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  • V10 Major Enhancements For Desktop Apps


    CLICK HERE to find videos of many of the enhancements for building DESKTOP applications with Alpha Five v10

    Alpha Five V10 - What's New on the Desktop


    Debugger The V10 debugger has been completely rewritten. It is much faster and has a huge number of new features to make your debugging easier and more productive.

    This video gives a brief overview of the key new debugger features.
    • color coding
    • search for text
    • goto line
    • hover over variable to see value
    • drag drop to watch window
    • drill down of property and array values
    • comment out a line at runtime
    • persistent watch variables
    • save watch variables to file
    • load watch variables
    • expand/collapse watches makes it easy to see multi-line values
    • step out

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    Conditional Breakpoints This video shows how you can set a conditional breakpoint. Previously, if you set a breakpoint in your code, the debugger would always stop when that breakpoint was hit. Now, you can set a breakpoint and specify a condition. The debugger will only stop if the condition is true.

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    Global Breakpoints Sometimes when you are debugging code, you know that a variable's value is getting changed, but you don't know exactly which section of your code is changing the variable. The new 'Global Breakpoints' feature allows you to set a breakpoint on an expression.

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    Variable Logging This video shows how you can use the new Logging feature in the Debugger to track changes to a variable.

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    Alphabet Button Search This video shows how easy it is to put an 'Alphabet Button' search bar on a Form layout using the new 'Alphabet Button Search' supercontrol. The control puts buttons for each letter of the alphabet on the form and when you click a button the table is searched for records that start with the letter of the button you pressed. You can choose options that automatically disable or hide buttons for which there are no matching records.

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    Dropdown Browse Search This video shows how easy it is to put a 'Dropdown Browse Search' supercontrol on a Form. The control is like an edit-combo box. When you click the down arrow, a drop down multi-column browse appears. You can navigate to a particular record in the dropdown browse and then when you click on a record in the dropdown browse, the dropdown browse is closed and the record shown in the Form is changed to show the record that you selected in the dropdown browse.
    Alternatively, you can type a value into the control and press enter, which navigates you to the correct record.
    This video shows how we place a 'Dropdown Browse Search' supercontrol to search the Customer table by Lastname. The dropdown browse also shows the Firstname, City and State fields.

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    Dropdown Browse Search - Cascading This video shows how you can create cascading Dropdown Browse Search supercontrols on a Form. The first supercontrol shows a list of states and the second supercontrol shows a list of cities. The second control however is constrained to show only the cities in the selected state.

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    Automatic Backup and Version Tracking

    Automatic Backup and Version Tracking of Layout and Field Rules Now, when you save any Layout (Form, Report, Label, Letter or Browse), or Field Rules, Alpha Five makes an automatic backup of your Layout or Field Rules and it keeps all previous backups as well.

    At any point you can right click on a Layout in the Control Panel and revert to any prior version of that Layout.

    You can now more freely experiment with your Layouts because you know that at any point you can revert to a prior version. Also, the risk of loosing a Layout because of a file corruption is eliminated.

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    Form Layouts - Headers and Footers

    Headers and Footers Spreadsheets have headers and footers - sections of the spreadsheet that you 'lock' so that when you scroll the spreadsheet, the headers and footers always remain visible on the screen.

    Now, you can add headers and footers to your form so that when the window that contains the form is smaller than the form itself and the window has a vertical scroll bar, the header and footer section always remain visible.

    Similarly, you can place locked content sections on the left and right hand side of the form so that when the window has a horizontal scrollbar, these locked content sections remain visible.

    Headers and footers and great for placing buttons and logos that you want to be visible at all times, regardless of how the window has been scrolled.

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    Dynamic Properties

    Report "Greenbanding" This video shows how the new 'Dynamic Properties' feature in Layout can be used to create a 'Greenbanding' effect in reports where alternating report rows are shown using a different background color.

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    Dynamic Properties In Reports This video shows how the new 'Dynamic Properties' feature in Layout can be used to create a red frame around certain 'standout' values in a report.

