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  • #41
    >Perhaps the user I have in mind does not qualify as a "serious GUI user".

    Perhaps... but I'm not quite sure just who the user is here.

    Is your target user for this product a Genuine Real Non-Programming User, for whom you wish to provide a tool with which he or she is supposed to "draw the screen I want" for you to program?

    In that case, if it's easier for you to base this application on the GRAPHIC WINDOW using PB/CC, that's fine because Susie User could not care less.

    MCM
    Michael Mattias
    Tal Systems (retired)
    Port Washington WI USA
    [email protected]
    http://www.talsystems.com

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    • #42
      Attaboy Chris, keep on truckin, sounds like a wonderful Ideal to me.

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      • #43
        When you state "without doing any windows programming" could you really be saying "without programming"? Why? Because at the end of the day the user would still be programming "a windows application". Albeit it might be altering a skeleton program; or programming layered functions between them and windows API's (shades of V6 and similar languages); or programming via a script; or programming via a recorded macro like MS Office, etc. ... because the other scenario is as Michael just noted. They draw, you program.

        But now if we are talking about recalcitrant DOS and DOS BASIC programmers, who want the benefit of Windows without the sweat of learning it, then are you really doing them a favor? DOS BASIC may have a lot in common with much of windows based BASIC, but there are many things, otther than the GUI, that can stump DOS programmers when they begin to program windows based BASIC. Cases in point, required function WinMain, then procedures being only in functions or subs, even converting from line number based programming technique/thinking can stump some for a bit, and then how about output to a windows printer, since they may have a new windows system they just got and now want to drive it around a bit. The prime ingredient here is helping them to learn the differences and be somewhat productive, IMO, and doing so at a pace that they find comfortable.

        Perhaps in that case providing a GUI designer explicitly for using GW's would have merit if it is just even to provide a commented skeleton program. Commented because they still would need to become familiar with it, but could quite possibly do so at a more leisurely pace. In other words, the skeleton would compile like a PB Forms produced skeleton, but would not do more than provide the stub functions or cases where the user could then plug in their code or alter to suit. Sure, they might never have to do much more than that, but some will.
        Rick Angell

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        • #44
          Rick,
          making programmers is not what I do - I make programs! I also think that there are a lot of people out there who do not need Windows program disciplines in their lives, or cannot afford the time.

          BTW I don't see the proposed library as shutting the developer out of the full PBCC and Windows APIs.

          Also consider - if my idea bears fruit it will no doubt bring more new users to PowerBasic, some of whom may be more amenable to your approach than I am.

          Michael,
          I worry about your karma. "Suzy User" indeed. Actually I was just thinking about how someone who knows not Windows but has some programming experience can quickly put together an application, given a few simple controls (and maybe a database at the back end).

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          • #45
            Actually I was just thinking about how someone who knows not Windows but has some programming experience can quickly put together an application, given a few simple controls (and maybe a database at the back end).
            I've not only thought about it, I've tried it with multiple products on multiple platforms using multiple users... for more than twenty-five years. Every couple of years a new "4GL Programmer-less programming" tool comes out, and after an initial euphoria that The [Programming] Rapture has come, that tool dies.

            LINC, AWARE, COGEN, heck, Microsoft Visual Basic.... all gone, or at best in life-support-required "legacy mode."

            I don't expect to see it happen in my lifetime; but I also don't expect people to stop trying to make it happen.

            MCM
            Michael Mattias
            Tal Systems (retired)
            Port Washington WI USA
            [email protected]
            http://www.talsystems.com

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            • #46
              I bet PowerBasic would be pleased to show off what can be done with their new added graphics functions and statements and the rest thats new.

              If it looks good enough, I'll probably upgrade to version 5, when my ship come in.

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              • #47
                " I also think that there are a lot of people out there who do not need Windows program disciplines in their lives, or cannot afford the time."

                From an entirely practical standpoint many such persons (not saying "all") are quite often not satisfied in the end because in some cases they thought they could save money instead of hiring a programmer in the first place; and/or they they believed could barely interact with this kind of programming approach and have the program they "dreamed" pop out. (OK so I'm being overly emphatic, but this result has many times been true and sometimes the reactions have been just that extreme.)

