These are some things albeit little that I think if done would help cultivate the perception of PB outside the PB sphere and benefit the PB community overall.

1. Fix all the broken links on the PowerBuilder Developer Center landing page. Surely someone running this website is embarrassed.

2. There hasn’t been a post in the “Document” section in months. One would think that with the first PB release in several years that some new WOW functionality would be touted or someone would have figured out something new to share or some PB engineer would want to explain the best way to implement a certain piece of functionality that isn’t obvious to a regular person. You know like they used to do in the PBDJ.

3. No training videos in a year and most if not all were done by Bruce Armstrong who isn’t an SAP employee. Come on guys. Surely some of the SAP resources assigned to PB can carve out some time to show something new and cool. Again there’s a new release in the pipeline surely there’s SOMETHING to show besides a shiny new box? I’d love to see Dave, Paul, Yakov and the other gurus at SAP posting a document, blog, video or whatever on here every now and then to help share the love. Or anybody for that matter. It’s a community and there are some awesome developers out there with lots of wisdom to share. My guess is Bruce has gotten tired of toting the mail all by himself. Share the load brothers and sisters.

4. Bashing PB.Net is bashing PB. If you don’t like the product that’s your prerogative. Don’t use it and move on. Use your powers for good not evil. When people read daily negative comments about PB.Net it hurts PB Classic by association. Non PBers don’t know the difference. All they see is PB is blah blah blah. Like the saying goes: if you don’t have anything good to say keep your mouth shut. I would add “please” to that. ๐Ÿ™‚

5. Add a cool image to the subspace page for PB. If a subspace with 34 followers can have an image why can’t ours? I’m just saying.

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6. Contribute, Contribute, Contribute! If you figured something out that wasn’t obvious share it with all of us.

7. A thank you to the folks both in and outside SAP that support the PB community. You are appreciated.

The intent of this post is to encourage participation. I hope it is taking that way.

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  1. Roland Smith

    Yakov was let go several years ago. He is an independant consultant now. Paul still works for SAP but has not been in the PowerBuilder area for a long time. It appears John Strano has been shifted out of the PowerBuilder area as well. Dave had been moved temporarily to another area and only recently started doing PowerBuilder events again.

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    1. Mark Libner Post author

      I thought Yakov was back with SAP. My apologies. His bread and butter has always been PB but maybe that has changed since he hasn’t posted in a while. Paul has been posting in the PB discussion forum as recently as last week so I was thinking he was back but maybe he was just visiting. John Strano posted in the PB discussion a few days ago too but maybe he was just visiting too. Hopefully in between the events Dave can share/upload some of the good stuff here.

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  2. Juliรกn Tagarro

    Good morning all,

    Please let me add a couple of items:

    • Change PB licensing schema. Add an educational version, add an express version, implement an anual subscription, etc. Try to reinsert PB into the development world. PB ecosystem gets smaller day by day.
    • Re enable, enhance and update Webforms/Mobile generation capabitity. The price of PB + Appeon is almost $ 14.000 (way beyond similar tools). This is a serious limitation for some small projects, leaving PB off the market again.
    • Completely agree with points 2 and 3 of Mark’s original posts.

    Best regards,

    AUS Julián Tagarro

    NeoSistemas SRL

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  3. Bruce Armstrong

    There hasn’t been a post in the “Document” section in months.

    Part of the reason for that is because “Documents” are actually wiki type articles, they are intended for collaborative efforts.  The times when that makes sense is a bit rare compared to a blog post or discussion.

    One would think that with the first PB release in several years that some new WOW functionality would be touted or someone would have figured out something new to share or some PB engineer would want to explain the best way to implement a certain piece of functionality that isn’t obvious to a regular person. You know like they used to do in the PBDJ.

    Unfortunately, SAP is a bit more tight lipped about pending releases, and limits access to the beta for such new releases correspondingly.  We are likely to see little published about the new features in 15 until after it’s released.  I’m actually talking to a publisher about a PB 15 book as well.  However, I’ve had to tell them that I won’t be able to start on it until I’ve actually got the final version of 15 in my hands.  So trying to have it out for the release of 15 won’t happen.

    No training videos in a year and most if not all were done by Bruce Armstrong who isn’t an SAP employee. Come on guys. Surely some of the SAP resources assigned to PB can carve out some time to show something new and cool.  Again there’s a new release in the pipeline surely there’s SOMETHING to show besides a shiny new box?

    I’ll be doing a webinar on PowerBuilder.TV in June on sharing visual components between PB and VS (both ways).  Pretty much what I covered in one of my sessions at the ISUG-TECH Conference in Atlanta in April and at the last Swiss PB user group meeting in May.

    But, as with the previous point, the main issue is that there isn’t anything in the new release we can really share yet.  I got my first access to it at the BIT Partner Beta event in Waldorf earlier this month, and I had to sign a pretty thorough NDA agreement to get that.

    4. Bashing PB.Net is bashing PB. If you don’t like the product that’s your prerogative. Don’t use it and move on. Use your powers for good not evil. When people read daily negative comments about PB.Net it hurts PB Classic by association. Non PBers don’t know the difference. All they see is PB is blah blah blah. Like the saying goes: if you don’t have anything good to say keep your mouth shut. I would add “please” to that. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Hear, hear!  Same with slagging SAP, SAP employees, etc.  I’m not sure what it accomplishes other than venting of emotions, and that usually has longer term negative impacts that far outweigh the short term positive impact.

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  4. Bruce Armstrong

    FWIW, it looks like they’ve at least dealt with the first item:

    1. Fix all the broken links on the PowerBuilder Developer Center landing page. Surely someone running this website is embarrassed

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