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Every software development project of any significant size or complexity has a requirement for controlling the source code asset. PowerBuilder is capable of integrating with any third-party Source Code Control (SCC) tool that implements Microsoft's SCC API. However, the fact that PowerBuilder stores its code inside PowerBuilder Libraries (PBLs) and not as individual ASCII text files adds a layer of complexity to that integration. The release of PowerBuilder 8.0 in 2001 brought with it a new set of challenges in the form of a completely redesigned interface with SCC providers, including PBNative. In this article, I outline the nature of the changes that were introduced in PowerBuilder 8.0, and discuss many of the enhancements that have been released with PB 9.0. Why Version Control? Version Control software adds significant administrative overhead to every project, a... (more)

OData Support in SQLAnywhere 16.0

OData is quickly becoming the Lingua Franca for data exchange over the web.  The OData standard defines a protocol and a language structure for issuing queries and updates to remote data sources, including (but not limited to) relational databases, file systems, content management systems, and traditional web sites.  It builds upon existing Web technologies, like HTTP and RESTful web services, the Atom Publishing Protocol (AtomPub), XML, and Javascript Object Notation (JSON). SAP and Sybase iAnywhere released SQL Anywhere version 16 in March 2013, and it had many cool new featur... (more)

A Comparison of the Programming APIs Available in SAP Mobile Platform 2.3

When Sybase first released the Unwired Platform in 2008, it was intended to be a complete end-to-end development environment for mobile applications.  SUP developers would create the middle tier components (a.k.a. Mobile Business Objects), and the client application executables from a single, integrated Eclipse-based toolset.  There was a "PowerBuilder-like" 4GL screen painter, called the Device Application Designer (or DAD), that compiled down to native Blackberry 5/6 or Windows Mobile 6.5 applications.  (Yes, it's hard to imagine, but there was a time when iOS devices were not ... (more)

Implement Effective Source Control with PowerBuilder 8.0

Every development shop that is currently managing its PowerBuilder source code with a third-party SCC tool and has not yet migrated to PB8 will need to understand the upcoming changes in methodology before attempting a migration. Even PBNative users will be affected, as that interface has been redesigned to use the SCC interface as well. In my previous article, "Understanding the SCC Interface in PowerBuilder 8" (PBDJ, Vol. 8, issue 11), I outlined the sweeping rewrite of the source code control (SCC) interface introduced in PowerBuilder 8.0. This article walks through some simp... (more)

Understanding “Containers” in WPF and PB12.NET

Sybase recently announced the first public beta of PowerBuilder 12.  This is the release that will complete Sybase’s vision of having PowerBuilder fully support .Net development.  There will be two separate IDEs in the box: The classic PowerBuilder IDE will still exist, and will continue to allow you to develop and deploy traditional Win32 client/server targets, Windows Forms, Web Forms, and J2EE components.  The new PB.Net IDE will be based on the Visual Studio Isolated Shell, and this will be the tool you’ll use for Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) targets, as well as the... (more)