Illustrated Desktop Overview

Description

Reporting, programming, GIS, and videos

Reporting 

An improved Quick Report Genie...

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and a new Layout Table report allow the easy generation of reports in HTML and Excel.

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This includes the ability to create Linked Reports, which are even more useful than sub-reports. Here's a report design with the linked report hatched...

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and here's the report preview with the linked sections.

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Programming 

Xbasic is now more powerful. Among other improvements, it has support for the .NET Framework:

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It also supports a more powerful Class syntax for data hiding:

define class global StoredProc
dim protected m_Connection as SQL::Connection
dim public read protected write SPKeyword as C = ""
...

Xdialog has been improved, with the biggest changes being the ability to incorporate HTML, Tabbed UIs, and Page Layouts into Xdialog windows to make stunning looking dialogs.

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We have integrated Charts and added a Chart API. You can create charts based on .NET Framework charting. You can use integrated charts as a Component that also runs on the desktop, in Reports, and on desktop Forms.

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A new Excel API allows you to directly create Excel files from Xbasic.

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This facility is utilized by the new Layout Table report to generate Excel reports. The following illustration is a linked HTML report.

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Share user interfaces with Web applications 

We now give you the ability to use more Web components on the desktop. You can use Tabbed UIs, Page Layouts, maps, charts, the new Dialog component, and several other components in Desktop applications, not just Grid components.

GIS 

We support Geographic databases in a portable way

SELECT id, Code, Name, City, County, State, GeogLatitude(Location) AS Lat, GeogLongitude(Location) AS Lon, Elevation 
FROM US_Airports

and have added a Google Map component.

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You can link a Google Map to a row in a Grid, use it as a Geographic Search control for a Grid:

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The Map control can also be used to display geographic and other information from many rows of a Grid on a Map Alternate View.

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All of this works on the desktop as well as the Web. See Web Components that run on the desktop.

Videos 

Layout Editors - Control Libraries

DT1. When you are editing a Layout (e.g. Form, Report, etc.), you can select one or more controls and then place them in a 'Control Library' on the Toolbox. Controls in the Control Library can be placed on any Layout.

This video shows how you can add controls to the Control Library, and then use controls that you previously added to the Control Library.

Layout Editors - Embedded Charts

Charts can be used in Form, Reports, Labels, Letters, Xdialogs, and Web Components.

This video shows how a chart can be embedded into a form.

Charts - Xdialog Examples

DT3. Charting features can be used in Xdialogs. The following video show how you can embed custom charts in your own Xdialogs.

DT3. The Xdialogs shown in the above video are all in the sample 'Learning Xdialog' database. Since there are many example scripts in 'Learning Xdialog' that would be useful to have quick access to, regardless of which database you are working in, we show in this video how you can easily create a Code Library from the examples in 'Learning Xdialog'.

Forms - Embedded Charts - Charting Summary Data

DT4. The charts that you embed on a Form or Report can plot summary data. The charts can either be defined declaratively, or you can use custom Xbasic.

These videos show how a chart that summarizes attendees at a seminar by state can be defined using the built-in Chart Genie, or using Xbasic.

The sample database used in the videos can be be downloaded [here].

Download Sample Database