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    Forms This video shows several different ways in which the new Dynamic Properties feature can be used in Forms.

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    Forms - Disable Button In this video we show how Dynamic Properties can be used to easily disable a button and change its appearance if a condition is true in the current record.

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    Layouts - Modeless Properties Editor

    Properties Task Pane Previously in Alpha Five, to edit an object's properties, you had to right click on the object and bring up a modal properties dialog. Now, the Dock Panels on the left and right of the screen can contain a new modeless Properties dock panel that allows you to edit properties in a modeless editor.

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    Use Grid Components in Desktop Applications

    Grid Component in an Xdialog - Action Scripting Genie The V10 Grid Components offer a huge array of features - many of which are not possible on the Desktop, or are only possible with some programming effort. However, now you can take advantage of the huge richness of the Grid Component in your Desktop applications. This video shows how you can use the Xdialog Genie in Action Scripting to place a Grid Component in an Xdialog.

    There is no need for the Application server to be running when you open the Xdialog - the Grid Component works without the Application server. The results are stunning!

    Watch Video - Part 1
    Watch Video - Part 2

    Action Scripting

    Toolbox Control This video shows how you can use the Xdialog Genie in Action Scripting to place a 'toolbox' control in an Xdialog. The toolbox control is a very rich control that supports an 'Accordion' style view with animation as different sections of the toolbar are opened and closed. This control makes an excellent menuing system for your applications.

    Watch Video - Part 1
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    Dynamic Tree This video shows how you can use the Xdialog Genie in Action Scripting to place a 'dynamic' tree control in an Xdialog.

    A 'dynamic' tree is populated dynamically as you expand each node in the tree. For example, if you have a dynamic tree that shows countries, then states, then cities and the companies, when the tree is initially shown, it only contains a list of countries - so populating it is extremely fast. Only when you start expanding the country nodes, does it do queries to get a list of states in the selected country, and so on.

    The genie allows you to build dynamic trees against SQL and DBF data sources.

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    Dynamic Dropdownboxes (i.e. Cascading Dropdownboxes) This video shows how you can use the Xdialog Genie in Action Scripting to place a dynamic dropdownboxes in an Xdialog.

    For example, you might have four dropdownboxes. The first control will show a list of countries. When you make a selection in the first control, the second control is populated with the states in the selected country. When you make a selection in this control, the third control is populated with a list of cities in that state, and so on.

    The genie allows you to build dynamic dropdownboxes against SQL and DBF data sources.

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    Richard Rabins
    Co Chairman
    Alpha Software

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    Re: V10 Major Enhancements For Desktop Apps

    With the "Dynamic Properties In Reports", what would be the ultimate would be a report writer that could do proper notes to the financial statements. For examples, see:

    I suppose you can't get much more dynamic than that!

    The idea is that you would need to dynamically change the settings (positioning, wrapping, data types, and disabled) of each field on a per line basis.

    I figure this currently can be done using conditional objects for each style, but the individual fields don't 'stick' very easily to the conditional area in design mode.

    The ability to have a the dynamic fields linked to a separate table of styles would be most helpful.

    Actually, having a special type of conditional field that could hold a number of styles would be better. The idea is that for style 1 it contains 1 memo field across, for style 2 it contains 1 memo field and 2 numeric fields, style 3 would contain 1 memo field and 6 numeric fields, etc.


    • #3
      Re: V10 Major Enhancements For Desktop Apps

      "Proper notes to Financial Statemants..."

      Dan, I do not understand what you are trying to achieve...

      Financial Statements are gathered using the underlying postings. You want a system to analyse the changes in time and come up automatically with notes to explain them? If Alpha would be able to do that, we would have another real great product: One which could get rid of all those highly overpaid financial analysts..

      Maybe I misunderstood your remarks, but if you think there's a possibility of a system to "Properly note to financial statements" automatically generated by a system, please fill me in and I will invest my savings (and depts) into this...