Terry Dykstra

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Many PowerBuilder developers know that InfoMaker can be used as a reporting tool. Out of the box, InfoMaker seems fairly restricted as to which type of applications can be developed. However, few people realize that InfoMaker also allows end users to create forms, the equivalent of PowerBuilder windows. Add the pipeline and database painter and you can see that end users have a very powerful tool for managing their data. We'll look at exactly what can be done with InfoMaker. First, we'll take a high-level overview of InfoMaker's capabilities - particularly as compared to PowerBuilder's. Second, we'll look at the two primary methods available to PowerBuilder developers to add functionality to applications developed with InfoMaker: Custom form styles Customizing the imstyle9.pbl Last, we'll explore how we can write code in InfoMaker without requiring PowerBuilder. The... (more)