Class Browser: How to Save Data to a File

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The Class Browser is a tool provided with the Professional Edition ofVisual FoxPro. It allows you to browse and perform diverse tasks on classesstored in visual class libraries (.VCX files). In particular, you can usethe Class Browser to save the source code for class definitions to aprogram file.
Saving the source code of a visual class definition to a program file mightbe useful when debugging an application. The EXPORTCLASS() method of theClass Browser generates and displays the definition source code of aselected class.

You can save this information to a program file (.PRG). The EXPORTCLASSmethod is called when you choose the View Class Code button in the ClassBrowser. You can also call it interactively, or customize the Class Browserto prompt a Save As dialog to save information to a file. These two methodsare described below.

NOTE: Attempting to run the .prg file may create an error. Not all of thecode exported to the .prg file is directly supported by the Visual FoxProlanguage. The ExportClass method is not intended to create program code fora class definition. Its purpose is to allow you to view how the class isdefined. In particular, the type of objects that will not work when thecode from the Class Browser is exported to a program file are containertype objects that contain other objects. For example, if you create a gridand change the ColumnCount property to something other than -1, and use theClass Browser to export the code to a .prg file, you will receive an"Syntax Error" message when trying to run the .prg file. This happensbecause there is a set number of columns, headers, and text boxes assignedto the grid. If the ColumnCount is left at -1, the grid will properlypopulate itself from the table dynamically. The same thing happens with aPageFrame. If the code for the PageFrame is copied to a .prg file and thereare no objects on the PageFrame, then the code works properly. Adding anobject to the PageFrame and then copying the code to a .prg file causes the"Syntax Error" message.

Method One: Use the ExportClass Method Interactively

  1. Choose Class Browser from the Tools menu to start the Class Browser.
  2. Select the visual class library, and select the class.
  3. From the Command window, type:
  4. To save the information to a file, use this code:
          SET PRINT TO TESTCLASS.PRG      SET PRINT ON      ?lcCode      SET PRINT TO      SET PRINT OFF						

Method Two: Create an Add-in to Customize the View Class Definition Button

WARNING: If you use the following information to customize the ClassBrowser, your customized Class Browser may no longer be supported byMicrosoft.

You can create an add-in that will extend the functionality of the ViewClass Definition button. To execute this add-in, right-click the View Classdefinition button. The code is displayed in a window, and the SaveAs dialogis displayed to save the code to a program file. Sample code for the add-inis included below.

For more information about the ExportClass and the Addin methods of theClass Browser, please search for "Class Browser Methods" in the Help menu.

How to Install or Remove the Add-In

To install the add-in:

  1. Start the Class Browser.
  2. Type the following code in the Command window:
          _oBrowser.AddIn('Export SaveAs','exportsv','cmdExport.RightClick')						
Exportsv is the name of the program to execute when the RightClick event istriggered.

To remove the add-in, type the following code in the Command window:
   _oBrowser.AddIn('Export SaveAs',.NULL.)				

Sample Code for the Add-In

   *  EXPORTSV.PRG   *  After installing the add-in, right-click the mouse on the View Class   *  Definition button.   *   *  You can also link this code to the Click event handler rather than   *  the Right-click event handler. Change the install method   *  parameter passed to AddIn() to 'cmdExport.Click' and then add   *  oSource.lNoDefault=.T. to the program below.   LPARAMETERS oSource   LOCAL lcCode,lcFileName,lnLastSelect   *-- Execute export class method.   *-- Note:  If you don't want the code to be displayed in the window,   *          don't pass the .T. parameter.   lcCode=oSource.ExportClass(.T.)   IF EMPTY(lcCode)        &&& No code was generated      RETURN   ENDIF   *-- Get file to save the generated class code to.   lcFileName=GETFILE('prg')   IF EMPTY(lcFileName)    &&& No file was selected or entered.           RETURN   ENDIF   *-- Create a cursor to save the generated string to a file.   lnLastSelect=SELECT()   IF USED('tempexport')        USE IN tempexport   ENDIF   CREATE CURSOR tempexport (mCode M)   INSERT INTO tempexport (mCode) ;                VALUES (lcCode)   COPY MEMO mCode TO (lcFileName)   IF USED('tempexport')        USE IN tempexport   ENDIF   SELECT (lnLastSelect)   RETURN				

Article ID: 130835 - Last Review: 02/21/2014 00:27:56 - Revision: 1.1

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