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A graphical user interface development tool from Powersoft for developing client-server database applications. It runs under MS-DOS(?) and Microsoft Windows. There are also versions for Microsoft Windows, Windows NT, Macintosh, and Unix.

Applications can be built by creating windows, controls (such as listboxes and buttons), and menus within the PowerBuilder development environment. The language used to program PowerBuilder, PowerScript, is loosely based on BASIC.

PowerBuilder supports programming on many database backends including Sybase and Oracle. It also has added support for ODBC database drivers. PowerBuilder also comes with a built-in database backend (WATCOM SQL 32-bit relational database).

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A popular application development system from Sybase for Web, multitier and client/server development. It supports Java EE-branded application servers, such as Sybase EAServer, IBM WebSphere and BEA WebLogic, and DBMSs such as Sybase ASE, IBM DB2 and Oracle. PowerBuilder contains patented technology with its DataWindow capability and provides visual programming tools as well as a BASIC-like programming language called PowerScript. Included with PowerBuilder is InfoMaker, a report generation application.
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