Areas of the "Applications" module
The "Applications" module is subdivided into five areas. The size of each area can be adjusted by dragging with the mouse. To do that, position the mouse at the edge of an area until the mouse pointer changes to a double-headed arrow. If there is insufficient space for elements to be displayed in an area, vertical and/or horizontal scroll bars will be shown automatically.
Every tab, with the exception of the workspace, At the area title, the whole area can be dragged & dropped to another position.
For the duration of the move, the area moved by drag & drop is colored gray to preview the future position and is anchored the moment you release the mouse button. Areas can also be made into their own window.
Individual areas can be shown and hidden via the "View" main menu. Additionally, the original arrangement can be restored for all areas.
In the upper left area of the Applications module, the hierarchy of the individual pages and data groups of an application will be displayed.
Clicking on the arrow symbols left of an element's name allows subordinate levels of the application structure to be opened or closed.
The application node can always be found at the top of the application structure. It represents the application itself. Settings such as title, version, application menu, portlets and permissions can be edited in the properties dialog. New data groups, external data groups, system data groups and view pages can be created via the "New" menu when the application node is selected.
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System data groups
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External data groups
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The data fields of a data group can be shown or hidden in the application structure via the menu "Edit / Show/Hide data fields".
Every data group also find the following system data fields:
(PK) (S) ID
ID of the data record
ID of the user who last edited the data record
Date of last change
ID of the user who created the data record
Date of last change
Date of last change
These data fields can, if desired, be additionally connected to view elements. When creating a data set in the browser, system fields will automatically be filled with relevant data by Intrexx.
Information on the data types and control types in Intrexx can be found here.
This symbol designates view pages, on which data entered to an application will be shown.
Edit pages are always found within a data group. Data can be recorded using corresponding elements here.
Pages in the application menu
This symbol designates view or edit pages that are connected to the application menu. These pages can be directly accessed in the browser from the application menu. The application menu can be changed in the properties dialog of the application node.
This symbol designates a main or edit page that has been defined as the start page of the application via the Edit menu / Start page. The start page will be loaded first when the application link is clicked on in the browser, regardless of its position in the application menu or whether it is there at all. Edit pages can therefore only be defined as the start page if they are located in data groups directly beneath the application node.
<![CDATA[ ]]> This symbol designates a view page that is being used as a portlet.
<![CDATA[ ]]> Edit pages with Office Integration are represented by this symbol.
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Frequently used items can be included in this area for quick and easy access.
Opens a dialog w here elements can be added to the favorites list.
Exports the favorite list as an XML file.
Imports an exported favorite list.
Read and WriteContainer, API endpoints
Every ReadContainer or WriteContainer that has been defined on the current page will be shown here. More information about this topic can be found here.
Information about API endpoints can be found here.
The contents and appearance of the workspace will change, depending on whether a page, data group, or the application node is selected in the application structure. If, for example, the application node has been highlighted, the workspace will provides information about the application description, start page, additional pages and the application history with ID and date.
If a data group has been highlighted, the name of the corresponding database table will be shown. All data fields and references of the data group will be listed.
If an application page in the application structure has been selected, elements can be assigned via drag & drop to the workspace.
If an element on the workspace is moved with the mouse to a position that is not allowed, such as when elements overlap one another or when the borders of the workspace have been exceeded, the border of the element will be shown in red. It will not be moved. When you let go of the left mouse button, it will return to its original position.
The most important properties of the elements will be displayed in a quicktip when the mouse is positioned over an element.
Elements with script calls or comments will be automatically designated with a blue symbol. Mandatory fields will be designated on the workspace with a red symbol.
On the workspace, vertical and horizontal help lines can be inserted via the menu "Edit/ Horizontal/Vertical help line". They are added at the last position of the mouse. Existing help lines can be deleted via menu "Edit / Delete help line".
The workspace is occupied by a grid to which view and input elements are aligned. Additionally, a ruler will help you to position the elements. The current coordinates of the mouse pointer will be shown highlighted on the ruler.
In the application options, the properties of the workspace can be modified, e.g. to deactivate the ruler or grid.
You can select elements on the workspace by clicking on them. You can select multiple elements by clicking with the mouse and dragging a border around the elements, or by clicking on the elements, one after another, while holding down the Ctrl key.
A grouping can be used to combine several elements, e.g., to limit their expansion on the page, to combine them visually, or to move them together. Select the desired elements on the workspace and choose the main menu "Edit / Group", or the context menu of the same name.
