Developer/2000 is an Oracle tool that helps you to create forms and reports based on the tables that you have created using Designer/2000. You can use Developer/2000 to:
• Design and customize your forms and reports.
• Add various functionality, like radio buttons, combo boxes, and list of values to make your forms and reports more user friendly.
• Writetriggers on your objects to add functionality to them and capture errors.
Tools Provided By Oracle Developer/2000
Oracle Developer/2000 provides four tools:
• Object Navigator: In this tool you can view all your objects, add new objects and name/rename your objects.
• Layout Editor: This tool helps you design your forms and reports and add various objects to them like push buttons andlist boxes.
• PL/SQL Editor: This is the tool that is used to write all the codes for the triggers, procedures or functions.
• Menu Editor: This tool will help you create a customized menu that can be attached to your form or report.
Logging On to Developer/2000
1. To log on to Developer/2000, go to Start[pic] Developer R2.1 and select Form Builder (See Figure 8.1)
2. Immediately,you will see the window for Developer/2000 Form Builder for Windows 95/NT with the sub-window for Welcome to Form Builder. (See Figure 8.2)
Figure 8.2: The Form Builder window
3. Select 'Use the Datablock Wizard' and click OK--This is the easiest method to design a new form.
4. You will now see the Welcome to the Datablock Wizard Window. Click Next to proceed. (See Figure 8.3)[pic]
Figure 8.3: Welcome to Datablock Wizard Window
5. You will now see the window for the Datablock Wizard. Select Table or View as in the figure and click Next. (See Figure 8.4)
Figure 8.4: The Datablock Wizard Window
6. You will now see the window that prompts you to select a table or a view--your form will be created based on this selection. Since no table or view isbeing shown, click on browse to look at the list of tables and views in your database. (See Figure 8.5)
Figure 8.5: The window for selecting the base table
7. Once you click browse, the connect window will appear. Type in your username, password and database to connect to the database. (See Figure 8.6)
Figure 8.6: The Connect String Window
(We typed "server" in theDatabase field because our data resides on a central server. If your data resides on your personal hard drive, this field can be blank.)
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8. You will now see the tables window. Select current users and tables and click OK. (See Figure 8.7)
Figure 8.7: The Tables Window
9. You will now see the list of tables created in your database. Select Students and clickOK. (See Figure 8.8)
Figure 8.8: The window with the list of tables in the database
10. You will now see your selected table and its available columns on your screen. Click on the single right arrow to select the first column to be shown in your form; in this case the STUDID column. You will now see this column under the database items selected sub-window. (See Figure 8.9)
[pic]Figure 8.9: The window with the selected table and its available columns.
11. To move the rest of the columns, simply click on the double right arrow and this will select all your columns in to the database items. (See Figure 8.10)
Figure 8.10: The Database Wizard Window with all the selected columns of the base table
12. You will now see the Congratulations window. Make sure that"Create the data block, then call the Layout Wizard" is selected and click on Finish. (See Figure 8.11)
Figure 8.11: The Data Block Wizard Congratulations Window
13. You will now see the Layout Wizard, prompting you to select the items that you would like to show in the form. Make sure that the data block selected is Students and then click the double right arrow to move all the...