Johann Lessmann

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In this article I'll demonstrate a small application to get data from a Web server by a little unconventional route. I'll show how to use PHP to build a server application that gets data from a MySQL database and transfers it to a PowerBuilder client application using the HTTP protocol. For a decade now Sybase presentations, user group meetings, and related courses have been teaching us how to use PowerBuilder with other Sybase tools. Products and technology change constantly, but the itch to exchange data over the Web remains the same. The first time I was able to try out Distributed PowerBuilder was in 1997 during a project for one of the big German banks. After hitting initial problems, we were only able to get a small test application up and running with the help of the Unix administrators. The project died after Sybase publicized its pricing strategy for the so... (more)