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  • Lesson 1 - Creating a WEBDEV project and its analysis
  • Analysis and project: Definitions
  • Project with analysis
  • Creating the project
  • Creating the analysis
  • Conclusion

Tutorial - Creating a WEBDEV project and its analysis

Lesson 1 - Creating a WEBDEV project and its analysis
We will cover the following topics:
  • Creating a project.
  • Creating an analysis.
Durée de la leçon 5 min
Analysis and project: Definitions
To create a website with WEBDEV, you need to create a project. This project contains all the elements required for the website.
When designing a website, you may have to handle data. To store the data, you must create a "database".
The first thing you should do in a WEBDEV project that handles data is create an analysis. An "analysis" contains the description of data files (or tables). The application data will be stored in the data files.
A "Data file" corresponds to a "table" in some databases.
When the website is run, these descriptions will be used to create the database and/or the data files. Data will be stored in this database or these data files.
Project with analysis
In this tutorial, we will create and associate a project with an HFSQL database.
WEBDEV supports a wide range of database formats. It natively supports HFSQL, a built-in database system. The HFSQL database is available in Local, Network, Cluster, Client/Server (Windows and Linux), Cloud and Mobile versions.

To create a site with a database, you must:
  • Create the site project. This project will contain all the elements of the website (pages, code, queries, reports, etc.).
  • Create the analysis associated with the project. The analysis allows you to define all the data files handled by the site.
Creating the project
Let's get started by creating a WEBDEV project!
Caution: The project creation method was simplified in version 2024 Update 2. This page has been adapted to cover the new method.
To create a project, simply follow the steps of the project creation wizard:
  1. Open WEBDEV and go to the home page (Ctrl + <).
  2. On the home page, click "Create a project" and select "Site, SaaS site". The project creation wizard starts. The different steps of the wizard will help you create your project.
    The information specified in this wizard can be modified later.
  3. The wizard allows you to choose the style book (also called "Skin"). Select "Phoenix".
    Skins are used to standardize the visual aspect of a site and easily change styles.
    Skin also include images, fonts, textures, button shapes and styles for the project.
    Project creation wizard - Project skin
  4. Go to the next step of the wizard ("Next").
  5. The wizard prompts you to enter the project name and location. In our case, this project will be named "My_WEBDEV_Site".
    Project creation wizard - General information
    By default, WEBDEV creates this project in ".\My Projects\My_WEBDEV_Site". You can keep this location or change it via the [...] button.
    When you develop for the Web, avoid using accented characters in the names of elements (projects, pages, etc.).
  6. Click "Finish": the project is created. The new element window appears. Close this window by clicking "X" in the upper-right corner.
Creating the analysis
Now, let's create the analysis associated with the project:
  1. Click in the quick access buttons. The analysis creation wizard starts.
  2. Specify the analysis name and directory. By default, the analysis name corresponds to the project name and the analysis directory is a ".ana" directory in the project directory. Keep the default parameters.
    Analysis creation wizard - Name of the analysis
    Proceed to the next step of the wizard.
  3. You can then choose the type of database used by the project. Select "HFSQL Classic".
    Analysis creation wizard - Type of database
    Proceed to the next step of the wizard.
  4. Confirm. The data file creation wizard opens automatically.
  5. Close this wizard. In the next lesson, we will look at the different ways of creating a data file description.
In this lesson, we have covered:
  • the role of the project in the website creation process.
  • the steps to create a project.
  • the steps to create an analysis.
  • etc.
The next lesson of this tutorial will present the different methods available to define a data file in the data model editor. You will also learn how to define links between the various files in the analysis.
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  • Version 2024
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