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That's the latest incarnation of our favorite tools: EAServer and EAStudio. Rumors and ruminations of release dates have been quietly circulating for quite some time. No official dates have been announced, but I expect to hear something soon. All the way back in August, at TechWave 2000, Sybase made public that PB8 would continue to be the cornerstone of EAStudio, that it would have better integration with EAServer (PB7 is already very well integrated), that PowerSite would be integrated into it (that means support for HTML and JavaScript within PB!), and that it would be based on workspaces and targets. If PB8 is only that, then it'll be great. However, we can guess there's more, like enhancements to the Web DW, some added features for building EJBs, and probably several surprises. If you thought PB7 was a leap in technology, wait until you see PB8! What about EA... (more)

PowerDesigner 8

Sometimes this job is a real headache, and at other times, it's a lot of fun. This month was fun. Instead of searching for writers for the focus topic, PowerDesigner 8, I was able to quickly line up four solid PD8 articles plus the usual mixture of other topics. Why was it so easy? Excitement. A lot of people are excited about this new version and what it can do. Sybase has finally jumped into the object design arena with a solid effort, not to mention the entirely new code base and more powerful interface. Now you can have one tool for all your designs, from database to objects.... (more)

What We Do Next

Once again events have occurred that take the focus off our day-to-day activities and remind us of our mortality. Facing death, or the deaths of family, colleagues, or friends, always makes for a potent wake-up call. It shakes us out of our routine and reminds us that life is bigger than our current project. Unfortunately, it often requires a serious event to cause us to step back and survey our lives...or the wreckage of what's left of our lives. Usually the wreckage comes in the form of divorce, irreparable relationships, and poor health. Sometimes overworking is a means of esc... (more)

Avoid Being Outsourced

Products and markets have well-defined life cycles that vary in amplitude and length, but follow historical patterns. As Bob Hendry described in his editorial in last month's issue ("Is IT Outsourcing Worth It?" [Vol. 10, issue 10]), the IT outsourcing craze is in full swing. Certainly the heads-down programmer jobs are rapidly flowing out of this country, but for two centuries the backbone of American success and industrial might has not been labor but rather innovation. During the industrial revolution we made great innovations in industrial technology and went from a small col... (more)

A Nose For The Essentials, Interview with Yakov Werde

Though I spend most of my time consulting on software systems, I also have the pleasure of teaching a variety of courses on Sybase Tools. As a Certified Sybase Instructor, I was able to attend a recent conference in Santa Fe that Sybase put on for its instructors. While there, I sat in on a Java course taught by Yakov Werde. Yakov is a very talented teacher, skilled in communication and humor. It's a good mix. I always enjoy the opportunity to learn from him. Recently, we had the opportunity to speak about his job and get a small glimpse of Yakov after hours. Olson: Briefly tel... (more)