[Gambas-user] Quicky app

Erik Vega erikvega13 at ...626...
Mon Jun 25 03:19:53 CEST 2007

On 6/24/07, Scott Castaline <hscast at ...407...> wrote:
> Rob wrote:
> > On Sunday 24 June 2007, Scott Castaline wrote:
> >> db Base. Is it possible to create the forms in Gambas and then the
> >> reports in OOo?
> >
> > Possible, but there's no premade Gambas component to generate the
> > OpenOffice reports for printing yet.  You'd have to generate your own
> > XML file, zip it up into a .odt and print by shelling out to
> > OpenOffice.
> >
> > And at that point you might as well just use Gambas' built-in Printer
> > object, which is actually pretty easy to deal with but not a
> > full-blown report generator.  (Or try your luck with the recent
> > development versions which include the gb.report component, but I
> > personally would not use the development series for applications that
> > were critical to my business until the stable 2.0 is released.)
> >
> >> Also I presume I create the db in MySQL first,
> >> (tables and relations etc) then in Gambas create the connection and
> >> forms?
> >
> > Gambas actually has a database manager if you'd rather do it all from
> > within Gambas, but sure, you can create the DB in MySQL and set
> > everything up before going into Gambas if you like.
> >
> >> How about Queries? Can I do that in Gambas? Queries
> >> generally use forms for the UI, correct?
> >
> > I'm not sure what you're asking here.  Queries work fine in Gambas,
> > but queries are just commands sent to the database engine to change
> > data or retrieve rows for displaying.  For example, "select * from
> > customers where zip = '12065';" is a query.  Did you see an example
> > of a query somewhere else that you're hoping to duplicate in Gambas,
> > and if so, can you share it?
> >
> > Everything you've described so far is going to require some coding,
> > btw.  I don't know if there are any "data entry and reporting"
> > packages for Linux that require no coding in the way that Foxpro or
> > Access required no coding for simple data entry tasks.  But even
> > Foxpro couldn't do parent and child forms without any coding, at
> > least when I used it (not sure about MS Access, since all the Access
> > projects I worked on involved lots of code.)
> >
> > And Gambas is more analogous to Visual Basic than one of those
> > database environments; there's no "data wizard" to automatically
> > generate a form that retrieves, edits and saves data from a table
> > yet, for example, though there are some data-bound controls in the
> > development version.
> >
> > I certainly don't want to discourage you from trying Gambas, but I am
> > worried that you might be expecting to not have to do much coding.
> > Gambas is a language with a nice form designer and IDE, but it's
> > still a programming language at heart.
> >
> > Rob
> >
> >
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> The reason I just need something quick and dirty is that the program
> that my wife works for is undergoing some major changes, and how things
> are done today, won't be in the next 6 months. However, once the dust
> settles after the proverbial crap hits the fan, it may be useable with
> modifications, and at that point I would be interested in investing some
> major time into the app. I could give you more details if you want off
> list since this may not interest everybody else, but could be useful in
> more definitive advise.

It's actually quite interesting with me. I'd love to hear more about this,
then again I love anything that deals with software and programming. Love to
hear more, even if it's irrelevant and a bit off-topic.

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