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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. 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 the advent of networks, users suddenly acquired one account after another, with different usernames and passwords to remember. Sybase Enterprise Portal tries to overcome this issue by providing single sign-on. This sounds great, but it also means that as a portal developer or administrator, ... (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)

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)

Pocket Sudoku

It's amazing how popular Sudoku has become in the last few months. You'll find one in nearly every daily magazine here in Austria. When I started to jump on this train (yes, I solve at least one Sudoku a day), I thought it would be amazing if we could have a version written completely in our number-one development tool, PowerBuilder, or it's small brother PocketBuilder. Since I wanted to be able to carry it around with me, I decided to write it in PocketBuilder 2.04 (because of its wonderful new support for horizontal/vertical windows) so that it would also support one of my ne... (more)