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Richard Rabins
08-04-2009, 03:41 PM
V10 is all about Codeless AJAX AND MAJOR ENHANCEMENTS FOR DESKTOP APPS

CLICK HERE (http://news.alphasoftware.com/V10Preview/DesktopFeaturesVideos.htm) to find videos of many of the enhancements for building DESKTOP applications with Alpha Five v10

Alpha Five V10 - What's New on the Desktop

Debugger


Debugger The V10 debugger has been completely rewritten. It is much faster and has a huge number of new features to make your debugging easier and more productive.

This video gives a brief overview of the key new debugger features.


color coding
search for text
goto line
hover over variable to see value
drag drop to watch window
drill down of property and array values
comment out a line at runtime
persistent watch variables
save watch variables to file
load watch variables
expand/collapse watches makes it easy to see multi-line values
step out


Watch Video (http://news.alphasoftware.com/V10Preview/DesktopFeaturesVideos.htm)

Conditional Breakpoints This video shows how you can set a conditional breakpoint. Previously, if you set a breakpoint in your code, the debugger would always stop when that breakpoint was hit. Now, you can set a breakpoint and specify a condition. The debugger will only stop if the condition is true.

Watch Video (http://news.alphasoftware.com/V10Preview/DesktopFeaturesVideos.htm)

Global Breakpoints Sometimes when you are debugging code, you know that a variable's value is getting changed, but you don't know exactly which section of your code is changing the variable. The new 'Global Breakpoints' feature allows you to set a breakpoint on an expression.

Watch Video (http://news.alphasoftware.com/V10Preview/DesktopFeaturesVideos.htm)

Variable Logging This video shows how you can use the new Logging feature in the Debugger to track changes to a variable.

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Supercontrols


Alphabet Button Search This video shows how easy it is to put an 'Alphabet Button' search bar on a Form layout using the new 'Alphabet Button Search' supercontrol. The control puts buttons for each letter of the alphabet on the form and when you click a button the table is searched for records that start with the letter of the button you pressed. You can choose options that automatically disable or hide buttons for which there are no matching records.

Watch Video (http://news.alphasoftware.com/V10Preview/DesktopFeaturesVideos.htm)

Dropdown Browse Search This video shows how easy it is to put a 'Dropdown Browse Search' supercontrol on a Form. The control is like an edit-combo box. When you click the down arrow, a drop down multi-column browse appears. You can navigate to a particular record in the dropdown browse and then when you click on a record in the dropdown browse, the dropdown browse is closed and the record shown in the Form is changed to show the record that you selected in the dropdown browse.
Alternatively, you can type a value into the control and press enter, which navigates you to the correct record.
This video shows how we place a 'Dropdown Browse Search' supercontrol to search the Customer table by Lastname. The dropdown browse also shows the Firstname, City and State fields.

Watch Video (http://news.alphasoftware.com/V10Preview/DesktopFeaturesVideos.htm)

Dropdown Browse Search - Cascading This video shows how you can create cascading Dropdown Browse Search supercontrols on a Form. The first supercontrol shows a list of states and the second supercontrol shows a list of cities. The second control however is constrained to show only the cities in the selected state.

Watch Video (http://news.alphasoftware.com/V10Preview/DesktopFeaturesVideos.htm)


Automatic Backup and Version Tracking

Automatic Backup and Version Tracking of Layout and Field Rules Now, when you save any Layout (Form, Report, Label, Letter or Browse), or Field Rules, Alpha Five makes an automatic backup of your Layout or Field Rules and it keeps all previous backups as well.

At any point you can right click on a Layout in the Control Panel and revert to any prior version of that Layout.

You can now more freely experiment with your Layouts because you know that at any point you can revert to a prior version. Also, the risk of loosing a Layout because of a file corruption is eliminated.

