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PowerBuilder Developer's Journal A picture is worth a thousand words. We all have heard this saying a countless number of times. But what if you don't understand what is drawn in the picture? I was approached once with a request to review requirements specifications for some module. The document contained a scheme that represented the place of the module within the system. The picture was mainly made of rectangles and arrows. The rectangles had labels and I figured out that they represented other modules in the system. But I couldn't understand the meaning of the arrows. When I asked the author about them, the answer was "Well, they are just arrows." After a pause, "They show that there's some connection between the modules" was added. Nowadays, the UML has become the de facto standard graphical notation for software projects. There are many books and training cours... (more)

Exploring DataWindow Display Formats

DataWindow display formats aren't a big secret. Most PowerBuilder developers use them to format numeric, date, time, and string values properly. Such display formats are usually straightforward and contain characters that have special meaning for a specific datatype like '#' for numeric values or '@' for string values. However, the DataWindow display format is a very powerful tool and you can get more than simple data formatting. This article explores what you can do with DataWindow display formats demonstrating a few tricks. Using Regular Characters A DataWindow display format ca... (more)

Working with Legacy Applications

When I was just starting my career in programming, I thought I would be creating new applications. And I did - I created a few applications from scratch. Maybe two or three of them. But for the most part what I've been doing is working with code written by someone else a while ago - legacy code. What is legacy code? You could define legacy code as ancient applications that were written in the past. For me, legacy code is code written by someone else no matter how long ago - 15 years or 15 minutes. What's common about all applications that were written by someone else? You don't kn... (more)

Drop-Down Lists for Decimal Fields

PowerBuilder has a very handy way to make data entry more convenient: the DropDownDataWindow and DropDownListBox edit styles for DataWindow columns. Indeed, it's much simpler to pick up a value from a look-up list than to type it in each time you need to enter it. However, it looks like we've overlooked one of the cases when use of a drop-down list can make data entry easier for the user. Most of the time we use drop-down lists when working with lists of pairs "encoded value"/"decoded value": the users see and select decoded values and encoded values are saved in the database. T... (more)

Highlighting Selected Text in PowerBuilder DataWindow

Let's suppose that you have a search window where a user can enter a search string and get the list of text items matching this pattern. Ideally, the portions of text that meet the search criteria should be highlighted, for example, by text formatting. It could look like Figure 1. In PowerBuilder we have a great tool for searching and displaying information - the DataWindow. But how can we do text formatting inside a DataWindow column? Unfortunately, there's no way in the DataWindow object to do that. This article describes a technique that will let you simulate this. A Sample Da... (more)