Technology and Community

Jim O'Neil

Subscribe to Jim O'Neil: eMailAlertsEmail Alerts
Get Jim O'Neil: homepageHomepage mobileMobile rssRSS facebookFacebook twitterTwitter linkedinLinkedIn


Top Stories by Jim O'Neil

In this article we'll discuss connectivity requirements, Informix-specific data type processing, and the use of Informix stored procedures within the PowerBuilder environment. PowerBuilder offers developers four specific connectivity options for IBM Informix databases: Third-party Open Database Connectivity (ODBC) drivers Third-party Java Database Connectivity (JDBC) drivers Third-party OLE-DB providers The "native" driver available in the PowerBuilder Enterprise version In this article we'll focus on the last option by discussing connectivity requirements, Informix-specific data type processing, and the use of Informix stored procedures within the PowerBuilder environment. Connecting to Informix Supported Versions The PowerBuilder native driver for Informix connectivity (IN9) is linked with the IBM Informix ESQL C product to provide connectivity to the following IBM ... (more)

Introduction To PBNI

Have you ever thought of adding new features to PowerBuilder? Or wanted to call Java or .NET from PowerScript? Or imagined that you can call PowerScript from C++ or Java? With PBNI, you can do them all and more. PowerBuilder Native Interface (PBNI) is a standard interface for third parties to extend the functionality of PowerBuilder. PBNI is a valuable new addition to the PowerBuilder programmer's toolbox that allows developers to reach beyond the already feature-rich constructs of PowerScript and custom class user objects (commonly referred to as nonvisual objects or NVOs). The... (more)

EAServer Problem Analysis & Troubleshooting

Designing and implementing an n-tier or Internet application is a complex task, and issues resulting from errors in the runtime configuration or in the application code are practically inevitable. Problem analysis and troubleshooting are part art and part science. Therefore, although the techniques we'll discuss are often helpful, the sheer diversity of client and server environments precludes a single recipe for resolving all issues. Part 1 (PBDJ, Vol. 12, issue 2) focused on problems that involve PowerBuilder and that occur from the point of connectivity all the way through an E... (more)

Windows 8 AND Visual Studio 2012 Completion Milestones

It’s been a busy day! Both the Windows 8 team and the Visual Studio teams have reached significant milestones in their respective releases. Per Steven Sinofsky’s blog, Windows 8 has been Released to Manufacturing (RTM), and the Windows Store is officially open for paid applications and company accounts (and with a considerable expansion in the number of markets and certification languages). And Jason Zander just announced the final build for Visual Studio 2012, with MSDN availability on August 15th, and a online launch event on September 12th. Here’s a quick rundown of the timel... (more)

Windows 8 Notifications: Leveraging Azure Storage

When incorporating images into your toast and tile notifications, there are three options for hosting those images: within the application package itself, using an ms-appx:/// URI, within local application storage, using an ms-appdata:///local URI, or on the web using an HTTP or HTTPS URI. The primary advantage of hosting images on the web is that it insulates the application from changes to those images.  The images hosted on the web can be modified or refined without requiring an update to the application, which both necessitates a resubmission to the Windows Store and relies on... (more)