PowerBuilder on TV!
** Very “Kool” **
One normally thinks of PowerBuilder TV as the PBTV website that contains great information about the PowerBuilder product. However, what I am talking about today is putting PowerBuilder on your TV! Yes, you read that right … put your PowerBuilder applications on your TV and interact directly with them. You can do that today, thanks to the Appeon Mobile product from Appeon corporation.
New televisions or even older ones can now have Android enabled boxes attached to them or “smart” TV’s may come pre-loaded with the Android operating system built in. In my case, I am using an MXQ Pro Android media box in this article attached to my Samsung TV. The MXQ box is a quad processor based system with the Android 5.1 O/S loaded on to its ROM with 32G of RAM memory on board. That being said, these media boxes or on-board TV computer based Android systems are more than capable of hosting the Appeon Mobile Work Space (AWS) application that will in turn host any PowerBuilder application that can be deployed to an Appeon 2016 server.
|MXQ media box with keyboard.|
The Android O/S on your SmartTV or the media box typically has a similar user interface to your Android phone or tablet. The O/S has all the typical bells & whistles like a file manager, web browser, system console, etc … all the ingredients you need to load the AWS application on to the droid system. So the first action is to start the Chrome web browser and point it to your Appeon Server – for example: http:///AEM. Once your in the Appeon Enterprise Manager (AEM) you will be prompted to download the AWS install application (an Android .APK file).
|AWS install file downloaded.|
Double tapping the .IPA file from the “download manager” will start the AWS install just like on your Android phone or tablet. Once the installation has completed and you return to the main screen, you will now see the AWS application icon on the main application group.
|AWS installed (lower right hand side)|
Now that you have AWS installed, you can start the application which acts as the host for any of your PowerBuilder applications on a mobile device. The AWS application will now let you point it to your PB application deployed & hosted on the Appeon Server. Once AWS locates your PB application on the Appeon Server, it will download the executable code to the Android device.
|PB application being downloaded to the MXQ Android system.|
Now that the PB application has been downloaded to the AWS application. You can start the application and interact with it via the Android based Bluetooth keyboard. This is no different than interacting with your touch device or even more akin to using your PB application deployed as an Appeon Web based application. The great news is that in my testing all the PB applications worked flawlessly. A great tribute to the Appeon Mobile architecture for Android.
|Interacting with a Master / Detail DataWindow!|
|Graph DataWindow report!|
A whole new horizon has now opened up for PowerBuilder applications thanks to Appeon!
Regards … Chris