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Thursday, November 04, 2010

Make your apps pop with new, user-defined pop-up windows

"Once you pop, you can't stop!" Especially if you want to create a rich user experience for your apps. Sure, I might be borrowing the jingle behind an old Pringles ad, but it'll help me get my point across. The new Generic User Defined Ajax Windows feature pack lets you create user defined pop-up windows on your Grid component.

You were always able to create pop-up windows on the Grid, but they've been for a special purpose, such as to display another Grid Component, a report, or an A5W page. Now you have the ability to put any content you'd like in a pop-up window.

You can also specify if your pop-up window is modal, modeless, or dropdown windows. In the case of modal and modeless windows, you get more control over where the window is actually displayed. To populate the contents of the window, you can:

  • Make an Ajax callback to the server where an Xbasic function that you specify will compute the HTML to display in the window
  • Call a JavaScript function that will compute the HTML to display in the window
  • Define the HTML to display in the window at the same time you define the action
  • Display the contents of a hidden DIV in the window

My brother Selwyn put together five videos for you to familiarize yourself with this new Alpha Five Version 10.5 feature pack. Hit play and then jump over to the release notes if you have any other questions.

Part one

Part two

Part three

Part four

Part five


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