‘I never knew that’, The Calculator Trick


After a relatively quiet period, it is great to be back blogging again and sharing news and technical content relating to OpenInsight and Revelation Software in general.

OI10 is now just around the corner and I can’t wait for conference in April to see the new features, new look interface and all the good stuff coming in the new version of OpenInsight.

I hope to have more and more information about the new release of OpenInsight over the coming weeks leading up to and following the conference.  In the meantime, it is SRP and Sprezzatura that are keeping me busy with great technical content being published on their sites.

Today it is Sprezzatura’s turn and they have highlighted a little known, but highly useful tip for tracking down OLE errors in OpenInsight applications.

Tracking down OLE errors in OpenInsight can be more than a little tricky at times but last week, the guys learned that this task can be made super simple using the Windows Calculator.  As one of them said following the sharing of this tip ‘I never knew that’ and that is a phrase that I don’t often hear from the Sprezzatura boys.

The article explains how they went from a reported error of ” ” from the third party system (yes, you read that right, in it entirety the error was nothing, nada, zip) to a solution and another happy supported client.

Click here to read the full article.

 

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Delving Deep into the OI BRW


BRW

I have been a long term fan of the new OpenInsight Banded Report Writer and those goes back to it’s introduction early in the OI 9.x series of releases.  So much so, I decided to take the stand at one of our RUGs and attempt to show our attendees what the new tool set was all about and what it is capable of.

It is a very powerful tool with a familiar design interface that most developers and power users should be happy with following a quick run through the BRW Reference Guide and working through the first few pages of the guide which builds your first report.

However, Don at SRP is in the process of taking the BRW and delving deep into the tool and he aims to reveal how developers can better understand the tool, its configuration and how to get the most from this powerful addition to the suite of OI tools.

His first article has just appeared on the SRP blog and its looks at Unpacking CFG_OIBRW, or more specifically the options for configuring the OI BRW for use and the advantages and disadvantages of each of the options.  There is also a link to the Wiki that he has set up and in which he plans to continue to delve deeper into the tool over the coming weeks.

If you are working with OI 9.x, planning a move to OI 9.x or want to get more from your reporting within OpenInsight, then this series looks set to be a must read.

New look for the blog


new-blog-designIt is all change online for RevUK at the moment.  As many of you will hopefully have noticed, I have recently changed my blog theme and opted for a more contemporary and cleaner looking theme.

I am also pleased to have a theme with a library of images and which picks a different image when the blog is opened. Better still, it is another chance for me to enjoy (and share with you) some of my images form my trip to California earlier this year.

I hope that you like the look of the new blog theme and that you continue to find the posting useful and informative.  But, it is not stopping there, I am currently in the process of redeveloping the revsoft.co.uk website and I hope to have a new fresh look for the site online very soon – and with support for mobile devices.  Watch this space.