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June 2011 Newsletter

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Table of Contents:

  1.     SUG-TX June 28th Meeting – Migrating a Win32 Application to .NET
  2.     SUG-TX May 24th Meeting Highlights
  3.     Future SUG-TX Meetings
  4.     Join the SUG-TX LinkedIn Group
  5.     Sybase Named Most Successful Database Software Vendor in China
  6.     Sybase Extends Lead in Continuous Intelligence with Release of Sybase Event Stream Processor
  7.     International Sybase User Group Events
  8.     Sybase Events
  9.     OpenSolaris / Houston User Group for Sun (HUGS) Meeting
  10.     Sybase Training Schedule (Jun – Sep)

1)  SUG-TX June 28th Meeting – Migrating a Win32 Application to .NET

The Sybase Users’ Group of Texas will hold their next meeting on Tuesday, June 28, 2011, from 2:00pm – 6:00pm (earlier time than normal). The presentation will be “Migrating a Win32 Application to .NET” by John Strano.

Register for the June meeting at:


The SUG-TX June meeting will feature John Strano, One of Sybase’s PowerBuilder Rock Stars. John will present a quick overview of PowerBuilder and the latest update to the PowerBuilder roadmap, and then will get into the meat of the presentation: Migrating a Win32 Application to .NET.

With PowerBuilder .NET you can now build applications with a cutting edge User Experience (UX). Using your existing PowerBuilder skills you can create Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) applications that functionally and aesthetically go toe-to-toe with any other .NET solution on the desktop. This session will discuss and demonstrate the process and review the issues involved in taking your existing Win32 PowerBuilder applications to .NET and WPF.

John will round off the afternoon with a look ahead to PowerBuilder 12.5, the beta for which is now available. To participate in the beta, visit


John Strano is a Sybase Technology Evangelist and is a charter member of TeamSybase.  He has been using PowerBuilder since 1991 and has authored articles for multiple industry periodicals.  John has presented Sybase tools on an international basis since 1997.  Over the last 20 years, John has developed a variety of PowerBuilder applications from single-user systems scaling up to enterprise-class, web-based projects.


2:00pm – 2:15pm        Introduction, Welcome, Q&A
2:15pm – 4:30pm        Migrating a Win32 Application to .NET
4:30pm – 4:45pm        Break
4:45pm – 5:45pm        PowerBuilder 12.5
5:45pm – 6:00pm        Wrap Up
6:30pm –                    Post meeting discussions at Champps Americana (at the Uptown location)

The meetings are held at HAL-PC, 4543 Post Oak Place, Suite 200, Houston, TX 77027 (map).  Members frequently continue discussions at Champps Sports Bar after the meeting while waiting for traffic to subside.

2) SUG-TX May 24th Meeting Highlights

The Sybase Users’ Group of Texas held their May meeting on Tuesday, May 24, 2011.  The presentation was “The PowerBuilder 12 .NET Stock Trader Reference Application” presented by Don Clayton, Intertech Consulting, Inc., and was attended by approximately 10 senior PowerBuilder enthusiasts.

The .NET StockTrader Reference Application was originally developed by Microsoft as an end-to-end reference application demonstrating .NET enterprise-class technologies.  Developed in both C# and Visual BASIC .NET, it boasts a service-oriented architecture based on Windows Communication Foundation (.NET 3.5 WCF) and ASP.NET, and illustrates many of the .NET enterprise development technologies for building highly scalable, rich “enterprise-connected” applications. It is designed as a benchmark kit to illustrate alternative technologies within .NET and their relative performance.  The application offers full interoperability with other reference applications developed in WSF/PHP, WSF/Ruby, WSF/Spring, WSF/Perl, WSF/Python and WSAS and Java J2EE and IBM WebSphere’s Trade 6.1. As such, the application offers an excellent opportunity for developers to learn about .NET and building interoperable, service-oriented applications.

The PowerBuilder implementation of the .NET Stock Trader Reference Application was conceptualized by Don Clayton, developed by Yakov Werde, and sponsored by Sybase.  This is a full implementation of the client tier of the Microsoft reference applications, highlighting PowerBuilder 12.1′s abilities as both a development environment and a runtime platform for rich and thin clients. The PowerBuilder clients are delivered in four versions; Classic Win32, .NET Win Form, .NET Web Form and .NET WPF WCF. These client applications illustrate how to leverage PowerBuilder’s enterprise .NET APIs, DataWindow Technology, and the PowerScript coding language in a developer-friendly and productive IDE to rapidly build Microsoft-compatible client applications.

Topics included a discussion of the reference architecture for the .NET Stock Trader Reference Application implementation, a presentation of the Microsoft-developed versions, a complete exploration and walkthrough of the PowerBuilder developed versions, and tips on how to set up the Microsoft and PowerBuilder versions for self-study.

3)  Future SUG-TX Meetings

Mark your calendar for future topics for SUG-TX Meetings:

July 26: TBD
August 23: TBD
September 27: TechWave Wrap-Up
October 25: TBD
November 22: No Meeting – Thanksgiving week
December: Holiday Party

Suggested topics for 2011 include: PowerBuilder 12.5, Appeon 6.5, Sybase Unwired Platform (SUP), ASE 15.7/16, Replication Server, RAP, IQ, Afaria. Send other suggestions to

Topics for future meetings are subject to change based on speaker availability and scheduling.  Watch the newsletter for details for each meeting.  A meeting will not be held in November due to proximity to the Thanksgiving holiday.  December is the annual holiday party.  SUG-TX usually meets on the 4th Tuesday so add a recurring appointment on your calendar.

