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  • Changing text on a form?

    I've got a form with a text label on it. I have the default text set to "Application Name" and I'm trying to change it to "Hello World" when the form loads. In the OnInit, I put the following code:

    Startup_1st_Time.AppName.text = "Hello World"

    The form name is: Startup_1st_Time
    The text box is named: AppName

    When I run the form, the text label remains "Application Name". Am I putting this in the wrong location???

    My next step is to replace the text label with the name from a table. Is there something I need to do to get this to work? Perhaps get a pointer to the table, although the table is in my set that the form is based on.
    John J. Fatte', CPA
    PRO-WARE, LLC
    Omaha, NE 68137

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    Re: Changing text on a form?

    In the same way the backslash is used to delimit folder, subfolder, and subsubfolder names in a path statement, the object "path" in an Alpha Five expression is delimited with colons. Instead of

    Code:
    Startup_1st_Time.AppName.text = "Hello World"
    
    try
    
    Startup_1st_Time:AppName.text = "Hello World"
    Can you see the difference?

    Since the event is running at the form level you could also do

    Code:
    This:AppName.text = "Hello World"

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    • #3
      Re: Changing text on a form?

      Originally posted by Tom Cone Jr View Post
      In the same way the backslash is used to delimit folder, subfolder, and subsubfolder names in a path statement, the object "path" in an Alpha Five expression is delimited with colons. Instead of

      Code:
      Startup_1st_Time.AppName.text = "Hello World"
      
      try
      
      Startup_1st_Time:AppName.text = "Hello World"
      Can you see the difference?
      Thank you Tom. That clears it up.
      John J. Fatte', CPA
      PRO-WARE, LLC
      Omaha, NE 68137

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      • #4
        Re: Changing text on a form?

        Originally posted by jjfcpa View Post
        Thank you Tom. That clears it up.
        I spoke too soon. Does not like

        Startup_1st_time:AppName

        And yet, if I start to type:

        Startup

        it echos Startup_1st_time

        and if I put a colon, I can then select AppName from the list of objects.

        Not sure why I'm getting an error???
        John J. Fatte', CPA
        PRO-WARE, LLC
        Omaha, NE 68137

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        • #5
          Re: Changing text on a form?

          Originally posted by jjfcpa View Post
          Startup_1st_Time.AppName.text = "Hello World"
          I always simplify: AppName.text = "Hello World"

          Try the OnActivate event, although I just did a test w. OnInit and it worked fine.

          table() gives you the primary table name.
          For more table name functions, see:
          http://support.alphasoftware.com/alp...nd_Methods.htm
          Peter
          AlphaBase Solutions, LLC

          [email protected]
          https://www.alphabasesolutions.com


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          • #6
            Re: Changing text on a form?

            Never mind.

            What I needed was:

            :Startup_1st_time.AppName.text = "Hello World"

            Thanks for getting me moving towards the right solution.
            John J. Fatte', CPA
            PRO-WARE, LLC
            Omaha, NE 68137

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            • #7
              Re: Changing text on a form?

              John,
              If you use the Object Explorer, one form of correct syntax is created for you with simple point and click, copy/paste......I mean, why guess!? :)
              Mike
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              • #8
                Re: Changing text on a form?

                Originally posted by jjfcpa View Post
                Never mind.

                What I needed was:

                :Startup_1st_time.AppName.text = "Hello World"

                Thanks for getting me moving towards the right solution.
                I'm curious. Do you have another object on the form that is also named "Startup_1st_time"? Or another layout opened that has the same name?

                The reason I ask is that I've done it many times (in previous versions) without the leading colon and it has always worked fine. The leading colon just tells A5 to "start at the highest level possible" in case there are other objects with the same name. Without the colon, A5 starts by looking for a child to the current object. (My naming convention has 3 primary rules - unique, unique, and unique. OK, I often use the same field/index name in multiple tables but layout names are always unique and never the same as a table/set name.)

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                • #9
                  Re: Changing text on a form?

                  Originally posted by CALocklin View Post
                  I'm curious. Do you have another object on the form that is also named "Startup_1st_time"? Or another layout opened that has the same name?

                  The reason I ask is that I've done it many times (in previous versions) without the leading colon and it has always worked fine. The leading colon just tells A5 to "start at the highest level possible" in case there are other objects with the same name. Without the colon, A5 starts by looking for a child to the current object. (My naming convention has 3 primary rules - unique, unique, and unique. OK, I often use the same field/index name in multiple tables but layout names are always unique and never the same as a table/set name.)
                  No, there is NO other objects with this name. I have a set named "Startup" and a form named "Startup_1st_time".
                  John J. Fatte', CPA
                  PRO-WARE, LLC
                  Omaha, NE 68137

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