powerbuilder display only windows

Posted on 2009-04-15
Last Modified: 2013-12-26
we have two windows w_test1 and w_test2 (w_test1 is a main and w_test2 is a response window). w_test1 has a push button on (lets call it pb_continue).  both windows have a datawindow inside them (dw_1)

what we want to do is the following

1) open w_test1 and w_test2 simultanesouly. w_test1 will receive focus while w_test2 will be a display only window. (it will be used as background for w_test1).

2) w_test2 will receive focus when pb_continue button will be pressed.

how can we do it?

we want to avoid using opensheet command.
Question by:basilhs_s
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Expert Comment

ID: 24148697
any specific reason for w_test2 as response window?

change w_test2 as main and when user clicks on that button write w_test2.bringtotop = TRUE


Author Comment

ID: 24150702
the reason that we prefer to have w_test2 as response is that its main and user clickes by mistake in a area outside it its minimized.
how can we open anyway both windows in the beginning with focus only in w_test1?
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Accepted Solution

sandeep_patel earned 250 total points
ID: 24151050
1. set windowtype property to main for both w_test1 and w_test2
2. declare instance variable called ib_push for w_test1 and intialize with FALSE
3. write below code in Activate event of w_test2
If Not w_test1.ib_push Then
   w_test1.BringToTop = TRUE
End If
4. write below code in clicked event of button
ib_push = TRUE
w_test2.BringToTop = TRUE
5. write below code to open both window

Now you need to identify  when you want to set ib_push back to FALSE.

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Author Comment

ID: 24152731
thanks sandeep .i will check it tomorrow
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Assisted Solution

diasroshan earned 250 total points
ID: 24178206

just a few suggestions,
since u have mentioned,
"user clickes by mistake in a area outside it its minimized"

In the above code if u click anywhere else the 2 windows will look like they have minimized.
In order to avoid this, try adding the below code too,
Where ever it is,
w_test1.BringToTop = TRUE
w_test2.BringToTop = TRUE
 replace the line with,

Also, it is always advised to use the function IsValid whenever referencing another window or object,
Some changes to sandeep's code,
write below code in Activate event of w_test2
If IsValid(w_test1) Then
If Not w_test1.ib_push Then
   //w_test1.BringToTop = TRUE
End If
End If

write below code in clicked event of button
ib_push = TRUE
If IsValid(w_test2) Then
//w_test2.BringToTop = TRUE
End If


Author Comment

ID: 24178413
thanks rosh. i noticed that the windows were minimized when i clicked outside their area. i ll check want you mentioned tomorrow

Author Comment

ID: 24192279
solution is working perfectly with one side-effect however. if messages are going to be displayed (thru messagebox statements or thru operating system/sql-server) sometimes they do appear behind w_test2 (at least a part of them) can we do something about it?

Author Closing Comment

ID: 31570302
thaks both of you

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