Redesign or Migrate


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  PowerBuilder, the Y2K of 2014?   SAP is dropping the proverbial ball better than the Times Square on New Years Eve.  When SAP purchased PowerBuilder from Sybase in 2012  loyal PB developers celebrated the anticipated greener grass at SAP which ended up resembling that of the Bayou Corne (on […]

PowerBuilder 15 – No News is not Good News


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How To Leverage .NET Framework Code in PowerBuilder.NET Applications This article is intended to get you pointed in the right direction when it comes to using .NET Framework code in your PowerBuilder.NET programs. We will cover the following areas in this article: High level overview of important concepts of the .NET […]

Using .NET Framework Code in PowerBuilder .NET Applications


Utilizing the .NET Framework System Diagnostics Code in PowerBuilder.NET Programs This short article will show you how to adapt Microsoft .NET Framework C# code examples for use in PowerBuilder.NET.  I’m using the System Diagnostics in one of my non-visuals to log errors and application problems to the Windows Event Logs. […]

Adapting .NET C# Example Code to PowerBuilder.NET



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Everyone Says PowerBuilder Is Dead – But Is It Dead? Being a career PowerBuilder developer like myself, I keep a close eye on the marketplace and where I think PowerBuilder is headed.  Part of the reason that I stick with the tool is because I believe it is technically superior […]

PowerBuilder Is Dead – Really Dead – Right?


PowerBuilder Web Forms DataWindow – Differences, Limitations & Settings  Performance Settings for the Web DataWindow SetWeight Method:  PowerBuilder generates a considerable amount of HTML or XHTML and JavaScript for the Web DataWindow client control.  There are steps you can take to reduce the amount of client code.  To reduce the amount of […]

PowerBuilder Web Forms DataWindow Limitations & Settings


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DisplacedGuy Poll – What information would you like to see for 2013? Would you please take a moment to let me know what information you’d like to see for 2013?  I created a new poll, and you can choose as many items as you’d like.  This information will be extremely […]

DisplacedGuy Poll – What information would you like to see ...



Is it possible to view the datawindow buffers (and data) in the PowerBuilder debugger? This post is to share something cool that I learned about PowerBuilder 12.5.NET while researching a question posted on StackOverflow.   The entire post from StackOverflow can be found here, the member asked if it was possible […]

PowerBuilder 12.5.NET – Datawindow Buffer View & Edit in Debugger


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PowerBuilder Debugging – How to View Datawindow Data The PowerBuilder Debugger doesn’t have a mechanism for viewing the underlying data while debugging an application.  This can be annoying at times; so I wrote some simple code that uses the SaveAs function and a Windows ShellExecute function to automatically display the […]

PowerBuilder DataWindow SaveAs Easter Egg – Debugging Aid


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PowerBuilder Interview Questions – Beyond Canned I have been through dozens of PowerBuilder interviews over the last twenty years and there is one that that never changes, the list of PowerBuilder interview questions.  You can pretty much bank on being asked about the datawindow buffers, the variable protections levels, or […]

PowerBuilder Interview Questions Beyond Canned



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  WaveMaker Revisited: Part 2 –  Observations made by a career PowerBuilder developer For those of you who don’t know me,  I am a career PowerBuilder developer, having ridden the PowerBuilder wave from before it started until now– still riding the remnants of the huge waves PowerBuilder made in the […]

WaveMaker – Revisited Part 2 – Perspective of a PowerBuilder ...