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May 2011 Newsletter

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Table of Contents:

  1.     SUG-TX May 24th Meeting – PowerBuilder 12 .NET Stock Trader Reference Application
  2.     SUG-TX June 28th Meeting – Migrating a Win32 Application to .NET
  3.     SUG-TX April 26th Meeting Highlights
  4.     Future SUG-TX Meetings
  5.     Join the SUG-TX LinkedIn Group
  6.     Sybase Positioned in Leaders Quadrant in 2011 Mobile Device Management Software Magic Quadrant
  7.     International Sybase User Group Events
  8.     Sybase Events
  9.     OpenSolaris / Houston User Group for Sun (HUGS) Meeting
  10.     Sybase Training Schedule (May – Sep)

1)  SUG-TX May 24th Meeting – PowerBuilder 12 .NET Stock Trader Reference Appli

The Sybase Users’ Group of Texas will hold their next meeting on Tuesday, May 24, 2011. The presentation will be “PowerBuilder 12 .NET Stock Trader Reference Application” by Don Clayton, Intertech Consulting, Inc.


The .NET StockTrader Sample Application was originally developed by Microsoft as an end-to-end sample application demonstrating .NET Enterprise Application Server technologies. Developed in both C# and Visual BASIC .NET, it boasts a service-oriented architecture based on Windows Communication Foundation (.NET 3.5) 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 J2EE and IBM WebSphere’s Trade 6.1 sample application. 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 Microsoft reference applications, highlighting PowerBuilder 12.0′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 you can 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 will include 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. Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to see PowerBuilder in action developing industrial-strength .NET applications!

If you are an ISUG Green or Gold member, here is the link to order your free personal-use member copy of PowerBuilder 12:


4:00pm – 4:30pm        Introduction, Welcome, Q&A
4:30pm – 5:45pm        PowerBuilder 12 .NET Stock Trader Reference Application
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 June 28th Meeting – Migrating a Win32 Application to .NET

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

Register for the June meeting at:

For those who are not familiar with John Strano, he 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.

3) SUG-TX April 26th Meeting Highlights

The Sybase Users’ Group of Texas held their April meeting on Tuesday, April 26, 2011. The presentation was “Improving Performance and Simplifying Administration on Sybase DBMSs” by Michael Garza of Quest Software.

Michael discussed the development initiatives behind Toad for Sybase, an integrated Sybase database management tool that improves Sybase performance and simplifies database administration and performance management. The Quest Software Toad Community requested support for Sybase databases and the Quest team has made that a priority for 2011. Michael demonstrated how TOAD can view, edit, and modify ASE database objects

among other TOAD features. The product is in Beta now, so join the beta or watch for its future release.

4)  Future SUG-TX Meetings

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

June 28: Migrating a Win32 Application to .NET with John Strano
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 and watch for future meeting announcements and newsletters for details.

5)  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.

6)  Sybase Positioned in Leaders Quadrant in 2011 Mobile Device Management Software Magic Quadrant

DUBLIN, CALIF. – APRIL 27, 2011 — Sybase, Inc., an SAP company (NYSE: SAP) and industry leader in enterprise and mobile software, today announced that Sybase, based on evaluation of Sybase® Afaria, has been positioned by Gartner, Inc. in the Leaders quadrant in its Magic Quadrant for Mobile Device Management (MDM) Software report, authored by Phillip Redman, John Girard and Leif-Olof Wallin (April 2011).1

The Gartner report points out that “by 3Q10, there were more than 30 global smartphone vendors and more than 10 mobile operating-system platforms, although the top four (Apple, Android, RIM and Symbian) control 89% of the total market. Most adopting companies that had previously standardized on a mobile platform (for example, BlackBerry in North America and Symbian in Western Europe) now need to support multiple operating systems, and Apple and Android have become more popular. However, most organizations don’t have anyone responsible for managing mobile devices.

“Today’s Mobile Device Management has become much more complex, and savvy companies must include application management, asset control and device security for their mixed environment of task and information workers,” said Joe Owen, vice president of Engineering for Afaria. “These requirements are even more urgent with emerging platforms such as Android where MDM capabilities are slowly evolving but enterprises need to provide IT services to these devices in the near term.  Sybase and SAP are leading the way to provide a comprehensive solution that meets the complex business mobility needs faced by today’s IT managers and allows users to enjoy the benefits of mobile devices in a secure and seamless environment.”

For the full story, visit

1 Magic Quadrant for Mobile Device Management Software, Publication Date: April 13, 2011, by Phillip Redman, John Girard and Leif-Olof Wallen, ID Number: G00211101

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

Re-investing in PowerBuilder: A Top Down Perspective: Join Sybase on Wednesday May 25th (Part I) and Thursday May 26th (Part II) at 12:00PM CT as Ali Mehmet, Technical Director of MARACIS Ltd, one of the UK’s leading developers of solutions built around Sybase’s PowerBuilder technologies, shares his perspective on why PowerBuilder continues to be the best development platform investment for his company and clients. Register now

Other 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 June 14th.

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10)  Sybase Training Schedule (May – Sep)

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

May 23, 2011 5 days  Fast Track to Adaptive Server Enterprise
May 31, 2011 4 days  Sybase IQ for Developers
Jun 06, 2011 5 days  System and Database Administration: ASE
Jun 13, 2011 5 days  Performance and Tuning: Configuring ASE 15
Jun 27, 2011 5 days  Sybase IQ Administration
Sep 26, 2011 5 days Sybase IQ Administration

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