Hmmmmm don't seem to be the less obvious type of bugs you'd stumble across if you were using the screen designer.

Wasn't the Screen Designer a W.I.P. for allot of versions before it was flagged as ready for prime time?

Andy
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To: "'Rational Developer for IBM i / Websphere Development Studio Client for System i & iSeries'" <wdsci-l@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
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Subject: Re: [WDSCI-L] Screen Designer in RDP


Oh man...

Was this released as a beta version I wonder?

Or have IBM programmers adopted the mantra: "It compiled. It must work."?

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Sent: Tuesday, August 03, 2010 11:35 AM
To: 'Rational Developer for IBM i / Websphere Development Studio Client for
System i & iSeries'
Subject: [WDSCI-L] Screen Designer in RDP

Today was the first good opportunity to work with the Screen Designer
application in RDP V7.6, and regrettably I am disappointed. I'm wondering
if anyone else has run into these issues, and if there are any known
workarounds (especially with the loss of screen fields).

-- Copying screen fields causes indicators to double up, or in a few cases,
quadruple up. That is, I had an indicator 51 for a specific field, and when
copying it, it now shows 51 51. I had one instance where it was 51 51 51
51, showing four times!
-- After adding an attribute, if you want to add another attribute, the ADD
option isn't there. It was necessary to view a different application
(switch tabs), then return to the Screen Designer, after which it worked.
-- When showing a subfile screen, it doesn't render all the lines. I had
SFLPAG at 14, SFLSIZ at 15, and it was set to display seven rows of two
columns each. Screen Designer only showed five rows, yet it's rendered
correctly on the screen when you run the application.
-- When switching between fields, it sometimes takes almost ten seconds for
the screen to respond. Specifically, it doesn't highlight the field, and
doesn't update the tabs on the bottom of the screen for the field
properties.
-- One of the screen fields I switched to showed incorrect tabs at the
bottom. It didn't think it was a field, rather it thought it was part of
the screen (unoccupied with a field or literal).
-- When I select more than one record (Subfile Control, Subfile and a third
record to show function keys), they don't overlay. You can however click
each record and it does update the screen, but only shows that record.
Sometimes I need to see all the records at the same time to visualize better
how the screen will look once the application runs? CODE Designer did this
well with a couple of exceptions; Screen Designer doesn't seem to.
-- When I saved my changes, it lost almost half my code for that screen
(including existing code I didn't change)! Some literals and some fields
just disappeared.

Also, where is the option to allow you to reorder fields?

I haven't looked at the Report Designer mode yet, but suspect the same
issues apply...I may have to reload the CODE Designer product for the time
being as that seemed to work much better...

For the record, RDP is at V7.6.0.1 on my machine...the latest update
according to Installation Manager.

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