Breaking News — Sybase Announces GA of PowerBuilder 12

Sybase today announced the availability of Sybase PowerBuilder 12. The new release of Sybase's rapid application development tool enables developers to easily and cost effectively create or migrate their business applications on the Microsoft .NET Framework, for modern and visually appealing application user experiences. 

The new Sybase PowerBuilder 12 architecture works with Microsoft's Visual Studio infrastructure to deliver a high level of application development productivity for PowerBuilder developers on the .NET Framework.  PowerBuilder 12 still requires only about five lines of code - instead of hundreds in another language - to access powerful business logic using its patented DataWindow technology. With the DataWindow now re-written in C#, PowerBuilder 12 also produces managed code and natively supports Microsoft WPF, giving developers even more productivity, flexibility, and security.  Also, says Sybase, it is the only product that allows customers to leverage their existing Win32 code and seamlessly migrate to the .NET Framework, saving the expense and complexities of re-writing. 

PowerBuilder 12 is considered by Sybase to be one of the most significant releases in the product's history, enabling new and existing PowerBuilder developers to deliver rich internet applications, web, and desktop .NET applications via end-to-end managed code.

The  general availability of PowerBuilder 12 follows a beta program in which there were more than 5,000 participants, Sue Dunnell, PowerBuilder program manager, Sybase, tells 5 Minute Briefing. Sybase ships PowerBuilder with two self-contained IDEs "and that is one of the big new differentiators of that we have," notes Dunnell. The first is designed for Windows 32-based development to build and maintain Win32 applications and migrate existing code to Windows Forms and WebForms. The second is a new comprehensive IDE for migration of existing code to Windows Presentation Foundation applications, building new Windows Presentation Foundation-based applications and deploying 100% managed code on top of the Microsoft Visual Studio shell, all with existing PowerBuilder skills.  With the combination of the two IDEs, notes Dunnell, "We have the typical PowerBuilder that you have always known and loved and we are calling that the Classic IDE, and then we have a new IDE as well that is based on Visual Studio."

For additional information about PowerBuilder 12, go here. To register for Sybase Developer Days, go here.