Every time SAP comes out with a new set of pdf manuals, the meta data has to be corrected. Often the stored titles, description, etc are wildly wrong. Very sloppy and unprofessional for a mega corp the size of SAP.
The ePub book format has been out for many years and has many features that make it tablet, phone, PC, whatever friendly. Reading a SAP manual at night? No problem, change the font color to white on black so you don’t wake your spouse. The font is too small? No problem, choose a larger or different font. You can’t do any of that with a PDF. Try reading the ASE Admin guides on a 4″ iPhone. I dare you. You might as well pour salt in your eye sockets.
This letter provides notification of the end of sale for the following versions of Sybase PowerBuilder.
End of Sale
Please note that EBFs for PowerBuilder 11.x, 11.5.x, 12.x and 12.5.x (except for PowerBuilder 12.5.2) will no longer be available as of April 15, 2013.
If you have any questions, please call your local Sybase Technical Support Center. One of our Customer Service representatives will respond to your questions or direct your call to someone who can. For the number of your closest Technical Support Center, please go to: www.sybase.com/contactus/support.
Thank you for your cooperation in this product transition. We regret any inconvenience that discontinuing the sale of this product may cause your organization. Our support staff is available to assist you in any way possible.
PowerBuilder Product Manager
Sybase, an SAP Company
Years ago PowerBuilder was king. No one could touch it. It was relatively inexpensive. Microsoft’s Visual Basic matured and the Pascal based Borland’s Delphi was released. Then it fell and fall it did.
As it was falling from the throne Sybase purchased Powersoft, makers of PowerBuilder. As the the market share continued to shrink, PowerBuilder developers had more difficulty in finding new projects. Most new development was written in Visual Basic or Java.
Years went by with marketing of PowerBuilder little more than the occasional road show, TechWave presentations and the ISUG Technical Journal ads catered towards existing customers. Little to no effort was put forth by Sybase to gain new PowerBuilder customers.
During this week’s Sybase TechWave, PowerBuilder version 12 was released. It has all the whistles and kitchen sinks you could ask for. An amazing tool for development! Too bad no one outside of the die hard PowerBuilder programmers will use it.
Sybase owns PowerBuilder. It owns the PowerBuilder software, PowerBuilder language, PowerScript, the PowerBuilder vm, and everything PowerBuilder.
No problem right?
What will happen to PowerBuilder when Sybase is bought out by another company? Products with tiny market share like PowerBuilder would likely be killed or in a state of limbo for several years. Anyone remember what happened when IBM bought Informix?
Do you really want to bet your career and business on a software development tool that is locked to a single smallish vendor?
Maybe, perhaps, if Sybase were to release the PowerBuilder 4GL language and PowerScript to the world like Microsoft did with the C# and Visual Basic languages and Sun with Java… Perhaps if Sybase would allow 3rd parties to develop tools based around the PowerBuilder language royalty free…
Sybase: PLEASE FREE THE POWERBUILDER 4GL LANGUAGE!
I mean, really, what benefit could Sybase have to cripple the PowerBuilder developers?
It is the most installed embedded database on the planet hands down. Don’t believe me? You know that Firefox web browser, Thunderbird newsreader, most Adobe products, Miro, etc all have it embedded? – reference http://www.sqlite.org/mostdeployed.html
We use it extensively at work as:
staging for mass data imports/exports/conversions
local application ‘cache’ for large data sets
projects that don’t require all the features of Sybase ASE (or Oracle for that matter)
One of the best features is that the database itself in platform independent… copy the db on to AIX from your Windows box … then on to your old Amiga … then on to your windows mobile device. Getting the point? 🙂
I really wish Sybase would make it so that the Sybase ASE databases were truly platform and character set/sort order independent… but that is in another dream 😉
Not a blurb in the PowerDesigner/PowerBuilder manuals or anything
If you’re trying to install PowerBuilder 11.1 on Windows Vista, you may run into CR# 487134:
Installation of PB 11.0 and PB 11.1 on several machines fails with the same messages in window logs. Volume Shadow Copy Service error: Unexpected error querying for the IVssWriterCallback interface. hr = 0x80070005. Same for several Customers. Happens on Windows Vista OS. The root cause is a DW ActiveX self-register issue which will be fixed in the next full install release.
Speed in Development. Speed in Deployment. Speed in Performance.
PowerBuilder 11.2 will be available shortly and we are holding a Web seminar with John Strano to highlight the key features of this release. During this Web seminar, John will show you the new capabilities found in PowerBuilder 11.2 that bring increased performance to your mission-critical applications, including using AJAX and .NET development to EAServer. In addition, John will show you a range of as well as database, UI, and usability enhancements.
PowerBuilder 11.2 Web Seminar: Increased Performance is Here Wednesday, April 2, 2008
9:00 AM PT / 12:00 PM EST
The PowerBuilder 11.2 webcast will cover:
Certificate Store Support for Smart Client-published Applications
Usability and UI Enhancements
Database Connectivity Enhancements
Enabling the DEBUG Condition for ORCA and OrcaScript
Application Pools for Web Forms in IIS7
EAServer Support for .NET-deployed PowerBuilder Clients
AJAX Functionality for WebForm-Deployed Applications
Register for the PowerBuilder 11.2 Web seminar today and speed up your development, deployment, and performance.