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September 2012 Newsletter

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Table of Contents:

  1. SUG-TX August Meeting  – Gradients, Not Glitz: Methods to Modernize PowerBuilder User Experiences
  2. Future SUG-TX Meetings  
  3. Using WordPress To Rebuild The SUGTX.ORG Website
  4. Join the SUG-TX LinkedIn Group 
  5. Database & Developer Digest Blog
  6. PowerBuilder Developer Conference alongside SAP TechEd
  7. Sybase Events – SAP Techwave  
  8. Sybase Training Schedule  

1)  SUG-TX September  Meeting –     Gradients, Not Glitz: Methods to Modernize PowerBuilder User Experiences 

Please join us for the next meeting of the Sybase Users’ Group of Texas, Houston. The meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 25th from 4:00pm to 6:00pm and we are pleased to have Jeff Wayt as our guest speaker.

4:00pm: Networking, Introductions, Welcome
4:15pm: Presentation
5:30pm: Q&A
6:00pm: Reception 

Since PowerBuilder 10.5 introduced DataWindow gradients, only a few applications have used them. Modern applications have controls with gradients. They give a fresh look to an old application. Where developers used solid colors to highlight columns, gradients add nuance, flair and more.

Jeff Wayt is President of IOBar, Inc., a Houston, Texas, independent software vendor since 1991. He has over 30 years of experience in software design and development, both internal and commercial, and 14 years with PowerBuilder.

Location details and registration information can be found at:

Please pass on this invite to your peers and colleagues.

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)  Future SUG-TX Meetings

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

October 30                     Monthly Meeting        SAP TechEd Wrap-up

TechWave 2012 and the PowerBuilder Developer’s Conference are both co-located with SAP TechEd 2012 at The Venetian Hotel and Resort in Las Vegas, NV.  The keynotes, general sessions, exhibit hall, and special event will be shared for SAP TechEd and TechWave attendees.  Join us at the meeting to hear about the conference.

3)  Using WordPress To Rebuild The SUGTX.ORG Website

The Sybase User’s Group of Texas recently finalized a rewrite of its website  The site has been completely rebuilt using leading web technologies, including WordPress, commercial-grade WordPress templates, and WordPress widgets. The goal of this effort was to improve the content and maintainability of the SUGTX.ORG site. Visit and let us know what you think about it.

 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) Database & Developer Digest Blog

Check out the Database & Developer Digest Blog by Adrian Bridgwater at  One of his latest blogs states “Business Week has reported on plans currently being made by SAP to release a new version of its Sybase Unwired Platform.  The new iteration will reportedly be enriched with tools that let more software application developers create applications for sale through SAP’s online store.

Co-Chief Executive Officer Jim Hagemann Snabe has spoken about a new online development tool (code-named Neo) that lets programmers customise the appearance and feel of SAP applications on smartphones, tablets and PCs.”

6) PowerBuilder Developer Conference alongside SAP TechEd

Did you know that there is a separate PowerBuilder Developer Conference running alongside this year’s SAP TechEd conference in Las Vegas?

When TechEd 2012 Las Vegas was initially announced there was nothing about PowerBuilder in any of the materials, but shortly afterwards, the PowerBuilder team announced their conference.

Unfortunately, little information about the conference was initially posted.  There was a call for papers and paper acceptance, but it wasn’t until the beginning of September that the session abstrasts were posted online.

We’re going to highlight these sessions over the coming days, but it is interesting to note that all of the technical breakout sessions this year are being presented by end users and partners. None of the breakout sessions are being presented by SAP/Sybase employees. Why is this interesting? Because it shows someone at SAP/Sybase is listening, as attendees at Sybase’s former TechWave conference always indicated that these were the types of presentations they most wanted to see.

And don’t forget the ISUG/eLearnIT pre-conference training course that will be held on the Sunday/Monday prior to the conference.

So, what are you waiting for? Check out all the conference details, and then get yourselves to Las Vegas!

7)  Sybase Events – SAP Techwave

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

Save the Date:   The 2012 SAP Techwave is Oct 15-19 at the Venetian in Las Vegas

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

8)  Sybase Training Schedule

Contact:  972-687-6400

Register: 1 800-8-SYBASE

Please verify class availability with Sybase registration or

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Do you have suggestions for our group? Would you like to present your Sybase solutions to the Sybase Users’ Group of Texas? The group is always looking for compelling presentations for our monthly meetings. Let us hear them!

Please forward this newsletter to anyone interested in learning more about Sybase products. To be added to or removed from the SUG-TX mailing list, subscribe to the mailing list at the SUG-TX Community on the website. Contact if you have any question.

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