- This lesson will teach you the following concepts
- Starting WINDEV
- Development environment
- The editor
- The menu bar (ribbon) in details
- The environment colors
Lesson 1.1. Discover WINDEV
This lesson will teach you the following concepts
WINDEV is an IDE (Integrated Development Environment) allowing you to develop Windows applications in several fields: business, industrial, medical, ... The developed applications can give access to information stored in the databases.
As you go through this tutorial, you will learn to create your own applications (with or without database) and to improve them by using the features proposed by WINDEV.
- Start WINDEV 24 (if not already done).
- A welcome wizard starts if WEBDEV 24 was never started before
- 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. This allows you to choose the screen configuration used and to configure the Control Centers.
- If WINDEV 24 was already started, identify yourself if necessary. The development environment starts. The 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 closer look at the development environment of WINDEV. To do so, from the home page:
- Click "Tutorial".
- Double-click "Full application (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).
Note: the dashboard is presented in Lesson 4.13. Monitor the evolution of your applications.
The development environment of WINDEV includes a specific interface and several editors allowing you to create the different elements of your applications.
For example, the window editor is used to create windows, the report editor is used to create reports, ...
- To discover WINDEV, we are going to open the "Product form" window:
- Press Ctrl + E.
- In the window that is displayed, type the name of the window to open: WIN_Product_form.
- Validate. The window is displayed in the editor.
All editors are using the same environment:
- Menu of editors, displayed in ribbon format (we'll see how to use it in the next paragraph).
- Current editor (window editor in this case). This space allows you to see the element currently created or modified in WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get).
- Panes. The WINDEV interface includes several horizontal and vertical panes allowing you to quickly access different types of information. For example:
These panes can be hidden by pressing Ctrl + W if necessary.
- the "Project explorer" pane (displayed on the right) is used to list all project elements by category.
- the compilation errors pane (displayed at the bottom) allows you to see and fix the errors that occurred in a project (errors in the code, in the interface, ...).
- 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 WINDEV is presented like a ribbon. 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.
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)
The pane area (2)
|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 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 white and a light orange line is displayed at the top of tab.
- the popup panes, specific to the current element: The pane name is displayed in blue.
- the available panes: The pane name is displayed in black.
The option area (3)
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
. 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:
- On the "Home" pane, in the "Environment" group, expand "Options" and select "General options of WINDEV".
- In the "Editor" tab, in the "Themes" area, select the theme to use.
- Validate. The theme will be taken into account during the next start of WINDEV.
- To improve the readability of this manual, the light theme will be used for the different images that illustrate the operations to perform.
- To continue this lesson, we are going to close the current project:
- On the "Home" pane, in the "General" group, expand "Close" and select "Close the project".
- Save the modified elements if necessary.
- The WINDEV home page is displayed.
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