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New WEBDEV 24 feature!
  • This lesson will teach you the following concepts
  • Overview
  • Starting WEBDEV
  • Development environment
  • The editor
  • The menu bar (ribbon) in details
  • The environment colors
  • WLanguage
Lesson 1.1. Discover WEBDEV
This lesson will teach you the following concepts
  • Starting WEBDEV.

Estimated time: 5 mn
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Overview
WEBDEV is an IDE (Integrated Development Environment) targeted for Internet/Intranet development: e-commerce, multimedia, ...
The developed sites can give access to information stored in the databases.
WEBDEV allows you to create:
  • static Internet/Intranet sites. These sites manage data that does not vary (company showroom site, site available on a DVD-ROM, etc.).
  • dynamic Internet/Intranet sites, that manage data. The WEBDEV sites access all databases, relational or not, available on the market.
In this tutorial, you will learn how to create your sites (with or without database) and how to improve them by using the features proposed by WEBDEV.
Starting WEBDEV
  • Start WEBDEV 24 (if not already done).
  • A welcome wizard starts if WEBDEV 24 was never started before:
    • If you worked with an earlier WEBDEV version, this wizard allows you to retrieve the existing configurations.
    • If you are a new user, this wizard allows you to configure your environment. This allows you to choose the screen configuration used and to configure the Control Centers.
  • If WEBDEV 24 was already started, identify yourself if necessary. The development environment starts. The WEBDEV home page is displayed.
    This home page is used to:
    • display the news,
    • create a project,
    • open an existing project,
    • open an example,
    • open one of the projects found in the tutorial.
  • Let's take a look at the development environment of WEBDEV. To do so, from the WEBDEV home page:
    • Click "Tutorial".
    • Double-click "Full WEBDEV Site (Answer)".
    • The corresponding project is opened in the editor. The project dashboard is displayed. The project dashboard allows you to check the progress of a project via several elements (called widgets).
Development environment

The editor

The development environment of WEBDEV includes a specific interface and several editors allowing you to create the different elements of your applications.
For example, the page editor is used to create pages, the report editor is used to create reports, ...
  • To discover WEBDEV, we will open the page used to list the products:
    1. Press Ctrl + E.
    2. In the window that is displayed, type the name of the page to open: PAGE_List_of_products.
    3. Validate. The page is displayed in the editor.
All editors are using the same environment:
Environment of editors
  1. Menu of editors, displayed in ribbon format (we'll see how to use it in the next paragraph).
  2. Current editor (here, the page editor). This space allows you to see the element currently created or modified in WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get).
  3. Panes. The WEBDEV interface includes several horizontal and vertical panes allowing you to quickly access different types of information.
    Some examples:
    • The "Project explorer" pane (displayed on the right) is used to list all the project elements by category.
    • The "Find - Replace" pane (displayed at the bottom) is used to quickly perform searches in your project.
    These panes can be hidden by pressing Ctrl + W if necessary.
  4. Bar of opened documents. This bar is used to quickly see all opened elements. A simple click on the button corresponding to the element displays it in its own editor.

The menu bar (ribbon) in details

The menu bar of WEBDEV is presented in ribbon format. This ribbon includes panes in which the different options of editors are grouped.
We are going to take a closer look at the main ribbon elements, as well as how we will be using it in this tutorial.
Ribbon of editors
The different ribbon elements
The ribbon includes 3 areas:
  • the button area, on the left (1).
  • the pane area, at the top (2).
  • the option area (3).
Let's take a closer look at these areas.
The button area (1)
Button area
The button area groups the quick access buttons. These buttons are used to perform the most usual operations, common to all editors: save, open, create, ...
The 3 logos found at the top of this area are specific:
  • The product logo is used to display the "About" window, the custom menus and the drop-down menus found in the former interface of editors.
  • The 2 other logos are used to restore the toolbars and the drop-down menus found in the former interface of editors.
The pane area (2)
Pane area
The different ribbon panes are used to access the options of different editors for the current project. Several types of panes are available:
  • the current pane: The pane tab appears in light gray and a blue line is displayed at the top of tab.
  • the popup panes, specific to the current element: The pane name is displayed in orange.
  • the available panes: The pane name is displayed in white.
The option area (3)
Option area
The options displayed in the ribbon differ according to the selected pane. Several types of options are available:
  • Options to check,
  • Buttons to click,
  • Button with arrow used to expand the options. Two types of buttons with arrow are available:
    • the buttons with arrow used to expand a menu,
    • the buttons with arrow 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 group. Each group of options has a name and it can also include a group button Group button. This button is used to perform a specific action according to the current group: display the description of current element, display the help, ...
In this tutorial, to identify a menu option, we will be talking about panes and groups. For example: "To display the help, on the "Home" pane, in the "Online help" group, click "Help"."

The environment colors

The environment is using a light theme by default.
Several other themes are also available:
  • Light theme, grey ribbon. In this mode, the menu bar is not colored anymore: it is grayed.
  • Gray theme. In this mode, the environment and the interface windows are displayed on a light gray background.
  • Dark theme. In this mode, the environment and the interface windows are displayed on a black or dark gray background.
  • To modify the theme used by the environment:
    1. On the "Home" pane, in the "Environment" group, expand "Options" and select "General options of WEBDEV".
    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 WEBDEV start.
Note: To improve the readability of this manual, the light theme will be used for the different images that illustrate the operations to perform.
WLanguage
WLanguage is the programming language common to WINDEV, WEBDEV and WINDEV Mobile.
If you are not familiar with this language, we advise you to follow the lessons presenting the programming concepts. These lessons present the different types of variables, the main WLanguage statements, the procedures, ...
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Minimum required version
  • Version 24
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