Getting Started

  Designing Forms

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Designing Forms

Let’s customize the forms on the Order Manager page.

Floating Category Data Fields

When a customer is selected, the data item is displayed in the form view editForm1. The form data fields are rendered top-down.

Customers editForm1 has data fields rendered in a top-down fashion.

Let’s have the data fields displayed in a more compact fashion.

Switch back to the Project Designer. On the Pages tab of Project Explorer, double-click on Order Manager / c101 / view1 / editForm1 / c1 – Customers category node.

Category 'c1' of Customers 'editForm1' view on the Order Manager page in the Project Explorer.

Change the Float property:

Property Value
Float Yes

Press OK to save the category. Right-click on Order Manager page node, and press View in Browser.

Context menu option 'View in Browser' for Order Manager page node in the Project Explorer.

The data fields in Customers form view float from left to right and wrap when they reach the right side of the browser window which makes for a more compact presentation. If the browser window is resized, the form will resize as well.

Customers edit form data fields are floating, making the form much more compact.

Configuring a Multi-Column Form

The picture below shows editForm1 view of Orders data controller. Let’s use categories to organize the data fields in multiple columns.

Orders edit form created by the application generator.

In the Project Explorer, right-click on Order Manager / c102 / view2 / editForm1 view node. Select New Category context menu option.

New Category context menu option on editForm1 view of Orders controller.

Assign the following properties:

Property Value
Header Text Shipping Info
Description This is the shipping information.
New Column Yes

Press OK to save the category.

In the Project Explorer, expand Order Manager / c102 / view2 / editForm1 / c1 – Orders category node. Select all data fields that start with “Ship-”. Drag the data fields onto c2 – Shipping Info category node.

All shipping fields selected and dragged onto 'c2' category.       All shipping fields have been moved into category 'c2 - Shipping Info'.

Right-click on Order Manager page node and select View in Browser.

View in Browser context menu option for Order Manager page in the Project Explorer.

Data fields on the Orders form will be split in two columns.

Orders form with data fields split in two columns.

Custom Category Template

The Order Details layout of editForm1 view created by the application generator is shown below.

Order Details edit form created by Code On Time web application generator.

Let’s create a custom layout for the first category in Order Details form. In the Project Explorer, right-click on Order Manager / c103 container node, and select New Control.

New Control context menu option on 'c103' container node in the Order Manager page.

Next to the User Control property lookup, activate the New User Control icon.

New User Control icon to the right of User Control property lookup.

Assign a name to the user control.

Property Value
Name OrderDetails_CustomCategoryTemplate

Press OK to insert the new user control into the User Control property, and press OK again to save the control.

On the Project Designer toolbar, press Generate. When complete, right-click on Order Manager / c103 / control1 node, and press Edit in Visual Studio.

Edit in Visual Studio context menu option for 'contol1' will open the user control in Visual Studio.

The template file will open in Visual Studio. On the menu, select Edit | Advanced | Format Document. Replace everything after the <%@ Control %>  element with the following:

<div style="display: none;">
    <div id="OrderDetails_editForm1_c1">
                <td style="padding-right: 36px;font-weight:bold;">Product:</td>
                <td style="padding-right: 18px;">
                    <span class="FieldPlaceholder DataOnly">{ProductID}</span>
                <td style="padding-right: 18px;">Discount:</td>
                    <span class="FieldPlaceholder DataOnly">{Discount}</span>
                <td>Unit Price:</td>
                    <span class="FieldPlaceholder DataOnly">{UnitPrice}</span>
                    <span class="FieldPlaceholder DataOnly">{Quantity}</span>

Save the file.

Refresh the web browser page and select a customer, order, and order detail data rows. The first category of editForm1 view of Order Details data controller will be rendered using the new template.

Order details edit form with a custom category template.