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Uncomfortable and Enthusiastic

Uncomfortable and Enthusiastic

As I'm writing this editorial I have to say I'm a bit nervous. Not because I'm writing my first column as a guest editor for this issue of PBDJ (though this is something special for me and I want to say thank you to the people who made this possible), it's because I'm preparing for the annual TeamSybase meeting in San Francisco. I'll be meeting the best of the best, who support the products I love, and I'll also be meeting the managers of these products. This is indeed something special and I'm proud to be a part of this team.

I especially look forward to what's coming up this year - a new PowerBuilder version that includes some .NET and the final version of the DW.NET version 1.5. I've been playing around with v1.5 the past few weeks and my opinion is that it's an exciting product (it's also for Web development now). And PocketBuilder is always good for a surprise; I wonder what it will be this year (beside the remote debugging feature). As you can see there is a lot of things going on in the tools section (not to mention the other cool products such as Unwired Accelerator with a new version to be released soon, or ASE 15, also in beta).

However, since I'm discussing the fun and exciting times I'd also like to mention the times when I was not so enthusiastic and not so proud to be a Sybase user. Those were the times when I believed that there was nothing going on with the products I knew so well and supported. I was close to giving up and going somewhere else. If you use Sybase products and have identified yourself with them you may have felt the same way at some point, when decisions were made within Sybase that you couldn't understand. I felt that the products were going in the wrong direction. Now, a few years later I have to say that sometimes I was right (and not very surprisingly for me Sybase removed and changed these things), but I was also wrong. For example, I didn't think that DW.NET was a good idea, but now I am lovin' it and believe it's a great product.

There were also times when I thought: "Why are you doing this? Sybase is not reciprocating." Again this wasn't true; it just takes a while until people within Sybase recognize what you do for their products. A few years later I saw that I was totally wrong; they do listen to their users (just don't give up) and when I look at the current tools I can definitely see this.

Since you are reading this journal, that tells me you're interested in what Sybase is doing. If it get frustrating at times, don't give up! There are lots of cool things going on at Sybase with the products you use and there are also people listening and trying to help you - the TeamSybase members and the people at Sybase. I know sometimes it appears as if nothing is happening, but believe me, this is not true.

I hope you have a great time with all the new products coming out this year!

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Berndt Hamboeck is a senior consultant for BHITCON (www.bhitcon.net). He's a CSI, SCAPC8, EASAC, SCJP2, and started his Sybase development using PB5. You can reach him under admin@bhitcon.net.

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