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The future of EAServer

Sybase/SAP have been quiet about EAServer for a long time. Is it yet another good product that will be allowed to wither until it is discontinued?

I have some ideas about EAServer futures and would like to hear what everyone else thinks.

I think that they should go back to the version 5.5 code line, clean out all the Java only stuff, change the name back to Jaguar and make full production use of it included with the PowerBuilder license.

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  • Apr 09, 2013 at 09:22 AM

    Hi Roland

    I have asked SAP about EAS many times and have not had a reply. We support customers who are concerned about their future and would like to be able to give them some path for the future.

    Although I have not had anything concrete these are the facts...

    1. If you search for EAS on SAP's site you will not find it.

    2. If you go to the EAS page on the Sybase site you will be directed to NetWeaver.

    3. There has been no talk about EAS for years.

    4. There are still EBF's being released, last one March 2013.

    5. Support for EAS was all okay up until the end of last year when the support guys were merged into SAP, after which we have struggled to get any response to problems. 😔

    It will wither and die!

    I'm not sure that people will more to NetWeaver as the cost of doing so would go a long way to redeveloping in an alternative technology, away from PB as well. I suspect we will loose the customers over time. 😠

    "This is just my opinion, you understand"

    Regards

    David

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  • Apr 05, 2013 at 05:41 PM

    The discussion I've heard lately is towards making PowerBuilder components deployable as servlets into NetWeaver. Given that direction, I would expect to see EAServer wither until it's discontinued. They probably don't need to have two application server offerings, and it looks like NetWeaver would be the candidate to continue with going forward. Sorry, but just my $0.02.

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    Apr 05, 2013 at 05:55 PM

    Hi Roland;

    I would have to agree with Bruce's observation at this juncture in EAS's product life. All SAP needs to do is resurrect the "Application Server Plug-In" piece of EAS and make it work with SAP's Application Server (AS) NetWeaver (NW). That would allow NW to host the PBVM and expose NVUO's as a JavaBean or Web Service from inside of NW. At that time - it would make no sense (to me at least) to keep two AS's around.

    The EAS architect and original project manager have been out of the EAS piture for quite some time and no new development has been seen for years now either. So I suspect that it will just be left to "wither away" - as you said - as more people look for alternative AS platforms.

    Regards ... Chris

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    Nov 26, 2013 at 08:41 PM

    I wonder if appeon could release a replacement

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    • Former Member David Peace

      Hi David;

      Yes, Appeon already today would allow you to deploy your PB applications to .Net, Java and Linux based servers, make your code 64 bit complaint, multi-threaded and re-entrant (no PBVM). So that "tact" is an interesting strategy for sure. 😉

      Good luck!

      Regards ... Chris

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    Jan 21, 2014 at 11:27 PM

    Can only agree with Rolands' original statement

    go back to the version 5.5 code line, clean out all the Java only stuff, change the name back to Jaguar and make full production use of it included with the PowerBuilder license.
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