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Basic PowerBuilder 11 Programming
PowerBuilder Training Overview

This course introduces students to the Powerbuilder 11 development environment. Each component of the PowerBuilder 11 IDE is covered in the context of using Powerbuilder to develop GUI-based client/server business applications. Upon successful completion of this course, the student should be able to:

  • Use the System Tree to create workspaces and targets.
  • Use the Application Painter to create application objects.
  • Use the Window Painter to create windows.
  • Use the PowerScript language to write scripts to perform required processing.
  • Create user functions and user events.
  • Use the DataWindow Painter to create Data Windows and select appropriate presentation styles and data sources.
  • Use the Query Painter to interactively construct and edit SQL statements.
  • Use the Database Painter to define extended attributes and manage database tables.
  • Use the Menu Painter to create traditional and contemporary menus.
  • Debug PowerBuilder applications.
  • Package a PowerBuilder application for distribution.
  • Discuss the alternative deployment types, including pcode, machine code, and .NET WinForm applications.
A series of written and lab exercises will be used to reinforce the classroom education.

Powerbuilder Training Audience

This intensive hands-on course is designed for application programmers responsible for the design and implementation of client/server applications using PowerBuilder 11.

Powerbuilder Training Prerequisites

  • Basic knowledge of the Windows operating system.
  • Introduction to SQL, or equivalent experience.
  • Experience in a programming language, such as COBOL, Visual Basic, C++, or Java
PowerBuilder Training Course duration

5 Days

PowerBuilder Training Course Outline

Introduction to PowerBuilder
 
Role of PowerBuilder in Application Development
PowerBuilder Application Architectures
Platforms and Databases Supported by PowerBuilder
PowerBuilder Concepts and Terminology
Versions of PowerBuilder
PowerBuilder Resource Requirements


The Powerbuilder Environment
 
Painter Structure
Customizing Toolbars
The System Tree
The Clip Window
Managing Painter Views and Panes
Object Browser

Creating an Application
 
Creating Workspaces
Creating Targets
Application Object Properties
Application Object Properties

Creating Windows
 
Types of Windows and Controls
Building Windows
Window Inheritance

PowerBuilder Scripts
 
Language Syntax
Using the PowerScript Painter
Control Structures
PowerScript Functions
Structures
Script Inheritance

User-Defined Function and Events
 
Global Functions versus Object Functions
Creating User Functions
Defining User Events
Invoking User Events

Creating Data Windows
 
Presentation Styles
Data Sources
DataWindow SQL Options
Customizing the DataWindow Design

Implementing Data Windows
 
Associating DataWindow Objects with DataWindow Controls
Transaction Objects
DataWindow Functions


DataWindow Updates
 
Controlling Updates
Data Validation Process
Transaction Management


Creating Menus
 
Menus Styles
        Traditional
        Contemporary
Creating Menu Bars and Toolbars
Menu Events and Scripts
Popup Menus
Menu Inheritance

MDI Applications
 
MDI Window Types
MDI?Related PowerScript Functions
MDI Menus

Distributing the Application
 
Creating an Application Executable
PowerBuilder Resource Files
PowerBuilder Dynamic Libraries
Creating a Machine Code Executable
Creating a .NET WinForm Application

Supplemental Topics (as time permits)
 
The PowerBuilder Debugger
Managing Database Tables
        Maintaining Database Profiles
        Manipulating Table Data
        Creating Extended Attributes
        Assigning Extended Attributes
        Creating and Maintaining Table Definitions
The Library Painter



 
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