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If you set UX arguments with Xbasic, read this

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  • If you set UX arguments with Xbasic, read this

    Many of us have been setting arguments with Xbasic in places like the onDialogInitialize event.

    Many of us also have been implementing this based on this tip in the prototype text:

    'TIP: You can also set the value of an argument. For example: e.arguments[e.arguments.ArgumentNumber("country")].data = "portugal"
    But, I just learned that this won't work in later and current pre-release versions. Selwyn confirms this, and has already changed the tip text because it won't work.

    The new tip is:

    'TIP: You can also set the value of an argument. For example: e.arguments.set("country") = "portugal"
    If you already have the former method in place, you may want to change to the latter before you get too far towards a version or build upgrade. I have a bunch to change today.

  • #2
    This is pretty big deal. This change affects most every app I've written and/or maintain. That's a lot of work.
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    • #3
      it could be worse, imagine if Alpha didn't have the feature to search projects for text.
      Gregg is a great site to test and share sql code


      • #4
        The new method seems more efficient, I just wonder why they can't code in the old to new in the backend so applications won't break.


        • #5
          IMPORTANT CORRECTION. The correct syntax is:




          • #6
            Thanks Steve, is the "new" recommended syntax dependent on any specific version of Alpha? I have the current stable release.


            • #7
              I don't know when this changed. We're testing with pre-release 7630-5573 where I discovered this. Further emails with Selwyn confirmed this difference and prompted this posting.


              • #8
                it could be worse, imagine if Alpha didn't have the feature to search projects for text.
                How would you search for an instance where you are using it? e.arguments is in all my UXs.

                'TIP: You can also set the value of an argument. For example: e.arguments[e.arguments.ArgumentNumber("country")].data = "portugal"
                This still appears in the latest official build 7564-5566, so the change must be after that.


                • #9
                  Pictures say it better than words.
         is a great site to test and share sql code


                  • #10
                    What I meant was if you use search in all web project files, what would you search for?


                    • #11
                      Sorry about that. I would probably search for e.arg
                      It'll probably find more than you want at first, but you can add more to it reduce the matches.
             is a great site to test and share sql code


                      • #12
                        If I create a new UX using this new xbasic this function it works - if I add it to the last Official Release it doesn't - can someone try this for me, bit worried about reporting it as it difficult to provide a test case.
                        Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.
                        Albert Einstein, (attributed)
                        US (German-born) physicist (1879 - 1955)