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PowerBuilder is dead. I first heard that statement when I joined Sybase back in 1996, nearly a decade ago. I had been hired to specialize in two of their hottest new Web development products, namely GainMomentum and web.SQL.... You remember those, right? Hmmmmm. Here we are nearly a decade later and I sit in awe watching just one of our PowerBuilder/EAF development teams demonstrate a rich data-aware Web application they built in less time then most "modern" development projects spend putting together automated build environments and arguing the advantages of design patterns. I take a pause and think to myself, "PowerBuilder is dead?" I have to admit I am a bit of an odd duck. I think I might hold the distinction of being just about the only person to have spoken at both JavaOne and Microsoft TechEd. I've seen the birth, and watched the death, of a dizzying array... (more)

The Business Case for Rich Internet Applications

To quote Bob Dylan, “the times they are a changin’.” Less than 10 years ago, still in its infancy, the Internet was a land of promise for businesses. Companies saw bright new ways to increase their agility, reach more customers and to deliver new, never before seen services. Unquestionably since then it has transformed the way consumers and businesses exchange information and has become a vital part of nearly every organization’s communication and operational architecture. Through the proliferation of Web-based applications, many companies have been able ... (more)