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  1. POWERBUILDER Strategy and Roadmap May 2009 Dave Fish, Engineering Evangelist

  2. PowerBuilder Value Proposition PowerBuilder is the easiest, most cost effective way to leverage existing code and developer skills, and at the same time, keep business critical applications running without incurring costs to rewrite or learn new technologies • Safest path to .NET, best alternative to Microsoft for PowerBuilder customers • Future proofs your investment – good for business bottom line

  3. PowerBuilder: Goals & Strategy Goals • Ensure satisfaction of loyal PowerBuilder users • Sybase is the only vendor providing a migration path to .NET, leveraging customers’ investment in code and skills • Attract new developers - former users, new customers Strategy • Ensure PowerBuilder is easiest, most cost effective way to develop applications for the .NET platform • Abstract complexities of emerging technologies • Extend PowerBuilder code to .NET, Web, and Mobile development • Increase awareness, usage in .NET developer base, universities • Leverage Microsoft’s infrastructure, focus PowerBuilder engineering on differentiating technologies

  4. PowerBuilder’s Roadmap to .NET • Successfully executed phases 1-3, plus 2 additional releases – v10.5 and v11.5 • Phase 4 to be delivered 1st half 2010 • Post v12 roadmap in progress • Formidable R&D investment for Visual Studio shell integration within PowerBuilder IDE for complete .NET integration

  5. What’s next? Beyond .NET • Comprehensive support, alignment with Microsoft platform • Simplify development through technology differentiation • Support emerging technologies, standards • Deliver built-in end-to-end Application Lifecycle Management via MS shell • Beyond PowerBuilder 12 • Major and minor releases to support • Silverlight – RAD development for the Web • Sharepoint Webparts • WCF, Oslo/M • Windows 7 • Cloud, SSDS (SQL Server Data Services) • Multi-channel apps (different target types within the PowerBuilder IDE)

  6. Current Roadmap Q2 2009 PowerBuilder 11.5.1 Minor release, bug fixes, enhancements Sept 2008 1H 2010 PowerBuilder 11.5 PowerBuilder 12.0 • WebForm performance enhancements • .NET Code Access • Security (CAS) updates • .NET language enhancements • Managed code • Language support • WPF support Best alternative for .NET development • .NET Framework 3.5.1 Maintain our paradigm and differentiators • Informix 11.5 • MSS 2008 • DW enhancements • DB Driver updates • DW WPF • Web services (DW enhancements) • Major DataWindow enhancements, graphics, functionality, UI • Oracle 11g Maintain, modernize existing applications • WPF DataWindow • Web Services additional support • Updated graphing, gradients, tooltips, rich text for DataWindow • ISUG enhancements • DW look and feel enhancements DRAFT SCHEDULE – SUBJECT TO CHANGE

  7. POWERBUILDER 11.5.1

  8. PowerBuilder 11.5.1 New Features • Deployment support for the Windows 2000 platform • JDK 1.6 Support • FIPS 140-2 certification • Support for Microsoft Office 2007 Excel formats • Support for SQL Anywhere 11.0 mirroring • Informix 11.5 Support • Microsoft SQL Server 2008 support

  9. Deployment support for the Windows 2000 platform • PowerBuilder 11.5.1 includes deployment and runtime support for the Windows 2000 platform that was previously discontinued with the PowerBuilder 11.5 release • Windows 2000 is not supported as a development platform, and runtime support may be removed in future releases of PowerBuilder

  10. JDK 1.6 Support • PowerBuilder 11.5.1 applications and components include support for JDK1.6_02, that you can optionally install with the Sybase EAServer 6.2 setup program

  11. FIPS 140-2 certification • The development environment meets the encryption requirements of the Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) as outlined in Publication 140-2 of the United States government's National Institute of Standards and Technology • PowerBuilder embeds the Certicom 5.x cryptographic modules • Support is certified for the PowerBuilder development environment only, not for runtime applications that are built with PowerBuilder • The FIPS 140-2 standard requires that passwords be encrypted • The PowerBuilder 11.5.1 user interface displays all passwords as strings of asterisks • Some files with passwords, such as database profiles, that you export from PowerBuilder 11.5.1, cannot be correctly imported into earlier versions of PowerBuilder

