Sybase has extended its PowerBuilder database application development tool to target PocketPC devices running Microsoft Windows CE software.
Pocket PowerBuilder incorporates the same DataWindow application development interface as does the version of PowerBuilder for developing desktop applications.
The DataWindow can encapsulate a SQL (Structured Query Language) query and the presentation of the resulting data in one control, and it allows a developer to build with five lines of PowerBuilder code what would take 250-500 lines of code using other tools.
Although much of the translation is performed by a conversion tool included in the software, developers still must ensure that the application's user interface is adapted to the smaller display of the portable device.
Pocket PowerBuilder supports Windows CE devices running Microsoft's PocketPC 2000, PocketPC 2002 and Windows Mobile 2003 software.
The development tool is closely integrated with another Sybase product, SQL Anywhere Studio, which allows developers to add synchronisation capabilities to their mobile database applications.
"While there are other tools for developing for the PocketPC platform, if you are already using PowerBuilder it would make great sense to add Pocket PowerBuilder to your tool list, from the point of view of not having to learn a new interface," said Warren Wilson, an analyst at Summit Strategies.
The developer software, distributed through Sybase's usual channels in Europe, Asia and North America, is available only in English but can be used to create Unicode runtime applications that can be localised for use in other languages, including those Asian languages using double-byte character sets.
Peter Sayer writes for IDG News Service