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1 PowerBuilder 11: Windows Forms and .NET Interoperability
Jim O’Neil Principal Systems Consultant Sybase, Inc.

2 PowerBuilder 11 Overview Web Service DataWindow
(presented Nov. 20, 2007) Jim O’Neil Systems Consultant .NET Assemblies (presented Nov. 13, 2007) Jim O’Neil Systems Consultant .NET Windows Forms And Interoperability Dec. 4, 2007 Jim O’Neil Systems Consultant Web Service DataWindow Feb. 5, 2008 David Avera Staff Software Engineer PowerBuilder 11 .NET Deployment Web Casts .NET Web Forms Dec. 11, 2007 David Fish Engineering Evangelist .NET Web Services Jan. 29, 2008 David Fish Engineering Evangelist .NET Smart Client Jan. 15, 2008 John Strano Technology Evangelist

3 Agenda PowerBuilder roadmap Windows Forms overview
Deploying Windows Forms applications Distributing Windows Forms applications .NET interoperability

4 PowerBuilder Roadmap Version 11 released in June 2007
11.1 Maintenance Release in November 2007 Delivers on third-phase of PowerBuilder’s .NET initiative Sybase Analyst Event August 2003

5 2008 PowerBuilder 11.2 2008 PowerBuilder 11.5 2009 PowerBuilder 12
AJAX support for Web Forms Applications EAServer .NET Client Support Miscellaneous fixes 2008 PowerBuilder 11.5 Core .NET enhancements Native DataWindow updates Updated database support Miscellaneous fixes 2009 PowerBuilder 12 .NET in IDE WPF/WCF support at design and run-time Fully managed code at deployment Complete .NET interoperability Language Independence Application Connectivity Multiple Platform Support Power And Performance Sybase Analyst Event August 2003

6 Windows Forms Overview
10 Sybase Analyst Event August 2003

7 Windows Forms Definition (Microsoft)
What is a Windows Forms application? “Windows Forms is for creating Microsoft Windows applications on the .NET Framework. This framework provides a modern, object-oriented, extensible set of classes that enable you to develop rich Windows-based applications. With Windows Forms, you are able to create a rich client application that can access a wide variety of data sources and provide data-display and data-editing facilities using Windows Forms controls.” Windows Forms Application Win32 Application System.Windows.Forms System.Drawing System.Windows. Forms.VisualStyles System.ComponentModel KERNEL32.DLL USER32.DLL GDI32.DLL GDIPLUS.DLL MSCOREE.DLL (CLR) KERNEL32.DLL USER32.DLL GDIPLUS.DLL

8 Windows Forms Definition (English)
What is a Windows Forms application? Windows Forms applications are an evolution of the Win32-based application development you know and love and, why should you care Win32 will go away, eventually For PowerBuilder users, Windows Forms is a prerequisite for Smart Client capabilities .NET interoperability

9 Deploying Windows Forms Applications
10 Sybase Analyst Event August 2003

10 Developing Windows Forms Applications
Obvious relationship to traditional PowerBuilder applications generally means a smooth transition Same UI paradigms Same event model New Windows Forms wizard quickly creates requisite project and target New application Existing application leveraging same code base

11 Windows Forms Project Object

12 Windows Forms Project Object
General tab: build type, output directory Resource files: images, INI files, etc. Library Files PBL files containing DataWindows, Pipelines, Queries External library files (DLLs, OCXs) referenced by application Version: file, program, and .NET assembly version Post-build: post deployment shell commands Security: embed manifest specifying execution level Run: run/debug application command line and arguments

13 PowerBuilder .NET Deployment
PowerScript Source C# translation .NET EXE or Assembly CSC deploy PBDs (DataWindow objects, Pipelines, Queries) Syntax errors save/build Unsupported features PB2CS PowerBuilder System Library For .NET (managed code) DataWindow Engine Database Interfaces (unmanaged code) Sybase Analyst Event August 2003

14 Windows Forms Deployment
Executable files and resources written to “Output path” Intermediate files written to .pbt_build directory source code directory .exe directory (Output path) files supporting incremental rebuild

15 Unsupported Features “Native” PowerBuilder constructs unsupported in Windows Forms applications PBNI extensions (excluding Web Services) Shared objects OLE automation server Tracing and profiling Dynamic Data Exchange (DDE) Garbage collection functions EAServer client support (coming in 11.2 with EAServer 6.1) Use of .NET visual classes

16 Partially Supported Features
“Native” PowerBuilder constructs partially supported in Windows Forms applications Rich Text and OLE DataWindow styles In-process OLE controls (ActiveX) Limited event support Requires wrapper class generated using .NET utility Non TrueType fonts replaced with TrueType fonts Font-substitution display impact Unexpected cursor display (e.g., invisible in EditMask control) ALL visual controls are supported to varying degrees with exception of Other event IMEMode property (Japanese version only!)

