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Yakov Werde

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I personally witnessed something silently happening in the PowerBuilder community a couple of weeks ago that that was so uplifting and significant that I want to share it you.  Here's the story: My friend and colleague, Paul VanBeverhoudt is an expert, seasoned PowerBuilder programmer.  I met Paul through Greg Fisher, another longtime member of the PowerBuilder community.  Paul and I worked together in Manhattan, two floors below ground level, on an intense, short duration refactoring and maintenance project.  Like me, Paul is a middle aged family oriented professional.  Paul's daughter Katherine recently graduated from Queen's College with a dual major in Computer Science and Management of Information Science.  Given the current state of the economy Katherine was finding it difficult to land a position in the IT industry. Simultaneously, Paul was on a project, reen... (more)

Building Bridges: PowerBuilder/InfoMaker Integration in the .NET Universe

There has been some talk lately about the impact of the new .NET PBL and EXE format on applications that dynamically integrate InfoMaker reports (or other external PBLs). The concern is that since PowerBuilder has gone .NET and InfoMaker remains Classic, platform differences will break the integration mechanism that ties these two products together. In this article I'll take a look at the issue, provide some background for the uninitiated and propose a mechanism to bridge the gap. For those of you not familiar with InfoMaker, it's a reporting tool featuring the DataWindow Object... (more)

Bye Bye Clip Window; Hello Snippets

What Are Snippets? Clips or snippets are pieces of code that are either difficult to remember or often used with minor tweaks. Developers look for ways to leverage their IDE to write code snippets once and then paste them into an editor whenever / wherever they are needed. In Classic the IDE facility is called the Clip Window. In the .NET IDE the facility is called Snippets. The process of creating and using Snippets in .NET is quite different from its Classic counterpart. The purpose of this article is to familiarize a Classic developer with the .NET IDE Snippet facility and hel... (more)

Great Turnout for PB .NET Training in Zurich

I just completed a packed PowerBuilder WPF .NET Training day in Zurich for the members of SPBUG.  The seminar attracted attendees from a far away as Geneva. From .NET concepts into HelloMath in C# & PB; diving down into exploring and comparing IL and then wrapping logic in an assembly and calling it by Lunch.  Everyone now knows how it works and how it feels. Enterprise app migration and Visual Studio IDE before dinner.  Here's a snapshot of the happy crew at 5 p.m. ... (more)

RESTful Web Services: A Quick-Start How-to Guide - Part 2

Part 2 of "RESTful Web Services: A Quick-Start How-To Guide" explores foundational issues in coding RESTful operations, including Basic Authentication and Exception handling. Along the way I'll share with you multiple real-world coding tips and workarounds. Introduction As a teenager, one of my favorite TV shows was "The Wild Wild West." The show's description goes like this, "... a 60 minute western action series on CBS that was like no other. Special Agents James West and Artemus Gordon were spies for President Ulysses S. Grant shortly after the civil war. In every other way, ... (more)