May 2011
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In this JAM/Panther Quarterly Update we have included a release list of bug fixes and platform updates. We have also included some recommendations on modernizing your JAM and Panther assets.


Panther 5.20 Product Updates

Bug# Summary Platform
38109 Support Visual Studio 2010 Win 32/64
38062 Panther Port for 64bit Windows Win 64
38132 Provide new function to close window containing IntroPixmap Unix
38107 Access to Panther setup variables from SMVARSs file using the Property API all
38106 Increase maximum size of JPL arrays all
38101 Option to center sm_message_box dialog in MDI frame or in current form Win 32
38089 Ability to display both text and pixmap on tab card tabs Unix
38135 If Dynamic Label has Size To Contents=Yes, part of text longer than Length will not display all
38133 Date Field corrupted with Edit Mask is applied to field, using TM and SQL all
38127 sm_jplpublic does not work if filename contains a '(' all
38126 prodev (Jetnet) crashes when JPL stmt TPI CALL service has a syntax error all
38125 Avoid a crash in sm_PiGetGuiFieldExt when screen is not realized all
38124 Allow ODBC to work with ODBC driver that does not support SQL_AUTOCOMMIT Win 32
38123 TM generated outer joins fail when either table has the owner.tablename format all
37887 Oracle 11g support all

Look up details on each fix via Spider:

Need a patch? Email with your Customer ID, Panther version and platform.


Leveraging your Panther Assets with Web Services

Software applications have become a valuable component of modern enterprises. They contain critical business knowledge, and represent significant design and development effort. It only makes sense to extract as much value from these applications as possible. As enterprises grow and merge, the need to share the information in these applications becomes imperative. This applies to your Panther applications we well. For example, order entry systems need to talk to billing systems, shipping systems, and so on.

While there are many methods for accessing your Panther applications, Web Services provides a common method, across diverse platforms, products, and computer languages, in a well-defined manner. As long as each application implements the Web Services standards, applications can freely interoperate with each other. This bi-directional communication is independent of the technology that the target application was written in.

Your Panther applications can participate in this inter-application communication by implementing Web Services, multiplying the value within them. In this way, systems throughout your enterprise, or beyond, can benefit from the existing code and data within your Panther applications.  

You can also utilize your Panther tools and skills to create new RAPID Database Transactional Web Services for just about any application. This is totally independent from your existing Panther applications and utilizes the same rapid development platform.

For a complimentary discovery call, please call your Business Development manager at:
1 (800) 458-3313 ext 2 or email


Converting your Legacy JAM Application into a Panther Web Application

Converting a legacy JAM/Panther 2-tier application into a Panther Web Application offers a significant advantage: a conversion allows reusing a significant portion of the existing code as most JPL and C functions continue to be fully functional. Although straightforward, the conversion process is not trivial or automatic. Converting applications to the Web does require making some changes and additions to the existing code. Prolifics has assisted many customers in streamlining rapid conversion to the Web.  

Visit our Technology Blog to read more about the differences between the two environments and aspects of the application that need to be addressed during a conversion.


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