One of the biggest complaints I hear about PowerBuilder is how the
applications developed with it end up looking old and outdated. PowerBuilder
allows developers to create complicated, robust, and efficient business
applications. What it doesn't do is offer an effective presentation.
Sometimes lackluster presentation can hurt an application's marketability.
Unfortunate as it is, the look of the application is what gives users their
first impression. An old-looking application just won't impress.
What to Do About It...
The first option would be to get your hands on some third-party components;
however, here are three big drawbacks to doing this. First, you have to deal
with compatibility issues. Most UI vendors most likely don't test their
components against PowerBuilder. The second thing to consider is future
support. There's always the risk that the vendor who creat... (more)
CrazySQuirreL's name has now been changed to QweryBuilder. In addition, I
plan on selling copies of it on my companies new website, www.Werysoft.com.
Right now I have a Beta version available if you would like to try it out.
Just visit the downloads section.
This last month has been extremely busy for me. I've worked hard to add
support for Oracle. I'm proud to say that after this past weekend I've now
got about 98% support added. There are 2 more things I have to add to the
application, an explain plan report and visual difference support. Hopefully
these things will be added f... (more)
As we all know, the DataWindow is a very powerful and flexible control used
for data presentation and manipulation. For the most part, the features that
you get out of the box allow you to create some very impressive applications.
With that said, there is always room for improvement. Fortunately for us, the
DataWindow was built with flexibility in mind. By taking advantage of this
flexibility, we can extend the DataWindow to do almost anything we want.
In this article, I'm going to introduce you to PowerFilter, a control
developed by Jim Reese and available for purchase from
There's a reason why software developers like Microsoft update the look of
their applications every two years. It shows the consumer that something has
changed and therefore they need to upgrade, at least that's my opinion.
If this is true, I can only presume that presentation plays a vital role in
the sale of commercial applications. If you're not writing commercial
applications, then it's just a cool thing to do.
Unfortunately, most developers are usually confined to creating applications
with the look provided by the development tool they're using. Fortunately for
us developer... (more)
PowerBuilder contains so many features and capabilities that it's hard to
fully understand and learn all of them when you're caught up in the "daily
grind." A good way to deal with this is to create a skill-developing
challenge. In most cases, I try to do something that I figure can't be done
My latest challenge was to create an XP style listbar similar to the one in
the Windows XP Control Panel (see Figure 1). I think it's a sharp-looking
control that provides an efficient way to navigate an application. Could it
be done in PowerBuilder? With enough time and cr... (more)