                See Michael's list of some of the language contenders over the years. I owned some program generators during my DOS BASIC programming days, ... wasted money for the most part ... thankfully I can't remember their names now. On the other hand windows based forms generators are very helpful to the initial GUI development. But after that. it is always "what does the program do" that can be the real show stopper.

                "BTW I don't see the proposed library as shutting the developer out of the full PBCC and Windows APIs."

                Neither do I, because AIUI they would still be using PBCC. What makes some sense for the "occasional" low experience, not too programming savvy user is something equivalent to the ideas embraced in the DOS and Windows QuickPak Pro collection Crescent used to sell and PB has for their DOS product. but revised to a collection of things that are not directly in PBCC or can be wrapped to make the experience better. At that point, Perect Sync comes to mind for some things.

                "Also consider - if my idea bears fruit it will no doubt bring more new users to PowerBasic, some of whom may be more amenable to your approach than I am."

                I'm quite sure no one here is opposed to more new users.

                Still, there are many approaches, and nearly always, sooner or later to do anything beyond some rudimentary block building encapsulation of some simple task(s) ... all paths lead to learning something about programming; or that persons hires a programmer; or abandons their quest altogether. Michael's comment is apropos.
                Last edited by Richard Angell; 21 Oct 2008, 03:54 PM.
                Rick Angell

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                • #48
                  Sorry Rick, can't reply, my sense of proportion alarm just went off.

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                  • #49
                    Fire Storm

                    Hey guys,

                    I did not mean to start a war....

                    All I wanted is a bit of help to add some needed improvements to PBCC5.
                    With your help, I managed to learn enough about Subclassing to take control of all mouse events instead of only the CLICK TO command.
                    Chris only offered to do more and I thank him for that but I did not ask for a "No programmer needed" system !"
                    So, since you are all such a great bunch of hot programmers and I want to be able to keep on picking your BRAIN...
                    Please Stop the war... I do not want any casualty
                    Old QB45 Programmer

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                    • #50
                      Ms

                      What war ? ... just playing the advocate...and sharing a view or 2. It's really up to Chris if he wants to do it or not. Michael and I were just sharing some experience from our various viewpoints. No "war" was intended.
                      Rick Angell

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                      • #51
                        I Like The DOS 'Retro' Look And Do It In Windows All The Time!

                        Here's some of my just for fun doodlings Guy. First a CC5 program with a 'fake' Print implementation, and the second a GUI (that, however, compiles with CC) with a 'fake' Print style implementation.

                        In my field (forestry) we still use some old DOS programs, and just for fun I sometimes write GUI programs to look like old DOS programs (I just like to keep folks guessing!).

                        1st Console Compiler
                        Code:
                        #Compile Exe
                        #Dim All
                        Global dwLine As Dword
                        
                        Sub Initialize()
                          dwLine=1
                        End Sub
                        
                        
                        Sub Prnt(strText As String)
                          Locate dwLine,1
                          Print strText
                          Incr dwLine
                        End Sub
                        
                        
                        Function PBMain() As Long
                          Register i As Long
                        
                          Call Initialize()
                          For i = 1 To 20
                            Prnt Str$(i) & "   Form, Console, Window, Glass Teletype Metaphor, Where's The Beef?"
                          Next i
                          Waitkey$
                        
                          PBMain=0
                        End Function
                        2nd GUI (can be compiled with CC)
                        Code:
                        #If %Def(%PB_CC32)
                            #Console Off  '''Compiles With Any PowerBASIC Console Compiler Or Windows Compiler
                        #EndIf             
                        #Compile Exe  '''Demonstrates Console Like Output With A GUI Window.
                        #Include "Win32api.inc"
                        Global dwLine As Dword
                        
                        Type WndEventArgs
                          wParam               As Long  'Package parameters to Window Procedure in TYPE
                          lParam               As Long
                          hWnd                 As Dword
                          hInst                As Dword
                        End Type
                        
                        
                        Sub Prnt(Byval hDC As Dword, strText As String)
                          Call TextOut(hDC,0,(dwLine-1)*13,Byval Strptr(strText),Len(strText))
                          Incr dwLine
                        End Sub
                        
