Sybase Announces Availiability of Sybase PowerBuilder 11.5

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By Miro Stoichev

Las Vegas – Sybase, Inc. (NYSE:SY), a leading provider of enterprise infrastructure and mobile software, today announced the planned availability date of Sybase® PowerBuilder® 11.5, the premier 4GL rapid application development (RAD) tool. The latest release of PowerBuilder continues Sybase’s longstanding commitment to simplify complex data access, manipulation and presentation through its patented DataWindow® technology, especially for developers looking to deploy PowerBuilder applications to the .NET framework.

“Sybase has long been a leader in development tools and continues to address the market need for open, agile tools that are easy to use and enable true Rapid Application Development,” said Gregory Heiner of United Insurance Group. “PowerBuilder is a road-tested tool that has the speed and flexibility to solve the challenge of developing business critical applications, all the while leveraging existing developer skill sets and ensuring we are at the forefront of new development technologies.”

Key New Capabilities and Developer Benefits

PowerBuilder for .NET — continuous, timely updates in tandem with releases of Microsoft® technologies for .NET, including support for Strong Named Assemblies, access to .NET static, primitive and enumerative classes, and support for IIS7.

New DataWindow Innovations

Developers can create even more visually appealing, data-driven applications with advanced 3D chart rendering, special gradient and transparency features, support for PNG files, and the addition of Rich Text Edit style for columns.

New Native RDBMS Drivers

New native driver support for SQL Server® 2008 and Oracle® 11g facilitates utmost developer efficiency and productivity.

Flexible Deployment Options

PowerBuilder 11.5 will include an Application Server Plug-in for third party application server deployment directly from the PowerBuilder IDE. Now, PowerBuilder objects can be deployed to JEE application servers where they will act just like EJBs.

Furthermore, PowerBuilder 11.5 will also include award winning PocketBuilder for agile Windows Mobile® development and deployment.

Simplified Security

Will enable delivery of applications that meet today’s protection, compliance, and integrity needs with support for the US Federal Desktop Core Configuration (FDCC), a security standard where users are restricted to work only in a standard user context without elevated system administration privileges. In addition, PowerBuilder 11.5 comes with support for CAS (Code Access Security), which allows .NET applications to run in partially trusted zones.

“With this release, we remain committed to creating the simplest and most cost effective path possible for developers to create and deploy applications from PowerBuilder to the .NET framework,” said Dimitri Volkmann, senior director of product management, Sybase. “Although other tools offer enhancements or plug-ins, it’s often in a piecemeal fashion, requiring different options to deliver what’s comprehensive and inherent to PowerBuilder in the box.”

In related news, Sybase today announced that PowerBuilder won Visual Studio Magazine’s Readers Choice Merit Award. Please see press release at

Product Availability

PowerBuilder 11.5 is currently scheduled to be available on September 12 with new licenses starting at $2,995 and updates to PowerBuilder 11.0 starting at $1,495. It will also include free versions of the PowerBuilder Application Server Plug-in and PocketBuilder for Windows Mobile.

About Sybase, Inc.

Sybase is the largest enterprise software and services company exclusively focused on managing and mobilizing information. With our global solutions, enterprises can extend their information securely and make it useful for people anywhere using any device. The world’s most critical data in commerce, communications, finance, and government runs on Sybase.

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