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PowerBuilder User Group Germany

These are my notes from the PowerBuilder User Group meeting in Walldorf Germany on December 3, 2013, originally posted on my personal blog site.


Robyn Chan – Senior Vice President – Head of Mobile Platform

Michael Redford – PMP Business Information Technology, Products and Innovation

PowerBuilder 15

  • 32 and 64 bit support
  • OData
  • SQL 2012
  • Oracle 12
  • Windows 8
  • .Net 4.5
  • Dockable Windows

Beta builds are ready now, but access to it is still being figured out.


  • PB 15+
    • Open APIs eg objects like ORCA, IDE infrastructure/painter, build process
    • Hana XSE support for PowerScript ( XSE is their JavaScript like app server language)
    • HANA Cloud (HEC, Neo AWS) and on premise options
  • Evaluating
    • RDL (River Definition Language) support for PowerScript (intermediate layer, platform agnostic)
    • WebApp Toolkit for multi-channel development (internal name – not announced yet, web based IDE, AppDesigner, AppBuilder, the latter was developed by the PowerBuilder team to create mobile apps, SAP UI5 — HTML5)
    • Client SDKs for NVOs – Typical PB app is 30% business logic in the client.  The audience thought it was a lot higher.

PowerBuilder.Net versus PowerBuilder Client

  • Looking at trying to get into one IDE

Plan to support JavaScript in IDE

  • Yes, that was what support for XSE was intended to convey

EAServer – what happened to NetWeaver integration

  • Couldn’t put on slide – Looking at migrating PASP to Netweaver – probably wouldn’t focus on other app servers

What about support contracts

  • That’s one of the big questions they’re working on.   The other is that existing SAP customers have an S-user account.  They’re trying to figure out how to automatically give people S-user accounts so they can access the beta without going through the S-user creation process.
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