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I recently read Berndt Hamboeck's article, ‘NetStart' Your PowerBuilder Application after being kindly pointed to it by Bruce Armstrong. It made perfect sense to me to be able to distribute .pbd patches to client machines by having the client-application automatically install them from the application's database. In the lead-up in Berndt's article, he touched on a similar problem - the difficulties of distributing database modification scripts to DBAs prior to the installation of a new executable. In this respect, I had coded functionality for the application I develop to process database modifications from within the application without the need for the DBA's intervention. I tentatively mentioned this to Bruce. (I say ‘tentatively' because I'm a relatively inexperienced programmer). He asked me to write this article. By way of background, I'm a self-taught PowerBu... (more)