Watch Video (http://news.alphasoftware.com/V10Preview/DesktopFeaturesVideos.htm)

Form Layouts - Headers and Footers

Headers and Footers Spreadsheets have headers and footers - sections of the spreadsheet that you 'lock' so that when you scroll the spreadsheet, the headers and footers always remain visible on the screen.

Now, you can add headers and footers to your form so that when the window that contains the form is smaller than the form itself and the window has a vertical scroll bar, the header and footer section always remain visible.

Similarly, you can place locked content sections on the left and right hand side of the form so that when the window has a horizontal scrollbar, these locked content sections remain visible.

Headers and footers and great for placing buttons and logos that you want to be visible at all times, regardless of how the window has been scrolled.

Watch video (http://news.alphasoftware.com/V10Preview/DesktopFeaturesVideos.htm)

Dynamic Properties


Report "Greenbanding" This video shows how the new 'Dynamic Properties' feature in Layout can be used to create a 'Greenbanding' effect in reports where alternating report rows are shown using a different background color.

Watch Video (http://news.alphasoftware.com/V10Preview/DesktopFeaturesVideos.htm)

Dynamic Properties In Reports This video shows how the new 'Dynamic Properties' feature in Layout can be used to create a red frame around certain 'standout' values in a report.

Watch Video (http://news.alphasoftware.com/V10Preview/DesktopFeaturesVideos.htm)

Forms This video shows several different ways in which the new Dynamic Properties feature can be used in Forms.

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Forms - Disable Button In this video we show how Dynamic Properties can be used to easily disable a button and change its appearance if a condition is true in the current record.

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Layouts - Modeless Properties Editor

Properties Task Pane Previously in Alpha Five, to edit an object's properties, you had to right click on the object and bring up a modal properties dialog. Now, the Dock Panels on the left and right of the screen can contain a new modeless Properties dock panel that allows you to edit properties in a modeless editor.

Watch Video (http://news.alphasoftware.com/V10Preview/DesktopFeaturesVideos.htm)


Use Grid Components in Desktop Applications


Grid Component in an Xdialog - Action Scripting Genie The V10 Grid Components offer a huge array of features - many of which are not possible on the Desktop, or are only possible with some programming effort. However, now you can take advantage of the huge richness of the Grid Component in your Desktop applications. This video shows how you can use the Xdialog Genie in Action Scripting to place a Grid Component in an Xdialog.

There is no need for the Application server to be running when you open the Xdialog - the Grid Component works without the Application server. The results are stunning!

Watch Video - Part 1 (http://news.alphasoftware.com/V10Preview/DesktopFeaturesVideos.htm)
Watch Video - Part 2 (http://news.alphasoftware.com/V10Preview/DesktopFeaturesVideos.htm)




Action Scripting


Toolbox Control This video shows how you can use the Xdialog Genie in Action Scripting to place a 'toolbox' control in an Xdialog. The toolbox control is a very rich control that supports an 'Accordion' style view with animation as different sections of the toolbar are opened and closed. This control makes an excellent menuing system for your applications.

Watch Video - Part 1 (http://news.alphasoftware.com/V10Preview/DesktopFeaturesVideos.htm)
Watch Video - Part 2 (http://news.alphasoftware.com/V10Preview/DesktopFeaturesVideos.htm)

Dynamic Tree This video shows how you can use the Xdialog Genie in Action Scripting to place a 'dynamic' tree control in an Xdialog.

A 'dynamic' tree is populated dynamically as you expand each node in the tree. For example, if you have a dynamic tree that shows countries, then states, then cities and the companies, when the tree is initially shown, it only contains a list of countries - so populating it is extremely fast. Only when you start expanding the country nodes, does it do queries to get a list of states in the selected country, and so on.

The genie allows you to build dynamic trees against SQL and DBF data sources.

Watch Video (http://news.alphasoftware.com/V10Preview/DesktopFeaturesVideos.htm)

Dynamic Dropdownboxes (i.e. Cascading Dropdownboxes) This video shows how you can use the Xdialog Genie in Action Scripting to place a dynamic dropdownboxes in an Xdialog.

