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  • In this lesson you will learn the following concepts
  • Overview
  • Starting WINDEV
  • Development environment
  • The editor
  • The ribbon in detail
  • Options of the environment
  • Language of the environment
Lesson 1.1. Discover WINDEV
In this lesson you will learn the following concepts
  • Starting WINDEV.
Lesson duration

Estimated time: 5 mn
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Overview
WINDEV is a complete DevOps Integrated Development Environment aimed at developing Windows (and Linux) applications in diverse fields: business, industrial, medical, ... The applications can access information stored in databases.
Throughout this tutorial, you will learn how to create your applications (with or without a database) and how to enrich them using the many features offered by WINDEV.
Starting WINDEV
  • Start WINDEV 27.
  • If you haven't started WINDEV 27 before, a welcome wizard will appear:
    • If you worked with an earlier WINDEV version, this wizard allows you to retrieve the existing configurations.
    • If you are a new user, this wizard allows you to configure your environment. You will be able to choose the screen configuration and set up the Control Centers.
  • If you have already started WINDEV 27, log in if necessary. The development environment opens up. The home page appears.
    WINDEV home page
    This home page allows you to:
    • view news about PC SOFT products,
    • create a project,
    • open an existing project,
    • open an example,
    • open one of the projects from the tutorial.
  • Let's take a closer look at the WINDEV development environment. To do so, from the home page:
    • Click "Tutorial".
    • In "Part 1 - Lesson 1.1. Discover WINDEV", double click "Full application (Answers)".
      Home page - Example from the tutorial
    • The corresponding project opens in the editor. The project dashboard is displayed. The project dashboard allows you to monitor the progress of a project via several widgets.
      Remark: the project dashboard is presented in Lesson 4.12. Monitor changes in your applications.
Development environment

The editor

The WINDEV development environment includes a specific UI and multiple editors that allow you to create the different elements of your applications.
The window editor allows you to create windows, the report editor allows you to create reports, etc.
  • To discover WINDEV, open the "Product form" window:
    1. Press Ctrl + E.
    2. In the window that appears, enter the name of the window to be opened: WIN_Product_form.
    3. Validate. The window appears in the editor.
All editors use the same environment:
WINDEV environment
  1. Menu of editors, displayed as a ribbon (we'll see how to use it in the next paragraph).
  2. Current editor (window editor in this case). The editor shows the element being created or modified in WYSIWYG mode (What You See Is What You Get).
  3. Panes. The WINDEV UI includes multiple horizontal and vertical panes that allow you to quickly access different types of information. For example:
    • the "Project explorer" pane (left) lists all project elements by category.
    • the search pane (bottom) allows you to perform searches in the entire project and its elements.
    These panes can be hidden by pressing Ctrl + W if necessary.
  4. Open document tabs. These tabs allow you to quickly see all open elements. Simply click a tab to open an element in its corresponding editor.

The ribbon in detail

The options in WINDEV are accessible via a ribbon. This ribbon contains tabs in which the different options of the editors are grouped.
Here, we will describe the main elements of the ribbon and how we will use it in this tutorial.
WINDEV ribbon
Ribbon elements
The ribbon includes 3 areas:
  • the Buttons area, on the left (1).
  • the Tabs area, at the top (2).
  • the Options area (3).
Let's take a closer look at these areas.
The Buttons area (1)
WINDEV Buttons area
The Buttons area groups the quick access buttons. These buttons are used to perform the most usual operations, common to all editors: save, open, create, etc.
The product logo displays the "About" window as well as the custom and drop-down menus of the old editor UI.
The arrow at the top right of the Buttons area shows the toolbars and drop-down menus of the old editor UI.
The Tabs area (2)
WINDEV Tabs area
The different ribbon tabs allow you to access the options of the editors for the current project. Multiple types of tabs are available:
  • the current tab: The tab name appears in bold and a yellow line is displayed below the tab name.
  • the context tabs, specific to the current element: The tab name appears in yellow (or blue in the light theme).
  • the available tabs: The tab name appears in white (or in black in the light theme).
The Options area (3)
WINDEV Option area
The options in the ribbon change depending on the selected tab. Multiple types of options are available:
  • Options to check.
  • Buttons to click.
  • Drop-down buttons used to expand options. Two types of drop-down buttons are available:
    • drop-down buttons used to expand a menu
    • split buttons used to expand a menu (click on the arrow), or to perform a default action (click on the button icon).
The options are organized by groups. Each group of options has a name and can have a dialog box launcher Dialog box launcher. This button is used to perform a specific action according to the current group: open the description of the current element, open the help, etc, ...
In this tutorial, to identify a menu option, we will use the terms "tabs" and "groups". For example:
To open the help, go to the "Home" tab, "Online help" group and click "Help".

Options of the environment

There are two options to adapt the WINDEV environment to your preferences:
  • The theme of the environment.
  • The language of the environment.
Theme of the environment
By default, the environment uses a dark theme.
These are the available themes:
  • Light theme. In this mode, the development environment and the different windows of the UI are displayed on a light gray background.
  • Gray theme. In this mode, the development environment and the different windows of the UI are displayed on a gray background.
  • Dark theme. In this mode, the development environment and the different windows of the UI are displayed on a black (or dark gray) background.
  • To change the theme used by the environment:
    1. On the "Home" tab, in the "Environment" group, expand "Options" and select "General options of WINDEV".
    2. In the "Editor" tab, in the "Themes" area, select the theme to use.
    3. Validate. The theme will be taken into account during the next start of WINDEV.
Remark: You can also change only the background color of the code editor. For more details, see WLanguage code coloring.

  • The images in this tutorial have been created with the dark theme, which is the environment's default theme.

Language of the environment

WINDEV's development environment is available in 3 different languages: English, Spanish and French.

  • To change the language of the environment:
    1. On the "Home" tab, in the "Environment" group, expand "Options" and select "General options of WINDEV".
    2. In the "General" tab, in the "Language" area, select the desired language.
    3. Validate. The selected language will be taken into account next time you start WINDEV. You can thus adapt your environment to your preferred language.
  • To continue this tutorial, we will close the current project:
    1. On the "Home" tab, in the "General" group, expand "Close" and select "Close project".
    2. Save the changes if necessary.
    3. The WINDEV home page appears.
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