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Tips, Tricks & Recipes for Sybase ASE Author: Rob Verschoor Publisher: Sypron Publications, The Netherlands In contrast with Rob Verschoor's previous book, The Complete Sybase ASE Quick Reference Guide, his new book, Tips, Tricks & Recipes for Sybase ASE, is a full-size book filled with a lot information that ASE administrators and ASE developers will find useful. It provides dos and don'ts, and tips on how to keep your data intact, performant, and valid, and your ASE users happy. The author, Rob Verschoor, is a certified DBA for ASE 12.5/12.0, and a freelance consultant with his own company (Sypron B.V.). He has more than 16 years of experience working with a variety of clients in the international software industry. Rob has written another book, The Complete Sybase ASE Quick Reference Guide, that covers ASE versions 11.9, 12.0, and 12.5. Tips, Tricks & Recipes for Sy... (more)

XNA or Game Development for Everyone - Part 2

In Part 1 of this article, we started to develop a small racing game using XNA Game Studio Express 2.0. We learned about the game loop and how it’s implemented by the XNA (by using the Update and Draw methods) framework. We also created our first track on the screen and four cars started moving on the screen, but, sadly enough, they left the track and weren’t seen again. What does that mean? It means we should take a closer look at collision detection. In addition we should design a menu with different options. You might remember that we want to have a racing game with three comp... (more)

Go for Java IDEs

Many of us started playing around with Java several years ago, fighting our way through CLASSPATH variables, packages, and javac.exe, and ended up with our first "Hello World" or file read/write/close application. What did we use to write our first small application and classes? Notepad or another of our favorite text editors. Do you know what? We were happy. We didn't need to learn another IDE and we produced some small Java tools in a reasonable time. However, Java grew very, very fast. Suddenly there was Swing and EJBs and, wow, wait, there was a complete specification on how t... (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)

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)