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    I have the Tree-Menu on left and show the xdialog form on the right side layout. I want to open the xDialog form when changed the Menu selection.
    I have tried
    (1) {condition} ... condition 1, condition 2, condition nth .... {condition=.t.} command which is work well but Problem is I have to write for too many conditions.

    (2) {include =.... } and {embedded = ... } with UDF which is this sample code. I'd like to use this function but It did not fire, refresh, show with a proper xdialog whenever changed the Tree.

    (3) {include =.... } and {embedded = ... } with String-dialog( dlg_basic=<<%dlg% ..... %dlg% .... ). - same problem, not worked

    tree_data = <<%a%
    +3Users and Groups.1+2Basic
    +3Users and Groups.1+2Child
    +3Report.1+2Report one
    +3Report.1+2Report two
    tree_images = <<%a%
    dim vDynamicTitle as c= ""
    vDynamicTitle ="basicDlg"
    'vDynamicTitle ="ChildDlg"
    vDynamicTitle =eval("vDynamicTitle")
    dim vdlg as c =""
    vSelect="Users and Groups.Basic"
    vdlg = <<%dlg%
    {Font = Arial,8,""}
    [%S=LX;[email protected]_images%.30,20vSelect^<tree_data]
    [SIZE=4][COLOR="#0000FF"]__dlgname__; [/COLOR][/SIZE]
    <*15&OK!OK> <15&Cancel!CANCEL>
    if a_dlg_button = "init" then
        a_dlg_button = ""
        Show_BasicList(local_variables())   'and {embedded=0,0:basicList};  it works
        vDynamicTitle =eval( "vDynamicTitle" )
        'vdlg = stritran(vdlg,"__dlgname__","{include="+ var->vDynamicTitle +"}")
    end if
    If a_dlg_button ="vTree_changed" then
        vDynamicTitle =""
        If vSelect="Users and Groups.Child" then
            vDynamicTitle ="ChildDlg"
            'vdlg = stritran(vdlg,"__dlgname__","{include=dlgchild}")
        else If vSelect="Users and Groups.Basic"
        	vDynamicTitle ="BasicDlg"    
        	'vdlg = stritran(vdlg,"__dlgname__","{include=dlgList}")
        	msgbox("selected other")	
        end if
        msgbox("tree value ",vDynamicTitle)
        vDynamicTitle = eval("vDynamicTitle")
        vdlg =""
       [COLOR="#FF0000"] vdlg = stritran(vdlg,"__dlgname__","{embedded=0,0:"+ var->vDynamicTitle +"}")[/COLOR]
        ui_dlg_refresh("Tree List and form")
        [COLOR="#FF0000"][SIZE=5]showvar(vdlg,"test when tree changed ")[/SIZE][/COLOR]   '[COLOR="#FF0000"]It showed blank result.  Problem at here.[/COLOR]
         a_dlg_button =""
    end if
    'vdlg = stritran(vdlg,"__dlgname__","{include="+ var->vDynamicTitle +"}")
    vdlg = stritran(vdlg,"__dlgname__","{embedded=0,0:"+ var->vDynamicTitle +"}")
    showvar(vdlg,"test just code ")
    varC_result = ui_dlg_box("Tree List and form",vdlg,dlg_event)
    Function Show_BasicList as c (vars as p)
    	with vars
    data = <<%a%
    Row 1 Column 1{T=$1}Row 1 Column 2{T=$2}Row 1 Column 3
    Row 2 Column 1{T=$1}Row 2 Column 2{T=$2}Row 2 Column 3
    Row 3 Column 1{T=$1}Row 3 Column 2{T=$2}Row 3 Column 3
    Row 4 Column 1{T=$1}Row 4 Column 2{T=$2}Row 4 Column 3
    Row 5 Column 1{T=$1}Row 5 Column 2{T=$2}Row 5 Column 3
    Row 6 Column 1{T=$1}Row 6 Column 2{T=$2}Row 6 Column 3
    vDynamicTitle =	"BasicDlg"
    	end with
    end function
    function show_embedded as v (vars as P)
        with vars
    vDynamicTitle ="ChildDlg"    
    This is an embedded dialog box that responds to the Hello event sent to it from its parent.;
    Name: [.20name];
    Enter a name into the Name field and click this button. After 2 seconds, the "Hello" dialog box will appear.;
    if a_dlg_button = "Hello" then
        ui_msg_box("","Hello: " + name)
    end if
    end with
    end function
    Does anyone know what did I missing on this code? or It is not suitable with Tree.

  • #2
    Re: Embedded or include with xdialog

    Have you seen the Toolbox in AS? It creates a dockable custom toolbar. You can have an animated or a tree display.

