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Imagine hiring a crew to put an addition on your home. As capable as they seem, you can't help being concerned over the fact that they've shown up for work without any power tools. Every instrument they use looks like it came from Olsen's Mercantile in Little House on the Prairie. When you ask the crew why they don't own any power tools, the foreman responds, "Oh, we own them. We're just more comfortable with these hand tools." After explaining how they could cut their work time in half by using them, the crew concede, break out the power tools and bring in the backhoe. You look in horror as you see them using these expensive devices in the same fashion as their hand tools. They drive nails by smashing them with the nail gun. They cut wood by manually pushing the electric saw back and forth. We won't even mention how they're using the backhoe. Many PowerBuilder dev... (more)

Long Live The King

If you're reading this, chances are you're enamored of PowerBuilder. Not just a casual user, but a longtime adherent and defender thereof. And why shouldn't you be? PowerBuilder, in my humble opinion, is the best. From the first time I tried the patented DataWindow right up to EAStudio 3.5, I have always been able to deploy the best solutions for my clients using these tools. PowerBuilder and its accompanying solution set have always been growing. What's more, our knowledge and experience in PowerBuilder has made moving to EAServer virtually painless. You and I know that there ar... (more)

Embarcadero's Rapid SQL Version 5.7

There's nothing more tedious than having to type out SQL. While the glory of PowerBuilder rests primarily within its DataWindow technology, which saves us from most of this horror, we still need to write our own stored procedures, triggers, and other SQL logic. The database painter does have a SQL painter in its ISQL pane, but it's limited when it comes time to write stored procedures, triggers, and other objects. We may be able to use it to write some relatively complex queries, but then we have to play games to get it to work in another database object, such as a stored proced... (more)

Embarcadero's Rapid SQL Version 5.7

There's nothing more tedious than having to type out SQL. While the glory of PowerBuilder rests primarily within its DataWindow technology, which saves us from most of this horror, we still need to write our own stored procedures, triggers, and other SQL logic. The database painter does have a SQL painter in its ISQL pane, but it's limited when it comes time to write stored procedures, triggers, and other objects. We may be able to use it to write some relatively complex queries, but then we have to play games to get it to work in another database object, such as a stored proced... (more)

Client/Server-The Haven Of Sensitive Data

To this day my mother refuses to make deposits via her bank's ATM. Her reason is a valid one: she doesn't trust a machine with her money. You get no real validation from the ATM, just a receipt stating the amount you said was in your envelope. If the contents of your envelope gets lost or stolen, you don't have any real evidence that you put your money in that ATM. No, Mom wants a human to stamp her pink copy of the deposit slip so she can prove the bank did, in fact, take her money. Why Client/Server Focus? To this day a fair share of corporate America refuses to put their app... (more)