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Demonstration - Dynamic User Defined Grid Columns

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  • Demonstration - Dynamic User Defined Grid Columns

    Can anyone see this of use other than for the one client I built it for?

    The video shows a utility that allows a User to dynamically alter the columns and search area of a given grid. The idea is that I can build ONE grid with a default setting, and the client can alter that grid to their liking, so I don't have to generate a different grid for each client/user. I could also abstract the model so this one grid could be user-configured to have multiple structures (e.g.: one grid with ten different "instances" each with different columns hidden, or read-only, etc.)

    Current options are to hide/show grid columns and search fields, render grid columns read-only, and re-order grid columns and search fields.

    Here is the video: http://screencast.com/t/z6ioIlowPi (silent)
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    Re: Demonstration - Dynamic User Defined Grid Columns

    Interesting concept, on the other hand there's the named layouts in v11.
    Frank

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      Re: Demonstration - Dynamic User Defined Grid Columns

      Named layouts are still programmer-defined. My model is user-defined. Big difference.
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        Re: Demonstration - Dynamic User Defined Grid Columns

        Hi Steve, I have seen a similar concept in a Dutch accounting software. They also added the possibility to rename headers to the liking of the user. Not nessesarily translation, just replace some headers with business terms of the company / user.

        The usefulness all depends in my humble opinion on the ease the user can make the changes. In that accounting package:

        - if one clicked on a header one could instantly change the header and it was remembered in subsequent sessions per user
        - hiding / showing a collum: rightclick on the header and hide / show
        - changing the order of collums: drag and drop, like in Excel
        And of course there was that option to reset to default if the user got lost and made a mess of it:-)
        Ger Kurvers
        Alpha Anywhere / V4.6.1.9- Build 6488
        Development: Mysql, windows 10 64 Applicationserver: standard on Windows server 2019

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          Re: Demonstration - Dynamic User Defined Grid Columns

          An additional comment, because that would be a really great feature:

          If one could hide / show / make readonly on collumn level connected to usergroups in security...... that would be awsome. Because almost every customer has his own ideas about that. Hardly possible to design security one-fits-all
          Ger Kurvers
          Alpha Anywhere / V4.6.1.9- Build 6488
          Development: Mysql, windows 10 64 Applicationserver: standard on Windows server 2019

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            Re: Demonstration - Dynamic User Defined Grid Columns

            Thanks Ger, I know Alpha could build this in more elegant than me. I should mention that although I only included hide/show, read-only, reorder, I could include ANY override, meaning the user, without the Developer's hand, could alter the grid to their liking. So far they can only have one variation, but could be multiple provided I add a way for the user to also add the variations to their own menu.
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              Re: Demonstration - Dynamic User Defined Grid Columns

              Steve,

              Nice Job!

              Eric

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                Re: Demonstration - Dynamic User Defined Grid Columns

                Beautiful
                Nicholas Wieland
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                  Re: Demonstration - Dynamic User Defined Grid Columns

                  Steve, when you decide what you are going to do with this let me know. I need this exact type of capability for module in a project I am currently working on. I was going to have to write it myself but you have already done the heavy lifting. I believe it has value so come up with a number. Please let me know in Febuary 2012 as it looks like I will have to determine how the requirement will be covered by then.

                  Ron

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                    Re: Demonstration - Dynamic User Defined Grid Columns

                    Steve,

                    I am very interested to know how you are creating this grid with user-defined columns. I want to provide my customers with a very basic and structured query interface so they don't need to understand SQL or the relationships between the tables. This will be done for them automatically. I want to give them the option of displaying or printing any number of fields they might select from the database. I don't see any issues creating the user interface, but I am not sure how I am going to display a dynamically generated read-only grid with the query results.

                    Thanks

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                      Re: Demonstration - Dynamic User Defined Grid Columns

                      The demo is called "Dynamic Columns" on this page: http://ialpha5.com/
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                      • #12
                        Dynamic User Defined Grid Columns: Yahoo Groups

                        .
                        Steve,
                        I think there is something similar in Yahoo Groups.
                        In a given Yahoo Groups group, a member can propose
                        an activity to the group. Other members of that group
                        who want to take part in the activity sign-up in a table.

                        Previously, the table has to be created by the member
                        who made the proposal. The user defines the table fields
                        so that it makes sense frelative to the proposal.

                        For example, suppose I want to propose a basketball game.
                        A list of fields could be:

                        - Name
                        - Phone
                        - Beer afterwards? (y/n)
                        - Comments



                        Regards,
                        Felix
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                          Re: Demonstration - Dynamic User Defined Grid Columns

                          Yes Steve !
                          Very useful feature. I can see where it would come in handy.

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                            Re: Demonstration - Dynamic User Defined Grid Columns

                            Excellent Steve. We will be adding a budgeting module which has many columns and this would be a great functionality. One caveat would be that we would need each user to have their version of the configuration. Please keep updated on availability/progress.

                            Chris

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                              Re: Demonstration - Dynamic User Defined Grid Columns

                              Hi
                              Steve
                              I like what i see
                              Please keep us updated on availability
                              Thanks

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