PowerBuilder Central - Super User

Back in 2003, Sybase introduced CodeXchange, an online forum that allowed developers to share code samples and collaborate on open source projects.  Unfortunately, in 2009 Sybase decided to shut down that system. [...]

Fortunately, there is an alternative.  A bit of searching turned up a the Git MSSCCI provider from PB Software.  It not only works, but it's free.  It's also being actively supported.  There have been releases in 2014, 2015 and 2017.

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"THE" PowerBuilder Classic & Appeon Framework!

(v2017.1.0.73 - May 17, 2017)

Software Tool & Die Inc (STD) are very pleased to announce that they have just released a new version 2017R1 (build 2017.1.0.73) of their Integrated Foundation Class library framework for the latest PowerBuilder "Classic", Appeon Web and Appeon Mobile! Note: This is the first release of the framework specifically for PowerBuilder 12.6.x.

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Monday, 09 May 2005 13:16

Visual Expert In the Real World


"In the Real World"

Bill Aumen

About the author

Bill Aumen is an independent contractor, providing turn-key solutions, and an enthusiastic PowerBuilder developer.


I’m a believer… a Visual Expert believer that is!
I develop and support a number of PowerBuilder applications, with the assistance of contract developers. Each developer is a world class PB programmer, but the fact that we are not constantly involved in any single application means we need a "refresher" each time we start a maintenance project.
Recently we had to make some major enhancements to a PB system.  This is the type of task where the carefully planned inheritance structure of the system usually goes to pot. You see some code that is almost what you need, but you duplicate rather than extending it, for fear of fouling up something that is already running well.
I had used VE for a year and a half already for small jobs, but this seemed like the perfect opportunity for me to really put the tool to the test.

Software Tool & Die Inc (STD) is very pleased to announce that they have just released an updated version 2016R3 (2016.3.0.68) of their Integrated Foundation Class library for PowerBuilder "Classic", Appeon Web and Appeon Mobile!

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Thursday, 03 November 2016 15:42

SPBUG Meeting On November 30th

The Swiss PowerBuilder User Group is organizing its next meeting on Wednesday, November 30, 2016.

They will welcome again in Zurich Bruce Armstrong who will demonstrate how PowerBuilder Classic 12.6 applications can be used to access any database using OData, then will explain how PowerBuilder Classic can communicate with WCF web services and finally, will demonstrate Desktop App Converter on PowerBuilder Classic applications. 

Their second speaker Michael Kramer, will present ORCA for all those of us thinking about improving their existing automated builds or creating new ones and streamlining the release process.

Registration - Agenda

Location: Hotel Krone Unterstrass, Schaffhauserstrasse 1, CH-8006 Zurich

Exciting news! Appeon and SAP have signed an agreement confirming the release of new major versions of ‪#‎PowerBuilder‬. We have no doubt that Appeon will provide PowerBuilder users with a great development platform for years to come and we look forward to seeing all the great new features!

This PBTV Webcast will demonstrate how to add new security features to your PB applications with Visual Guard a security Framework for PowerBuilder, .Net and Java applications.

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Customers under maintenance can find them in the EBF 12.6 SP00 PL03 Localized Runtime (build 4035).

Localized runtime files are provided for French, German, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, Danish, Norwegian, and Swedish.  The localized runtime files let you deploy PowerBuilder applications with standard runtime dialog boxes in the local language. They handle language-specific data when the application runs.

Download PowerBuilder 12.6

by Rik Brooks (Author)

The Second Edition of this book comes 15 years after the first. Now that PowerBuilder development is the responsibility of Appeon I feel that a resurgence of the language is just around the corner. I have updated the book with advances since PowerBuilder version 6. 

