change highlights ...
  • Migration of entire framework from PB 2017 to PB 2017MR01.
  • Changed function fn_number_to_words_cheque to fn_number_to_words.
  • Added new variables for O/S version and build to nc_app_controller_master
  • Revisd the code to now retrieve & include O/S build & platform number in of_check_os_version
  • Changed the script to always write the App's bitness to the log in of_set_pb_environment_info
  • Added SetCapture() & ReleaseCapture() declarations for better mouse control    in nc_app_controller_master
  • Added of_is_64bit_os function to  nc_app_controller_master
  • Created a 64bit Structure for the support of 64bit App's in of_browse_for_folder of nc_app_controller_master
  • Removed deprecated code in of_write_event of nc_app_controller_master
  • Created new function of_is_64bit_app in nc_app_controller_master
  • Created new function of_is_64bit_processor in nc_app_controller_master
  • Created new function of_check_fc_version in nc_app_controller_master
  • Added ib_check_fc_version switch to check for STD Framework version at start-up in nc_app_controller_master
  • Added ii_keyboardtype for PB2017 Universal compliance in vs_dc_master
  • Added new variables for new PowerServer Mobile features in PB 2017 Universal in vs_em_master
  • Added recognition timer variable for PB2017 Universal compliance in vs_ip_master
  • Moved Hint Text support to oe_postconstructor in vs_sle_master
  • Revised the code to use of_sethinttext from the AWS object vs appeonextfuncs in vs_sle_master
  • Added ii_vertical variable for compatibility with PB 2017 Universal in vs_st_master
  • Revised mouse pointer handling in fn_print_screen
  • Created new fn_print_window global function
  • Added DataStore to collect Menu activity statistics in mu_master
  • Added GetMenuString() & GetMenuItemInfo() method for menu activity capture in nc_app_controller_master
  • Added code to fire the RowFocusChanged if row highlighting is in effect in vs_dc_list_master
  • Added the ability to show a print dialogue in in vs_dc_master
  • Revised the code to print more effectively under W10 and also with Cancel dialogue in wn_master
  • Added new oe_print_screen event in wn_master
  • Added code to fire the "oe_preDestructor" menu event in wn_master
  • Removed the "pc_icon" & "st_msg" controls as the DWO now handles this in wn_messagebox_master
  • Revised default control properties for PB2017MR01 optimization vs_rte_master
  • Revised to allow the TXT file to created dynamically via DWO's default primary buffer in wn_tracing_options_master
  • Moved the code from the Constructor to the Post Constructor of the DC in wn_tracing_options_master
  • Revised to allow the TXT file to created dynamically via DWO's default primary buffer in wn_tracing_options_master
  • Revised code to mark the window as now being used as an MDI Sheet in fn_open_sheet_window
  • Added code to indicate that the window was opened as a Sheet (MDI Child) in fn_open_sheet_window_withparm
  • Added code to record the fact that the user clicked this enu item in mu_application_master
  • Added menu and menu item pointers in mu_master
  • Added new function of_set_controller_window_class to nc_app_controller_master
  • Over-Rode the Ancestor to stop annoying messages in wn_log_viewer_master
  • Added new of_get_document_state function in wn_main_master
  • Added new of_get_tabgroup_state function in wn_main_master
  • Added new of_get_docked_state function in wn_main_master
  • Added new of_set_docked_state function in wn_main_master
  • Added new of_set_document_state function in wn_main_master
  • Added new of_set_sheet_state function in wn_main_master
  • Added new of_set_tabgroup_state function in wn_main_master
  • Added new of_get_sheet_open_state function in wn_main_master
  • Added new of_get_window_open_type function in wn_main_master
  • Added code to set the open state tracking indicator    in fn_open_sheet_as_document
  • Added code to set the Document state indicator in fn_open_sheet_docked
  • Added code to set the TabGroup state indicator in fn_open_sheet_in_tabggroup
  • Added code to set the document state indicator in fn_open_sheet_withparm_as_document
  • Added code to set the Docked state indicator in fn_open_sheet_withparm_docked
  • Added code to set the Tab Group state indicator in fn_open_sheet_withparm_in_tabggroup

Debug Tracing

Debugging & tracing options increased from 21 to 130!
    The OrderEntry example application has also been updated to the new Integrated Foundation class 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.


Regards ... Chris