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What's New in PowerBuilder?
What's New in PowerBuilder?
By: Jerry Neppl
Nov. 1, 2002 12:00 AM
At TechWave 2002, I was able to catch up with Dave Fish, Sybase PowerBuilder Evangelist, and ask him a few questions. I hope you find his responses as interesting as I did.
Q: What is the current state of PowerBuilder?
In addition, many companies don't need to Web-enable their applications or move them to n-tier. They're quite happy developing two-tier client/server applications and quickly putting them into production, which of course PowerBuilder allows them to do.
Today, PowerBuilder is being used by organizations to develop for all three architectural frameworks, and they'll continue to do so going forward as Sybase continues to incorporate next-generation features.
Q: What new features are coming in PowerBuilder 9.0?
We're also adding functionality in PowerBuilder 9.0 to allow developers to create PB applications that access Enterprise JavaBeans (EJBs) running on EJB servers (such as WebLogic and WebSphere). This will allow developers to take advantage of business logic written with EJBs while giving their users a richer client interface that can be developed using Java or HTML. Plans for beyond 9.0 include having NVOs running in third-party application servers.
We're adding support for Web services in PowerBuilder 9.0. This feature allows developers to build applications that access Web services without having to become experts in Web Services Description Language (WSDL), Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP), and XML.
We've also added JavaServer Pages (JSP) authoring capability in PowerBuilder 9.0. This is an extension of the Web target functionality added in PB 8.0. Developers will be able to create and deploy JSP Web applications directly from PowerBuilder. We've also made it easy for developers to incorporate Web services directly into the JSPs they create using PowerBuilder.
Finally, we've added a new feature called PowerBuilder Native Interface (PBNI), which greatly expands PowerBuilder's ability to integrate and work with third-party programs and utilities. In fact, using PBNI technology Sybase is delivering features such as EJB client support, PB DOM, and Web services support.
Q: Regarding the integration message "Everything works better when everything works together," which features reinforce that message?
Q: When can PowerBuilder components run in other application servers? Not Web services but in the VM?
Q: How can people find demos and more information about PowerBuilder 9.0?
You need to be a registered Sybase Developer Network (SDN) user to access the beta page and download the software, but SDN membership is free. More information about SDN and a registration form can be found at www.sybase.com/developer/.
Q: What is Sybase's commitment to PowerBuilder?
Sybase realizes that PowerBuilder has a loyal following and that companies want to use PB to develop client/server, n-tier, and Web-based applications. To that end, Sybase reorganized its PowerBuilder group, creating the role of PowerBuilder evangelist, along with dedicated worldwide resources to marketing PowerBuilder, including a director of sales and various personnel in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. This group, as well as many others, has been working hard to provide the PowerBuilder customer base with the capabilities that will meet their current and future application development requirements.
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