New developers for Sybase’s Powerbuilder 11?

There still seems to be a steep learning curve when it comes to Sybase’s PowerBuilder. In this specific case, PB11 is no easier.

What *I* personally would like to see is:

  1. step by step online tutorials to create a multitude of projects – from simple ‘hello world’ applications to database connected applications to .NET to AJAX enabled .NET web apps
  2. online videos for the new and experienced developers rather than just feature highlights
  3. more books… from the “Beginning PowerBuilder 11” (perhaps a ‘for Dummies’ series type book) to super advanced PB11
  4. more podcasts ( take a look at Meet the Gimp for example format )
  5. PowerBuilder gallery of open source and commercial PB applications (please don’t just point to the abomination known as codexchange) and online pb communities
  6. A better tiered licensing model: Free version (take a look at Microsoft’s VB Express for a model of what should be included for free), Student (K-university) edition, Professional / Small Business, Enterprise. There should be NO feature differences between the student and enterprise editions – the only difference should be in what PB can be used for (licensing).
  7. Open source & hobby-ist development should be actively promoted to help rebuild the PB community

Can anyone think of anything else to help new developers learn PowerBuilder?

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4 Replies to “New developers for Sybase’s Powerbuilder 11?”

  1. I could not agree with this MORE… There is a conspicuous absence of Powerbuilder learning material for beginners. I have many great C, C+, C#, and Objective C books that teach C from “HELLO WORLD” to a complete working application. Where are the Powerbuilder equivalents?

    I have been on countless Powerbuilder courses… Powerbuilder Boot Camp, Powerbuilder Best Coding Practices, Advanced Powerbuilder Techniques, Powerbuilder Conferences… and every single course I’ve been to ends up being a sales pitch for the next release. No course offered by Sybase teaches basic programming techniques – teaching time is too valuable to waste on basic concepts. Every book in our Powerbuilder library assumes a basic understanding of Powerbuilder. What if you don’t have a basic understanding of Powerbuilder? Where do you go?

  2. I don’t disagree that there is a shortage of entry-level material for Powerbuilder. That being said, I fail to see the steep learning curve for the product. We have a number of non-techies here that are capable of designing and developing reports, forms, and simple bug fixes, all without coming from a programming background. I can’t say that about .NET, Java, Perl, etc.

    There really needs to be some higher-end information like you mention though – AJAX, .NET integration, web forms, etc. I haven’t found much in the way of PFC resources that I’m happy with either. Maybe some of us need to put our heads together and come up with a viable solution to this?

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