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Integrated Foundation Classes ( Service Pack #2) - GA Released!

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  Integrated Foundation Classes (Update)

Service Pack #2 (SP02)

(for PowerBuilder "Classic", Appeon Web and Appeon Mobile)
   Software Tool & Die Inc (STD) is very pleased to announce that they have just released an updated version of their Integrated Foundation Class library today for PowerBuilder "Classic", Appeon Web and Appeon Mobile!

   The latest version contains the following updates and has been tested with Appeon 2013R2 build 0110.00 using the official MR (maintenance  releases) of PowerBuilder "Classic". Testing inside of PB included Win32 (both p-code & m-code) deployments while testing inside of Appeon included Web (IE10/11 - 32 & 64bit) , latest Apple Tablet/Smart Phone and Android Tablet/Smart Phone  deployments.

   The FC's are *free* and can be downloaded (along with an updated sample Order Entry application) from the SourceForge website!

New ToolBar menu pop-up language support.
The changes to the FC's are as follows ..... 

Release 12.1.0 Changes ... March 31, 2014  GA -  SP02

  1. Added new code to the visual OLE container's (vs_ole_master) "externalexception" event.
  2. Added new code to the visual OLE container's (vs_ole_master) "error" event.
    Note: Items #1 & #2 bring the visual OLE container to be at par with its non-visual counter-part.
  3. Removed old Webform and WPF code from the abstract Window classes "wn_controller_master" and "wn_main_master".
  4. Corrected code in the base wn_master class that sets the Window titles on the PB application's tool bar RHMB
    Note: Original code was broken during the creation of the "integrated" framework.
  5. Toolbar pop-up menu item text now translated properly into alternate languages
  6. Abstract window class wn_zoom_master controls enlarged to allow easier gesture control when running on Tablets and Smartphones.
  7. Error handling code improved on the DataWindow and DataStore base classes
  8. Removed unnecessary duplicate object class "wn_log_viewer" from the English, French and Spanish PB Libraries
  9. Added new messages to the base message DataWindow "dw_messages_e /f /s".
  10. Added new "Filter" option to the "Log viewer" class (wn_log_viewer_master".
  11. Unit tested all code changes with PB 12.1 build 6518, PB 12.5.1 build 4015 and Appeon 2013R2 ( Build 0110.00 - 64 bit)
  12. Web Tested on IE 10 & 11 and Mobile tested on iO/s iPad4 and Android based Nexus 10 devices.
  13. Application Controller changed to check the Application Object's class mappings (ie: Error, Message, SQLCA, etc)
    Note: If these mappings do not point to the STD FC's objects, mapping errors will be logged and a message displayed.
  14. The Calendar base object "wn_calendar_master" now has new English, French and Spanish extensions!
  15. The "wn_calendar_master" was changed to allow either a String or Structure to pass the intial date.
  16. The "VGA" INI parameter and its associated code were removed from the FC's.
    (this was only used for Pocket PowerBuilder which is now deprecated).
  17. Fixed a bug handling the "Debug_Mode=" INI file setting
  18. Changed the Appeon INI setting in the default INI file to use the "Logging" keyword.
  19. Added new code to the FC's Logging feature to also simultaneously write to the Appeon Log file if "Logging=Y" in the APPEON section of the INI file.
  20. A new "oe_std_fc" event added to the Message, Transaction, Error, SQL Stage, and SQL Description base classes.
  21. A new "of_get_HPos" method added to the DataWindow Control base class to allow DC's to get the amount the user has already scrolled the DW object inside the control.
  22. Added new "of_log" to the "ghost" appeonextfuncs object in the "STD_FC_Appeon.pbl" to match the updated Appeon WorkArounds.pbl
    (Note: This is to ensure Appeon2013R2 compatibility).
  23. The PB.NET version of the framework was officially deprecated and is no longer supported!  


1)  Tune the PB, Appeon Web and Appeon Mobile single source framework.
2)  Add more PB, Web and Mobile features.
3)  Integrate Open Source tools like Spell Checking, OCR, Imaging  and more!
4) Add new GUI controls
5) Extend the IIS (Web Services) framework

 Note: There will be another release of the FC's coming soon for Appeon 7.0 (multiple browser support) ... Please stay tuned to this blog for more news releases!

Regards ... Chris

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More Stories By Chris Pollach

Chris Pollach is a Senior Consultant with over 30 years experience in Systems and Software Analysis, Development, Maintenance and Technical Support, mainly in the areas of GUI Design, MS-Windows Programming, Java / .NET Programming, Wireless, Application / Web Server Design & Programming, Object Oriented Development Tools and Methodologies, Data Base, Data Communications and Network application development. He has participated in numerous technical, planning and management roles, as well as consulted and educated in these fields for a diverse clientele. He is also the owner of “Software Tool & Die Inc.” a company dedicated to provide custom software and education solutions on Object Oriented business systems.

As an educator, Chris is certified to teach PowerBuilder (first in Canada), MS-SQLServer, Sybase’s Enterprise Application Studio and EAServer integrated application/web development environment. He is former Certified SilverStream developer (CSSD) and current Certified PowerBuilder Developer – Associate / Professional (CPD-P) as well as a Certified Sybase Tools Instructor (CSI).

Chris has written numerous articles in various popular personal computer magazines, newsletters and is the author of the PowerGuide and PowerExpert products as well as the STD Foundation Classes. Currently, Chris has developed a Foundation Class library for Sybase's PocketBuilder, SAP's PowerBulder and EAServer products and now Appeon Web & mobile products that integrates JSP or ASP web development, Section 508 / CLF web standards and mobile applications. A new Web Service framework has also been released for IIs to support PowerBuilder based web service NVUO's!

Chris recently became a 2nd Degree Black in the TaeKwonDo martial art and has developed a Martial Art multimedia study guide using the Component-One “Doc2Help” and Sybase PowerBuilder products. Since the fall of 2004 he became a TaeKwonDo instructor for the City of Ottawa’s Goulbourn program. He has also been certified with the World TaeKwonDo Federation (February 2005 - 1st Dan and October 2008 - 2nd Dan).

Chris was awarded the Sybase “Innovation and Achievement” award for 2005 as voted for by the International Sybase User Group (ISUG). This award was presented for innovations to the PocketBuilder mobile development product, contributions to the PowerBuilder News groups and support of the Ottawa Sybase User Group.

To round his management and leadership skills, Chris is the former president of the Kiwanis Club of Goulbourn and still volunteers his time with the service clubs in his area. He is also the coordinator of the Ottawa Sybase User group and a certified NAUI scuba instructor. For the last three years, Chris has been voted onto the ISUG Board of Directors and holds the position of "Director - North American User Groups".

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