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Bruce Armstrong

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PBDJ - PowerBuilder Journal PowerBuilder fans have been sharing code with one another since...well at least since the beginning days of CompuServe in the early 1990s. When PowerBuilder users gathered in just a single section in a general interest programming forum, we had an associated file library section, and when we moved to our own PowerSoft forum we had a series of file libraries. That changed a bit when PowerSoft moved the end user forums off of CompuServe and onto NNTP servers. The code samples that had been shared on CompuServe got moved on the PowerSoft (and then later Sybase) website download areas. But there really was no way to upload samples, and no other centralized area where PowerBuilder fans could share code. A few third-party sites allowed end-user contributions; most notably Boris Gasin allowed end-user contributions of PFC-related samples on his ... (more)

Creation and Consumption of Web Services with PowerBuilder

PowerBuilder 12.5 introduced a number of significant enhancements to web services support, both for creation and consumption. In particular, the following were introduced as new features in PowerBuilder.NET: WCF client proxy WCF service target REST client proxy We're going to look at what those new features provide and how to use them. We're also going to look at how we can package some of that functionality so that it can be used from PowerBuilder Classic applications as well. Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) First though, some background. When support for a web service client... (more)

User Group Malaise?

Read an interesting article about the .NET Developer Association user group in Redmond, Washington. You would think that the user group in Microsoft's backyard (the meetings are held at Microsoft's offices) wouldn't have any problems lining up guest speakers and drawing a crowd. Well, it looks like they do because they've had to cancel several recent meetings and have proposed taking a six-month break to try to determine how to revitalize the group.[1] It had me wondering why such a group would have difficulty holding meetings. Of course, the issue may be specific to that partic... (more)

Implementing PowerBuilder-Based Web Services from PowerDynamo

PowerBuilder 9 will make the creation and consumption of Web services easier; however, we don't have to wait for its release to take advantage of these features. Berndt Hamboeck wrote an article, "Web Services with PowerJ 4.0 and PowerBuilder 8.0" (PBDJ, Vol. 9, issue 2) - a further development of a Sybase white paper (,6904,1015795,00.html) - in which he demonstrated how to implement a Web service using the current version of PowerBuilder. (Incidentally, PowerJ is not required. Any Java editor will do; I used my favorite: WordPad.) However, the Web serv... (more)

PowerBuilder News

POWERBUILDER PB2XLS 1.2 7/07 – Desta announced the release of PB2XLS 1.2. PB2XLS is a component for PowerBuilder applications that allows the developer to create Excel files, write information into cells and worksheets, and format cells and worksheets. PB Code Analyzer 3.8 9/15 – Ascension Labs announced the release of PB Code Analyzer 3.8. The PB Code Analyzer suite consists of many useful tools integrated together in a simple to use yet powerful interface. Spanish Language Tutorial 9/16 – El Portal de PowerBuilder beg... (more)