Sybase has updated PowerBuilder, its rapid application development (RAD) tool, to make life easier for developers using the Java and Microsoft .net environments to develop applications.
PowerBuilder 9.0 will include RAD JavaServer Page Targets, which will allow the development and deployment of JSP web applications through wizards and other RAD tools, said Dave Fish, principal systems consultant at Sybase.
The software will also contain improved capabilities for building web services, said Fish. After developers point to a .net or J2EE (Java 2 Enterprise Edition) WSDL (Web Services Description Language) file, PowerBuilder will detect the relevant Web services and ports, and generate the object code to access the Web services described in the WSDL file.
PowerBuilder 9.0 will also include XML DataWindow, which will allow developers to import data directly from XML (extensible markup language) documents or as a document using XSL Formatting Objects (Extensible Stylesheet Language-FO) syntax or PDF (Portable Document Format),. In conjunction with third-party tools, XSL-FO makes it possible to import data into PowerBuilder from third-party applications such as Microsoft Word.
In addition to supporting Sybase EAServer, PowerBuilder 9.0 will support BEA Systems' WebLogic Server, IBM's WebSphere and other J2EE application servers.
Available from 24 March, PowerBuilder 9.0 Enterprise Edition will be priced at $2,995 (£1,894) for new users and $1,495 for users upgrading from older editions of PowerBuilder.