SRP Controls – Updates released for OI10


SRPProductsThis is a quick note to highlight that SRP have just announced the release of their SRP Utilities and SRP ActiveX Controls for the new 64-bit-only OpenInsight platform.

Since OpenInsight 10 (OI10) was released, several of you have spoken to me about support for the SRP controls in OI10 and, as expected, Don and his team have delivered very quickly following the OI10 release.

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OpenInsight 10 Overview Video


Since uploading the two videos yesterday, I have had more pressure from people to get some form of overview video out for OpenInsight 10.  It seems that there is significant interest in the new version of OpenInsight but people want a quick view, rather than downloading, installing and running their own evaluation.

I have therefore just uploaded an initial overview video.  Although this video is not short (a little over 51 minutes), it is a ‘very’ quick overview of the OpenInsight 10 tool-set.

Aimed primarily at experienced OpenInsight developers who are familiar with the OpenInsight tool-set, this video takes quick look at the Integrated Development Environment (IDE), how the tools are launched and how the interface reacts to those launched tools.  We don’t look at everything and nothing is looked at in any great detail.  I’ll take that request on a module by module basis.

As always, please comment below the video on YouTube if you find this video useful.  It is the only way that I know whether these videos are worth the time and effort to produce them.

 

The Hyperlink Control in OI10


So, it was mentioned to me that I was using a static control to launch the pop-up in my video this morning.  Whereas, Andrew was using a Hyperlink Control to do the same.  So what’s the difference and why did I opt for the Static Control?

I’ve just uploaded a new video to show the difference between the two and to show why I preferred the static text control in my application – mainly for a little more control owing to the background colour scheme that I have been using in my windows – no other good reason.

I hope that you are finding these videos useful and I’ll welcome your comments, feedback and ideas for more snippet videos like this one.

 

Pop-ups in OI10


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Sprezzatura recently wrote a blog posting following the release of OpenInsight 10 (OI10) and in that posting was the new way of using a standard OpenInsight pop-up to launch a selected data record.

I’ve had a few people asking for some OI10 videos and someone asked for the new pop-up method to be recorded specifically.  That video is now available on my YopuTube channel at the link below.

Please remember that I am learning fast at the moment, but hopefully the video will help you to use the same feature in your OI10 applications.

Thank you to Andrew McAuley for bringing this feature to our notice and for documenting on the Sprezzatura blog.

Fiddlesticks – More code to remove :)


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So, Andrew at Sprezzatura really made my day with their latest blog posting.  As a non-programmer, I tend to do things how I was taught.  Sometimes I learned those lessons ages ago and I never think that there might be better and easier ways of doing things.

Andrew’s latest blog posting came literally a few short hours after I’d been cutting code to manage the Pop-Ups in my application and have them pass the ID to the appropriate control and read the record to display the data on screen.  It’s only a dozen or so lines of code, but after reading his blog posting, I now have a whole new way of interacting with pop-ups and I finished the day with a lesson learned and a little more OI10 knowledge.

The result is, that I now need to go back to my new OpenInsight 10 (OI10) application and rip out even more code in favour of using the options that OI10 now exposes in the quick events for most controls.  The clear benefit however, will be less code for me to maintain (or should I say mess up) and the use of professionally written code behind the scenes, easily preferable.

Just another example of how OI10 will definitely help me to produce better and more reliable systems, and much faster than before.

You can read Andrew’s blog article, which takes a first look at OpenInsight 10 here.

So, what has changed in OpenInsight 10?

Bob Catalano has written a nice summary of the features and benefits of OI10.  This is available on www.revelation.com and I have also copied it onto the RevUK website here.  This text is also being picked up on Social Media and other places and shows how exciting this new OpenInsight release is.

If you are an existing OI developer and you want to know more about the wealth of changes to the presentation layer, etc., then Carl’s Building OpenInsight 10 blog is an absolute ‘must read’.

Bob has also provided a number of new getting started documents which now ship with the OI10 software.  This includes guides for non-OpenInsight MultiValue developers who wish to explore using OI10 as a front end to their existing MultiValue databases (U2, D3, QM, etc) and SQL developers which would like to interface to their SQL databases.  There is now a brand-new data connector for some cloud databases, such as Couchbase, all with Quick Start Guides.

If that is not enough, please feel free to contact your local Revelation Software office and we’ll be pleased to take your questions and provide you with some answers.

OI10 really is ground-breaking and it’s set to make Windows and Web Application Development even easier for professional developers and hobby developers, like myself.

 

Truly a Milestone Day for OpenInsight


didyouknowoi10Today is a real milestone day for Mike, Carl and everyone at Revelation Software who have been involved with the OpenInsight 10 release.

Over the last few weeks, many of you have been asking me how the project has been progressing and when you will see the final release.  Well today that day has arrived with Revelation Software releasing the final shipping version of OpenInsight 10 to WORKS subscriber overnight.

The new version is a world away from what we had before.  The interface for the desktop development suite is so much nicer to work in, it is more intuitive, you can work on multiple things at once and you’ll be building interfaces with far less code than before.  Revelation really have taken a lot of the hard work away by exposing and including a whole host of new properties.  O4W has not been forgotten either, and Bryan has introduced a whole new layer of design control, but I’m yet to get into O4W 10 for the moment, so more on this later.

In addition, OpenInsight now includes support for some cloud based databases, glyph buttons, the toolset is more DPI aware with the option for you to use numerous sizes of images for better representation within your applications, a powerful new OIConsole Manager, performance enhancements and much, much more.

I hope to run a small video of the new release later today (time permitting).  In the meantime, if you are an OpenInsight WORKS subscriber, you can get the full release from the WORKS area in the normal place.  If you are not a WORKS subscriber, please contact your local Revelation Software office to find out more about how OpenInsight can help you to build better applications.

New Video Uploaded


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Hopefully most of my blog readers will know about my YouTube channel for OpenInsight videos, but you might not necessarily be aware that I have created a brand new channel for my OpenInsight 10 related videos.  This new channel has been created to highlight the difference between the old OI9 based tutorials and the new ones that will be coming soon for OI10.

Anyway, today sees the next video go live.  This one is a little more about self indulgence than anything but it does show what you can achieve in OI10 in a very short amount of time.

As many of you will know, I have been deep into GDPR compliance.  Whilst RevUK is fully DPA (Data Protection Act) compliant, the forthcoming GDPR requirements mean some procedures have been tightened up and accountability measures introduced.  This has resulted in a brand new GDPR compliance document and, from that, I decided to further beta test the OI10 beta 7 release by building a new GDPR module into our bespoke contact manager.

This new video takes a quick look at what I built over a couple of evenings and it shows just how quickly OpenInsight can help you to enhance (or build) your applications to meet ever changing business requirements.

10 out of 10 for any of you that catch the spelling mistake and tool tip error ;).  They have been corrected in the software but I did not have the time to reproduce the video.

If you would like to know more about OpenInsight, O4W or how you can get a bespoke software solution to support your business, please drop me an email and I’ll be pleased to get back to you.

In the meantime, please subscribe to my new YouTube channel to ensure that you see the new OI10 Tutorial video series as I get them produced and uploaded over the next few weeks following the final OpenInsight 10 release.