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We discovered PowerGen when we were looking for a command line utility for importing objects into PowerBuilder. At the time (PowerBuilder V5.0) we were struggling with a source control system whose SCC-API interface was having all kinds of trouble with PowerBuilder (as most source control systems did at the time). As a result we cobbled together our own check-in/check-out utility using PowerGen's command line operations. In the course of that exercise we invited the vendor, E. Crane Computing, to come to our offices and make a PowerGen presentation. What we found out, of course, is that importing objects was just a sideline of PowerGen's major strength of automating the entire build process for PowerBuilder applications. We've been using PowerGen ever since and it's a staple in our environment. What is PowerGen? Since its first release PowerGen has been focused excl... (more)

Visual Studio 2008 Integration with SCM Tools

I am presently the administrator of SCM AllFusion Harvest. SCM AllFusion Harvest is a process-based software configuration management (SCM) tool for managing application source code. I manage 121 applications housed in SCM AllFusion Harvest and support 180 users using the product. The development tools we currently use are PowerBuilder PBV8, PBV11, Visual Studio 2003, 2005, 2008, Java, and Visual Basic. As software configuration manager, I provide the administration of the source code management tools. This includes the entire infrastructure of the environment for development, f... (more)

Software Inventory Control Systems

This article will focus on Software Inventory Control Systems (SICS). Recently, I was asked by Bill Rogers (NH DoIT Commissioner) and Peter Hastings (NH DoIT Director) to take a look at SICS, investigate them and provide a recommendation. When I started this research I knew nothing about SICS. I didn't understand their value. I ate, slept, and breathed these tools for a period of time so that I could understand their value. I got a good education from some smart folks: individuals in DoIT who were familiar with these products, research from the Internet, testimonials from other u... (more)

Cloud Development Using SCM 12.5

Recently, I was asked by Mr. Peter Hastings (NH DoIT Commissioner) to take a look at cloud development concepts and see if there was any benefit for our development teams across the enterprise. After some investigation I could see that if all users/developers were on one server that contained all the licenses for the tool and the assets were centralized, and the SCM tool was standardized, the state could save money in various ways on activities related to software development and transform state government with more status accounting and visibility into software development not o... (more)

Manage Your Source Data Assets . . .

Presently, I am the administrator of SCM AllFusion Harvest. SCM AllFusion Harvest is a process-based Software Configuration Management (SCM) tool for managing application source code. I manage 146 applications housed in SCM AllFusion Harvest and support 226 users using the product. The development tools we currently use in our development environment are PowerBuilder PBV8, PBV11; Visual Studio 2003, 2005, 2008; IBM RAD V7.5.5 and Eclipse Europa. As the Software Configuration Manager (SCM), I provide the administration of the source code management tool. This includes creating the ... (more)