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PowerBuilder 11.2 Released: Sybase's Flagship IDE

Sybase has released the production version of its premier IDE for RAD


Deprecated feature


IE Web Controls for .NET Web Forms applications

PowerBuilder installs and deploys Telerik RadControls to replace the IE Web Controls.

O84 Oracle 8i database interface

The next major release of PowerBuilder will include the ORA Oracle 11g database interface, in addition to the O90 and O10 Oracle database interfaces that you can install with PowerBuilder 11.2.

JSP targets

PowerBuilder 11.2 is the last version of PowerBuilder that includes JavaServer Pages (JSP) targets that enable you to build Web pages using JSP technology. Sybase Workspace is the recommended tool for building JavaServer Faces and HTML applications that use JSP pages.

COM, COM+ components

PowerBuilder 11.2 is the last version of PowerBuilder that includes the COM and COM+ component creation wizards.

Automation server

PowerBuilder 11.2 is the last version of PowerBuilder that includes the PowerBuilder Runtime Automation Server.

DataWindow® plug-in and PowerBuilder Window plug-in

PowerBuilder 11.2 is the last version of PowerBuilder that includes the DataWindow plug-in that allows you to display a Powersoft report (PSR) on a Web page. It is also the last version to include the PowerBuilder WIndow plug-in that allows you to display child windows on Web pages when viewed in a browser that supports Netscape plug-ins. You can use .NET Web Forms targets to display reports and child windows on Web pages.

PowerBuilder Window ActiveX

PowerBuilder 11.2 is the last version of PowerBuilder that includes the PowerBuilder Window ActiveX that allows you to display PowerBuilder child windows on Web pages when viewed in a browser that supports ActiveX.. You can use .NET Web Forms targets to display child windows on Web pages.

UDDI browser in the Web Service proxy wizard

PowerBuilder 11.2 is the last version of PowerBuilder that allows you to search for a WSDL file in a UDDI registry.

Deployment support for Windows 2000 platform with Service Pack 4

Support for the Windows 2000 platform will be discontinued in the next release of PowerBuilder.

 I hope you find this information useful on PB 11.2. Say tuned in the near future for news on PB 11.5.

More Stories By Chris Pollach

Chris Pollach is a Senior Consultant with over 30 years experience in Systems and Software Analysis, Development, Maintenance and Technical Support, mainly in the areas of GUI Design, MS-Windows Programming, Java / .NET Programming, Wireless, Application / Web Server Design & Programming, Object Oriented Development Tools and Methodologies, Data Base, Data Communications and Network application development. He has participated in numerous technical, planning and management roles, as well as consulted and educated in these fields for a diverse clientele. He is also the owner of “Software Tool & Die Inc.” a company dedicated to provide custom software and education solutions on Object Oriented business systems.

As an educator, Chris is certified to teach PowerBuilder (first in Canada), MS-SQLServer, Sybase’s Enterprise Application Studio and EAServer integrated application/web development environment. He is former Certified SilverStream developer (CSSD) and current Certified PowerBuilder Developer – Associate / Professional (CPD-P) as well as a Certified Sybase Tools Instructor (CSI).

Chris has written numerous articles in various popular personal computer magazines, newsletters and is the author of the PowerGuide and PowerExpert products as well as the STD Foundation Classes. Currently, Chris has developed a Foundation Class library for Sybase's PocketBuilder, SAP's PowerBulder and EAServer products and now Appeon Web & mobile products that integrates JSP or ASP web development, Section 508 / CLF web standards and mobile applications. A new Web Service framework has also been released for IIs to support PowerBuilder based web service NVUO's!

Chris recently became a 2nd Degree Black in the TaeKwonDo martial art and has developed a Martial Art multimedia study guide using the Component-One “Doc2Help” and Sybase PowerBuilder products. Since the fall of 2004 he became a TaeKwonDo instructor for the City of Ottawa’s Goulbourn program. He has also been certified with the World TaeKwonDo Federation (February 2005 - 1st Dan and October 2008 - 2nd Dan).

Chris was awarded the Sybase “Innovation and Achievement” award for 2005 as voted for by the International Sybase User Group (ISUG). This award was presented for innovations to the PocketBuilder mobile development product, contributions to the PowerBuilder News groups and support of the Ottawa Sybase User Group.

To round his management and leadership skills, Chris is the former president of the Kiwanis Club of Goulbourn and still volunteers his time with the service clubs in his area. He is also the coordinator of the Ottawa Sybase User group and a certified NAUI scuba instructor. For the last three years, Chris has been voted onto the ISUG Board of Directors and holds the position of "Director - North American User Groups".

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