OpenInsight 10 Presentation Server


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OpenInsight 10 Features –
OpenInsight 10 Presentation Server

The OpenInsight Presentation Server is a core part of the OpenInsight Development suite.  It hosts the OpenEngine virtual machine and provides Basic+ programs with an object based interface to create and manipulate Windows Desktop Applications.  As well as providing the capability to create your own applications, the Presentation Server also provides the actual OpenInsight development environment itself, which comprises the IDE and its associated tools.

Download a copy of the OpenInsight 10 Presentation Server Reference Manual HERE.

PLEASE NOTE: The OpenInsight 10 Presentation Server Reference Manual is currently a work in progress and is may well change between now and the release of the OI10 final release.

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OpenInsight 10 – Alpha 7


OI10whiteRevelation have made some good progress with the OpenInsight 10 Alpha and I’m currently working through my bug list and closing a nice number of reported issues from earlier alphas, something that I’ll continue with over the weekend.

In line with their open and transparent policy for OpenInsight 10, they Alpha v7 is now available for download to all Works Members.

The Alpha v7 is available as a full install. So, if you have worked with earlier alpha’s please use the AppBackup facility to backup your old alpha work and restore it into the new alpha.  This is what I do but one word of warning.  If you keep your data, images and other supporting files in a specific folder (I keep things in C:\RevSoft10.6\MDPmyApp) you’ll need to copy that folder from the earlier alpha and into the new alpha once installed.  The app restore will then use the new folder and the restore should run just fine.

This version includes many enhancements to the IDE, Form Designer, Table Builder and O4W, so it is well worth a look and to take the opportunity to report any issues that you find to Revelation and have those issue addressed before Revelation releases the beta.

OpenInsight for Web (O4W) v2.0, included in the OpenInsight 10 Alpha v7, is a rapid application development tool that lets you generate responsive forms, reports, and dashboards.  Use the powerful GUI drag-and-drop to lay out your forms and then test in both desktop and mobile browser mode. Or use the toolset’s full-function API to create the most sophisticated web pages.

Alpha v7 is set to expire on April 4, 2017.

Another day of learning in Houston.


1P7A8706Well today was another full day of socialising, learning and inspiration.  Sorry for the brief overview of my day, but tomorrow will be a long day and I’m still putting to bed a photo presentation for the morning.  It’ll also be going online somewhere next week, so watch for more when I’m back home.

Today (we’ll yesterday now), began with breakfast before we broke into two sessions.  I’d listened to Carl yesterday, so it was a hour or so with Bob Carten on the changes to Indexing and Selects.  With help from others in the community Bob has done allot of work on performance profiling of OpenInsight and he is putting that knowledge to good use.  Some long standing assumptions have been dashed and set aside and we can look forward to a new set of OI profiling tools that will help to achieve performance increases within our systems.  Bob has seen increases of up to 30% in places with regards to Selects and Indexing.

Performance and system profiling is an extremely hot topic at the moment with many of my customers and you really needed to be in this session to fully understand the work that Bob and the team have been doing in this area.

Mike followed Bob in a session that looked at the new Forms Designer and some of the new controls that we can look forward to.  However, from my point of view, it was great to see first hand just how easy it will be to utilise much of the new GUI design elements without having to learn and write new code.

Lunch was a wonderful Italian themed affair with lots to choose from.  Refreshed and ready for more, we all joined Mike in the main hall for a session on what is involved with moving an OI 9.4 and prior application to version 10.  The process is not an upgrade, it’s a conversion and Revelation have built tools to, not only help developers through the conversion process, but if you decide to copy the tables over, the process will optimise them as well – a double bonus.

Mike included allot of useful information about preparing for the conversion process and he confirmed that there are numerous ways to achieve the conversion.  As usual there are two ways to do it well, two ways that’ll get your there and two that are not ideal but they’ll get you there all the same.  The attendees, now know at least one of the two best ways and this session provoked allot of questions, so this is clearly something that developers worry about and want to do right first time.

The afternoon got a little heavy for someone with my limited technical understanding but Bryan’s presentation about the Engine Server was not only entertaining (as usual) but highly educational.  We learned how to properly configure and control the engine server and much more.  I the other room, Bill and Dave educated their audience on the introduction of R/List into the Banded Report Writer.

I finished up the afternoon listening to Bill talk about the new OpenInsight Authentication Module that is coming in OI 10 and which ‘can’ be made available to developers using 9.4, on request.  This is another highly topical subject and questions flowed throughout and not least from people building web based solutions.

The weather had turned today and the evening rounded out with a lovely dinner in the Palm Court.  It was a little cold and damp for the planned pool side party.  However, everyone had a great time and many of us took the advantage to catch up with people before we all head off for home tomorrow lunchtime.

That’s it for now.  We have an early start and a long journey home tomorrow and I need some shut eye.  Please watch the blog for details of the photographs and video presentation being published on-line and also how to get Dan’s motivational download.

