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  • V10 Features

    From the latest newsletter

    On the desktop side, Alpha Five v10 boasts a ton of incredibly powerful and productive features - including a completely new debugger that will boost productivity enormously, a slew of new and potent super controls, new Xdialog capabilities including Action Scripting generated Xdialogs, automatic backup (with rollback option) for your forms, reports and other layouts.
    There's also a new style-sheet interface for setting the properties of any object on a form or report, which makes refining the look of your layouts much faster and more efficient. Plus with dynamic layout properties, you can easily change the appearance of controls and data automatically without using Xbasic. (E.g., make a dollar figure red if it is below zero, add alternating bands to reports, have buttons conditionally appear, etc.) There's much more including a Toolbox Builder - that allows you to design very modern interfaces into your desktop applications.
    With all the ravings about code less we've been left clueless regarding the above.

    Could the beta testers please start taking a look at the desktop improvements as they usually require refining before release as is the case in previous new version releases. Please comment on the documentation if present.
    “There is nothing like a dream to create the future.”
    But then again:
    Basic research is what I am doing when I don't know what I am doing and to steal ideas from one person is plagiarism; to steal from many is research!

  • #2
    Re: V10 Features

    Chris,

    I'm not sure the new desktop features are included in the beta version at the moment. A while back I asked to trial the beta but apparently it only had the new Ajax stuff in it.

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    • #3
      Re: V10 Features

      Originally posted by christobal View Post
      From the latest newsletter


      With all the ravings about code less we've been left clueless regarding the above.

      Could the beta testers please start taking a look at the desktop improvements as they usually require refining before release as is the case in previous new version releases. Please comment on the documentation if present.
      For this reason the Desktop stuff is not included, as the current Beta for AJAX grids is in the normal build for Alpha5V9 and this would otherwise be too risky I presume. I do hope they release them for testing soon though!

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        Re: V10 Features

        Seems that the testers got an Alpha alpha release. Its the first time I've heard of a beta release wearing trousers only and not the full suit.
        “There is nothing like a dream to create the future.”
        But then again:
        Basic research is what I am doing when I don't know what I am doing and to steal ideas from one person is plagiarism; to steal from many is research!

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        • #5
          Re: V10 Features

          Originally posted by christobal View Post
          Seems that the testers got an Alpha alpha release. Its the first time I've heard of a beta release wearing trousers only and not the full suit.
          It was unusual but it worked fine, plus it does mean you really get to grips with it rather than needing to set up dummy projects. Personally I find it much easier to learn if I am working with a familiar project for example.

          As I recall some of the new features in v9 were not in the Beta either.

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