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QweryBuilder is a database development tool designed and developed in PowerBuilder. Its purpose is to use innovative ideas and techniques to make database development and data retrieval easy and intuitive. It currently works against Sybase ASE, iAnywhere SQL Anywhere, Microsoft SQL Server and Oracle. An evaluation version of the application can be downloaded from www.Werysoft.com. The purpose of this article will be to take you on a tour of QweryBuilder. I would like to show you what PowerBuilder is capable of. My hope is that some of the functionality you see can be used in your own application. Where I can, I will describe in detail how a specific piece of the application was coded, providing as much insight as possible so you can do the same if you have a similar requirement. The User Interface The first thing you'll notice when you run the application is that th... (more)

Novalys 2009 PowerBuilder Worldwide Survey

As every year, Novalys is carrying out a worldwide survey on the use of PowerBuilder. The thousands of responses received each year allow us to follow the evolution of PowerBuilder projects since 2001. Now help us to monitor the new trends in the PowerBuilder community by completing the 2009 edition of the survey below. Afterwards, you’ll be able to see the 2008 results and discover, in particular: - How large PowerBuilder projects differ from small ones in terms of architecture - How the test of strength is going between Java and DotNET - How many PB projects used .NET in 2008 Parti... (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)

Advanced DataWindow Filtering with PowerFilter

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... (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)