4)  Join the SUG-TX LinkedIn Group

The Sybase Users’ Group of Texas has a group in LinkedIn.  If you wish to join, submit a request.  You can find the group by searching for “Sybase Texas” in the groups directory.  Contact if you have any questions.

5)  Sybase Named Most Successful Database Software Vendor in China

CCID report demonstrates significant momentum for Sybase in China’s key industries including telecommunications, banking and insurance

HONG KONG – JUNE 6, 2011 — Sybase, Inc., an SAP company (NYSE: SAP) and industry leader in enterprise and mobile software, today announced that China’s Centre for Information Industry Development Consulting (CCID Consulting) honoured the company with the “2010-2011 Most Successful Database Software Vendor in China” award. Sybase is the only enterprise vendor to receive this prestigious award two years in a row.

According to CCID Consulting, China’s leading IT research institute, Sybase is now the second highest ranked database software vendor in China’s burgeoning telecommunications, banking and insurance sectors. In the latest IT Application Market 2010-2011 annual report, CCID Consulting estimated Sybase’s database has garnered 25.1 percent market share in the telecommunications industry, 25 percent in the banking industry, and 24.1 percent in the insurance industry.

“Twenty-eleven marks the onset of China’s 12th Five-Year Plan, which places strategic emphasis on increased investment in IT infrastructure,” said Li Jun, President of CCID Consulting. “Sybase’s gains in the emerging markets of telecommunications, banking and finance, and the insurance sectors, reflect its deep understanding of the business challenges facing these industries and the crucial role technology plays in helping create sustainable competitive advantage for the long term. Other IT vendors will do well to emulate Sybase’s strategy.”

In 2010, Sybase strengthened its market leadership in the telecommunications sector, securing orders for its mobility solution from China Telecom, China Unicom and China Mobile. It also won new customers in the financial services sector including the People’s Bank of China, Agricultural Bank of China, Bank of Communications, Shanghai Pudong Development Bank and various local commercial banks and rural credit cooperative organisations. The database powerhouse also secured customer wins in the public sector including the Supreme People’s Court, Ministry of Railways, the local taxation bureaus, as well as Sichuan Electric Power, Southern Power Grid and Guangdong Electric Power.

“China has been Sybase’s fastest growing market, and we are encouraged by the continued strong support from our customers and industry regulatory bodies,” said Horace Chow, Vice President of Asia Pacific and General Manager of Greater China, Sybase. “Our strategy has always been to put the customers’ best interest first. We remain committed to their success by delivering cutting-edge solutions coupled with the highest level of service that promote competitive advantage through innovation and best practices.”

For the full story, visit

6)  Sybase Extends Lead in Continuous Intelligence with Release of Sybase Event Stream Processor

Real-time Analytics Market Leader Makes Top Complex Event Processing (CEP) Engine Even Better with Greater Flexibility for Programmers and Highly Scalable Private Cloud Deployment Capability

NEW YORK — May 19, 2011 — Sybase, Inc., an SAP company (NYSE: SAP) and industry leader in enterprise and mobile software , today announced Sybase Event Streaming Processor (ESP), a major new version of the award-winning Sybase® Aleri CEP platform. Sybase ESP demonstrates Sybase’s commitment to leading the pace of innovation – and leaving the competition behind – in the world of emerging customer demand for real-time analytics.

Sybase ESP, version 5 of the Sybase Aleri Event Stream Proces sor, delivers major new capabilities in enterprise scalability and user productivity. The new solution empowers customers to deliver real-time applications such as continuous risk assessment, extremely complex low latency algorithmic trading and the creation and dissemination of highly enriched market data, in a fraction of the time that traditional approaches would require.

“The ability to increase the flexibility of tools that allow users to obtain intelligence on high-speed streaming market and trade data with minimum latency is a key differentiator in the competitive CEP environment,” said Larry Tabb, founder and CEO of TABB Group. “Providing the client with a blazing fast, easy to integrate, and extensible platform enabling firms not only to do what they need now, but to adapt to a quickly changing environment is the holy grail for CEP firms.”

Delivering real-time Continuous Intelligence™, Sybase Aleri ESP provides capital markets, telecommunications and other firms with the capabilities to monitor, detect, analyze and respond to events as they occur. This continuous intelligence solution empowers businesses to make the most opportune corrective, profitable, competitive and value-add decisions.

For the full story, visit

7)  International Sybase User Group Events

The International Sybase User Group (ISUG) sponsors events for Special Interests Groups (SIGs), Virtual User Groups, and members.  Sign up for ISUG Membership for as little as $25 for a basic membership and get access to events and online material.  For more details, visit:

8)  Sybase Events

Sybase Seminars, Conferences, Webcasts, Tradeshows, Sports events — whichever way you want to get information from Sybase, they deliver!  Check out future events at:

If you’d like to give feedback on what types of events you think Sybase should offer please email them at

9)  OpenSolaris / Houston User Group for Sun (HUGS) Meeting

The OpenSolaris / Houston User Group for Sun meets on the second Tuesday of every month at the HAL-PC.  The next meeting will be on July 12th.

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10)  Sybase Training Schedule (Jun – Sep)

Sybase Dallas Learning Center
14800 Quorum Drive, Suite 505
Dallas, Texas 75240
Contact:  972-687-6400
Register: 1 800-8-SYBASE

Jun 20, 2011 3 days  C# for the PowerBuilder Developer
Jun 23, 2011 2 days  PowerBuilder .NET 12.0 Boot Camp
Sep 26, 2011 5 days  Sybase IQ Administration

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