For example, you might have four dropdownboxes. The first control will show a list of countries. When you make a selection in the first control, the second control is populated with the states in the selected country. When you make a selection in this control, the third control is populated with a list of cities in that state, and so on.

The genie allows you to build dynamic dropdownboxes against SQL and DBF data sources.

Watch Video (http://news.alphasoftware.com/V10Preview/DesktopFeaturesVideos.htm)

MikeC
08-04-2009, 04:01 PM
Hi Richard,
I have only just begun watching the videos...on the Alphabet Button Search...will there be a way to add numbers as well??--otherwise it will not be useful for any number-type fields at all such as addresses, part numbers, etc..

NicholasWieland
08-04-2009, 04:18 PM
Hi Richard,
I have only just begun watching the videos...on the Alphabet Button Search...will there be a way to add numbers as well??--otherwise it will not be useful for any number-type fields at all such as addresses, part numbers, etc..

I agree and Mike beat me to this post

MikeC
08-04-2009, 06:43 PM
Also,

I am curious whether the header and footer features are also available for reports (it was mentioned that "layouts" would have this)? Someone with version 10 should be able to answer this.


In the Action Scripting-->Toolbox control....the videos are reversed.

Bill Griffin
08-04-2009, 10:00 PM
Also,

I am curious whether the header and footer features are also available for reports (it was mentioned that "layouts" would have this)? Someone with version 10 should be able to answer this.


Mike, The desktop enhancments have not hit the beta yet. I beilieve this would refer to form layouts only. Reports have always had headers and footers. Am I understanding that you would want this feature in a print preview?

MikeC
08-05-2009, 12:11 AM
Hi Bill,
The static header and footer shown in the video for the form/browse is so similar to how Quickbooks displays their reports, I had to ask especially seeing as how a report IS just another type of layout....although thinking about it, I am uncertain really if the process behind each is all that similar. And yes, it would be in a preview.

Keith Hubert
08-05-2009, 11:37 AM
Re Numbers on new Super Control Multistate Button:

Question to Selwyn:
Can Numbers be used as well as letters? I have a customer list that has customers like, 1st Computer Club and 21st Century Fireworks.

Reply from Selwyn

sorry - no. for simplicity, we limit it to alphabet buttons. you will have to continue to hand code special requirementsSo there you have it, direct from the top.

gmeredith17
08-05-2009, 12:42 PM
sorry - no. for simplicity, we limit it to alphabet buttons. you will have to continue to hand code special requirements

I wouldn't have thought that was a major problem. In fact the alphabet super control looked the least interesting of the new stuff (IMO).

Keith Hubert
08-05-2009, 01:12 PM
Hi Geoff,
I wouldn't have thought that was a major problem.I might agree with you if I knew what coding went into the properties dialog.
In fact the alphabet super control looked the least interesting of the new stuff (IMO). Just goes to show you, I thought it was a great step forward. Everyone to their own taste.

gmeredith17
08-06-2009, 04:50 AM
Just goes to show you, I thought it was a great step forward. Everyone to their own taste.

Very true. I'm not saying it's a bad thing just the least interesting to me. In fact I remember this being my first step into using xbasic trying to work out how the Alpha sports alphabet filter worked. I couldn't really understand why it had to be so complicated. So it is definitely a good inclusion for new users just not to interesting to me as I have already got past that hurdle and the limitation to letters means you would need to go the xbasic way if you wanted something a little different.

I like the accordion menu and I think the embedded grid will also be good. Hard to say until you get stuck into using the controls and find out their strengths and weaknesses but I'm glad desktop users have finally got something to wet their appetite on the forthcoming V10.

Geoff

Richard Rabins
08-06-2009, 09:35 AM
Independent of all the Codeless AJAX capabilities - v10 represents a MAJOR next generation on the desktop including the ability to incorporate web components on the desktop!

There will be significant coverage of these desktop enhancements and usage at the v10 training on Aug 19th and 20th