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New Sybase PowerBuilder 9.0 Powers Rapid Application Development Across Leading Technologies

New Sybase PowerBuilder 9.0 Powers Rapid Application Development Across Leading Technologies

(March 12, 2003) - A wealth of enhancements and productivity-boosting features distinguish the newly announced Sybase PowerBuilder 9.0, currently scheduled for general availability the week of March 24. This version of Sybase's industry-leading rapid application development (RAD) tool enables developers to continue building rich-client applications for their mission-critical business requirements, and at the same time propel them further into Web and N-tier development with significant new capabilities. PowerBuilder 9.0 also lays the foundation for "4GLplus", the next RAD environment from Sybase that will bring an even higher level of developer productivity through tight integration of design, modeling, development, deployment, and management.

New capabilities in PowerBuilder 9.0 include:

  • RAD JavaServer Page (JSP) Targets - Allows developers to quickly develop and deploy a JSP Web application through wizards and other RAD tools.
  • Web Services - Enables developers to build, publish and consume Web services without extensive knowledge of SOAP and WSDL.
  • XML DataWindow - Imports data directly from an XML document and saves data that was retrieved from any data source as a fully customized XML document, or as a document or string using XSL Formatting Objects (XSL-FO) or PDF.
  • PowerBuilder Native Interface - Greatly extends the capabilities of PowerBuilder applications by wrapping a C++ class as a PowerBuilder extension, and then calling its methods in the application. Through JNI, Java applications also can communicate with the PBVM.
  • Third-Party Application Servers - In addition to existing support of Sybase EAServer, PowerBuilder now supports BEA WebLogic Server™ and other J2EE Application Servers through wizards that generate proxies for EJBs, and call the EJBs in J2EE servers from PowerBuilder through the proxies.
  • The PowerBuilder Document Object Model - The Sybase implementation of DOM, defines how XML documents can be accessed and manipulated. PBDOM is used to read, write, and manipulate standard-format XML from within PowerScript code.
  • PDF Report Generation - Provides two ways to save a DataWindow object so that it can directly generate reports in PDF format. The distill method is used by default and can save all types of DataWindow objects.
  • Source Control Enhancements - Helps developers manage large PowerBuilder projects more efficiently and achieve tighter integration with Rational® ClearCase® and Merant PVCS.
  • OrcaScript Utility - Invokes Orca application program interface commands with English-like scripting language. New source code control integration allows PowerBuilder targets to be rebuilt directly from source control.

    PowerBuilder 9.0 is scheduled for general availability the week of March 24, 2003, in enterprise, professional, and desktop editions. For more information, visit www.sybase.com/powerbuilder.

    Sybase partners with developers to help enterprises transform their data into economic value. The Sybase Developer Network (SDN) offers a single point of access to developer software, services, related technical information from Sybase, and collaboration with other Sybase developers. For more information, visit www.sybase.com/developer.

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