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Migrating PowerBuilder DataWindows to web (part 3)

Posted by John Browne on Mar, 11, 2019 @ 11:03

Welcome back. If you've been reading along, in Part 1 and Part 2 we talked about what PowerBuilder DataWindows do, how they are used, and the challenges of modernizing PowerBuilder DataWindows to native web apps.

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Topics: application modernization, PowerBuilder, Web Development

Migrating PowerBuilder DataWindows to Web (Part 2)

Posted by John Browne on Mar, 04, 2019 @ 14:03

In Part 1, we reviewed the nature and popularity of PowerBuilder DataWindows, and yes PowerBuilder was pretty cool back in the day. But so were leisure suits. Now, however, nobody is birthing new PowerBuilder developers so it makes sense to get off it. And since the core of a PowerBuilder app is lots of DataWindows, I want to show how WebMAP can migrate PowerBuilder DataWindows to a modern web app.

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Topics: Web Application Development, PowerBuilder

Migrating PowerBuilder DataWindows to Web

Posted by John Browne on Mar, 04, 2019 @ 14:03

The DataWindow object is the cornerstone of PowerBuilder application development. PowerBuilder apps are largely designed around accessing databases, typically for CRUD (Create, Read, Update, Delete) operations. In fact, most business applications--especially legacy client/server applications--are forms over data: screens contain a host of data-bound controls designed to build queries against database tables, return results, and allow for CRUD updates.

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Topics: Web Application Development, PowerBuilder

Migrating PowerBuilder to HTML: issues and answers

Posted by John Browne on Feb, 16, 2018 @ 16:02

4GLs were quite the thing in the 80s and 90s. Everybody either had one, sold one, or was talking about getting one. For a while, it seemed like actually writing code was going to be obsolete any minute now. Who needs programmers when you can drag and drop UI elements, set properties, and go to town?

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Topics: PowerBuilder

PowerBuilder yes no maybe

Posted by John Browne on Oct, 11, 2016 @ 18:10

Recently we announced the availability of a migration tool to move PowerBuilder apps to Java-based web apps. In a nutshell we migrate all the PB forms to HTML with Angular and Bootstrap for a nice responsive look&feel, hook up event handlers for all the controls, refactor the business logic into a Spring MVC pattern, and make it all work. Right now we have to run the tool for you (there's no product-level UI yet) but we've done this for a number of customer projects, some of which were very large. 

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Topics: PowerBuilder

PowerBuilder to Java/HTML5 Modernization

Posted by John Browne on Oct, 20, 2015 @ 10:10

The PowerBuilder to Java/HTML5 Migration is the leading way for migrating legacy PowerBuilder code to the Java framework and the most modern HTML5 portable UI. Our automated migration technology has migrated billions of lines of code, and is used by hundreds of thousands of developers.

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Topics: HTML5, Web Application Development, PowerBuilder, JavaScript