For PowerBuilder developers, the DataWindow object offers remarkable power -- and most developers have only scratched the surface of what it can do. Part reference, part tutorial, The Definitive DataWindow is the most systematic guide to the DataWindow every written -- covering everything from the basics to the most advanced skills and techniques. Leading PowerBuilder developer Richard Brooks begins with an in-depth look at the relationships between DataWindows, relational databases, and SQL -- demonstrating powerful techniques for returning data to applications more quickly and efficiently. Brooks reviews the Database Painter, showing how to automate interface conventions company-wide; then introduces the DataWindows control, in-depth. Readers will master every option and characteristic available to DataWindow developers; the strengths and weaknesses of each type of DataWindow; and much more. The Definitive DataWindow includes detailed coverage of graphing, edit and formatting masks, object-oriented techniques for creating specialized DataWindows, and hundreds of advanced tips and techniques, many never before published 

While this is not the full story of the DataWindow, there is a lot more that can be said, it is the most comprehensive book on the subject and as far as the author can tell, it remains the only book on the market specializing in a single programming object. 

Kindle Edition available on Amazon

Friday, 19 June 2015 08:38

PowerBuilder Consultant Available

Ronan is a PowerBuilder Expert who has been working with PowerBuilder for over 10 years.

He has experience in a number of large French corporations in architecture, support, studies, and product development.

To receive more information, please send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Methods MERISE
RDBMS SQL Server (Microsoft), SAP ASE, ASA/SQLAnyWhere, Oracle, MySQL, PostgreSQL, IDMS, AS400
Development Environments PowerBuilder V4 à V12.6, Visual Studio, Jaguar CTS, CASTSoftware, RapidSQL,.NET, Eclipse
Languages Visual Basic, PHP, HTML, SQL, Obsydian, Cobol, CICS, RPG 400/Gap, C, VB.NET, C#, ASP.NET, Python
Messaging / WorkFlow Exchange, Lotus Notes 3
Tools InstallShield 5 / 6, DocToHelp
OS Windows, OS400, MVS
Versioning tools CM Synergy, SVN
Wednesday, 17 June 2015 14:16

Mobile UI/UX with PowerBuilder

Tuesday, September 8, 2015. 9:00 AM PST (Los Angeles) / 18H00 CET ( Paris)

This session shares the real-life experience of a US software vendor in their quest to develop attractive and user-friendly mobile apps in PowerBuilder for their 400+ customer sites. This is a technical-focused session that illustrates how you can break the traditional client/server mold and develop apps that your users will love. You will see how to lay out the UI properly, incorporate new gestures, display large amounts of data in limited space, add new mobile-specific controls, integrate maps, make phone calls, and much more.

Presenter: Armeen Mazda


Wednesday, July 15, 2015. 9:00 AM PST (Los Angeles) / 18H00 CET ( Paris)

Ryan Story will explore the process of developing, configuring, and deploying a legacy PowerBuilder app with Appeon Mobile that uses Mobilink/Ultralite technology to provide a consistent offline user experience. In addition, he will discuss other techniques to make applications match current mobile app design practices and provide the user a seamless experience. 

Presenter: Ryan Story 


Wednesday, 17 June 2015 13:12

Appeon in 2015 & Beyond

Thursday, June 18, 2015. 9:00 AM PST (Los Angeles) / 18H00 CET ( Paris)

This session will outline the major capabilities of Appeon for PowerBuilder 2015 version, including demos of the biggest new features. You will see PowerBuilder functionality and UI faithfully replicated across multiple browsers. You will see PowerBuilder extended with mobile-specific functionality, such as QR code scanning, mobile payment, and signature capture. You will also learn what Appeon plans to release in Q4, and learn about technology currently under R&D at Appeon’s labs that could make it to market in 2016 and beyond.

Presenter: Armeen Mazda


Tuesday, 16 June 2015 09:06

Novalys PowerBuilder Survey 2015

The 2015 Edition of Novalys yearly PowerBuilder Survey is available!

Following the announcement that Appeon may take over the development of PowerBuilder, they added questions to let them better understand your needs.

Take the 2015 PowerBuilder survey to specify your needs and help Appeon build a roadmap that best meets your expectations.

