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Bruce Armstrong

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Last month we saw how DataWindow.NET technology can be a benefit when used for data presentation and data access in a Windows Forms (WinForms) application. This month we're going to look at how DataWindow.NET technology is a simpler but more powerful way of formatting data in the presentation layer. Once again, we'll be taking a sample application provided by Microsoft for .NET and implementing it using DataWindow.NET technology. In this case, we're using the Visual Basic .NET Code Sample: DataGrid Formatting sample application available at FamilyID=28fd458f-5571-42b4-a2fe-09b69ddf0863&displaylang=en. As with last month's article, the original sample was written to connect to the Microsoft Northwind sample database. So you'll need MSDE or SQL Server with that sample database installed if you want to try it out for yourself. ... (more)

PowerBuilder Editorial - "There You Go Again"

If that doesn’t ring a bell, it’s from the Reagan /Carter debates in the 1980 election cycle. Carter had presented a string of criticisms of Reagan’s positions, which Reagan pretty much dismissed with that statement. Back in the heyday of client/server development, the folks at Borland released a hit piece on PowerBuilder written by a Delphi advocate. You can still find a copy of it as a series of articles on the CodeGear site. They’ve revised the title so it no longer indicates that it’s comparing PowerBuilder 5.0 and Delphi 2.0. For that matter, eve... (more)

PowerBuilder – Have Your Cake and Eat It Too

As you may be aware, the company I work for does both PowerBuilder and RIA (Flex) application development. We actually create client/server and web-based front ends for the same application. Doing that has really emphasized just how much faster we can do development using PowerBuilder. Of course, we're originally a PowerBuilder shop, so one could argue we're faster using PowerBuilder because we know it better. But along comes a thread in the Adobe Flex Developers discussion groups on Linkedin with this heading: "I'm sometimes amazed at how unproductive [modern] development tools... (more)

PowerBuilder News

PRODUCT NEWS EAServer Benchmarks 7/11 - Sybase announced that EAServer achieved record-breaking price-performance results, better than BEA, IBM, Oracle, and all other application servers, on a single-node configuration in the independent ECperf benchmark. ECperf is the industry-standard benchmark that measures the scalability and performance of application servers and the Java 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition. ECperf results can be viewed on the ECperf Web site at index.jsp?page=results/top_ten_price_performance. New PowerBuilder Books 7/4 -... (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)