Sybase to Ship PowerBuilder 9

The new release, to ship March 24, is the foundation for Sybase's next-generation rapid application development (RAD) environment.

Sybase Inc. is expected to announce Sybase PowerBuilder 9.0 on Tuesday.

The Dublin, Calif., company is expected to make its announcement at the Giga Information Group Application Development and Integration 2003 conference in Orlando.

Sybase will ship PowerBuilder 9.0 on March 24. Company officials said the new release is the foundation for its 4GLplus initiative, which will be Sybases next-generation rapid application development (RAD) environment.

PowerBuilder 9.0 supports both Java 2 Enterprise Edition and Microsoft .Net development.

The new release also features Web services support and third-party application server support.

Sue Dunnell, PowerBuilder product manager at Sybase, said PowerBuilder 9.0 enables developers to create and deploy Web services and applications that consume Web services without being fully versed in the Simple Object Access Protocol and the Web Services Description Language.

Other new features include tighter integration with Sybase PowerDesigner, the companys modeling and design tool, Dunnell said. Also among new features are the XML DataWindow, RAD JavaServer Pages (JSP), the PowerBuilder Document Object model and the PowerBuilder Native Interface.

The XML DataWindow imports data from documents and saves it as a customized XML document, the company said.

RAD JavaServer Page functionality enables developers to more easily develop and deploy JSP applications using tools, Dunnell said.

"It delivers the ability to develop JSPs, and developers can do things like build a JSP and access a Web service without knowing how to program a JavaServer Page," he said.

Meanwhile, in addition to supporting Sybases own EAServer application server, PowerBuilder 9.0 supports IBM Corp.s WebSphere, BEA Systems Inc.s WebLogic, Oracle Corp.s Oracle9iAS and others, Dunnell said.

Still other new features in PowerBuilder 9.0 include the PowerBuilder Native Interface, the PowerBuilder Document Object Model, PDF report generation and source code control improvements.

The Enterprise edition of the product will sell for $2,995, the Professional version for $1,295 and the desktop version for $295. The price for an upgrade to PowerBuilder 9.0 for existing PowerBuilder Enterprise customers is $1,495.

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