Two dates for your diary.


Revelation software Conference 2015
Revelation software Conference 2015

If you are working with OpenInsight (as an end user or a developer) or one of the other leading MultiValue database technologies, you’ll want to know what is happening with OI 10.  The changes are going to be far reaching, they are going to revolutionise your interface and there will be something for end user, developers and anyone needing to get a little more from their Multivalue based system.

The first date for your diary is Tuesday 23rd September 2014.  RevUK will be hosting their next Revelation User Group (RUG) meeting at the Hilton Doubletree in Ealing, London.  The agenda will be largely about catching up on what has been going on at Revelation since we last met and mainly the forthcoming OpenInsight 10 release.  As always, this will be your ideal opportunity to meet and exchange ideas with other OpenInsight developers and users and to put your questions and needs from the product direct to Mike Ruane (President and CEO of Revelation Software) who will be over from New Jersey, USA and also to the RevUK team.  Please email Martyn for further details and to register your place on this key Revelation EMEA event.

Whilst the RevUK RUG will be an update on the project thus far, the main event will be the main Revelation Software Users Conference.  This will be held on 24th to the 27th March 2015 and it will be hosted in Houston, Texas, USA.  The actual venue will be announced a little later, but please contact Martyn if you are in the EMEA region and you wish to register your interest in attending, or info@revelation.com if you are in any other region.

The world conference will the optimal event to learn all about the new version of OpenInsight.  With Houston being OpenInsight 10’s official debut, there are bound to be highly informative  break out sessions for developers and end users that should enable you to claim this invaluable event against your training budget.

So, please put the following dates in your diary and avoid missing these two key dates in the Revelation EMEA calendar:

  • 23rd September 2014 – RevUK RUG Meeting, Ealing, London, UK.
  • 27th March 2015 – RevUS World Conference, Houston, Texas, USA.

 

Presentations – OI 10’s CBBFS, OAM & GIT


As you will no doubt be aware by now, some of the highlights of the forthcoming OpenInsight 10 release include the Cloud Based Base Filing System (CBBFS) that will initially support Couchbase in the cloud, support for GIT, and OpenInsight’s new Authorisation Module (OAM). Mike covered all of these new technologies in detail during his Australia and New Zealand road trip and we will have to wait until September to see these new technologies in action here in London.

However, for those of you who cannot wait and who need just a little more information, Mike has kindly let me have his presentations to share with you. These include slides that touch on what the technologies are, what they do for OpenInsight developers and how they work in OpenInsight. The presentations include a number of screenshots and then Mike went into live demos of the technologies.

We cannot replicate those demos in the presentations, so please drop me an email to reserve your place on the EMEA RUG in London on the 23rd of September to learn more and to request a copy of the presentations, which I will email to you by return of email (or as soon as possible).

RevUK 2014 RUG & Aus and NZ Wrapup


Mike’s recent visit to Australia and New Zealand has really raised the OpenInsight 10 profile and some of the amazing things that Revelation will be delivering within that new version early in 2015.  He’ll be over here in London for the EMEA region’s leg of his world tour this year, so please put Tuesday 23rd September in your diary today.

Mike will be at the Hilton Doubletree hotel in Ealing, London on the 23rd September to headline our next Revelation User Group (RUG) meeting.  He’ll be talking about all the good things in OI 10, updating us on where the company is at that time and further plans for the future – the usual popular agenda.  But, it will be OI10 that will steal the show and I’m also hoping to have Carl Pates at the RUG to talk about his work on the OI 10 presentation layer, which is seeing some huge, dramatic and quite wonderful changes.

Please drop me an email to register your interest for the RevUK RUG on the 23rd September.

Mike will be flying into London on the Monday and he’ll be free to visit people on the Wednesday, Thursday and Friday morning if not too far from London.  I already have some meeting pencilled in, so please get in touch as quickly as possible if you wish Mike to address your development team whilst over here and to discuss business matters with your management team and your future requirements from OI.

For those of you that cannot wait to learn more about the new release and the highlights of what Mike was saying whilst in Australia and New Zealand recently, please checkout the trips wrap here.

OI’s Cloud Based Filing System


OpenInsight v10.0 will introduce a Cloud Based Filing System (CBBFS) which will allow the OpenInsight toolset to operate on data stored in Couchbase which is one of several cloud databases. A cloud database is an internet accessible NoSQL database key/value store. A key/value store is one which returns an entire document in response to a request for a key. The most popular vendors structure their documents as marked up text. OpenInsight’s native data storage is a key/value store which stores data as marked up text. OpenInsight is a natural fit as a toolset for working with these databases. The CBBFS connector will translate the OpenInsight markup scheme to the markup scheme of Couchbase which is JSON.

To read more on NoSQL database technology click HERE.