No Generate event loop in Windows version 5.6.

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Re: No Generate event loop in Windows version 5.6.

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Re: No Generate event loop in Windows version 5.6.

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franb wrote:I am trying the demo version 5.6 in Windows. In my Form preferences there is no option to automatically generate an event loop in the Form Designer.
The newer versions of the form designer have removed the option for generating the event loop, freeing the programmer to process events at their discretion. This is a very minor change that only requires the main event loop to be included in an external file.

Following this small tutorial, Events Handling with the Form Designer, under the section of Using PureBasic Forms, the events file is created in step 10:

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XIncludeFile "MyForm.pbf"

Procedure buttonEvent(eventType.i)
  ;get the text from the text box (identifier = String_0)
  text$ = GetGadgetText(String_0)
  
  ;and place it in the label (identifier = Text_0)
  SetGadgetText(Text_0, text$)  
EndProcedure
Now, simply add the call to the main window procedure and include the main event loop here, like so:

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XIncludeFile "MyForm.pbf"

Procedure buttonEvent(eventType.i)
  ;get the text from the text box (identifier = String_0)
  text$ = GetGadgetText(String_0)
  
  ;and place it in the label (identifier = Text_0)
  SetGadgetText(Text_0, text$)  
EndProcedure


;ADDITION #1: call to the main window procedure
OpenWindow_0()

;ADDITION #2: the main event loop
Repeat
  event = WaitWindowEvent()
Until Window_0_Events(event) = #False
That's all! :wink:
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Re: No Generate event loop in Windows version 5.6.

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Re: No Generate event loop in Windows version 5.6.

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TI-994A wrote:
franb wrote: Now, simply add the call to the main window procedure and include the main event loop
It's one of the negative points of PB Form, It would be really nice to have a revision on these 2 points.
It is tiring to have to copy the code into a new tab to be able to add those changes.
In the same way, it would be good to be able to add codes without being destroyed during the Code/Form flip-flop.

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Re: No Generate event loop in Windows version 5.6.

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Firstly, they're both great works in progress. Some way to go, so, good luck to both of you.
ChrisR wrote:It is tiring to have to copy the code into a new tab to be able to add those changes.
That is not necessary, as any changes could be saved as regular source files before switching back to design view. But that's not the intended implementation of these form files. They are meant to be used as standalone user interface files that are included and called by the main program. All event processing should be performed within the main program and not in these reusable form files.
ChrisR wrote:...it would be good to be able to add codes without being destroyed during the Code/Form flip-flop.
Not impossible, but the parser would have to work overtime.

BTW, how are the SweetyVD form files saved for future editing? :wink:
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Re: No Generate event loop in Windows version 5.6.

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The event creation I found from Visual designer never as I would have liked.
Therefore I use my tool EventDesigner.
This creates not only the event loop, but also all necessary event-procedures. Subsequent changes are also no problem.

I like to use the visual designer.
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Re: No Generate event loop in Windows version 5.6.

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Yes TI-994A, I use PB Form like that, now.
But at the very beginning, it was a concern for me, as probably for others
For a beginner it would be good to have OpenWindows writen in source and the event loop reviewed
To be able to run Out Of the Box, after copying the source in a new Tab.
And I beleive that the Code generation is not the most complicated part in PB Form.

About editing, it is indeed more complicated.
It should probably be done by reading the source and with perhaps some tags (eg: ;//Begin_PB_Form => //End_PB_Form)
But well, it's not really essential.
And as you suppose, for my "little" tool, I have no plan yet and it is far for now, for such feature :wink:
It is already hard to find time for more complicated things as Container or multiple selection.
It is open source for that, for the pleasure of sharing and for possible contribution but without success for now :cry:

Thanks mk-soft for your eventdesigner :)
I do not know it and I just tested, that's a great addition, especially for large Apps.
It could be an usefull option in a VD.
I would be happy to add it in future, if I go further and if you allow.

Another Idea i have, is to choose a template (skeleton) file for the code generation.
With a preference file and Section to be copied at generation time, like:

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[IncludeFile]

[enumeration]
Line01=#MyFont

[Declare]

[Procedure]
Line01=LoadFont(#MyFont, "Verdana", 8)

[Initialisation]

[EventLoop]

[Exit]
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Re: No Generate event loop in Windows version 5.6.

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ChrisR wrote:...it would be good to have OpenWindows writen in source and the event loop reviewed To be able to run Out Of the Box, after copying the source in a new Tab.
Technically, form files are purely intended for the design and layout of user interfaces. It is the same with Visual Studio's form designer, Android Studio's layout editor, and even XCode's interface builder; all the forms comprise of static code purely for the creation of the UI and nothing more. They have to be linked to external code modules for event processing.

It's true that the PureBasic form designer initially allowed the inclusion of the event loop within its form files; but in line with current best practices of visual interface builders, the option was removed for better conformity. It is important for beginners to embrace this modular approach, as it would be helpful when crossing between development platforms. :wink:
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Re: No Generate event loop in Windows version 5.6.

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Thanks for your explanation and the history.
I understand for advanced users and for learning the modular approach.

But for me, I have trouble understanding this choice for newbie.
with the option generate event procedure enabled by default during PB install.
A functional code, Out Of The Box should be a priority for me with this option. Regular and advanced users know what to do.
Well, it's probably only my point of view :wink:
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