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


    • #3
      Re: Embedded or include with xdialog


      The ToolBox is not available from Version 9.

      I think I am missing several new features.

      Thank you.


      • #4
        Re: Embedded or include with xdialog

        You can create a custom stand alone toolbar in v9 that can be docked on the right with buttons that open menus that offer more choices. Not what you were looking for, but probably easier to design...

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


        • #5
          Re: Embedded or include with xdialog


          I worked with other "Embedded " functions.

          While I tried with "{beginembedded}", I just found that typical embedded is allowed only dialog "FRAME" , not entire " box " value.

          You can create a custom stand alone toolbar in v9 that can be docked on the right with buttons that open menus that offer more choices.
          Is this edit_system_tool.jpg what you referred?

          Thank you.


          • #6
            Re: Embedded or include with xdialog

            Using embedded xdialogs can work well once you get the hang of it. The main idea to grasp is that you set up an embedded dialog within the parent xdialog using one title per embedded xdialog. So rather than creating multiple xdialogs and changing the title in the embedded control you instead create multiple definitions of the same xdialog and then rerun that xdialog with which ever definition you need at the time. This is demonstrated in the Learning XDialog app chapter 17(the genie version) in the main Alpha program folder . The parent will know that the xdialog with that name will be placed in the embedded area.

            Having said that I am not saying it is not possible to use the other approach of changing xdialog titles but that requires you to rerun/refresh the parent xdialog which may have unwanted side affects.

            Below I have changed your sample to demonstrate this. Besides the xdialog there are two functions. One to define the xdialogs for each choice and the other to handle the choice and turn it into a value corresponding to the the variable name that holds the appropriate xdialog definition.

            The definitions of the various xdialogs and putting them into variables does not have to happen in a function. You could just do that at the start of the script before the xdialog runs in place of the function call. But I think it is good practice to isolate some of these jobs into functions. In one application I use this function to dynamically build the definition according to the data being presented. So each variable contains the complete code (including the Xdialog function) to run the xdialog which is then passed into 'evaluate_template' when needed. I usually build each xdialog in a new script so it can be tested separately and you can make use of the auto complete. Then cut and paste it into the main function. The naming of the variables is arbitrary but I combined the name of the xdialog with choice from the menu so the variable to use can be dynamically provided. This also allows for multiple embedded xdialogs.

            The 'FixChoice' function takes the value from vSelect(the tree choice) and isolates the last part (using the word function) which is the actual choice. Then substitutes the underscore for any spaces, because the variables names cannot have spaces. And finally concatenate it to the name of the embedded xdialog. Next we check if there is actually a variable of that name. if there is then we pass that out as the result.

            Hopefully this will give you some ideas and get you to the next step.
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            Last edited by Tim Kiebert; 11-10-2014, 10:12 PM.
            Tim Kiebert
            Eagle Creek Citrus
            A complex system that does not work is invariably found to have evolved from a simpler system that worked just fine.


            • #7
              Re: Embedded or include with xdialog



              I want to say LOUDER
              Last edited by johnkoh; 11-12-2014, 09:09 AM. Reason: spelling


              • #8
                Re: Embedded or include with xdialog

                Hi Tim,

                Basic Question - How does the Parent xdialog communicate with the child "Embedded" xdialog?

                I understood about How the "Genie" style embedded xdialog works.

                I started a new xdialog form and it has the three List-Boxes on left side and one child embedded List-Box.
                My Goal is whenever the Left side List-Boxes is changed then refresh and show the data on right side List-Box.
                My Left-side Boxes filters code which control the data are working fine because
                (1) shows the xdialog - both side
                (1) I can see the table's data with testing msgbox().
                (2) It shows the number of line as I designed

                but my problem is that the filtered data is not displayed or changed on the child xdialog even I can see the Data with Testing.
                It is showing the "Initial" records only.


                • #9
                  Re: Embedded or include with xdialog

                  The parent doesn't really communicate with the embeded xdialog. It basically reruns the the code that defines that embedded xdialog. So if you want something to change in that embedded xdialog (including having different data show in it) then you have to dynamically rewrite that definition and then rerun that definition. Without knowing the mechanisms you are using to display the data in the embedded xdialog I can not offer any more advice than that.
                  Tim Kiebert
                  Eagle Creek Citrus
                  A complex system that does not work is invariably found to have evolved from a simpler system that worked just fine.


                  • #10
                    Re: Embedded or include with xdialog


                    So if you want something to change in that embedded xdialog (including having different data show in it) then you have to dynamically rewrite that definition and then rerun that definition.
                    Thank you for this clarification and will let you know the result.