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Happy New Year PBDJ Readers, Many people use the New Year as an opportunity to reassess what they're doing and where they are going. The PBDJ editorial team would like to take that opportunity this New Years with regard to the magazine. In particular, we'd like to hear from you, our customers, regarding PBDJ, its content and its format among other things. We want to use that information to see how we might serve you better. Your input is critical, so please follow this link to the PDBJ 2009 survey, fill it out, and be entered to win an iPod Touch or an iTunes Gift Card. Regards, Bruce Armstrong PBDJ Editor-In-Chief ... (more)

Q & A with Dr. Raj Nathan

In light of the release of PowerBuilder 9.0, PowerBuilder Developer's Journal had the opportunity to pose a number of questions to Dr. Raj Nathan, SVP and GM of Sybase's Enterprise Solutions Division, about PowerBuilder and where it's headed. Q: Sybase has put increasing effort behind PowerBuilder recently. What is the importance of PB to the company? A: PowerBuilder is Sybase's flagship application development environment and is extremely important to the company. We are continuing to put more and more resources and energy behind PowerBuilder as we move forward with its develop... (more)

Mike Mason's New Book "Pragmatic Version Control Using Subversion" Is Out

The award-winning series, The Pragmatic Starter Kit, has a new addition: Pragmatic Version Control Using Subversion, by Mike Mason, a senior developer with the transnational IT professional services firm ThoughtWorks. Version control is the lifeblood of software projects, but it often becomes complicated and overly difficult. The original first volume of the Starter Kit solves that problem with a guide to getting started with version control, including simple recipes for managing day-to-day development tasks using CVS, a widely-used Open Source version control system. Now in Pragma... (more)

A Success Story: Sybase and LSG Sky Chefs

LSG Sky Chefs, a subsidiary of German national airline Lufthansa, is the world's leading provider of integrated in-flight services solutions from catering, provisioning, equipment, and retail to comprehensive in-flight management services. With 30,000 employees working at over 200 locations in 48 countries, LSG Sky Chefs serves more than 270 airlines. The Challenge The loading requirements differ for each individual flight and are sometimes subject to drastic changes until shortly before departure. The highest degree of flexibility is therefore of paramount importance. The company... (more)

PowerBuilder Success Story: Service Automation

Mobility is a key factor in Service Automation's recent success. Providing handheld Pocket PCs to their customers' mobile workforce has added dispatch, multi-warehouse inventory, and field force automation capabilities to their product line. Key Benefits Field technicians can focus on their skilled task, rather than filling out paperwork. By saving time on paperwork, technicians can complete more service calls in a day, resulting in increased revenue. Invoices are submitted in the field and better reflect both the actual time spent by the technician and the parts installed at t... (more)