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After years of considering what types of controls to put in a Web page, the main technologies that work are ActiveX, Java and DHTML. I thought only Java or ActiveX could provide the types of controls I needed, until I saw the game Asteroids, written in DHTML. If you haven't seen it, here's the link: http://msdn.microsoft.com/workshop/Author/dhtml/tutorial/asteroids/asteroids.htm. Although this is an old link now (in Internet terms), it's still impressive. DHTML (Dynamic HTML) is lightweight compared to Java and ActiveX. Taking this into account, along with a few other considerations, I lean toward a DHTML solution for creating controls inside a Web page. Recently, middle-tier server software has added another dimension to the process of creating dynamic content. EAS from Sybase provides Jaguar and Dynamo, which can combine to drive a rich Web site. The reality of Web ... (more)

Exception Handling In PowerBuilder 8

In this article I cover the syntax for the new PB 8 exception handling, how to write the exception handlers that will improve your code, as well as issues concerning legacy code that currently implements exception-handling strategies. If you've used Java or C++ to develop software, you're probably well acquainted with exception handling in those languages. If you're a PowerBuilder programmer, you may be familiar with the way previous versions of PowerBuilder handled exceptions in the SystemError event of the application object. One of the more common sources of PowerBuilder Sys... (more)

PB App Development Using Shared Objects

I've heard it said that PowerBuilder isn't going to survive the competition from other software development tools. I, like many of my friends who are software developers, can't afford to ignore such rhetoric and I continually upgrade my knowledge of other languages. I'm impressed by Java and its simple way of doing some complex tasks and enforcing object-oriented practices when writing code. One of the areas Java makes simple is that of creating threads to run asynchronously while other code is executing. Recently I took an assignment to help a company upgrade their Sybase databa... (more)

The Java DataWindow

I recently received a copy of PowerJ 4 for evaluation. As a PowerBuilder developer turned Java developer, I was particularly interested in the Java DataWindow. I had developed JDBC software using a Java control known as the JTable, but I felt I was wasting time compared to what it took me to use the DataWindow painter, create a SQL-based DataWindow object, and use the DataWindow control to display it. This article explores the Java DataWindow without the PowerJ GUI. To get a licensed copy of the Java DataWindow, you'll need to purchase a copy of PowerJ. But there may be times wh... (more)

DHTML Tab Controls + Java Applets + the Java DataWindow

Why use DHTML for the tab control when there's a Java tab control available? The answer is that DHTML is much lighter, and we can minimize the "heaviness" of the page by using it. Last year I wrote an article on "EAS and DHTML Tab Controls" that appeared in PBDJ (Vol. 7, issue 4). Developers have used tab controls for years, long before the Internet was invented. But one of the problems with developing GUIs in the browser is using HTML to give users the functionality they need. DHTML is powerful, but it's not as powerful as traditional programming languages and it tends to be cl... (more)