Double-click on the grouping frame to open the properties dialog and edit the settings.
The group uses a background shading.
Group label top
The grouping is created with the HTML element div and the page, where the grouping is made, is transformed to a layout without tables. Titles in the controls are hidden and title fields are shown above the controls.
All elements are transformed as inline elements. Depending on the element type, display:inline; or display:inline-block will be written in the CSS.
The text of the grouped elements are automatically assigned the style class H1.
Groups the elements without background shading.
Groups the elements and hides them.
Removes the grouping.
The key combination Ctrl + a highlights every element on the workspace. When this is done, elements that are found in a group will not be individually selected. If you have selected an element in a group or have selected the group itself, the key combination Ctrl + a will highlight all additional elements in this group.
You will find the "Zoom" tab in the workspace. If the "Grid" element is located on a page without a table layout, the individual columns of the rows can be edited in the Zoom area.
In addition to the workspace, there is also a hidden area, which – like the workspace – can have elements added to it. The elements contained here are not displayed in the browser.
Using the keyboard shortcut Alt + h, the hidden elements can be displayed if necessary, for example, for testing purposes.
New elements can be created directly in the hidden area by dragging them from the "Elements" area to the "Hidden Area" tab. Existing elements can be selected on the workspace and then moved to the hidden area via the main menu "Edit / Move to hidden area".
Elements can be moved back to the workspace in the same manner.
Groups the elements and hides them. You can open the properties dialog of the hidden group by double-clicking on the Hidden elements entry. Other groups can be created within the highest level grouping in the hidden area, e.g. to group the hidden elements into smaller units for clarity.
Search, Notifications, Problems, Description, Script
At the bottom, you will find more tabs which can be shown/hidden via the "View" menu.
Here you can search specifically for elements with certain properties, GUIDs, integrated script etc.
Enter a search term here.
The following functions are available here:
Searches for the value of an attribute.
Data fields without edit control
You can search through the application for Data fields without edit element in order to list all data fields that are not connected to an edit element.
Elements with comments
Lists all elements that are commented if you do not enter text in the search field. If text has been entered to the search field, the search engine will look for elements that contain this text in their comments.
Elements using style class
Elements using style class will find elements that have been assigned a specific style, which you can enter to the search field.
Elements linking to other applications
The search for Elements linking to other applications returns all elements that are connected to other applications, such as buttons whose target page is found in another application, or tables that show data from other applications.
Elements without title
Searching for Elements without title will find all elements that have no title entered for any of the portal languages.
The search for Groovy returns all elements that are using Groovy script.
This function will find the element with the GUID you entered in the search field.
Buttons / Buttons sending an email
The search can be run for buttons and buttons that execute a send email action.
Searching for Velocity finds all VTL include view elements integrated into the application.
Triggers the search. Hits will be shown beneath the search field. If you click on a hit, the corresponding element will be highlighted on the workspace.
Opens a window with a list of the most recent searches. Click on a search action to repeat it.
On this tab messages will be printed, for example if an element cannot be deleted because it is linked with other elements.
Intrexx supports you in many ways when developing applications. Most of the checks for avoiding incorrect configurations are already performed directly when editing elements. In addition, there is the "Problems" pane, which scans the currently opened application for errors and warnings. The underlying algorithm is constantly being expanded and will help you to ensure that your applications will continue to function properly and be maintainable in the future.
Even in seemingly problem-free applications, new problems can be specified after a software update. This is not due to a faulty Online Update but to the continuous development of the algorithm for detecting errors.
By clicking on "Settings”, the warning display can be switched on and off.
The "Problems" pane contains the following types of messages:
Prevent the application from being published and must be fixed unless the "Allow application to be published despite error entries in the 'Problems' area" setting is enabled in the options.
The application can be published despite reported warnings.
Here you also have the ability to enter a description of the currently selected element. This applies to all elements of an application, i.e. also pages, data groups, data fields, etc. The texts you enter here will be adopted in one language when the application is saved. Elements with a description are marked on the workspace with a icon.
If entering a description is not possible, such as when multiple elements are currently selected, this symbol will appear in the comments field.
On the "Script" tab, an overview of all script calls used on the page is provided. By double-clicking on an entry in the "Element" column, the element, which the script call is assigned to, will be highlighted on the workspace. A double-click on an entry in the "Call" column opens the corresponding script at the right place in the editor.
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