Sybase Celebrates 20-Year PowerBuilder Milestone with Launch of New Offering

At Sybase TechWave, Sybase launched Sybase PowerBuilder 12.5, the second .NET release of its rapid application development tool. PowerBuilder 12.5 provides a fast and cost-effective solution for creating modern and visually appealing business applications on the Microsoft Windows 32 ((Win32) and .NET Frameworks.

PowerBuilder 12.5 extends the functionality and ease of its DataWindow technology with updates to the WPF version, as well as the Win32 version. The new version also adds functionality allowing developers to build Custom Visual User Objects (CVUOs) that encapsulate the DataWindow and deploy them in any .NET application. PowerBuilder developers now can share the DataWindow's productivity by making it available as a component for use in other .NET development environments to solve the most complex business logic challenges.

Sybase PowerBuilder 12.5 also offers new features for Win32 applications, giving developers options to evolve applications in Win32, create applications in .NET WPF or a combination of both, or migrate applications from Win32 to .NET-all in the PowerBuilder platform, while protecting their application investment. According to Sybase, PowerBuilder is the only product that allows customers to leverage their existing Win32 code and seamlessly migrate to the .NET Framework within the PowerBuilder platform, saving the expense and complexities of re-writing.

PowerBuilder ships with two integrated development environments (IDEs). Developers can build and deploy applications in a traditional Client/Server architecture, deploy to WebForms, WindowsForms, or Smart Client applications. Users can also develop modern WPF applications by leveraging the new IDE built on top of PowerBuilder's 2010 Visual Studio Isolated Shell and .NET 4.0. Developers can also choose to combine the two options in a hybrid approach.

PowerBuilder 12.5 is currently available. For additional information about PowerBuilder 12.5, visit