1. Arthur Hefti
  2. PowerBuilder Beta
  3. Monday, 18 March 2019

Hi 

can I start working with PB2019 Beta 2 and switch to the GA version before the Beta 2 expires?. 

Thanks
Arthur

Armeen Mazda Accepted Answer Pending Moderation
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Chris is exactly right that we do not recommend using beta versions in production use.

But Roland is also right that if your goal is just to get head start on coding until PB 2019 comes out then that is not a problem. 

When the beta ends we will remove the download, but what you have already downloaded and installed you can continue to use.

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OK then no problem... there should be no functionality difference in this regards between beta 2 and final release.
  1. Armeen Mazda
  2. Tuesday, 19 March 2019
Hi Arthur;

FWIW: The same RTE features are in the current & supported PB2017R3 MR01.

Regards ... Chris
  1. Chris Pollach
  2. Tuesday, 19 March 2019
That's a good point by Chris. And just to clarify PB 2017 R3 is a long-term support version whereas PB 2019 will not be long-term support version until it reaches revision 3 (R3). So I think it would make sense to keep testing with PB 2019 if your project needs any of the other new features of PB 2019 besides the Text Control.
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Chris Pollach Accepted Answer Pending Moderation
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Hi Arthur;

  Appeon does not recommend or warrant using any beta software for production use.

Regards ... Chris

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I don't think that is his intent. I got the impression that he wanted to start developing real web components now and not have to pause for a few months until GA.
  1. Roland Smith
  2. Monday, 18 March 2019
Hi Roland;

That would not be a problem as long as any PB developer wanted to keep their work in the "development" only environment. The issue might be if the next build changes some aspects how how the C# .Net Assembly or C# Web API is built internally. So some retrofitting of the beta#2 code "may" be necessary. If Arthur (or any other PB2019 developers for that matter) are willing to accept this possibility, then please proceed (cautiously).

The PB2019 Beta license is probably tied to your subscription renewal date (mine seems to be). So I suspect that you can use beta2 until your current license expires, a beta#3 is released and/or GA (TBD at this time).

HTH

Regards ... Chris

  1. Chris Pollach
  2. Monday, 18 March 2019
Chris is right that doing real development with beta versions has such risk. But in the case of this PB 2019 beta 2 in particular, I don't see any changes from Appeon product engineering side that would cause such problem.

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I believe the answer is yes. The license is by user on annual subscription so you are allowed to use any version that comes out while your licence is valid. The down side is that if you stop your subscription a few years down the road, you won't be able to use any of the versions you have installed.

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