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Views

A view defines the presentation style of data on a page in the application. Views are composed of data fields and optional categories. Form views use categories to organize fields, while other types of views are incompatible. The view type determines the style of presentation. For example, form views display fields of a single record while chart view offers a graphical representation of multiple data rows.

Views are found under the Views node of a controller in the Project Explorer.

Views under the Views node of Orders controller in Code On Time web application designer.

Multiple views may be defined for each data controller. The standard configuration of a data controller includes grid1 to present a list of records, editForm1 to edit existing records, and createForm1 to allow entering new records.

Views are also displayed under data view nodes on the Pages tab. Data views are instances of data controllers on pages.

Views displayed under a data view in the Pages tab of the Project Explorer.

Creating a View

Views can be created using the context menu option New View on the Views node.

New View context menu option for Views node in the Project Explorer.

Moving Views

Views can be rearranged by using drag and drop operations. Dropping a view onto another view will place it after the target view.

Dropping grid1 view onto editForm1 view.     Grid1 view is placed after editForm1 in the Orders controller.

Dropping a view on the right side of another view will also place it after the target.

Dropping a view on the right side of another view.     The view was placed after the target view.

Dropping a view on the left side of another view will place it before the target.

Dropping a view on the left side of another view.     The view was placed before the target view.

Dropping a view onto the Views node or Controller node will place it at the bottom of the list.

Dropping a view onto the Views node.     The view was placed at the bottom of the list.

Dropping a view into another controller will copy the view to the target controller and remove all incompatible data fields.

Dropping grid1 from Employees controller onto Customers controller.     View 'grid1' from Employees controller has been copied in Customers controller and incompatible data fields have been removed.

Converting View Type

Form views require all data fields to be placed in a category. All other types of views do not use categories. Therefore, grid views cannot be directly converted to form views and vice versa by changing the Type property. The context menu option Convert To Form and Convert To Grid must be used.

Convert To Form context menu option for a grid view that has no categories.     The grid has been converted into a form. All data fields have been placed in a category.

Renaming a View

The view Id can be changed using the Rename context menu option.

Rename context menu option for a view in Project Explorer.     View in renaming mode in the Project Explorer.

Deleting a View

Views can be deleted using the context menu option Delete.

Delete context menu option in the Project Explorer.

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