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With Halloween just around the corner, I thought I'd give you some of the 'tricks and treats' that I've collected over the years for PowerBuilder, InfoMaker, and Sybase ASE.
Myth: 'Creating reports with InfoMaker is easy,' a partially accurate statement, on the surface. Reality: Let's change that to: 'Formatting your report with the InfoMaker tool is easy, once you've figured out the data to be reported.'
'The tag property takes a string value.' That's what PB Help tells us about the tag property. Not much considering all or at least most PB objects have a 'tag' property. What's its mission in life? Anything we want it to be.
Now that the holidays are over, it's back to work, back to school...and back to the basics. In my December column, 'PowerBuilder and ODBC 101' (PBDJ, Vol. 9, issue 12), we discussed hooking up to a database via ODBC.
Your boss pays you a visit and brings you the pathname of a 30MB Adaptive Server Anywhere (ASA) database with a 6MB log file. 'Just got this from the New York office; they created it in ASA. Can we look at it?'
With Halloween just around the corner, I thought I'd give you some of the 'tricks and treats' that I've collected over the years for PowerBuilder, InfoMaker, and Sybase ASE.
Myth: 'Creating reports with InfoMaker is easy,' a partially accurate statement, on the surface. Reality: Let's change that to: 'Formatting your report with the InfoMaker tool is easy, once you've figured out the data to be reported.'
'The tag property takes a string value.' That's what PB Help tells us about the tag property. Not much considering all or at least most PB objects have a 'tag' property. What's its mission in life? Anything we want it to be.
Now that the holidays are over, it's back to work, back to school...and back to the basics. In my December column, 'PowerBuilder and ODBC 101' (PBDJ, Vol. 9, issue 12), we discussed hooking up to a database via ODBC.
Your boss pays you a visit and brings you the pathname of a 30MB Adaptive Server Anywhere (ASA) database with a 6MB log file. 'Just got this from the New York office; they created it in ASA. Can we look at it?'
Once upon a time there was a source code editor called 'Brief.' Okay, so it was DOS-based and had an ugly interface. However, it had one feature I truly loved, a 'code snippet' manager. You could have your favorite block of code inserted into your source with a few keystrokes. Eventual...
Black & White, the year's hottest PC game, allows you to play a deity. Whether you become an evil or benevolent one depends on your attitude, actions, other people, and your current environment. In the beginning, it's easy to start out with every intention of being 'good,' but, b...
Once upon a time there was a source code editor called 'Brief.' Okay, so it was DOS-based and had an ugly interface. However, it had one feature I truly loved, a 'code snippet' manager. You could have your favorite block of code inserted into your source with a few keystrokes. Eventual...
Black & White, the year's hottest PC game, allows you to play a deity. Whether you become an evil or benevolent one depends on your attitude, actions, other people, and your current environment. In the beginning, it's easy to start out with every intention of being 'good,' bu...