Take the Survey

Thursday, 21 May 2015 14:57

SPBUG Upcoming Event in Zurich

Sybase and PB User Group Switzerland will be holding, June 11th, an event with the main topics Appeon and PowerBuilder insider tips. Registration closes June 3rd, so don't miss out on this opportunity to meet with PB and Appeon experts! 

Registration - Agenda

Tuesday, 19 May 2015 09:25

Charlotte PB Conference 2015

Moving at the Speed of Change

May 6-7-8, 2015 

The North Carolina PowerBuilder User Group (ncpbug.org), Appeon Corporation, Novalys and Zeenyx are pleased to announce the 2015 Charlotte PowerBuilder Conference to be held on May 6-7-8 2015 in Charlotte, North Carolina. As with the successful inaugural event in 2014, the focus of the conference is the unparalleled Rapid Application Development tool PowerBuilder.

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Wednesday, May 27, 2015 - 8:00 AM PST (Los Angeles) / 17h00 CET (Paris)

Are you maintaining an application that you didn’t originally develop? Have teammates recently joined or left your development team? Learn how to understand complex code, before making any changes and incurring unexpected side effects.

In this presentation, we will use brand-new Visual Expert 2015 to:

  • Explore PowerBuilder and Oracle code,
  • Run impact analyses,
  • Generate detailed source code documentation.
  • and more!


Thursday, June 4 , 2015 - 8:00 AM PST (Los Angeles) / 17h00 CET (Paris)

  • Let Business Users build and customize reports themselves.
  • Embed new reports on-the-fly in your PB Application. 
  • No recompilation or re-deployment required.
  • Run reports on Windows, Web and Mobile clients
  • Schedule the reports to run on a regular basis and send them automatically by email

In this presentation, we will see how Reporting Studio 2015 simplifies the creation and deployment of reports by Business Users, with no technical skills required.


Big news for PowerBuilder developers! During last week's Charlotte PowerBuilder Conference, Dirk Boessmann, Senior Vice President for Mobile Development of SAP along with Armeen Mazda, CEO of Appeon, announced the signing of a MOU between the 2 companies.

Appeon engineers are currently working with SAP to access the source code.

Bruce Armstrong has detailed the event on the SCN SAP community website. More information to follow!

All participants at the Charlotte PB Conference have access to free PowerBuilder companion tools with a value of $2,800!

Register for the Conference

All the details below for Charlotte attendees:

Visual Expert 2015

Analyze your PowerBuilder and PL/SQL code!

Each participant to the Visual Expert workshop or at a Jump Start Session will get 1 fixed VE for PB and PL/SQL license valid until December 31, 2015.
This is a full version, with all code analysis and documentation features available.

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Appeon 2015

Deploy your PowerBuilder applications to the Web and to Mobile.

Each conference attendee that participates in an Appeon Workshop will receive a free developer license* of Appeon 2015 to use until end of this year. Appeon 2015 enables PB developers to rapidly deploy existing desktop applications to the Web and easily build new Mobile applications using existing PB skills. There is no need to wrestle with cumbersome Java, .NET, or Objective-C code. Appeon integrates seamlessly into the PB IDE, and it allows developers to utilize most PB constructs, including Controls and Objects, DataWindows, PowerScript, and PFC.

*The Appeon 2015 developer license is a full-featured license that can be used freely until December 31, 2015; support is not included with this free license.

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Reporting Studio

Easily Create and Deploy Reports to your PowerBuilder Applications.

Each participant to the Reporting Studio Workshop or to a Jump Start Session will get a license of Reporting Studio that includes the Repository Manager, the Report Maker, and the Report Viewer - allowing you to create reports standalone and embedded into your applications. Once deployed on your client/server applications, or after installation of the Report Viewer client side, the reports can be run anytime with fresh data included. Even after the validity period of the license, end-users will still have access to view the reports.

License is valid until December 31, 2015.
Support is not included with this license. Reports can be distributed to end users. You will need to upgrade to a Developer license to allow end-users to modify and create reports by themselves.

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