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  Think Big – Now Think Even Bigger
  Join Us at Internet of Things at Cloud Expo, November 11-13,
at the Javits Center!


The Internet of Things (IoT) is the most profound change in personal and enterprise IT since the creation of the Worldwide Web more than 20 years ago.

All major researchers estimate there will be tens of billions devices - computers, smartphones, tablets, and sensors - connected to the Internet by 2020. This number will continue to grow at a rapid pace for the next several decades.

With major technology companies and startups seriously embracing IoT strategies, now is the perfect time to attend Internet of Things at Cloud Expo in New York City. Learn what is going on, contribute to the discussions, and ensure that your enterprise is as "IoT-Ready" as it can be!

Delegates to Internet of Things at Cloud Expo will be able to attend eight separate, information-packed tracks:

  • Enterprise Cloud
  • Digital Transformation
  • The API Enterprise | Mobility & Security
  • DevOps | Containers & Microservices
  • Cognitive Computing | AI, ML, DL
  • Big Data | Analytics
  • IoT | IIoT | Smart Cities
  • Hot Topics | FinTech | WebRTC

There are 120 breakout sessions in all, with Keynotes, General Sessions, and Power Panels adding to three days of incredibly rich presentations and content.


We'll see you in New York!



Day 3 Keynote at @ThingsExpo | Chris Matthieu, CTO of Octoblu
In his keynote at @ThingsExpo, Chris Matthieu, Director of IoT Engineering at Citrix and co-founder and CTO of Octoblu, focused on building an IoT platform and company. He provided a behind-the-scenes look at Octoblu's platform, business, and pivots along the way (including the Citrix acquisition of Octoblu).
  Themes & Topics to Be Discussed

Consumer IoT
• Wearables
• Smart Appliances
• Smart Cars
• Smartphones 2.0
• Automation
• Smart Travel
• Personal Fitness
• Health Care
• Personalized Marketing
• Customized Shopping
• Personal Finance
• The Digital Divide
• Mobile Cash & Markets
• Games & The IoT
• The Future of Education
• Virtual Reality

Enterprise IoT
• The Business Case for
x IoT
• Smart Grids
• Smart Cities
• Smart Transportation
• The Smart Home
• M2M
• Authentication/Security
• Wiring the IoT
• The Internet of
x Everything
• Digital Transformation
x of Enterprise IT
• Agriculture
• Transportation
• Manufacturing
• Local & State
x Government
• Federal Government

IoT Developers | WebRTC Summit
• Eclipse Foundation
• Cloud Foundry
• Linux Containers
• Node-Red
• Open Source Hardware
• Ajax and the IoT
• Leveraging SOA
• Multi-Cloud IoT
• Evolving Standards
• WebSockets
• Security & Privacy
x Protocols
• GPS & Proximity
x Services
• Bluetooth/RFID/etc
• XMPP
• Nest Labs



The Top Keynotes, the Best Sessions, a Rock Star Faculty and the Most Qualified Delegates of ANY Internet of Things Event!


The future of computing lies in these things. As computing takes a much more active role in our lives it will at the same time become much more invisible. Internet of Things Expo will address the challenges in getting from where we are today to this future.
 
The high-energy event is a must-attend for senior technologists from CEOs on down – including CIOs, CTOs, directors of infrastructure, VPs of technology, IT directors and managers, network and storage managers, network engineers, enterprise architects, and communications and networking specialists.




@ThingsExpo Power Panel | The World's Many IoTs: Which Are the Most Important?
The Internet of Things is clearly many things: data collection and analytics, wearables, Smart Grids and Smart Cities, the Industrial Internet, and more. Cool platforms like Arduino, Raspberry Pi, Intel's Galileo and Edison, and a diverse world of sensors are making the IoT a great toy box for developers in all these areas. In this Power Panel at @ThingsExpo, panelists discussed what things are the most important, which will have the most profound effect on the world, and what should we expect to see over the next couple of years.
Benefits of Attending the Three-Day Technical Program
  LEARNexactly why Internet of Things is relevant today from an economic, business and technology standpoint.
  HEAR first-hand from industry experts the common issues and requirements for creating a platform for the Internet of Things.
  SEE what new tools and approaches the Internet of Things requires.
  DISCOVER how to drive a distributed approach to the Internet of Things, where applications move to the data.
  FIND OUThow the vast volumes of new data produced by the Internet of Things provides a valuable new source of business insight through advanced analytical techniques.
  MASTER how the ongoing development of smart cities, cars, and houses will enhance connectivity infrastructure.
Lunch Power Panel | Microservices & IoT- Moderated by Jason Bloomberg
In this Power Panel at @DevOpsSummit, moderated by Jason Bloomberg, president of Intellyx, panelists Roberto Medrano, Executive Vice President at Akana; Lori MacVittie, Evangelist for F5 Networks; and Troy Topnik, ActiveState's Technical Product Manager; and Otis Gospodnetic, founder of Sematext; peeled away the buzz and discuss the important architectural principles behind implementing IoT solutions for the enterprise. As remote IoT devices and sensors become increasingly intelligent, they become part of our distributed cloud environment, and we must architect and code accordingly. At the very least, you'll have no problem filling in your buzzword bingo cards.


