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Just installed Sybase’s PowerBuilder 11 and Created a .NET application accessing a Sybase ASE server, a MySQL server and a PostgreSQL server

Because the of the excellent sessions and a keynote at Sybase TechWave 2007, I’m picking up PowerBuilder 11. Thought it was dead? We all heard it over and over again from the VB, C++, .NET folk. Think again and check this out!

SPECIAL PLENARY SESSION — Advancing the Boundaries of Development: How IT developers will face the future.
Tuesday, 1-2:15 p.m. PDT. | View the recorded webcast

Using the PowerBuilder Application Server Plugin
Wednesday, 1 – 2 p.m. PDT. Speaker: Evan Ireland | View the recorded webcast

Using .NET Classes in PowerBuilder
Wednesday, 2:15 – 3:45 p.m. Speaker: Xue-song Wu | View the recorded webcast

Best Practices of PowerBuilder 11.0 WinForm/Smart Client Application Development
Wednesday, 4 – 5:30 p.m. Speaker: Harry Zhang | View the recorded webcast

The DataWindow in PowerBuilder WebForm Targets
Thursday, 1 – 2 p.m. Speaker: Frederick Koh | View the recorded webcast

PowerBuilder: Service Creation
Thursday, 2:15 – 3:15 p.m. Speaker: Sheila Wood | View the recorded webcast

Did you know that you can build .NET applications easily with PowerBuilder? I did, but I didn’t realize that it was very very easy! Say good bye to C# and VB.net for any database application, because PowerBuilder is back and BETTER than anything that Microsoft has to offer!

Most importantly, the video of the key note, Future Development Will Rely on Current Core Technologies, should be out in the next few days. I’ll post the link to it…. it ultimately was the final motivator to make me pick up PowerBuilder 11. Thanks to Jason Fentor for dragging me to the keynote!

UPDATE:   Future Development Will Rely on Current Core Technologies video is here!  When you open the video click down to “PowerBuilder 11: Accelerate your development”

It took me 10 minutes from knowing absolutely no PowerBuilder to building a working client/server .NET application connecting three wildly different databases (Sybase ASE, MySQL and PostgreSQL) and retrieving/updating data to them! TEN MINUTES! I expected an hour or two but ten minutes… I’m just completely floored!

Sorry, I’m not usually this impressed and try to take everything with a grain of salt, but… Sybase, with all your faults, dang! You did good!

For comparison: The same application took me 30 minutes to write in Perl, which I’m pretty good at.

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  1. zulmach says:

    You said it… Nothing like Sybase PowerBuilder 11…

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