1. · tom
  2. PowerBuilder
  3. Wednesday, 28 February 2018 18:04 PM

Last year there was indication of a community version of Appeon Powerbuilder. This would be inline with most of the other development platforms where there are low cost or no cost developer versions.  These types of licenses are important in several areas including students, hobbyist, and  independent consultants ( A growing segment).  Here I create prototypes for potential clients. If a project is closed all the professional licenses are purchased by the clients. 

I am only am bringing this up because I believe the defacto industry standard has pushed development tools to the community / developer versions. Even Microsoft has been on board with this idea.  Powerbuilder at the moment is a hard sell to clients due to SAP's neglect to market it capabilities. I see in Appeon's roadmap that Powerbuilder can compete at the technical level however I am not convinced the  CIO, IT Directors are willing to get out of their comfort zone. 

Conclusion : I think the Community addition would increase sales in the professional versions. You could probably write off the community version as a marketing costs.


Tom Starkweather


Armeen Mazda @Appeon Accepted Answer Pending Moderation
  1. Wednesday, 28 February 2018 20:53 PM
  2. PowerBuilder
  3. # 1

Hi Tom, Good points.  We are currently planning to release a community edition targeted for educational/demo purpose some time in 2019.  Of course, we will still maintain the trial version as well for commercial evaluation purposes.


I work full-time in higher ed administering Ellucian PowerCampus, an ERP/SIS written in PowerBuilder. I also moonlight as a consultant and have written a custom app for PowerCampus in Python. I'm interested in writing more tools in PowerBuilder to more closely match what schools already know and use, but I know nothing about PB.

I created an account today and started watching the PowerBuilder Fundamentals Course, and it suggests that I download "Appeon PowerBuilder 2017 community version" to get started. However, the link gives 403.

Did this community version exist at the time this video was published, or is it coming out in 2019? Is my only current option to cram as much learning as I can in a 30-day trial and then see if I feel confident enough to risk $700 for a 12-mo license, which is probably not enough time to get ROI as an independent, part-time dev?

I'm impressed by the PowerBuilder concept, but there's not much of a route for those like me who just want to dip their toes in the PB waters.

  1. Wyatt Best
  2. Wednesday, 6 June 2018 15:51 PM
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