OI10 Productivity features SRP love.


SRPProductsYou will have noticed just recently that I have become more excited about the OpenInsight 10 release and how it helps application developers to get more done, more quickly, with less code, etc. etc.

Over the weekend, Don from SRP joined in with the excitement of this ground breaking release with an SRP blog posting which looks at some of the OpenInsight 10 learning resources that are now becoming available and he touches on the productivity features in OpenInsight 10 that he and the team at SRP are falling in love with and which will no doubt help them to continue to deliver great systems for their clients and now more easily and in a quicker time.

Unless you’ve stayed in extended winter hibernation, you already know that Revelation Software officially released OpenInsight 10 three weeks ago. Furthermore, SRP embraced this release and was pleased to announce the general availability of our 64-bit controls and freeware utilities. The number of new enhancements and features in OpenInsight 10 can be overwhelming to learn. Fortunately, there are a number of articles and opportunities available to quickly get you up to speed. We encourage our readers to visit the following sites:

Click below to read more of Don’s latest posting.

http://blog.srpcs.com/openinsight-10-productivity-features-we-love/ 

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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.

My App’s now full of Bugs :)


BugSo, I am a week into my OpenInsight 9.4 to OpenInsight 10 (OI10) conversion which is basically just playing around with the interface and I really like how things are going.  I have a brand new colour scheme and ripping out loads of code.  I was keeping a tally, but I’m about 2/3rd of the was through and nearly 2,000 lines of cobbled together code have been deleted in favour of setting properties and thereby using professionally written code to run my application.

Last night, I managed to introduce a long overdue and much longed for Progress Bar which runs whilst my data grids are loading during system startup.  A trivial task for most of my blog readers, but quite a result for me all the same.  It’s nice when you manage to achieve something after a struggle and this is one such case.  It does put a smile on my face every time I launch my OpenInsight 10 application, so it’s well worth it in my mind.

Progress Bar

Using graphics in OpenInsight to build some really nice interfaces is child’s play now.  the key is having a good graphics library to pull from and I’m extremely lucky to have access to Icon Experience‘s graphics library.  With nearly 3,000 images in the library that I’m using, and they have several libraries and numerous sizes of each image in each library, they have a graphic (.png and .ico) that just about meets any requirement when building an application.

Anyway, I’m pleased to now be 100% OpenInsight 10.  Since rebuilding my computer, I have found no reason to install OpenInsight 9.4 and I’m now both developing in OI10 and using my Revelation Contact Manager on a daily basis running under OI10.

Great job guys.

I cannot produce any videos of my progress thus far because I’m working with live sensitive data.  However, once this project is done, I will look to put a video or two together using the old Clinic application that I used for the OI9.x tutorials.  Watch my blog for more information and video links as I begin that project.

If you are an OpenInsight WORKS subscriber, you can get the OpenInsight 10 Beta 4 software from the WORKS area on www.revelation.com.   If you are not a WORKS member, please drop me a line and I’ll be pleased to arrange a time to talk a little more about OpenInsight 10 and the supporting WORKS subscription service that underwrites the development suite.