Even the best physical filing systems have drawbacks: the cost of storage
space, the need to pay rent for records that have to be kept off-site, the
time it takes to locate and refile documents, and, of course, the time wasted
finding lost or misfiled documents. You might even have a designated
"librarian" who is the only person allowed to file documents. If you store
microfilm, it becomes even more cumbersome, since special equipment is needed
to view and print copies, and searching a roll of microfilm is slow and
We had to find a better way. The vision was to totally eliminate our file
cabinets. Everyone was to get an "Electronic File Cabinet" integrated into
the screen(s) they use. That meant both scanning and viewing documents right
from their own PC.
We shopped around for a package, but decided to code our own PowerBuilder
solution. We built a custom... (more)
My favorite sport is artistic roller skating, where I act as the tabulator.
It's a wonderful sport, a bit like ice skating, except that most events are
skated on quad skates (four wheels in a rectangular layout). We do freestyle
(with jumps and spins), figure skating (on the circles), and dance. A few of
us do inline skating, too.
We had a tabulating program: a Visual Basic 3 application. It did its job,
but the score sheets which it printed had only the skaters' numbers, not
their names. Data was kept in flat files. Skaters and their parents would
crowd around the score sheets ... (more)
Does your shipping department have these problems? Extra charges due to
incorrect addresses? Difficulty tracking packages? How about
duplicateentries? If your shipping department is really ancient, you may even
have rolls of pre-printed UPS shipping labels. Here’s how you can
seamlessly integrate your printing function using PowerBuilder.
You could buy a third-party product, and that works okay, but these are often
licensed per user and must be renewed yearly. They often have their own
database, so it’s quite a bit of work to integrate it with your
database. Finally, ... (more)