Sybase yesterday announced the availability of Sybase PowerBuilder 12. This latest generation of Sybase's award-winning rapid application development tool empowers developers with the easiest, fastest and most cost-effective path for .NET developers to create or migrate their business applications on the Microsoft .NET Framework, for thoroughly modern and visually appealing application user experiences.
The new Sybase PowerBuilder 12 architecture works with Microsoft Visual Studio infrastructure to deliver the highest level of application development productivity for PowerBuilder developers on the .NET Framework. PowerBuilder 12 still requires only about five lines of code to access powerful business logic using its patented DataWindow technology. With the DataWindow now re-written in C#, PowerBuilder 12 also produces managed code and natively supports Microsoft WPF, giving .NET developers even more productivity, flexibility, and security. Also, it is the only product that allows customers to leverage their existing Win32 code and seamlessly migrate to the .NET Framework, saving the expense and complexities of re-writing.
"PowerBuilder 12 is one of the most significant releases in the product's history, enabling new and existing PowerBuilder developers to deliver RIA, Web, mobile and desktop .NET applications via end-to-end managed code," said David Tong, vice president of Engineering, Sybase. "We are continually investing in and evolving PowerBuilder to increase developer productivity. While version 12 is the culmination of Sybase's four-phase plan to support .NET, we continue to innovate by targeting the next generation of mobile, web and enterprise applications."
Sybase ships PowerBuilder with two self-contained IDEs. The first is designed for Windows 32-based development to build and maintain Win32 applications and migrate existing code to Windows Forms and WebForms. The second is a new comprehensive IDE for migration of existing code to Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) applications, building new Windows Presentation Foundation-based applications and deploying 100 percent managed code on top of the Microsoft Visual Studio shell, all with existing PowerBuilder skills.
"Our organization designs and delivers rich media eLearning solutions for the IT industry, and some of our staff have been working continuously with Sybase PowerBuilder for over 13 years," said Yakov Werde, president, eLearnIT, LLC. "From its earliest technology preview release, we have used PowerBuilder 12 to migrate legacy applications to .NET and create prototypes, proof of concepts, and production quality applications. The Sybase product team has created a truly innovative solution that builds a bridge to the future by merging PowerBuilder RAD capabilities within a .NET infrastructure."