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Features Window Enhancement

Posted: Thu Nov 24, 2016 8:51 am
by jyoung
I've come to rely on using the F2 help (Features window) to explore an object I am using without resorting to opening the object. I find that it is easier to use the Feature window to explore an object than exploring with the prompter.

I think a couple things would make the Features window much more useful.
  • Display the Help and/or Desc text without having to mouse over it. Perhaps a small window at the bottom of the Features window that changed with the focus.
  • It would be very useful to see ServerModule srvroutines and their parameters (field_map, group_map, list_map) like you see with Reusable Parts. Currently ServerModules only show the Execute and ExecuteAsync methods.
I think both of these would help in the discovery of Routines and Properties without having the open the relevant object or use the prompter.

Re: Features Window Enhancement

Posted: Thu Nov 24, 2016 12:16 pm
by Stewart Marshall
Hi Joe

I know we did some work in this area recently. I forget when specific features were introduced.

Looking in 14 SP1 with the latest EPCs, I can see the Desc parameter is shown in the second column of the feature viewer. Help is still shown as a hint.

Expanding the Execute and ExecuteAsync parameters shows the maps. The type of map is shown as a hint, which is a start. I suspect we can be a bit better than that though.


Re: Features Window Enhancement

Posted: Tue Nov 29, 2016 3:37 am
by jyoung
I never saw that other column in the features window. Good to know.

Regarding the server modules, I see now the parameter maps in the Execute and ExecuteAsyncm that helps a lot. I think I was confused because I was expecting to see the name of the srvroutine not the Execute/Async methods.

Is there a way to see all the srvroutines in a ServerModule?

Re: Features Window Enhancement

Posted: Tue Nov 29, 2016 9:00 am
by Stewart Marshall
Once you have the feature viewer open for a Server Module, the Classes drop down at the top shows a complete list of all the routines
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