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It's no secret IT budgets aren't what they used to be. Across the industry projects are on hold because there isn't enough money. But what if there were a way your project could actually move forward rather than slip further down "The List?" What if developers could focus on writing new systems, advancing their skill sets, and adding value to the company instead of plodding along in maintenance mode on legacy systems? Would that merit consideration? It should! As PowerBuilder developers we know we can use almost any DBMS; all we need is an ODBC driver. Why, then, do we almost always use Oracle, Sybase, or SQL Server? For established projects an infrastructure is probably already in place and must be used, but what about new projects in new environments? The "big three" are familiar but in today's market it pays to be flexible and step out of the comfort zone. We sh... (more)

Database Overload

The primary purpose of a database is to store and retrieve data. Obvious? Sure, but every once in while it's nice to return to the basics. For a long time we've known that good database design is essential to success. It's much easier to fix a poorly written application built on a good data model than a well-written application based on a bad data model. Massive effort has been put forth to ensure we can properly model and normalize our data. Programmers, analysts, and architects have gotten very good at solving these problems; maybe a little too good. In some cases the datacentric... (more)

PowerBuilder and Alternate Databases

It's no secret IT budgets aren't what they used to be. Across the industry projects are on hold because there isn't enough money. But what if there were a way your project could actually move forward rather than slip further down "The List?" What if developers could focus on writing new systems, advancing their skill sets, and adding value to the company instead of plodding along in maintenance mode on legacy systems? Would that merit consideration? It should! As PowerBuilder developers we know we can use almost any DBMS; all we need is an ODBC driver. Why, then, do we almost al... (more)

Database Overload

The primary purpose of a database is to store and retrieve data. Obvious? Sure, but every once in while it's nice to return to the basics. For a long time we've known that good database design is essential to success. It's much easier to fix a poorly written application built on a good data model than a well-written application based on a bad data model. Massive effort has been put forth to ensure we can properly model and normalize our data. Programmers, analysts, and architects have gotten very good at solving these problems; maybe a little too good. In some cases the datacentric... (more)