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Bruce Armstrong

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Struggling to get familiar with the new PowerBuilder.NET IDE and the technology it allows you to use (e.g., WPF, REST, WCF and the rest of the alphabet soup)? Then you should run, not walk, over to the free eTutorial series that Sybase just made available for PowerBuilder 12.5. The training was put together by Yakov Werde. Yakov, for those who may not have heard of him, is the managing partner of eLearnIT LLC. Prior to that he spent more than 10 years as a trainer for Sybase, teaching classes on PowerBuilder, Java and .NET. And before that he was a software developer like you and me using PowerBuilder. So he knows of what he speaks. (Yakov is also a regular author for PowerBuilder Developer's Journal and the ISUG Technical Journal, a member of TeamSybase and a PowerBuilder MVP.) As the term "eTutorial" implies, this is an online series. All you need to use to take ... (more)

PowerBuilder News

Visual Expert 9/03 Novalys announced the release of Visual Expert for PowerBuilder. Visual Expert helps developers work on any PowerBuilder application, even ones they're not familiar with. After it has analyzed the application, Visual Expert provides graphic views, inheritance diagrams, impact analyses, and technical documentation. PBService 9/10 E. Crane announced a new product, PBService, a toolkit for creating NT "services" with PowerBuilder. PBService provides a service framework PBL and a DLL that lets you easily construct service applic... (more)

PowerBuilder News

CORPORATE Second Quarter Earnings 7/23 - Sybase announced second quarter 2003 total revenues of $192.0 million, including license fees of $63.9 million, exceeding First Call consensus revenue estimates of $186.5 million. iANYWHERE Mobile Middleware Market Share 7/22 - In a recent report, IDC recognized iAnywhere Solutions, a subsidiary of Sybase, as the leader in mobile middleware technology with higher revenues and market share than nearly 20 competitors. The results in this year's report reflect the acquisition of AvantGo by Sybase in February 2003 and firmly position iAnywhere ... (more)

Implementing the Microsoft Rich Edit Control

What we needed to do was implement spell checking in the rich edit fields in our application (see Figures 1 and 2). To do that, we got a license for the Sentry Spelling Checker Engine from Wintertree Software ( The utility is easily implemented and works quite well on standard Rich Edit controls. However, the PowerBuilder Rich Edit control is an OEM version of an old third-party control that was popular before Microsoft introduced its Rich Edit control to the common controls. As a result, the messages and functions it supports are completely differen... (more)

Sybase TechWave 2005 Conference Review

This year TechWave 2005 took place at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. For those of you who didn't make it, the following is a recap of the events, with a couple of thoughts and suggestions thrown in. Sunday, August 21 Test Your Sybase Knowledge Gameshow Four TeamSybase members (Millard Brown, Terry Voth, Mike Nicewarner, and myself) do battle against a team of Sybase employees. Each team took turns answering multiple-choice questions off a Jeopardy-style game board. Fifty percent of the questions were related to Sybase engineering and the rest were from other walks of life. There wer... (more)