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Sunday, September 7, 2014

Evangelist Homage

** End of an Era **

PowerBuilder Homage - Dave Fish

   Sadly, I have just learned that SAP have displaced one of the best PowerBuilder evangelist resources that I have personally known since PB creator David Litwack introduced me to the first evangelist at PowerSoft - Bill Rabkin. Apparently, this comes on the heels of SAP shuttering the complete Denver office along with many other once Sybase resources.

   Dave Fish had over 29 years of experience in software development, and over 16 years of experience working for Sybase and SAP.  He began using PowerBuilder in 1993 and after joining Sybase held roles as a Professional Services consultant and as a PowerBuilder Evangelist. For the past four years he has been primarily focusing on mobile and web technology.

  Dave also ran a PowerBuilder blog based website with a plethora of information on the PowerBuilder product (click here). Dave was also well published in the ISUG Technical Journal and the PowerBuilder Developers Journal. One of Dave's best articles that I liked was on the future of PowerBuilder (click here).

   Dave is now an independent consultant, and is advising clients on mobile application and platform implementations. Dave also recently joined the ISUG-Tech Board of Directors as well.  Dave  significantly contributed to the continued prowess of the PowerBuilder product over the past decade and deserves - IMHO - accolades for his outstanding work! I think that Bill Rabkin (the founding father of PB Evangelism) would join me in saying that we (the PB community) appreciate your efforts on our behalf. Your exit from the PowerBuilder product scene is certainly going to be a loss for the entire PB ecosystem!

Dave ... we (the real PB developers) salute you!

Regards ... Chris


  1. last person left please shut off the lights. Sad.

  2. This is a big loss to the PB Community. Dave - Thanks for your years of service and all that you did for the community.

  3. Thanks for the kind words Chris. I really appreciate it. For over 20 years I had a lot of fun both as a developer and as evangelist and met some fantastic people all over the world. As the saying goes, don't be sad its over, be glad it happened!

    Hopefully SAP will do the right things with regards to PowerBuilder and it can continue making history as one of the best development tools ever made.

    I'm really looking forward to immersing myself in the world of mobile applications and am really excited about emerging technologies such as wearables and the Internet of Things. The next twenty years are going to bring us things we can't even begin to imagine.