Monday, 6 August 2007

OTN Forms forum, week 30 and 31

Some interesting stuff the last two weeks. The amount of noob questions on the forums used to put me off in the past, but I have to admit there's a lot of quality posts and ideas on the Forms forum. Now I wish I had more time to try everything that seems worthwhile :) Anyway, here's my list:

Zdebug -- Download a Forms debugging message tool

A very small but very handy tool for debugging your forms, by Steve Cosner. It uses a substitute for the message built-in and captures all those messages in a recordgroup. By including an extra button in your own form, you can call the debug form, which displays all the captured messages. It also supports getting serveroutput (dbms_output). Simple, efficient, practical!

Implementing JFreeCharts instead of FormsGraph.jar?

An unanswered question I as well would like to know the answer to. If you happen to know a solution, post it in the forum, pretty please...

Search a string in all .fmb in a directory

Not really an issue on Unix or Linux, but if you use Windows as an OS (my condolences), WinGrep is the app you need.

Using Enter-Query Mode Programmatically

A workaround to hitting the Enter Query and Execute Query buttons every time the user wants to perform a search. The user can stay in Normal mode, enter a search criterium in one of the fields, and Execute the search. The subsequent discussion is definitely worth reading too.

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