Welcome!

Paul Horan

Subscribe to Paul Horan: eMailAlertsEmail Alerts
Get Paul Horan via: homepageHomepage mobileMobile rssRSS facebookFacebook twitterTwitter linkedinLinkedIn


Top Stories by Paul Horan

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 allowed to play in the Enterprise Mobile Application playground...) Several market forces emerged around that time and started to cast doubts on the wisdom of the "complete end-to-end" strategy.  Those were (in no particular order or importance): The release of the iPad, and overall growth o... (more)

Source Code Control

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, inc... (more)

Understanding the SCC Interface in PowerBuilder 8.0

PowerBuilder 8.0 was launched in conjunction with the 10th anniversary of the product and, by all accounts, it has exceeded everyone's expectations (...and there was much rejoicing!). The enhancements in this release focus specifically on three major areas - the Web, EAServer integration, and n-tier development. The introduction of workspaces and targets, and the redesigned IDE have greatly enhanced the overall usability of the tool, especially with regard to these three areas. However, there was one significant revision introduced in 8.0 that is not getting the press I feel it ... (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 the SCC Interface in PowerBuilder 8.0

PowerBuilder 8.0 was launched in conjunction with the 10th anniversary of the product and, by all accounts, it has exceeded everyone's expectations (...and there was much rejoicing!). The enhancements in this release focus specifically on three major areas - the Web, EAServer integration, and n-tier development. The introduction of workspaces and targets, and the redesigned IDE have greatly enhanced the overall usability of the tool, especially with regard to these three areas. However, there was one significant revision introduced in 8.0 that is not getting the press I feel it ... (more)