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In a previous PBDJ article, we looked at using a third-party control, a ribbon control in particular, in a PowerBuilder WPF target. One of the other “most requested” features people have asked for is the capability to provide docking windows in their PowerBuilder applications. In this ...
AJAX has dominated the web space so extensively that it needs no introduction. Connecting to a server via XMLHttpRequest and making a partial page refresh is what makes this technique so attractive. However, use of these AJAX requests, although very attractive, can pose dangers as well...

The UI Designer has been out for nearly a week. Have you tried it? If so, please drop me a line at brad.wery@PowerToTheBuilder.com. I would like to hear what you think of it.

I'm trying something new with the UI in this application. I've gone away from using a ...

PowerBuilder 11 deploys entire applications as .NET Windows Form or Web Form applications and deploys individual components as .NET Assemblies and as .NET Web Services. Version 11 consumes resources of the default .NET framework as well as resources of custom developer-defined .NET res...
XML is increasingly being used as the language of data exchange. An XML document based on a DTD or an XML Schema contains data that conforms to a standard structure. A number of technologies, such as ebXML (Electronic Business XML), UDDI (Universal Description, Discovery, and Integrati...
Does your shipping department have these problems? Extra charges due to incorrect addresses? Difficulty tracking packages? How about duplicate entries? If your shipping department is really ancient, you may even have rolls of preprinted UPS shipping labels. Here's how you can seamlessl...
It's been the bane of PowerBuilder development since day one. You have a DataWindow that contains one or more text blocks that, when previewed for printing or printed, span a page boundary. The result: the DataWindow incorrectly handles portions of the text. You may find some text on t...
It may seem as if PowerBuilder programmers are bound to use global variables. Even the PFC, which is said to be the most successfully designed object-oriented framework, requires the use of global variables. Is it something in the nature of PowerBuilder that makes us use them? I won't ...
Did you ever wonder where your kids are driving around on a Saturday night? Perhaps you are a business owner and need to know where your workforce is located on different job sites. With the help of PowerBuilder, a wireless connection, a GPS receiver, and Microsoft MapPoint, you can tr...
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My presentation at TechWave 2006 is intended for the beginner or the moderately experienced PowerBuilder developer. I hope to share some of the useful tips and tricks I have picked up in my 12 years as a PowerBuilder developer.
Software is the engine of our economy, at the root of almost everything we do. Our success rate has been creeping up in recent years, but one thing is sure: there has been no major breakthrough. What will it take?
The ClassDefinition object was introduced in PowerBuilder 6.0 a long time ago. It allows you to retrieve information for an object at runtime. Most of us didn't pay too much attention to this object and it only attracts our attention when we see it in the debugger.
If you've read any of my past articles, you know that I love a good challenge, a challenge that really gets me thinking and ultimately ends up teaching me something. One thing I always wanted to do was create dockable windows using pure PowerScript. I held off from doing this for some ...
How can we reuse PowerBuilder NVOs in .NET applications? Before PowerBuilder 9.0, the answer was PowerBuilder automation or a three-tier solution.
A week ago one of my customers asked me to do a presentation on Sybase DataWindow.NET. We discussed what they would like to see (besides all the standard stuff all PowerBuilder shops want to see, such as a Master/Detail DataWindow in a client/server environment and, in a second step, t...
Unless you have been hiding in a cave for the past couple of years, you are probably well aware of the buzz surrounding service-oriented architecture (SOA). This concept of interaction among loosely coupled collections of components is often implemented through a series of services acc...
Why do a physical inventory? A physical inventory count is necessary to reconcile the quantity on hand stored in a database versus what is really on the shelf. In a retail environment, this process is typically done once a year. In a perfect world, these values would always be in sync.
Back in 1997, I was working on Riverston's HOW UML CASE tool, which was able to generate a full PowerBuilder application from adapted UML diagrams. This tool doesn't exist any more, but it showed us that there were other ways to explore application development with modeling, UML techno...
Pbintelli is an application that helps PowerBuilder developers write code faster and more accurately.
In this article we'll examine how to handle a Jaguar CORBA_TRANSACTION_ROLLEDBACK exception that is thrown when a Jaguar transaction is aborted. We'll use the BTFBank sample application developed in an article I wrote for PBDJ in October 1999 (Vol. 6, issue10). This example is written ...
In this month's column I'll show you how to use the PFC multitable update service. This service, as you might expect, allows the DataWindow to update more than one table. Multitable update, one of the least used PFC services, has been around since version 5.0. I'll demonstrate how you ...
If you want your DataWindows to look consistent, you have two basic choices. The first one - always code the DataWindow expressions the same in all your DataWindows. However, there are drawbacks to this: you have to make sure your entire development team is aware of the standards, and ...
When you need 'today's date' in a client/server application, or a Web application for that matter, what date do you use? I had this discussion recently with Ed Foshko at Fidelity Investments. You might think the answer is easy - just use the appropriate function to get the date. Life a...


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