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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 tell the readers about your position and what your responsibilities are with Sybase Education. Werde: Formally, John, I wear the title of principal tools instructor for Northeast Education. Informally, the job has me acting like a college professor, but without the black robes of academia. I'm "... (more)

The Evolution Continues?

Another TechWave issue? You bet! In addition to our content changing to flow with the currents of technology, our schedule is also changing. We've been moving up the schedule each month with the goal of getting on the magazine racks by the first of the month rather than the middle, which has been the case for quite some time. The July issue was going to be the TechWave issue because we hadn't anticipated having the August issue ready by July 30. After getting July out earlier than expected, we went full speed ahead on this issue and I'm now proud to say we're back on schedule. Bo... (more)

The Rebirth Of Sybase

My forecasts for the future of Sybase have been through a renaissance. More than an evolution, they've been reborn. In last month's PBDJ (Vol. 7, issue 9) my editorial, as well as my TechWave review article, recounted what John Chen and Raj Nathan had to say about the past and future of Sybase. The vision itself wasn't new to me; it had been conveyed very clearly by Eric Miles in an interview I did in November 1998. I hadn't bought into the vision because I didn't see any concrete evidence that it was culminating in Sybase taking leadership positions in existing and new markets.... (more)


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 o... (more)

Running a Tight Ship, an Interview with Brian Wesselink

A few years ago Brian Wesselink took over as director of Sybase's North America Education. Brian received a B.S. in mathematics from Central College in Iowa in 1969 and a Ph.D. in mathematics from Florida State University in 1973. He was an associate professor of mathematics and computer science at the College of Charleston until 1983, at which time he joined Wang Laboratories, holding various management positions within customer education. He joined the customer education organization at Sybase in 1995, and became its director in 1999. I recently had the opportunity to speak wi... (more)