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Tuesday, April 7, 2015PrintSubscribe
Data Fields: Hiding the Lookup Details Arrow

Lookup data fields in forms will automatically show a lookup details arrow button to the far right of the field. The screenshot below shows the lookup details arrow for the Customer Company Name field of the Orders controller in the sample Northwind web app.

The Orders page showing the lookup details arrow next to the Customer Company Name field.

Clicking the arrow will allow the user to directly access the lookup record.

The customer record has been opened.

Sometimes, it may be necessary to prevent the user from accessing the lookup record.

Start the Project Designer. In the Project Explorer, switch to the Controllers tab and double click on Orders / Views / editForm1 / CustomerID data field node.

The CustomerID field of the Orders controller.

Append the following tag to the Tags property.

Property Value
Tags lookup-details-hidden

Press OK to save the data field. On the toolbar, press Browse to regenerate the app.

When the app opens in the browser, navigate to the Orders page and select a record. Note that the lookup details arrow next to the Customer Company Name field is now hidden.

The lookup details arrow next to Customer Company Name field is no longer displayed.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015PrintSubscribe
Reducing the Number of Rows with “Top” and “Other” in Charts

Suppose that a chart is made for the Orders page in the sample Northwind app. This chart will show the count of orders made by each customer, sorted in descending order. The tag configuration is listed below.

Data Field Tag
CustomerID pivot1-row1-column-sortbyvalue

The result of the tag can be seen in the screenshot.

An Orders chart showing the number of orders made by each customer

The data for the chart can be seen below.

The data for an Orders chart showing the number of orders made by each customer

With such a large number of rows, it becomes difficult to read the row values. In order to fix this problem, restrict the number of rows by using the “topX” keyword, with the X value being equal to the max number of rows displayed.

Data Field Tag
CustomerID pivot1-row1-column-sortbyvalue-top5

The new chart now displays the column for only 5 customers.

An orders chart showing the number of orders made by the top 5 customers.

The data reveals that only 5 rows are present.

The data for a chart showing the top 5 customers.

However, it may be desirable to group the rest of the values into a single “Other” column, in order to show the relative size of the top 5 compared to the rest of the data. This can be done with the “other” keyword in combination with “topX” keyword.

Data Field Tag
CustomerID pivot1-row1-column-sortbyvalue-top5-other

The chart showing the “Other” column is displayed below.

A chart showing the top 5 customers, with the rest of the orders grouped into "Other" column.

The data reveals the sixth row combines the values of the hidden rows.

The chart data shows that the last row grouped the values from the hidden rows.

Saturday, March 28, 2015PrintSubscribe
Easy Setup of Content Management System, Page+JSON Compression, Auto-Rotation of JPEGs

Code On Time release is a collection of several enhancements to the major release that has introduces various enterprise components in the application framework including integrated Content Management System, Dynamic Access Control List, Dynamic Controller Customization, and Workflow Register.

CMS Setup

Now you can setup an integrated Content Management System for you app with a click of a button.

  1. Navigate to Project Settings in the app generator and choose Database Connection option.
  2. Click on the […] button on the right-hand side of Connection String box.
  3. Scroll to Content Management System (CMS) section and click Add button.
  4. Click OK and save settings of the connection string.
  5. Click Finish and Refresh your project.


CMS becomes a part of your application. Login as admin and select Site Content option in the menu.

Here is the site content management screen in the app with Touch UI.


This is the same page displayed with Desktop UI.


Add an image to the content database.


Now the jelly fish is available on your website when accessed with a custom URL composed of the path and file name:



You can place static content, images, sitemaps, access control rules, pages, data controller XML files, data controller customization instructions, and just about anything else you like directly into CMS. Learn to use integrated content management system now!

The content is stored in the single database table called SiteContent, SITE_CONTENT, or site_content if the CMS was installed as explained above. Application generator will create a standard data controller, which you can customize as needed. Feel free to add new columns to the site content table.

Note that the installation of CMS in this release is supported for Microsoft SQL Server, Oracle, and MySQL. Let us know if you would like to see other databases to have a simplified setup of CMS.

Page and Script Compression

Non-hosted projects now  perform runtime compression of pages and JSON responses in SPA apps. Apps implemented with “*.aspx” page model are performing compression on page output only at this time. This new capability is available in apps with Desktop and Touch user interfaces.

JPEG Auto Rotation

Images captured on mobile devices of iOS family are preserving device orientation information in the EXIF metadata of each photo in JPEF format. Uploaded photos will display incorrectly if rotation information is not taken into account. Blob downloader of generated apps will auto-rotate and flip the photos in JPEG format by taking into account orientation of the camera recorded in the image.

Other Enhancements

Other enhancements include:

  • Duplicate data fields are not created during data controller customization if an attempt is made to create an existing data field.
  • Dynamic Access Control List correctly processes Tags property of data views.
  • Workflow Register is now available in all product editions including free edition.
  • Advanced Search form in Touch UI correctly processes dates.
  • Advanced Search form  correctly handles “include” comparison option and will not raise an exception.
  • SPA applications will correctly process HTML tags specified in About property of a page.
  • Client library parses integer values with radix of 10 to ensure correct parsing with earlier versions of JavaScript engine.
  • Application Framework activates Gregorian calendar for th-TH culture.
  • CMS: Added processing of "empty" relative path in ReadSiteContent method.
  • Pivot API: added "hideblank" keyword that will remove the "blank" value from that row or column.