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    Forms vs Formview


    I'm developing an app to run on a tablet. It is essentially a forms based app with up to 40 different forms to be supported.
    I've started off using a standard multi-panel based approach. I'm using dropdowns to setup the initial criteria such as client name and form type, before using a list control and the formview control to display and edit the records.

    However, this is not very scalable, as I would need a separate panel for each form (unless I added all the fields of all the forms to the list control, and then did some dynamic filtering to display only the fields relevant to the particular form). Also, the customer would like the capability to add new forms, and this method would be beyond their capabilities.

    The other option is to use the form editor, develop 40 separate forms, and then load the appropriate form based on the selected form from the OnSelect event of the form selection dropdown. I have tried adding an ajax callback to the OnSelect event, and calling an xbasic function (form.view("myformname")) to display the form. However, the form doesn't display. If I run form.view("myformname") from the interactive window, the form displays but not when I do it from code.

    Any idea what the problem could be ?

    Thanks in advance,

    Re: Forms vs Formview

    Uhmm...maybe I should ask a more direct it possible to load and view a form created with the forms editor from a UX control ? If so , how ?

    Any help appreciated.



      Re: Forms vs Formview

      form.view() is a desktop method, not a web method.

      I think you are referring to the "form view" control in a UX. I've never used it myself as I have never been able to understand why I would want to use it.
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        Re: Forms vs Formview


        I am not an expert on the Form view but I am sure it is the way to go.

        Try looking at the "Groups" remember you do not have to put input controls on the UX. Look at this example where we use buttons. (Best viewed on a tablet) this is very much work in progress. So build 40 client side templates and just call the correct editor from the onClick event.


          Re: Forms vs Formview

          Thanks for that. On further investigation, it seems that forms are designed for desktop apps whereas formview is more appropriate for mobile apps.

          Regarding your comment on "Groups" are you referring to security groups or the data group feature of the formview ?

          PS> checked out your app, looks very impressive!


            Re: Forms vs Formview

            The data group feature.


              Re: Forms vs Formview

              I have the same requirement. Instead of going by columns I went by rows. This gave us a lot of flexibility. We can add or delete questions to forms dynamically. We can also keep a version history for each form.


                Re: Forms vs Formview

                I'm struggling to find any doco on the data group feature. Any pointers ?



                  Re: Forms vs Formview

                  The link is here http://documentation.alphasoftware.c...p_Introductory Videos

                  Near the bottom

                  Introduction to Group Editors
                  The common pattern when using a FormView control is to edit a single value in a FormView with its associated editor at a time. For example, when the user clicks on 'field1' in the FormView, the associated editor for 'field1' is shown and the user can edit the value in 'field1'.

                  In some cases, however, you might want to edit the value of multiple fields simultaneously. For example, if the user fields on ANY of 'field1', 'field2', or 'field3', for example, you might want to open an editor that allows you to edit all of the these fields at once.

                  This is easily accomplished using the concept of 'Group Editors'.

                  In this video we show how the Address, City, State and Country field in a form are edited using a Group Editor for this group of fields.
                  Watch Video - Part 1

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