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Brad Wery

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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 in PowerBuilder. 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 creativity anything can be done. XP Style Listbar When duplicating a control, one of the most important things you should do is document its behavior. If you play with the listbar in the Windows XP Control Panel you will observe four things: When you click on the group header when the group is... (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of the biggest complaints I hear about PowerBuilder is how the applications developed with it end up looking old and outdated.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)

This is interesting

I've always been interested in the Microsoft and Apple story. It amazes me what these two companies did and how they did it. Both started by young enthusiastic people. Honestly, I envy people like Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, Bill Gates, Paul Allen and Steve Ballmer. They were at the forefront of something huge. A co-worker brought this to my attention: http://channel9.msdn.com/shows/history/. It's a new video series on Microsoft Channel 9. It brings you back, via short videos, to the time when it all started for Microsoft. It's very inspirational stuff. This is no lie, one of my... (more)

PowerBuilder UI Designer Feedback

The UI Designer has been out for nearly a week. Have you tried it? If so, please drop me a line at brad.wery@PowerToTheBuilder.com. I would like to hear what you think of it. I'm trying something new with the UI in this application. I've gone away from using a menu and developed a semi-ribbon type interface. I'm curious to know what you think of this. If it's something the community would be interested in maybe I can develop it more. I think it would take a bit of work to get it to look and act like the Microsoft Ribbon control but it could be doable. If you have any other idea's... (more)

Oracle Debugger Beta

We finally finished implementing a debugger for Oracle in QweryBuilder. It was setup to work very similar to how the debuggers for Sybase ASE and SQL Anywhere work. In order to make sure we didn't miss anything important, we need people to beta test it for us. If you're interested in trying it out, you can download 7.3.0 Beta here: http://www.werysoft.com/downloader.aspx?file=Werysoft Inc.http://www.blogger.com/profile/04726066291902301395noreply@blogger.com0 ... (more)