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Berndt Hamboeck

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Web services is an emerging technology driven by the will to securely expose business logic beyond the firewall. Through Web services you can encapsulate existing business processes, publish them as services, search for and subscribe to other services, and exchange information throughout and beyond the enterprise. Web services will enable application-to-application interaction without the need to know anything about application implementations (languages, operating systems, tools) and without the need to write connectors to each new application. Gartner defines a Web service as "a software component that represents a business function (or a business service) and can be accessed by another application (a client, a server, or another Web service) over public networks using generally available ubiquitous protocols and transports (i.e., SOAP over HTTP)." What Is SOAP?... (more)

DDDW Tips and Tricks

The DropDownDataWindow (DDDW) edit style is one of PowerBuilder's outstanding features. Yes, I know there are a lot of new and exciting capabilities in the upcoming release of PowerBuilder, but in this article I'll try to solve some of the current problems with the existing features that are popping up in nearly every project I've seen. Here I'll focus on DropDownDataWindows, including: How to get started with DDDWs Filtering DDDWs without losing the display value in other rows Catching the collapsing of a DDDW Trapping the cursor keys in a DDDW Autocomplete DDDW values Getting S... (more)

Working with the Enterprise Portal

An enterprise portal is the converged "hub" of multiple, complementary information management solutions, including document and content management, information search and retrieval, knowledge management, team collaboration, workflow, and business intelligence. In this article, we describe what an enterprise portal is and give you a brief overview of Sybase Enterprise Portal. Then we take a closer look at the portal and go over some of the installation requirements and steps for the Information Edition of the portal. We also delve into how to use a portal and build components (ca... (more)

'NetStart' your PowerBuilder Application

One of the biggest problems in an enterprise is deploying the application. Usually you have to deliver a new release of your application to several hundred workstations. This may be a time-consuming and very cost-intensive task. Think of rolling out the newest and coolest version of the order application of your enterprise: this superior version has so many new functionalities that your users will love it. When we think about rolling out a new version, we must keep a few things in mind: The cool new version has to be packed for distribution. Database conversion scripts have to ... (more)

Uncomfortable and Enthusiastic

As I'm writing this editorial I have to say I'm a bit nervous. Not because I'm writing my first column as a guest editor for this issue of PBDJ (though this is something special for me and I want to say thank you to the people who made this possible), it's because I'm preparing for the annual TeamSybase meeting in San Francisco. I'll be meeting the best of the best, who support the products I love, and I'll also be meeting the managers of these products. This is indeed something special and I'm proud to be a part of this team. I especially look forward to what's coming up this yea... (more)