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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 www.PowerToTheBuilder.com. PowerFilter is an easy-to-implement DataWindow filtering component that gives your application auto-filtering functionality similar to that found in Excel 2007\2010. It works with your existing DataWindows and requires as little as three lines of PowerScript to implemen... (more)

Dockable Windows in PowerBuilder

If you've read any of my past articles, you know that I love a good challenge, a challenge that really gets me thinking and ultimately ends up teaching me something. One thing I always wanted to do was create dockable windows using pure PowerScript. I held off from doing this for some time because of the almost overwhelming complexity that was inherent with this type of control. Seeing as this would be the perfect test of my skills, I motivated myself to do it. The first thing I had to do before I started was investigate an existing control so that I could record proper behavior... (more)

PBDJ Feature: Take Control of Your GUI

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of the biggest complaints I hear about PowerBuilder is how the applications developed with it end up looking old and outdated.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... (more)

PowerBuilder UI Designer

PBDJ Feature Story PowerToTheBuilder.com is a PowerBuilder developer's source for free, open source, high-quality user interface controls. Using any number of the controls available can provide your application with an instant facelift. Integration is easy and becomes less complicated based on the knowledge you have of your own application. Inherently, PowerBuilder doesn't provide designer support for custom visual controls. The PB UI Controls therefore must be tested by first calling its exposed functions, then running your application. This causes several problems. First you ... (more)

Office 2003 Toolbar: A New Look For Your Old PowerBuilder App

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)