100 Days of PowerBuilder – Tutorial – Day 9 – Window Methods

Posted on May 6, 2021 at 12:50 pm in

This is part of my project ‘100 Days of PowerBuilder’ which is a series of discussions focused on basic PowerBuilder development. Note: This article is written with examples created in PowerBuilder 2019 R3. Most steps/examples will be identical with any version going back to 9. Before we go much further we need to think about…

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PowerBuilder Tables Script

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Here is a script to generate the PowerBuilder ‘cat’ tables for SQL Server (pbcatcol, pbcatedt, pbcatfmt, pbcattbl, pbcatvld).  Depending upon the permissions of the user who is connecting, these may not be created automatically from PB.  Modify to reflect the database user as appropriate (dbo in this script).  Supposedly this is available from the installation…

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100 Days of PowerBuilder – Tutorial – Day 8 – Adding a Menu

Posted on April 7, 2021 at 1:46 pm in

This is part of my project ‘100 Days of PowerBuilder’ which is a series of discussions focused on basic PowerBuilder development. Note: This article is written with examples created in PowerBuilder 2019 R3. Most steps/examples will be identical with any version going back to 9. Let’s take a look at menus.  We will create a…

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100 Days of PowerBuilder – Tutorial – Day 7 – Opening a Window

Posted on March 30, 2021 at 5:13 pm in

This is part of my project ‘100 Days of PowerBuilder’ which is a series of discussions focused on basic PowerBuilder development. Note: This article is written with examples created in PowerBuilder 2019 R3. Most steps/examples will be identical with any version going back to 9. Although we have already opened the main window for our…

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100 Days of PowerBuilder – Tutorial – Day 6 – Adding Controls to a Form

Posted on March 24, 2021 at 7:36 pm in

This is part of my project ‘100 Days of PowerBuilder’ which is a series of discussions focused on basic PowerBuilder development. Note: This article is written with examples created in PowerBuilder 2019 R3. Most steps/examples will be identical with any version going back to 9. Lets add some additional controls to our main form and…

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100 Days of PowerBuilder – Tutorial- Day 5 – Building up the Application Structure

Posted on March 24, 2021 at 5:51 pm in

This is part of my project ‘100 Days of PowerBuilder’ which is a series of discussions focused on basic PowerBuilder development. Note: This article is written with examples created in PowerBuilder 2019 R3. The same steps would be pretty close with any version going back to 9. So lets get back to work on our…

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PowerBuilder – Back Tab to Last Field in DataWindow

Posted on March 23, 2021 at 7:11 pm in

An annoyance in a PB window with a datawindow control on it is if you back tab to the dw, your cursor is positioned to the first field and not the last field. The following technique can eliminate that and make your application a bit more user friendly. In the Getfocus event of the datawindow:…

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PowerBuilder – Getting the Display Value from a Drop Down DataWindow

Posted on March 18, 2021 at 4:51 pm in

This is very basic functionality but easily forgotten. Say you have a datawindow built from the ‘part’ table and a column for partType is a DDDW. You want the description of the partType code (which is displayed in the row showing the parts). To do this you use the evaluate method with the describe method…

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100 Days of PowerBuilder – Tutorial – Day 4: A Look at the IDE

Posted on March 16, 2021 at 9:54 pm in

This is part of my project ‘100 Days of PowerBuilder’ which is a series of discussions focused on basic PowerBuilder development. Note: This article is written with examples created in PowerBuilder 2019 R3. The same steps would be pretty close with any version going back to 9. Mastering the PowerBuilder Integrated Development Environment (IDE) is…

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100 Days of PowerBuilder – Tutorial – Day 3: Window Properties

Posted on March 16, 2021 at 9:51 pm in

This is part of my project ‘100 Days of PowerBuilder’ which is a series of discussions focused on basic PowerBuilder development. Note: This article is written with examples created in PowerBuilder 2019 R3. The same steps would be pretty close with any version going back to 9. Continuing with the window we created on Day…

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