PB Controls in Toolbars. A missing feature?
In my previous Blog post (PB 12.6 – What I Expected… What is missing.) I mentioned Support for PB Controls in toolbars. This is a very nice feature (by the way an implementation of that feature exists in PB Ulitmate Suite and also in Advanced Gui Controls sample application which was implemented by some excellent developers – some of them participate in Powerbuilder Developer Center). This feature was not delivered, or to be more accurate, was never delivered working… 😉
The concept was to allow the developer to add also other kind of controls to the tollbar, like a dropdownlistbox or even a userobject… 🙂
That sounded great… But was not in the final announcement of pb 12.6 features, not even in the beta for pb 15.0…
But how that should work?
Well It’s very simple. 🙂
So first of all we can see it by launching PB Classic 12.6. 🙂 I’m not joking… 😆 I’m serious. 😆 😆 😆
After that we have to create a new menu object. This should open a sheet similar to the following:
Now, if we right click on untitled0 in our new menu a popup menu shows up with all available actions.
If we look carefully that popup we can see a new option in pb 12.6 that shows a submenu with a list of pb objects… If we choose one, it will be placed as an object to our toolbar! 😕 This works only in the root node of the tree for our menu, and it’s pretty buggy, as it was never completed. 😡 But some work was done, and someone forgot to hide it in PB 12.6! The following screenshot is from pb 12.6 (as all the previous).
So what we have here? If we try to save the menu it’s impossible!
For me it’s certain that a lot of work started and was done right after pb 12.5 was released. I’m sure they had plenty of ideas. And they were motivated. But something stopped them… And it’s a shame. PB 15 with all the expected features, would be a great product… PB 12.6 is inferior to our expectations. Unstable. Buggy… 🙁 And with incomplete functionality, which they should be hidden. 😯
Hope to hear some positive decisions from SAP in the really near future, and to see Powerbuilder and its community to be treated with respect. We all deserve it.