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  • Xbasic Form Genie

    I never saw this before! Here is the code the New Form Genie produces when you create a new form. On the last page of the Genie before you hit Finish, it has a button to show this code. Has anyone found any use for this code?

    DIM cFormat AS C
    DIM cStylesheet AS C
    DIM cTable AS C
    DIM pForm AS P
    DIM pStylesheet AS P
    DIM pSS AS P
    cFormat = <<%dlg%
    {units=I}{xpad=0.125}{ypad=0.125}{units=F}{justify=column};{justify=row}company |[.20company];
    {justify=row}addr1 |[.20addr1];
    {justify=row}city |[.20city];
    {justify=row}state |[.2state];
    {justify=row}zip |[.10zip];
    cStylesheet = "Osx"
    cTable = "c:\a5v10\ski_v10\mainmenu.dbf"
    '--- Retrieve the Alpha Five Default Stylesheet as a baseline
    a5_ss_Get(pSS, "Alpha Five Default")
    '--- Retrieve the data from the stylesheet into pSS
    if a5_ss_get( pSS, cStylesheet )
     '--- Convert the stylesheet pointer into the format 
     '--- Form.Create() understands
     pStylesheet = a5_ss_convert_ptr( pSS )
    end if
    '--- Create the form in design mode
    pForm = Form.Create_Design( cTable, cFormat, pStylesheet )
    '--- Set the stylesheet for the form
    pForm.settings.stylesheet = cStylesheet

    Discernment is not needed in things that differ, but in those things that appear to be the same. - Miles Sanford

  • #2
    Re: Xbasic Form Genie

    I just found another cool trick - you can add the Object Explorer to the form view toolbar and edit any of the property settings on the form without putting it in design mode! I'm going to try enabling the button with the global variable that holds my password...which is what I do with the button that allows me to put the form in design mode.

    I must be missing these things because I am working on an app that was originally created in v4.5 then updated to v8 and now v10.

    Discernment is not needed in things that differ, but in those things that appear to be the same. - Miles Sanford


    • #3
      Re: Xbasic Form Genie

      How do you do that?


      • #4
        Re: Xbasic Form Genie

        You can edit a system toolbar by right clicking on the code tab of the control panel. Select to edit the Form View Toolbar. Then you add a pre-defined button for the object explorer.

        Discernment is not needed in things that differ, but in those things that appear to be the same. - Miles Sanford


        • #5
          Re: Xbasic Form Genie

          Thanks, I'll do it.


          • #6
            Re: Xbasic Form Genie

            Hi Robin..

            Just wondered if you ever got any further with this; I'd love to be able to give users the option to change the stylesheet, but this doesn't seem to be possible..




            • #7
              Re: Xbasic Form Genie

              Hi Steve,
              No, I didn't get any further with this other than my observation out of curiosity. I thought perhaps one of the wizzes in here might know how to use this XB. Of all the places that Alpha chooses to show us the underlying XB. I can think of better places where they have not - like for a Supercontrol...

              Discernment is not needed in things that differ, but in those things that appear to be the same. - Miles Sanford