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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. Using PowerBuilder with Sybase Enterprise Portal Sybase Enterprise Portal is built around Sybase Enterprise Application Server. A lot of PowerBuilder developers already use this application server to build Enterprise (EAServer) applications. One of the reasons why they picked this server might be that it's the only server on the market that can handle all the server-side component models out there. But there's more: Not only can EAServer handle CORBA, EJBs, and COM, but it can also handle PowerBuilder components. This was the best reason for me to become an EAServer expert. I was a good PowerBuilder developer f... (more)

PBDJ Guest Editorial — Thanks All Around

It's that time again - I was invited to be the guest editor for another issue of PBDJ. It's the second time now, and I want to say thank you to the many people who helped me a lot within the past year. Let me start with the authors who contributed articles, without them I could not be a guest editor. I also want say thank you to Bruce Armstrong who helps make this magazine possible. He does a great job supporting PBDJ and without him we wouldn't have so much fun reading this journal. One thing I like about this magazine is that people from all around the world write about the tool... (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)

PowerBuilder and Colors

Have you ever looked at a rainbow and wondered how all the colors got there? Or wondered why grass looks green and your jeans blue? Well, if you sit in front of your computer as often as I do, you might not. However, the following problem may have occurred: you want to create a cool window in which the data and the headers are displayed in different colors, but you can't find the right one. If you've come across this situation before, then this article is right for you. What Is Light? Let's discuss a bit of physics. If you look at a cool DVD movie, you hear sound and see pictures... (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. Sybase Enterprise Portal Security Architecture Sybase Enterprise Portal provides single sign-on throughout the portal including transparent authentication to a lot of legacy systems. In the good old days, it wasn't necessary to have single sign-on. You had a mainframe where you connected with one username and password. With ... (more)