PowerBuilder – Failed to get the service list

Posted on April 4, 2013 at 6:49 pm in

Just so this is documented and maybe come up on a search sometime, here is an error message fail:               I got this attempting to set up a new .Net Web Service proxy in PB Classic.

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PowerBuilder ‘Gotcha’ – Tooltips do not display

Posted on April 1, 2013 at 5:17 pm in

I was working on setting up datawindow tooltips for a project and ran into an issue where sometimes they would not display for specific columns on the datawindow. Here is what you have to do: The tooltip Enabled property must be TRUE. The tooltip text must not be an empty string or NULL. The tooltip…

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PowerBuilder – Getting started with SAP HANA

Posted on March 27, 2013 at 5:28 pm in

If you have had anything to do with SAP lately I’m sure you have heard of HANA.  Okay, well what is it?  (No, it’s not the Joe Wright film). HANA is a database which uses In-Memory technology to speed up the retrieval of data.  Additionally, HANA stores data in not only in rows but also…

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Windows 7 ‘Gotcha’ – PowerBuilder Application Control Fonts Too Large

Posted on February 21, 2013 at 7:17 am in

So I finally got my computer upgraded to Windows 7 at work.  I was very happy to have it since XP was really starting to annoy me and I couldn’t really do some of the development tasks I needed to get done. After a week or so I started looking through the applications I work…

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PowerBuilder – Writing to the Windows Event Log

Posted on February 13, 2013 at 5:32 pm in

Here are  two ways to write to the Event log in Windows and indicate the source of the message. Reportevent External Function and Eventcreate command line command You can use the command shell to do this too but this has the drawback of not being able to assign the source of the event. First you need…

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PowerBuilder – Datawindow Usability Improvements

Posted on December 27, 2012 at 5:25 pm in

I did a presentation at the 2012 PowerBuilder Developers Conference on improving the user experience in older PowerBuilder applications.  Later in December 2012 I presented an abstract of that on PowerBuilder TV.  The recorded session can be found here. I have updated the presentation files along with exports of the PB objects so that folks…

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Datawindow Usability Improvements Presentation

Posted on December 4, 2012 at 7:49 am in

You can find the files from my PBTV presentation here.  I’ll do an in depth article later for those who could not attend the session. This is an extract from the session I presented at the SAP PowerBuilder Developers Conference 2012.

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Getting your COM component Registered for use with PowerBuilder

Posted on November 5, 2012 at 7:29 pm in

I built a COM component to allow for the taking of pictures from a webcam in PowerBuilder. The component itself was done in Visual Studio 2010 in C# and makes use of a web camera control created to use the Directshow API library available as part of the Windows SDK. You can find more information…

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PowerBuilder – Update the Datawindow object definition programatically

Posted on October 11, 2012 at 6:31 pm in

I’m doing some work on an application to aid in the mass update of various datawindow attributes. It’s not rocket science since you are dealing with a series of text files and doing some basic ‘find and replace’ operations. However, if you have ever worked on a project which has been around for a while…

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PowerBuilder – The RAD tool on the Edge of Forever

Posted on September 18, 2012 at 9:05 am in

I’ve often considered the significance of this graphic on the Welcome screen in PowerBuilder. However, it’s quickly forgotten since I only see it if I am installing the software for the first time on a new machine (I deselect the option to show it when PB starts). Recent events have me wondering again. You might…

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