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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Sybase Workspace 2.1: Do NOT update Data Tools Platform (DTP) from Eclipse’s website!

Sybase Workspace

Sybase
Sybase

is an Eclipse distribution that uses highly customized Data Tools Platform (DTP) plugins.  Updating the Sybase version of DTP with the standard DTP release from Eclipse will break Sybase’s Workspace.

Last night I updated Workspace’s DTP with the standard DTP release from Eclipse’s website.  Several oddities started showing up when accessing the DTP releases:

Configuring the db connection
Configuring the db connection

Testing the connection worked fine but when you open the database connection to a Sybase ASE database errors are reported:

Multiple errors have occurred
Multiple errors have occurred

and

Connection errors
Connection errors

If you run into this issue, you will need to uninstall Sybase’s Workspace (delete the %SYBASE%/Workspace directory after the uninstall is complete) to resolve it.

I’ve created feature request CR 565285 with Sybase:

Workspace’s DTP (data tools platform) should be updated with the DTP current release from Eclipse. This will allow developers that work in a mixed environment to use Workspace with non-Sybase DBMS’s (view stored procedures, triggers, etc).

If you believe that this feature request is desired, please let Sybase know.

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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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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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FW: Learn to Love SQL Development Webcast (Sybase Workspace)

From the Sybase Workspace 2.0 team:

Thursday, February 14, 2008
1:00 pm EDT / 10:00 am PDT

Join us on Valentine’s Day and you will learn how to:

  • Visually debug stored procedures and triggers
  • Visually create and edit tables, stored procedures and events
  • Navigate and manipulate database objects in the enterprise
  • Export and import database objects and services to database server

Don’t forget to sign up for the webcast! 🙂  Sybase will send the dial in/web address to your email so you can participate.

I’m not sure if this is the same presentation as Sybase WorkSpace for ASE:  Learn to Love SQL Development Webinar that was hosted by Samir Nigam, Director of Engineering at Sybase, last month.

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Flying into Las Vegas, Nevada for Sybase Techwave 2007

Hi everyone! 🙂

After a horrible flight (I really really hate United Airlines – I swear this is the very last time I ever fly with them. Fly the Friendly Skies my a$$.), I arrived at the Mandalay Bay Resort for Sybase TechWave 2007.

If you came last year, the inside of the Mandalay Bay Resorts looks awfully like Caesar’s Palace did. So much so, that you will have strong feelings of déjà vu. For that matter, the Rio did also. Is this a common thing for Las Vegas casino/hotels to do?

A friend of mine told me that many of the casino/hotels like Caesar’s Palace and Mandalay Bay have hidden cameras in the rooms for security reasons – that if there was any issues, the tapes are reviewed by security staff. I don’t know if that is true of just an urban legend. I guess with cameras being so tiny now, it would be difficult to locate any without a radio frequency detector (try getting an RF detector through airport security and I bet you will disappear to Guantánamo Bay.)

I met up with fellow TeamSybase members at the TeamSybase dinner tonight and was able to have a bit of food before the food was taken away. Damn you United Airlines! The best part of TechWave, and I can say this will hold true even on Friday when I return to Chicago, is that my good friend Loren Corbridge, project manager of Sybase Workspace, knit two baby stocking caps for my wife’s and my munchkin. A red stocking cap for a new born and a blue stocking cap for a year old. THANK YOU LOREN!!! I’ll be posting pictures of these beautiful stocking caps tomorrow.

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Where is Sybase Workspace 2.0?

For those of you that are eagerly awaiting Sybase’s Workspace version 2.0, it is scheduled for a Q4 2007 release and is currently in internal beta testing.

The biggest news about it, in my opinion, is that it is based on Eclipse 3.3. I’m hoping that Sybase will eventually integrate the Mylyn (originally Mylar) into Workspace 🙂

Webinar: Task-Focused Programming with Mylar by Mik Kersten (56 min, Oct 2006)
5-15 min: task management demo
15-30 min: task context demo
34-40 min: technology & frameworks

The Adobe presentation works on Mac OSX and Windows but not in Linux.

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TechWave 2007 class registration is now available!

The class registration and listing is available on Sybase’s TechWave website

Here is my current schedule:

Sybase TechWave 2007
 
My Agenda
 
 
Time Session Title Learning Track Status

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

2:30 pm –
5:00 pm 

EDU106-1
Performance and Tuning: ASE Query Optimization
 

Education Courses and iAnywhere TechSummits

Registered


Wednesday, August 8, 2007

8:00 am –
10:15 am 


EDU106-2
Performance and Tuning: ASE Query Optimization
 

Education Courses and iAnywhere TechSummits

Registered

1:00 pm –
2:00 pm 

DAT508

Using Java and Web Services within Adaptive Server Enterprise (ASE)
 

Enterprise Database, Data Management and Business Continuity

Registered

2:15 pm –
3:45 pm 


DEV311
Designing High Performance Applications/Transaction Design (Prevention not Diagnosis & Medication)
 

Application Development Trends

Registered

4:00 pm –
5:30 pm 

DEV339
Case-Express: Using Sybase tools and bleeding edge technologies for a feature-rich web application
 

Application Development Trends

Registered

Thursday, August 9, 2007

8:00 am –
10:15 am 

EDU114-3
Migrating from ASE to Sybase IQ: An ASE DBA’s perspective
 

Education Courses and iAnywhere TechSummits

Registered

1:00 pm –
2:00 pm 

IAW410
Setting up Replication Server and OpenSwitch for Continuous Availability and Disaster Recovery

 

Data Integration, Analysis, and Warehousing

Registered

3:30 pm –
5:00 pm 

DEV319
Connecting Adobe Flex and Flash to Sybase Adaptive Server Enterprise (ASE) using Web Services
 

Application Development Trends

Registered


Friday, August 10, 2007

8:00 am –
10:15 am 


EDU106-4
Performance and Tuning: ASE Query Optimization
 

Education Courses and iAnywhere TechSummits

Registered

1:00 pm –
2:30 pm 

DAT502B

Top Ten Adaptive Server Enterprise (ASE) MDA Tables
 

Enterprise Database, Data Management and Business Continuity

Registered

 
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Sybase WorkSpace Videos

I was looking through the help docs of Sybase Workspace when I ran across a link to the Workspace Videos. For anyone that wants to take a look at Workspace before purchasing or downloading the Evaluation:

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