At the NCPBUG conference this year, at the end of one of the sessions, I believe it was Bruce that talked about getting active in the PowerBuilder section of SCN.  Prior to the event, I had visited SCN, but never added any content…  I needed answers, they turned up in a Google search, and I left when I was done.  However, the comment stuck with me (and the other programmer that I rode out there with).  As this year winds down, we are wanting to make it a part of our official goals for our annual reviews in 2016 to require activity…  Something like publishing at least one [well-written] document and x-amount of quality posts for each programmer in our small staff (3).

Naturally, this got the wheels spinning…  Trying to figure out what the latest and greatest “stuff” was that I was going to post.  Some of it pertains about 0% to my actual job duties, but were items I played around with at home for fun.  And I’m guessing that if I found it moderately interesting, there are others who might find it interesting as well.  Someone might even be able to put some of it to use and/or provide suggestions for cool side projects!  And ultimately with anything I post, I hope to gain some constructive criticism of my work and use this area as a way to learn more from some of the great minds here.  Below are a few of the topics that I will probably write on:

  • Reading media file MetaData via API’s (pretty basic, but it’ll provide a great central location for reference documentation…  aka “cheat sheet”)
  • Interfacing with SAP-ERP via OLE (it’s owned by SAP, so may as well)
  • Printing to Zebra printers via PB (because ZPL is fun!)
  • Interfacing with Phidgets in PB (who doesn’t love a little I/O in their life?)
  • Basic use of ActiveX mapping controls (great Google Maps alternative)
  • General cheat sheets that I’ve been sitting on for some time now

As always, any suggestions/input/feedback is/will be appreciated.  If any of the above topics are something you want more information on and/or want to collaborate on, just let me know.

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