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Many PowerBuilder developers want to try Git as it gains in popularity. However, as PowerBuilder IDE still relies on the binary PBL format instead of directly working with the plain text source code files, the implementation of native Git support comes with some special features that you may need to be aware of in order to use Git properly or to work around some of the limitations. This article tries to give some tips in this area.

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Symptom

When you push your repository from PowerBuilder IDE to your Git server for the first time after you do the Add to Source Control, it may fail when the size of your source code is large and/or your network is slow. 

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Note:  This blog entry is basically the written version of a video I did for the SAP Database and Technology Academy.  You can either watch the video or read the blog entry, or both if you're so inclined.

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C# handles NULL quite different than PowerScript and SQL.
Same code in PowerScript and C# may have different outcome.

 

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I've uploaded a small utility (PowerBuilder source code) to CodeXchange here that you can run on the menus in your applications and create RibbonBar XML based on them.  It's intended to quick start your migration from existing menus to the RibbonBar  I'm expecting that you're going to want to tweak the output somewhat after it's generated.  however, it is a whole lot better from having to create them from scratch. 

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Enabling Drag & Drop from Outlook to PB using a 3rd Party (free) DLL

 

While trying to find a solution on how to be able to do a drag & drop from outlook into PB, I did find a DLL library from a 3rd party. The DLL was free to use (source code available to purchase) and it worked bot in x32 and x64 environments.

The reason why I'm posting this is that while searching from the internet for a solution, I didn't find that many useful pages. After two days of searching, I stumbled on this and thought thet other PB users can benefit from this.

The link to the DLL site is here https://www.catsoft.ch/#download

and on the page look for "Drag & Drop in PowerBuilder"

I have now other association to the 3rd party, other than that I use the DLL. I also askes permission for the posting from the 3rd party.

I'm happy with the DLL, and the users of our product also like the possibility to drag & drop emails or just a sibgle attachemnt, directly from Outlook to the PB application.

 

Kari

 

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Have you ever wanted Windows Tile Menu Style on your application? this datawindow object can give you way to have it.
Just add row data to set Image, Text and size of the tile.

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Why enhance JSON handling?

Reading and writing JSON in PowerBuilder is simple using PowerBuilder’s RESTClient object; however, the JSON needs to be in a two-dimensional format. But there are times when the JSON you are working with has multiple nested levels, especially if working with data from an external interface not under your control.

The PowerBuilder objects JSONParser and JSONGenerator can be used to parse or generate such JSON with multiple nested levels.  However, a key caveat is that the JSONParser and JSONGenerator require the JSON data to be accessed through “handles”.  For example, the getItemObject() returns a handle rather than the full JSON object.  Compared to an object-based approach, this handle-based approach requires more coding by the developer.

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ISSUE: Receive error “No Network Connection” on logon to PowerBuilder

 

SYMPTOM: Error “No Network Connection” was received on every attempt to open PowerBuilder and occurs immediately on version installation. Experienced on install of  V19 - but may be experienced in other versions.  When initiating PowerBuilder process hangs for a long time and then returns a message “No Network Connection”. You exit and the application closes.