17 Language Construct Caveats
Partially supported syntax GOTO statement – disallowed when target label is out of ‘scope’ Invoking an indirect ancestor event – results in unexpected behavior w_1 w_2 w_3 IF y = 7 THEN GOTO a IF x = 10 THEN y = 5 a: z = 2 ELSE y = 8 z = 3 END IF w_1::EVENT foo() Win32 .NET

18 Language Construct Caveats
Questionable practices allowed in “native” PowerBuilder applications but disallowed in .NET deployments this keyword in global functions RETURN statement in FINALLY clause Overloading event signatures Overriding function access scope Object casting outside of object hierarchy

19 Language Construct Caveats (concluded)
External function calls Generic STRUCTURE argument type unsupported Requirement to pass structure arguments by reference when argument is a const pointer Requirement to re-initialize reference string arguments for each invocation

20 Distributing Windows Forms Applications
10 Sybase Analyst Event August 2003

21 Distributing Windows Forms Applications
Required files Runtime packager Smart Client

22 Required Files .NET Framework 2.0 Microsoft Runtime Files
PowerBuilder System Library for .NET PowerBuilder Runtime Dynamic Link Libraries Application files

23 Required Files .NET Framework 2.0
Redistributable package (dotnetfx.exe) SDK not required .NET Framework 3.0 extended 2.0 with additional features so fulfills the requirement

24 Required Files Microsoft Runtime Files msvcr71.dll msvcp71.dll

25 Applications using graphs Applications using DataWindows/DataStores
Required Files PowerBuilder System Library for .NET Sybase.PowerBuilder assemblies Strongly-named so installable to Global Assembly Cache (GAC) Sybase.PowerBuilder.Common.dll Sybase.PowerBuilder.Core.dll Sybase.PowerBuilder.Interop.dll Sybase.PowerBuilder.Win.dll All Windows Forms applications Sybase.PowerBuilder.Graph.Win.dll Sybase.PowerBuilder.Graph.Core.dll Sybase.PowerBuilder.Graph.Interop.dll Applications using graphs Sybase.PowerBuilder.DataWindow.Win.dll Sybase.PowerBuilder.DataWindow.Interop.dll Applications using DataWindows/DataStores …using EditMasks …using RichText …using Web Services

26 Required Files PowerBuilder Runtime Dynamic Link Libraries
Unmanaged code DLLs PBDWM110.DLL: DataWindow engine PBSHR110.DLL: Utility and memory management routines PBXERCES110.DLL: XML DataWindow import/export PBxxx110.DLL: Database drivers Must reside on system path

27 Required Files Application files
Application executable assembly (.exe) Configuration file (.config) Manifest file (.manifest) DataWindow libraries (.pbd) Resource files (images, INI files, etc.) Referenced external libraries (DLLs, OCXs, etc.)

28 Runtime Packager

29 2. Application specific files
Runtime Packager Creates MSI file containing system files relating to selected functionality Registers self-registering DLLs Sets PATH variable Adds destination path to registry Adds PowerBuilder System assemblies to GAC What’s missing? 1. .NET Framework 2.0 2. Application specific files

30 “Publish” application to a central location
Smart Client “Publish” application to a central location Access application from that location Application installs and runs locally Details from John Strano on Jan. 15th!!

31 .NET Interoperability 10 Sybase Analyst Event August 2003

32 .NET Interoperability Support for invocation of .NET non-visual classes in PowerBuilder .NET applications Windows Forms Web Forms .NET Assemblies Web Services String netVersion System.Reflection.Assembly assembly assembly = System.Reflection.Assembly.GetCallingAssembly() netVersion = assembly.ImageRuntimeVersion

33 Conditional Compilation Code Blocks
New construct used to delineate .NET invocations #IF DEFINED PBDOTNET… #IF DEFINED PBWEBFORM… #IF DEFINED PBWINFORM… #IF DEFINED PBWEBSERVICE… Code blocks can contain… “Classic” PowerScript PowerScript extensions Code block contents examined only at deployment time No syntax checking when saving object Non-applicable code blocks not compiled into target image

34 PowerScript Enhancements Supporting Interoperability
Parameterized constructor syntax Static method invocation Bitwise operators (viz., AND, OR, NOT, XOR) Non-integral array indexers (e.g., population[“Argentina”] = ) Capability to reference .NET constructs Namespaces Interfaces Enumerations Sybase Analyst Event August 2003

35 Current .NET Interoperability Restrictions
Only non-visual classes are supported Generic and nullable types not supported Method calls allowed only on classes .NET types converted to equivalent PowerBuilder base types, for example, following code will not compile in PowerBuilder System.Int32 x x = 5 MessageBox(“Value”, x.ToString()) Array basis is 1 in PowerBuilder, 0 in .NET Limited IDE support Sybase Analyst Event August 2003

36 Adding .NET References Add references to .NET assemblies via Target Properties Sybase Analyst Event August 2003

37 .NET Assemblies in System Tree
Enumeration Class and methods

38 .NET Interoperability Code Snippet
#if defined PBDOTNET then String netVersion System.Reflection.Assembly assembly assembly = System.Reflection.Assembly.GetCallingAssembly() netVersion = assembly.ImageRuntimeVersion st_netVersion.text = ".NET Version: " + Right(netVersion, Len(netVersion) - 1) #if defined PBWEBFORM then String browserVersion System.Web.HttpRequest request request = System.Web.HttpContext.Current.Request browserVersion = request.Browser.Browser + " " + & String(request.Browser.MajorVersion) + "." + & String(request.Browser.MinorVersion) st_browserVersion.text = "Client Browser: " + browserVersion #end if Sybase Analyst Event August 2003

39 Upcoming PowerBuilder Events
ISUG “Leveraging PowerBuilder in the .NET World” Day-long, hands-on training event Multiple cities in North America through December Visit for details Sybase web casts Web Forms (Dec 11th) Smart Client (Jan 15th) Web Services Deployment (Jan 29th) Web Services DataWindow (Feb 5th) Visit to sign-up!! Final Week of Tour! Dec. 11 – Orlando Dec. 12 – DC (Dulles) Dec. 13 – Atlanta

40 Q&A

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