                        
                        Function fnWndProc_OnPaint(Wea As WndEventArgs) As Long
                          Local hDC,hBrush,hFont,hTmp As Dword
                          Local lpPaint As PAINTSTRUCT
                          Register i As Long
                        
                          hDC=BeginPaint(Wea.hWnd,lpPaint)
                          dwLine=1
                          Call SetTextColor(hDC,&H00FFFFFF)   'Set Text Color To White
                          hFont=CreateFont(15,0,0,0,%FW_BOLD,0,0,0,0,0,0,2,0,"Courier New")  'Create a font
                          hTmp=SelectObject(hDC,hFont)        'Select new font into DC
                          Call SetBkMode(hDC,%TRANSPARENT)
                          For i = 1 to 20
                            Prnt hDC, Str$(i) & "   Form, Console, Window, Glass Teletype Metaphor, Where's The Beef?"
                          Next i
                          Call DeleteObject(SelectObject(hDC,hTmp))
                          Call EndPaint(Wea.hWnd,lpPaint)
                        
                          fnWndProc_OnPaint=0
                        End Function
                        
                        
                        Function fnWndProc_OnDestroy(Wea As WndEventArgs) As Long
                          Call PostQuitMessage(0)
                          fnWndProc_OnDestroy=0
                        End Function
                        
                        
                        Function fnWndProc(ByVal hWnd As Long,ByVal wMsg As Long,ByVal wParam As Long,ByVal lParam As Long) As Long
                          Local Wea As WndEventArgs
                        
                          Select Case As Long wMsg
                            Case %WM_PAINT
                              Wea.hWnd=hWnd : Wea.wParam=wParam : Wea.lParam=lParam
                              fnWndProc=fnWndProc_OnPaint(Wea)
                              Exit Function
                            Case %WM_DESTROY
                              Call PostQuitMessage(0)
                              fnWndProc=fnWndProc_OnDestroy(Wea)
                              Exit Function
                          End Select
                        
                          fnWndProc=DefWindowProc(hWnd,wMsg,wParam,lParam)
                        End Function
                        
                        Function WinMain(ByVal hIns As Long, ByVal hPrev As Long, ByVal lpCmdLn As Asciiz Ptr, ByVal iShow As Long) As Long
                          Local wc As WndClassEx
                          Local szAppName As Asciiz*16
                          Local Msg As tagMsg
                          Local hWnd As Dword
                        
                          szAppName="Form1"                                   : wc.lpszClassName=VarPtr(szAppName)
                          wc.lpfnWndProc=CodePtr(fnWndProc)                   : wc.cbSize=SizeOf(wc)
                          wc.style=%CS_HREDRAW Or %CS_VREDRAW                 : wc.cbClsExtra=0
                          wc.cbWndExtra=0                                     : wc.hInstance=hIns
                          wc.hIcon=LoadIcon(%NULL, ByVal %IDI_APPLICATION)    : wc.hCursor=LoadCursor(%NULL, ByVal %IDC_ARROW)
                          wc.hbrBackground=GetStockObject(%BLACK_BRUSH)
                          wc.lpszMenuName=%NULL
                          Call RegisterClassEx(wc)
                          hWnd=CreateWindowEx(0,szAppName,"Form1",%WS_OVERLAPPEDWINDOW,200,100,600,325,0,0,hIns,ByVal 0)
                          Call ShowWindow(hWnd,iShow)
                          While GetMessage(Msg,%NULL,0,0)
                            TranslateMessage Msg
                            DispatchMessage Msg
                          Wend
                        
                          Function=msg.wParam
                        End Function
                        Last edited by Fred Harris; 22 Oct 2008, 10:53 AM. Reason: fix something
                        Fred
                        "fharris"+Chr$(64)+"evenlink"+Chr$(46)+"com"

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                        • #52
                          Diidlings

                          Hi Fred,

                          Nice doodlings. Good old DOS is still alive.
                          I still use those command to copy bunch of files using the ? and * symbols instead of using the mouse command a zillion time.
                          Old QB45 Programmer

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