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  • Paperback: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Manning Publications; 1 edition (17 Jun 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1884777554
  • ISBN-13: 978-1884777554
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 2.8 x 22.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,091,326 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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PowerBuilder Foundation Classes Programmer's Reference
If you'd like to master the ins and outs of PowerBuilder Foundation Classes, here's a book that covers all the objects and functions you might use with both PB5 and PB6. With each function, the author shares his extensive PB experience and gives special attention to those hard-to-understand objects and services that can enhance your expertise. Recognized PB authorities add a how-to dimension to this reference book by tackling head-on some of the more difficult aspects of Powerbuilder. You'll find that PFC Programmers Reference Manual is both a guide to the use of the entire scope of these libraries and a handy memory tool for finding exactly what you need at implementation time.

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PFC Programmer's Reference
This is a book that I had not intended on writing. After I broke the learning curve on the PFC libraries I found myself confronted with another problem. There are hundreds of functions scattered about in the libraries. I couldn't remember where they all were. The documentation that came on the CD didn't help a lot, it was slow and the interface difficult to deal with and still I couldn't easily find what I needed. Obviously I needed something printed out and referenced the way I like things referenced. So I wrote a large document that was simply a reference to the functions. It was cross referenced and indexed to let me find what I needed quickly.

This worked very well. As time went on I began annotating my document. I put in the 'gotchas' and the tips as notes to myself. Before long my document had grown from 30 pages to 150. When I added some articles from my web site to them the document was up to 200 pages and almost a book.

I approached Manning Publications about publishing this book and they were excited. So after a few months of tidying it up and expanding it further I had a book.

I didn't like the idea of just a reference manual though. That was fine for me, but I'm an advanced programmer. I also wanted something for those just learning. So I added more to the definitions of the functions and I approached several industry leaders about writing 'how-to' appendices. These are people that I trust and know to do go work.

Finally the book is ready. It is basically in three parts. There is introductory material in the very front. Then there is the reference material. Finally there are a lot of appendices in the back that explain in a mentor-like way the functionality of what I consider to be the more complex or difficult aspects of the PFC.

My goal was not to write something that you would enjoy or like at all. I wanted to write something that would help you get your job done. I hope that you find that I have succeeded.

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Format: Paperback
I would highly recommend this book for anyone even considering developing with the PFC. I first picked up Powerbuilder with version 5.0 and was completely intimidated by the PFC due to the very sparse and difficult to follow information included in the online help and CD. If Rik's book would have been around then, I would have written my first application on top of the PFC. This is a very well thought out and exhaustive review of the PFC. It is not meant to be a novel. You will find a step by step, object by object, function by function overview of everything in the PFC. Yes, some of the chapters contain information directly from the CD. But this is just background information. Rik goes on to explain in patient detail all of the ins and outs of each function and object. One very nice feature is that he also notes quite a few gotchas that can trip up those unfamiliar with this class library. There is also code galore in here that really helps explain the material. The level of detail and insight provided here only comes from a few very rare resources with the extensive knowledge Rik brings to this topic and Powerbuilder in general. The rating system out here only goes to 5 stars. I have read a very small number of 5 star books. This one honestly rates slightly higher than that. Combined with the very thorough and complete explanation of the PFC is Rik's distinctive writing style. I have not met another author who even approaches Rik's ability to present complex, technical information in a very easy to understand manner. With everything I have ever read from Rik, I get the impression that he is sitting by my side and patiently walking me through the subject. In addition to recommending this book, I would not hesitate to highly recommend any book written by Rik.
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Rik has done an incredible job of crafting a book that is both a detailed examination of the use of the Powerbuilder Foundation Classes as well as providing one of the best references I have seen. There are few books which sit next to any programmer. This is destined to be one which has a permanent position on the desk. Rik Brooks has detailed PFC functions and inter method operations at a level which tells you what is happening where and why. Most books merely give the name of the function and its return values. This give the details that you need as a PB programmer hammering out production apps in a time pressed setting. Very excellent layout, and perfectly oriented as a permanent reference. You can tell that the author has sweated out thousands of lines of PB code. This level of knowledge only comes from real work with PB. Great job! Look forward to the next Brooks book.
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By A Customer on 13 April 1999
Format: Paperback
This book gives you what the PFC documentation does not. A detailed explanation of various internal workings that once followed, leads you to discover the things that make a library like the PFC work. Missing more overview and architectural discussion, but that is covered by the PFC Professional Reference. Together the 2 books provide what PFC developers need. A complete look at the PFC library.
A must-buy for serious PFC developers. Despite being an author of a competitive book, although I call it more complimentary than competitive, I would receommend this book to anyone.
Good job Rik.
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By A Customer on 24 July 1998
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The book is a big dissapointment. It's a just a list of functions and a little description of them. Nothing you can't get from the help.
It's odd that reviews are either 1 star or 5 stars. Makes me think if the 5 star reviews are coming from the author's friends or himself. 5 star reviews are lengthy.. very suspecious.
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