PowerBuilder 15 Classic Sneak Preview
MDI Docking Windows and Tabs

In my previous article for PowerBuilder Developer's Journal (Vol. 18 issue 8), I gave a sneak preview of some of the things we were working on for PB15 Classic. This is a closer look at one of them - Tabs and Docking in MDI Windows.

Recall that in the article we mentioned adding two new WindowType values - mdidock! and mdidockhelp! - to the window object. Like values mdi! and mdihelp!, respectively, they allow child windows (sheets) to be opened with the OpenSheet functions. But these sheets will behave differently: they can dock, float and be tabbed like the windows you see in our PB.NET IDE.

Your sheets will open docked by default (we will see how to control this later in the article). Once opened, they can be moved, docked in much the same way you can with the PB.NET IDE window. The sheets can be in one of four states:

  1. Tabbed Document: In PB.NET IDE, script editors and window painters are tabbed documents - anything with an entry in the "Window" menu item of the PB.NET IDE (see Figure 1)
  2. Docked: In PB.NET IDE, all other windows, e.g., Toolbox, Solution Explorer, etc.
  3. Floating
  4. Tabbed Windows: Docked windows occupying the same space will be tabbed. The tabs appear at the bottom. Notice that in the PB.NET IDE, the Solution Explorer and Properties Window are usually docked at the same location and appear as windows in a tabbed group. The main differences with tabbed documents are that tabbed windows have tabs at the bottom and have no corresponding entries in the "Windows" menu item.

As in the PB.NET IDE, the opened sheets can be moved, docked, tabbed, and turned into tabbed documents interactively with the mouse. A property will be introduced on child windows to control which states to allow on that window. For example, you may want to prevent the end user from turning a docked window into a document (see Figure 1).

Figure 1

Programmatically Opening Sheets in a Specific State
To open a sheet at a specific docking location, in a specific tab group or as a document, we are introducing new versions of the OpenSheet function:

  • OpenSheetAsDocument
  • OpenSheetDocked
  • OpenSheetInTabGroup
  • OpenSheetWithParmAsDocument
  • OpenSheetWithParmDocked
  • OpenSheetWithParmInTabGroup

OpenSheetInTabGroup and OpenSheetWithParmInTabGroup, as their names suggest, open a sheet in a tab group. Unlike the other OpenSheet functions, these take as one of their arguments, not the parent window, but a sibling sheet. These sibling sheets must either be docked or in a tab group.

Persisting MDI State
One of the things you'll notice about the PB.NET IDE is that when you launch it, it restores all the open windows at exactly the same position and state as when you closed it. In PB15 there is going to be an easy way to get the same thing.

The most important thing is to be able to associate a meaningful string ID to each opened sheet. One suggestion - if you use the OpenSheetWithParm family of functions - is to come up with a string representation of the "parm" and be able to convert one from the other. These IDs will be needed either as arguments to the new OpenSheet functions or passed separately using the new SetSheetID function (see Figure 2).

Figure 2

The MDI state is stored in the registry using the new SaveDockingState function that you'll want to call when your application is closed (see Figure 3).

Figure 3

When your application is launched, three new functions will help you restore your sheets.

LoadDockingState will fill two equal-sized arrays. One will be an array of type names of persisted sheets. The other will be their corresponding IDs. For these persisted sheets, a new function is introduced to open them: OpenSheetFromDockingState (and OpenSheetWithParmFromDockingState). When all persisted sheets are open, the CommitDocking function will do the work of arranging everything in place and making them visible (see Figure 4).

Figure 4

Look and Feel
To give you more control over the look and feel of your final application, there will be new properties (see Figures 5-7) to allow you to specify:

Figure 5

  • The colors of active and inactive title bars (horizontal/vertical gradients optional)
  • The colors of the area behind tabs (horizontal/vertical gradients optional)
  • The colors of tabs (active/inactive/mouseover); deferring to theme colors is also an option
  • The shape of tabs
  • The location of the close button for tabs
  • Whether to show all tabs (squeezed) or scroll them

Figure 6

Figure 7

Conclusion
The most important thing to remember here is that you can start with an existing MDI application and just change the window type of your main application window. Then start experimenting with the other features - knowing (and comforted by the fact) that the controls within your MDI sheets will continue to behave correctly unchanged. Start planning for the beta!

About Frederick Koh
Frederick Koh is a Staff Engineer at Sybase, Inc., and has been a member of the PowerBuilder and DataWindow.NET development team since 2005. Frederick has over 14 years of IT industry experience.

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