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This document will describe how to work with transactions for CRUD operations (create, read, update and delete) in .NET DataStore.

For the full content of the document, see https://www.appeon.com/support/documents/appeon_online_help/powerbuilder/Working_with_Transactions_in_.NET_DataStore_and_ModelStore/

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This tutorial demonstrates the basics of creating, in SnapDevelop, a Web API with ASP.NET Core that will use .NET DataStore as its data manipulation component.

In this tutorial, you will learn to:

  • Create a Web API Project
  • Test the API
  • Add a Database Context
  • Register the Database Context
  • Add a .NET DataStore Model
  • Add a Service
  • Perform CRUD Operations Using the Web API
  • Call the Web API from PowerBuilder

To view the full content of the tutorial, see https://www.appeon.com/support/documents/appeon_online_help/powerbuilder/CRUD_Operations_with_.NET_DataStore/index.html

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REST support was added to PowerBuilder in 2017 R2 and enhanced in 2017 R3.  PowerBuilder 2019 contains additional significant enhancements to REST support, including the following:

  • RetrieveOne method – For REST methods return one row
  • Submit method - sends request and returns data in one operation
  • SetRequestHeader behavior modified
  • GZIP compression handled automatically
  • Send[Method]Request, where method can be Get, Put, Post, Patch, Delete
  • Get and Set OAuth token methods
  • Get and set JWT token methods

 

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Support for the JSON format was added in the PowerBuilder 2017 R2 release and then enhanced in 2017 R3.  PowerBuilder 2019 contains even more enhancements in this area, particularly with regard to:

  1. Enhanced JSONParser
  2. Enhanced JSONPackage
  3. DataWindows Row Level Import/Export
  4. New ModelStore JSON Format

 

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Two factor authentication is a way of increasing the security of an application by requiring the user to provide more than a simple password (one factor authentication).  Two factor authentication utilizes two of the following factors to identify the user:

1.  Knowledge - something you know - for example, your password

2.  Possession - something you have - for example, your cell phone or access to your email account

3.  Inherent - something you are - for example, fingerprints or eye iris

The third factor is out of scope for this particular article We're going to look at adding the second form (possession) to a PowerBuilder application. Specifically, we're What going to use Google Authenticator, an application for mobile devices (and the desktop) that generates time based one time temporary passwords (TOTP) for use with 2FA.

The sample code for this article is available on CodeXchange.

 

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One of the new features added to PowerBuilder 2017 R2 is support for REST web services.  This feature isn't 100% complete, as additional REST functionality is planned for 2017 R3.  There's still a lot in the R2 release to look at though.

To make things simple for the demo, we're going to use a online REST web service called JSONPlaceHolder..  The service doesn't require creating an account or user authentication.  While the GET (retrieve) methods are fully functional the POST ( insert ), PUT/PATCH ( update ) and DELETE (delete) methods are placeholders.  They return result codes or in the case of POST the id value of the inserted row, but they don't actually modify the data.

Note that while REST web services can return data in any internet mime encodable format, the vast majority of them use JSON  and JSON is the only data format supported by the REST client object in PowerBuilder 2017.