3. Designer Interface

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3. Designer Interface

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The interface for designing applications consists of a pre-set number of blocks.  Each control/block performs a specific task or encompasses a pre-defined event in the system. Some blocks will be used to respond to actions taken by users (e.g. when a barcode is scanned) on the handheld while others will be used to initiate actions for the user to respond to (e.g. asking for quantity) while other blocks are there merely to facilitate the application flow (e.g. sending/getting data from NAV).

The designer has no pre-determined width or height and as such can be scrolled indefinitely.  However, a good practice to follow when making large applications is to put each starting event in a single row so that to find a specific event you need only scroll horizontally to find rather than scrolling vertically as well.  For simpler applications laying out such that it fits on a single screen is usually best.

Block Quick Reference

The following table can be used as a quick reference of the different blocks.  Additional details on usage will be provided in subsequent sections.

Control Category Description

fter a Row is Selected

Selected Row

Events  

After Item Reservation is Added

Reservation Added

Events This event is triggered when a reservation is added via the reservation dialog.

After Item Reservation is Changed

Reservation Changed

Events This event is triggered when a reservation is modified via the reservation dialog.

After Item Reservation is Deleted

Reservation Deleted

Events This event is triggered when a reservation is deleted via the reservation dialog.

Custom Event

Custom Event

Events This block is used to break out functions into more manageable pieces.  It can be called from within the application via the “Start Event” block or from a PDA Menu with a standard action of “Application Event”.

When a Bin is Scanned

Scanned Bin

Events This event is triggered when a Bin barcode is scanned.

When a Document is Scanned

Scanned Document

Events This event is triggered when Document barcode is scanned.  The types of Document barcodes are predefined (Sales Order, Transfer Order, Production Order, Warehouse. Shipment, etc.).

When a License Plate is Scanned

Scanned License Plate

Events This event is triggered when a License Plate barcode is scanned.

When a License Plate is Started

Started License Plate

Events This event is triggered when a PDA Menu with a standard action of “LP Create” is clicked and there is not an active License Plate.

When a License Plate is Stopped

Stopped License Plate

Events This event is triggered when a PDA Menu with a standard action of “LP Create” is clicked and there is an active License Plate.

When a License Plate Template is Scanned

Scanned License Plate Template

Events This event is triggered when a License Plate Template barcode is scanned.

When a Location is Scanned

Scanned Location

Events This event is triggered when a Location barcode is scanned.

When a Tag is Scanned

Scanned Tag

Events This event is triggered when a Tag barcode is scanned.

When an Item is Scanned

Scanned Item

Events This event is triggered when an Item barcode is scanned.

When Loading Document Data

Loading Document Data

Events This event is used to signify that a data grid/panel is required on the application page and then will be called when time to populate/update the grid data.

When Quantity Should Change on a Row

Change Row Quantity

Events This event is triggered when a PDA Menu with a standard action of “Change Qty” is clicked.

When Text is Scanned

Scanned Text

Events

This event is triggered when a Text barcode is scanned. 

First pass is to attempt to decode the Text barcode as an item.  If that fails and this block is not present an error will be thrown.  If this block is present then it will be called.

When the Form Closes

Form Closes

Events This event is triggered just before the application closes.

When the Form Opens

Form Opens

Events This event is triggered when the application first loads.

Ask for a Date

Ask for a Date

Interactions This block can be used to prompt the user to select a date.

Ask for a Number

Ask for a Number

Interactions This block can be used to request a decimal number from the user and should be used when you don’t require lot/serial or UOM information.

Ask for Confirmation

Ask for Confirmation

Interactions Use this block to display a confirmation dialog to the user.

Ask for Text

Ask for Text

Interactions Use this block to ask the user for some input text.

Capture Signature

Capture Signature

Interactions Use this block to prompt the user for a signature.

Choose From List

Choose From List

Interactions This block will prompt the user to select a choice/option from a drop down list.

Choose From Table

Choose From Table

Interactions Use this block to display a grid listing of options/rows that the user can select from.

Choose With Buttons

Choose With Buttons

Interactions This block will prompt the user to select a choice/option where each choice is a button on the dialog.

Display a Message

Display a Message

Interactions Use this block to display a simple message.

Display an Error

Display an Error

Interactions Display an error message to the user.

Editable Panel

Editable Panel

Actions Display an editable panel dialog to the user.

Enter Quantity

Enter Quantity

Interactions Use this block to prompt the user to enter quantity.  Dialog has options for lot, serial, expiry and units of measure.

Show Assign LP

Show Assign LP

Interactions This block is used when assigning a License Plate to a document and allows the users to choose which items to use and the LP actions.

Show LP List

Show LP List

Interactions Use this block to display a list of License Plates.

Show Picture

Show Picture

Actions Show a picture to the user.

Show Reservations

Show Reservations

Interactions Displays the Item Tracking dialog for a line with options to add/modify/delete entries.

Inspect Context

Inspect Context

Interactions This block can be used to view all the current page variables.

Add Header Label

Add Header Label

Actions Add a label to the top of the application page. 

Close Form

Close Form

Actions Close the form.

Configure Fields

Configure Fields

Actions Initializes the application fields.  Required for scan behaviors, finding lines and other intrinsic behaviors.

Display Mode

Display Mode

Actions Toggle the display mode between grid and card views.

Find First Line With

Find First Line With

Actions Find and select the first line in the grid/panel that matches the value in the column specified.

Find a Matching Line

Find a Matching Line

Actions Find a matching line in the grid/panel.  Based on Find Line Templates in NAV.

Open Web

Open Web

Actions Opens the specified web page.

Run Event

Run Event

Actions Call a NAV event where you don’t require a result set to be returned.  Messages/Errors are still displayed if returned.

Run Event Set Table Field Value

Run Event Set Table Field Value

Actions  

Run Event Set Value

Run Event Set Value

Actions Call a NAV event to get a value result returned and populate the application variable specified with the result.

Run Intent

Run Intent

Actions

Executes an Android Intent.

Only usable on Android devices.

Scan Barcode

Scan Barcode

Actions Simulate a barcode scan

Set Status Bar

Set Status Bar

Actions Creates and updates the status bar text

Set Title

Set Title

Actions Set the title of the application screen.

Show Remaining

Show Remaining

Actions Toggle how the ‘open lines/qty’ label is shown in the top right of a document.

Show Search Control

Show Search Control

Actions Create a search/filter bar at top of the application page.

Start an Application

Start an Application

Actions Launch a new application.

Start Event

Start Event

Actions Call an internal custom event to execute a sequence of blocks.

Start License Plate

Start License Plate

Actions Trigger the start license plate event and toggle any associated menus

Stop License Plate

Stop License Plate

Actions Trigger the stop license plate event and toggle any associated menus

Update Data

Update Data

Actions Call a NAV event and expect a result set back that can either replace the entire dataset or just update existing lines.  New lines are created/added as well.

Using the PDA Configuration

Using the PDA Configuration

Context Copy the NAV PDA Configuration settings to the application context.

Using the Document Header

Using the Document Header

Context Copy the header values to the application context.  Variables based on column name.

Using the Last Scanned Barcode

Using the Last Scanned Barcode

Context Copy the last scanned barcodes values to the application context.

Using the Selected Line

Using the Selected Line

Context Copy the selected lines values to the application context.  Variables based on column name.
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