Wanted: SAP manuals in ePub format

Every time SAP comes out with a new set ofSybase SAP 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.

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PowerBuilder: Download your PowerBuilder patches for v11.x, 12.x before April 15th! Sybase is taking them away!

Download the ebfs (patches) for PowerBuilder 11x and 12x now before Sybase removes them from the my.sybase.com!

Announcement from SAP/Sybase:

April 11, 2013
Dear Valued Sybase Customer:

This letter provides notification of the end of sale for the following versions of Sybase PowerBuilder.

Product Platform End of Sale Migration Path
PowerBuilder 12.x Windows 04/15/2013 PowerBuilder 12.5.2
PowerBuilder 12.5.x Windows 04/15/2013 PowerBuilder 12.5.2

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.

Sincerely,
Sue Dunnell
PowerBuilder Product Manager
Sybase, an SAP Company

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For those of you on Facebook and are interested in PowerBuilder….

Subject: Old PowerBuilder Facebook page deactivated



PowerBuilder Fan Page
PowerBuilder Fan Page
Hi Everyone, Happy new year! As of today, the old PowerBuilder facebook page is deactivated. Please be sure to become a fan of PowerBuilder here: http://www.facebook.com/pages/PowerBuilder/160355699256 Go PB!!
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Sybase’s PowerBuilder v12 is powerful, .NET based, and wonderful! Why you shouldn’t use it

The following is MY perception of Sybase’s PowerBuilder:

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.

Sybase
Sybase

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.

Blasphemy!  Heretic!

Consider this:

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?

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Big things afoot at Sybase, Inc.

Sybase

It’s coming…

48 hours from now something big is coming!

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ISUG Technical Journal Sep/Oct 2008 is out! Includes my “Perl in the Shell” article

The ISUG Technical Journal Sep/Oct 2008 is out.

This issue contains:

  • Sybase IQ and Sybase WorkSpace Part II By Mike Crocker
  • Perl in the shell By Jason Froebe
  • Taming the process nightmare: Consolidating a Horde of Process Diagrams with PowerDesigner By Mike Nicewarner
  • Information overload: Weapons-grade data analysis comes of age By Teresa Foster
  • Maximizing PowerBuilder and SQLAnywhere Part III SQLAnywhere, a PowerBuilder Developer’s perspective
    By Chris Pollach
  • select random (stuff) from SYBASE Command shell by proxy By Bill Grant
  • Mobile Enterprise Everywhere: Taking Sybase on the road By Adrian Bridgwater
  • Sybase TechWave 2008: Time for the technology tsunami

You need to be an ISUG member to receive the ISUG Technical Journal.  Join ISUG today!

International Sybase User Group
International Sybase User Group
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It’s here! The very first issue of MyDatabases!

MyDatabases Volume 1 Issue 1 (July 2008)

MyDatabases Volume 1 Issue 1

Geek Spotlight:  Michael Peppler
Sybase ASE on Ubuntu 8.04
Multicore Processors
VMware Virtualization
Logical Process Manager

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Native support of SQLite in Sybase PowerBuilder and PowerDesigner?

What I would love to see is native support for SQLite. http://www.sqlite.org

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:

  1. staging for mass data imports/exports/conversions
  2. local application ‘cache’ for large data sets
  3. 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

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PowerBuilder 11.0 (& 11.1), Vista and Office 2007

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.

Workaround: Uninstall Ms Office 2007 and reinstall it after successful PB11.1 installation
Details:
Continue reading “PowerBuilder 11.0 (& 11.1), Vista and Office 2007”

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PowerBuilder 11.2 is coming out shortly

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.

Find out more and sign up here.

Regards,

The PowerBuilder Team

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