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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 Started The basics are well covered in the PowerBuilder User's Manual, but if you still have problems defining them look at Figure 1. Click on the column you want and its edit style (yes, click on edit on the properties) as DDDW (choose DropDownDW as Style Type). Next, choose your DataWindow, ... (more)

Sybase Enterprise Portal Evaluation Version

The Sybase Enterprise Portal is ideal for organizations that are looking for a solution that allows developers to integrate existing enterprise content and applications as well as incorporate the tools that will enable them to access, manage, share, and understand them better. Parts 1 and 2 of this article will take a close look at the Sybase Enterprise Portal. I'll start by describing why you might need an enterprise portal and then examine the evaluation version of the Sybase EP. We'll look at: The architecture of the Sybase Enterprise Portal Installing Enterprise Portal 5.01 C... (more)

Mobile and Wireless Design Essentials

It won't be long until a new product developed by Sybase hits the stores. Yes, I'm talking about Pocket PowerBuilder. For any professional (PowerBuilder) software developer, this should be reason enough to look behind the scenes of mobile and wireless development. Fortunately for us there's a book on the market that covers everything we need to know. This book, Mobile and Wireless Design Essentials, is written by Martyn Mallick. Martyn is a senior software engineer in product management and a wireless solutions evangelist for iAnywhere Solutions, a subsidiary of Sybase, Inc. He'... (more)

Enterprise Development

Your company decides to implement a mobile application initiative and has chosen which database, handheld, and software packages to use. A new year has begun and new projects will be started, so now is the time to think about what we are doing, what our jobs are, and how we understand enterprise computing. Many people write computer software and we all call it "software development." Each type of software and development project has complex issues and challenges that need to be solved by project managers and developers. Just look around and talk with some of your friends or peopl... (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)