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New Sybase PowerBuilder 9.0 Powers Rapid Application Development Across Leading Technologies
New Sybase PowerBuilder 9.0 Powers Rapid Application Development Across Leading Technologies

(March 7, 2003) - A wealth of enhancements and productivity-boosting features distinguish the newly announced Sybase PowerBuilder 9.0, currently scheduled for general availability the week of March 24. This version of Sybase's industry-leading rapid application development (RAD) tool enables developers to continue building rich-client applications for their mission-critical business requirements, and at the same time propel them further into Web and N-tier development with significant new capabilities. PowerBuilder 9.0 also lays the foundation for "4GLplus", the next RAD environment from Sybase that will bring an even higher level of developer productivity through tight integration of design, modeling, development, deployment, and management.

"In addition to its unsurpassed rich-client functionality, this release provides capabilities for the J2EE and Microsoft .NET environments, and tighter integration with PowerDesigner," said Dr. Raj Nathan, senior vice president and general manager, Sybase Enterprise Solutions Division. He continued, "Our close partnership with the developer community continues to inspire the evolution of PowerBuilder, as we work together to meet today's needs and anticipate future requirements."

New capabilities in PowerBuilder 9.0 include:

  • RAD JavaServer Page (JSP) Targets - Allows developers to quickly develop and deploy a JSP Web application through wizards and other RAD tools.
  • Web Services - Enables developers to build, publish and consume Web services for Microsoft .NET and other frameworks without extensive knowledge of SOAP and WSDL.
  • XML DataWindow - Imports data directly from an XML document and saves data that was retrieved from any data source as a fully customized XML document, or as a document or string using XSL Formatting Objects (XSL-FO) or PDF.
  • PowerBuilder Native Interface - Greatly extends the capabilities of PowerBuilder applications by wrapping a C++ class as a PowerBuilder extension, and then calling its methods in the application. Through JNI, Java applications also can communicate with the PBVM.
  • Third-Party Application Servers - In addition to existing support of Sybase EAServer, PowerBuilder now supports BEA WebLogic Server™, IBM WebSphere® and other J2EE Application Servers through wizards that generate proxies for EJBs, and call the EJBs in J2EE servers from PowerBuilder through the proxies.
  • The PowerBuilder Document Object Model - The Sybase implementation of DOM, defines how XML documents can be accessed and manipulated. PBDOM is used to read, write, and manipulate standard-format XML from within PowerScript code.
  • PDF Report Generation - Provides two ways to save a DataWindow object so that it can directly generate reports in PDF format. The distill method is used by default and can save all types of DataWindow objects.
  • Source Control Enhancements - Helps developers manage large PowerBuilder projects more efficiently and achieve tighter integration with Rational® ClearCase® and Merant PVCS.
  • OrcaScript Utility - Invokes Orca application program interface commands with English-like scripting language. New source code control integration allows PowerBuilder targets to be rebuilt directly from source control.

    "I am thrilled about PowerBuilder 9.0," said Austin Durbin, Technical Services Manager for Hawthorne Savings in El Segundo, CA. "As a beta tester of the product, I have already used the PowerBuilder Native Interface (PBNI) to create an application that gives me access to scanned images and digital photos that I would not have been able to access otherwise. PBNI is an extremely powerful capability that allows me to extend my PowerBuilder applications to others. I also plan to use it to enable SMTP support from any PowerBuilder program. You're really unlimited in what you can do with PBNI."

    PowerBuilder 9.0 is scheduled for general availability the week of March 24, 2003, in enterprise, professional, and desktop editions. The update price for an existing PowerBuilder Enterprise license is $1,495. For more information, visit

    Sybase partners with developers to help enterprises transform their data into economic value. The Sybase Developer Network (SDN) offers a single point of access to developer software, services, related technical information from Sybase, and collaboration with other Sybase developers. For more information, visit

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