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Subject:Re: Code in reports - hilight item
Date:Fri, 30 Mar 2018 04:41:12 -0400
From:"Kevin Baker" <>
WOW!  Thanks!  I will dig into this today.  I see what you mean about being 
tricky, but since I've never done this before, I'm eager to give it a try.

Thanks again,

"Mark Bannister"  wrote in message 

It's tricky.  And I'm running through this fast.....

You have to have the floating panels turned on (one of the better parts
of proview I think).
Right click on the "RV" button and select the "Simple Floating Panel".
Now click on the object your want to add code to and then click the
"Method Edit" button on the floating panel (6th button).  It pops up a
list of methods.  Click the one your want or add a new method.
There are some issues about where you add code ( proview will warn you
about them).
UI objects run their code in the same order they are displayed, so while
your can call a method in another object it may not have executed yet so
variables may not be set yet, etc.
I put almost all my code in the tableframe (or the first table frame)
and lower objects can usually see that.
You can open libraries and use them but you need to make sure your first
object opens the libraries (or have all objects make sure they are
open).  I put the library vars in the tableframe, create a method that
opens them, and then call that method from every other method running code.
To trigger custom methods use calculated fields.  The value in the
calculated field can be a dummy value but the calculated field must pass
a value or it won't trigger.
For instance some people create a dummy object to open libraries and
initialize variables.  The place it as the first object in the
tableframe and make it a calculated field.
Dummy objects calc field:   openlibs( [datamodelalias:myvalue])

;// var of table frame
myvariables  sometype
        mylibraries  library

testvar longint

Method Openlibs( dummy longint)

;// open in libraries
;// init global variables
;///   perhpas calculate your counts here

testvar = 99  ;<<< set global var to a value


;// another method to access testvar
Method getTestVar( dummy longint ) longint
   return testvar

You can also address the global variables in calculated fields
some calc field:   iif([datamodelalias:myvalue]=1, testvar, testvar2 )

On 3/29/2018 1:38 PM, Kevin Baker wrote:
> Mark,
> Ok, so now I'm just curious about the code on a report.  You mentioned 
> using Proview is the easiest way, but I can't seem to figure out to do it. 
> Is this still possible in the latest version of Proview?
> Thanks
> Kevin
> "Mark Bannister"  wrote in message 
> news:421e3557$
> janM wrote:
>> Mark
>> Just for the record...
>> How do you put code to the object of your report without causing GPV, 
>> etc...
>> In P9: this is my way:
>> - first put the objects in place on the report
>> - then create a blank - new form
>> - copy the necessary objects to the form and add code to it
>> - last: paste them back in place in the report
>> Perhaps there is a better way?
> Of course there is a better way <g>.  Use Vladimir's Proview.  It allows
> for editing report methods.  It also blocks you from putting code in the
> most unstable places.
> You can also do it with opal code and the editmethod method.  Use a
> script or form to run the editmethod code.  Proview is the easiest way.
> Mark B.
> PS  Remember when adding code to reports to always save before running.
>   Code changes do not take effect unless you save it. 

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