  12. FIPS 140-2 certification • However you can still import files containing unencrypted passwords from earlier versions of PowerBuilder • When you save these files in—or export them from— PowerBuilder 11.5.1, the passwords are encrypted using a FIPS compatible method

  13. Support for Microsoft Office 2007 Excel formats • You can now save DataWindow and graph data in .XSLX and .XSLB (Excel12) format, with or without column headers • .NET Framework 3.0 or later must be installed on development and runtime computers to use this functionality • Cannot save data in these formats on Windows 2000 computers • You can use the PowerScript SaveAs command with graphs or DataWindow controls to save data to Excel 2007 formats by setting the saveas type argument to XLSX! or XLSB! • You can export DataWindow data to Excel 2007 formats by selecting one of the Excel12 items from the drop-down list in the Save As dialog box that displays when you select the Save Rows As menu item in the DataWindow painter

  14. Support for Microsoft Office 2007 Excel formats • Excel 2007 support is dependent on the following strongly named assemblies: • Sybase.PowerBuilder.DataWindow.Excel12.dll This assembly is installed in the GAC • PBDWExcel12Interop115.dll This assembly is installed in the Sybase/Shared/PowerBuilder directory • These DLLs are deployed by the Runtime Packager when you select the MS Excel12 Support check box

  15. Support for SQL Anywhere 11.0 mirroring • PowerBuilder 11.5.1 allows you to take advantage of SQL Anywhere 11.0 database mirroring • Database mirroring is a configuration of either two or three database servers that cooperate to maintain copies of database and transaction log files • If the primary server becomes unavailable because of hardware or software failure, the mirror server negotiates with the SQL Anywhere arbiter server to take ownership of the database and assume the role of primary server

  16. Informix 11.5 Support • PowerBuilder 11.5.1 applications and components work correctly with the Informix 11.5 DBMS through the I10 interface, although new Informix 11.5 features are not supported in this release • You can use the 110 Informix v10.x database driver to connect to the Informix 11.5 DBMS, but this also requires that you upgrade the Informix client from Informix SDK 2.9 to Informix SDK3.5

  17. Microsoft SQL Server 2008 support • PowerBuilder 11.5 included support for many of the new SQL Server 2008 features, but the GA SQL Server product was not available for complete testing before the PowerBuilder release date • These features have been tested with PowerBuilder 11.5.1. They are described in the New Features Guide for PowerBuilder 11.5, and in the online Help


  19. A New PowerBuilder IDE for WPF Development Built utilizing the Visual Studio Isolated Shell

  20. A New PowerBuilder IDE for WPF Development • Leveraging Visual Studio features • Isolated Shell provides framework and features • UI • Editor • WPF Designer • Debugger • Plug-in existing PowerBuilder components • Database Painter • SQL Painter • etc.

  21. A New PowerBuilder IDE for WPF Development • Provides a familiar PowerBuilder experience • Little or no re-training • Provides usability enhancements consistent with other major IDEs • Keeps PowerBuilder current with latest functionality


  23. Comprehensive .NET Design time Managed code runtime Full language support Visual Studio Shell integration WPF Rich UI Groundwork for Silverlight New DataWindow – now speed of development is matched by rich UI The Foundation for the Future WPF Workshop sets stage for Silverlight End-to-end development (design thru testing) via MS Support for Win32 into foreseeable future PowerBuilder Messaging Core Messaging – All Releases PowerBuilder 12 Messaging • PowerBuilder is .NET • The DataWindow’s productivity is unmatched • Openness • Multiple RDBMS support • Deployment to .NET, JEE, Web, Component-based • Maximizes value

  24. Summary:PowerBuilder .NET • Build WPF applications with a familiar PowerBuilder experience • Provide your users with rich, progressive user interfaces

  25. Summary:PowerBuilder .NET • No need to go to another tool for your .NET requirements • Extend your skills and your existing code to new incarnations of the .NET framework

  26. Our Future, Your Future • Sybase continues to be focused on the Developer • PowerBuilder is the most versatile tool for the PowerBuilder community for: • .NET • JEE • Mobile • Pure Client/Server

  27. Our Future, Your Future • PowerBuilder is the smart business decision for your bottom line • Reduces risk • Leverages investment in code and skill • Extends into the future