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Berndt Hamboeck

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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's responsible for the Pocket PowerBuilder beta program and is probably the best person to guide Pocket PowerBuilder when it comes to mobile and wireless development. Target Audience As the title of the book suggests, it's not for the hard-core programmer who wants to get the last out of his o... (more)

Tracking Users with EAServer

Perhaps you don't want all the users of your site to have the same type of access. Maybe you want to restrict some of the content to certain users, or know who uses what on your machine, or give different users a different color scheme on the page. In a nutshell: you want to know what your users are doing on the Web server. This article will get you started. First we'll look at how you can tailor content for a particular user; to do this, you need to be able to identify the user. I assume you already know how to keep track of users across sessions. In this article, we'll put those... (more)

PowerBuilder Web Reporting From Scratch in Minutes

A week ago one of my customers asked me to do a presentation on Sybase DataWindow.NET. We discussed what they would like to see (besides all the standard stuff all PowerBuilder shops want to see, such as a Master/Detail DataWindow in a client/server environment and, in a second step, these DataWindows within a browser), and they asked me to talk a little bit about distributing such a Web application in a production environment. They said that they recently had a presentation from their Java people and the deployment was a mess. This is fairly easy with the Web setup project prov... (more)

SQL Anywhere 10 & DataWindow .NET 2.0 in an ASP Environment

Most of the applications we software developers build need to interact somehow with data from a database. The .NET Framework defined by Microsoft provides a rich set of objects to manage database interaction; these classes are collectively referred to as ADO.NET and the latest versions of DataWindow .NET (which is now version 2.01). SQL Anywhere (version 10) fits perfectly in this environment, making development a lot easier; in addition, your applications will look good without spending a lot of time painting the user interface. In this article we'll look closer at exactly this... (more)

PowerJ 4.0 - Struts Development

Struts is an open source initiative from the Jakarta Project written in Java. Sponsored by the Apache Software Foundation, the project's goal is to provide an open source framework that's useful for building Web applications with Java servlet and JavaServer Pages (JSP) technology. Struts encourages application architectures based on the Model-View-Controller (MVC) design paradigm. In the MVC design pattern, application flow is mediated by a central controller that delegates requests to an appropriate handler. The handlers are tied to a Model and act as an adapter between the req... (more)