They say all good things come to an end. It looks like PowerBuilder is one of those good things.
Rapid application development has always been important to business and PowerBuilder has to be among the most successful RAD products of all times. But it's time to move on. "PowerBuilder for .NET" doesn't seem to be gaining traction. What's a career PowerBuilder jockey supposed to do? Do you have to take a big productivity hit and also climb the whole .NET learning curve all at once?
Maybe it's not so bad. My company, IdeaBlade, is hosting a MSDN Webinar on Migrating from PowerBuilder to .NET It's a panel discussion among some experts who've been down this path before. I can vouch for two of them personally, Sean Flynn and Chuck Miller, having spent long hours with both. I haven't met the Microsoft guy, Terry Clancy, but I've heard good things about him. The fourth fellow, Jay Traband, is our CTO so you know I've got to be kind despite the fact that he and I have been jawing at each other since 1986 :-)
If PowerBuilder is your cup of tea, you definitely should register and attend on Wednesday, April 2, 2008, 2:00 PM ET / 11:00 AM PT.