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  1. #1
    Jean-Yves Guest

    Re: VB or Powerbuilder?


    OK you guys are fighting a lot may be you are right on some points or wrong
    on another. First the tool we choose is just a matter of taste. True I like
    VB for I have been using VB since its Version 3.0 back in 1994. I like it
    for the rich possibilities it offers for User Interface building. True VB
    lacks OO features but does have some. Ok. But I see things like if you are
    a good cook, you can deal with it in any kitchen. I am more a Database Application
    guy. I currently use VB 6.0. VB 6.0 power lies in its database independence.
    If I had to change my back-end say go from SQL Server to Oracle, trust me
    its easy like a child's game. I think that with Power Builder if you change
    your Back-End, you'll have to recompile your EXE. Thats not the case with
    VB if you've used a 2 tier or multi-tier model, changing back-end is no problem
    (in normal cases)
    I see Power Builder for Database Apps more like Ms Access, that is tied to
    the Database. That's a limitation in Power Builder.
    VB 5.0/6.0 enables you to create your own activeX control, create Web Apps,
    communication apps like reading COM Ports, graphical image viewing apps,
    multimedia apps. As for the Data Window of Power Builder, the same thing
    exists in VB 6.0. From the Visual Data Tools, I can view, modify the design
    of my database, create store procedures, create views, queries... Also in
    VB you can create Email Apps.
    VB has by far one of the best Debugger. Its easy to use, intuitive and the
    code completion features is just nice. With VB you have the choice to create
    a P-Code prog. or a native compiled exe. VB is a compiled language. Its debugging
    is interactive and you can stop any where while debugging, modify you code,
    reset a new execution point and continue.
    I don't claim that VB is the best, but in my opinion is by far the development
    tool and actually the most popular one may be.
    If I had to choose between Power Builder and Ms Access for a quick database
    app, I'd choose Ms Access. If I had to choose between Power Builder, VB 6.0
    and Ms Access 2000 for a large client/server app, I'd choose VB. VB 7.0 will
    be a fire cracker.
    The implementation of COM+ and OOP feature from VC++ will make VB more powerful,
    its something that has been lacking for a while. Also to end this I'd say
    its like a religion, believe in what you are doing and what you are using,
    else it won't work.

    Jean-Yves <<Analyst programmer at GDI Informatique Ltd>>
    email: jeanyves@our.st
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  2. #2
    Jean-Yves Guest

    Re: VB or Powerbuilder?


    OK you guys are fighting a lot may be you are right on some points or wrong
    on another. First the tool we choose is just a matter of taste. True I like
    VB for I have been using VB since its Version 3.0 back in 1994. I like it
    for the rich possibilities it offers for User Interface building. True VB
    lacks OO features but does have some. Ok. But I see things like if you are
    a good cook, you can deal with it in any kitchen. I am more a Database Application
    guy. I currently use VB 6.0. VB 6.0 power lies in its database independence.
    If I had to change my back-end say go from SQL Server to Oracle, trust me
    its easy like a child's game. I think that with Power Builder if you change
    your Back-End, you'll have to recompile your EXE. Thats not the case with
    VB if you've used a 2 tier or multi-tier model, changing back-end is no problem
    (in normal cases)
    I see Power Builder for Database Apps more like Ms Access, that is tied to
    the Database. That's a limitation in Power Builder.
    VB 5.0/6.0 enables you to create your own activeX control, create Web Apps,
    communication apps like reading COM Ports, graphical image viewing apps,
    multimedia apps. As for the Data Window of Power Builder, the same thing
    exists in VB 6.0. From the Visual Data Tools, I can view, modify the design
    of my database, create store procedures, create views, queries... Also in
    VB you can create Email Apps.
    VB has by far one of the best Debugger. Its easy to use, intuitive and the
    code completion features is just nice. With VB you have the choice to create
    a P-Code prog. or a native compiled exe. VB is a compiled language. Its debugging
    is interactive and you can stop any where while debugging, modify you code,
    reset a new execution point and continue.
    I don't claim that VB is the best, but in my opinion is by far the best development
    tool and actually the most popular one may be.
    If I had to choose between Power Builder and Ms Access for a quick database
    app, I'd choose Ms Access. If I had to choose between Power Builder, VB 6.0
    and Ms Access 2000 for a large client/server app, I'd choose VB. VB 7.0 will
    be a fire cracker.
    The implementation of COM+ and OOP feature from VC++ will make VB more powerful,
    its something that has been lacking for a while. Also to end this I'd say
    its like a religion, believe in what you are doing and what you are using,
    else it won't work.

    Jean-Yves <<Analyst programmer at GDI Informatique Ltd>>
    email: jeanyves@our.st
    Share on Google+

  3. #3
    Frank Giannino Guest

    Re: VB or Powerbuilder?


    Powerbuilder is independant from the database. We developed our application
    to run on SQL Server 7 and Oracle, without knowing which database would be
    purchased for production. This was easy provided you stay away from the
    database specific SQL syntax differences (Ex. Oracle DECODE will not work
    on SQL Server). We have written extensive email application using Powerbuilder
    since PB implements a MAPI object. Very few lines of code involved and it
    is reusable if you create a userobject.

    VB shines in many areas, especially when trying to hire new programmers.
    It also makes for an easy transition to ASP and VBScript. Both tools are
    outstanding, just wanted to note Powerbuilder database independance. The
    database vendors SQL extensions to SQL92 are the major cause of problems.
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  4. #4
    Chris Fontenot Guest

    Re: VB or Powerbuilder?


    what about reporting features?
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