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EXHelper

Download The Exontrol's eXHelper tool helps you to find easy and quickly the answers and the source code for your questions regarding the usage of our UI components.

Short Description

The Exontrol's eXHelper tool helps you to find easy and quickly the answers and the source code for your questions regarding the usage of our UI components. The exontrol's eXHelper tool divides its client area in three parts: Questions, Template and Running panels. The Questions panel shows a list of questions, where you can search of filter your keywords, Once you press ENTER or double click the question, the Template panel shows the code required, and the Running panel shows the component, and runs the template. Each question provides the x-script code to answer the question The Template section is editable, so you can type or insert your own x-script code. 

Currently, the source code provided is in exontrol's x-script format, but it can be translated to programming languages such as: 

  • VBA, VB6,VB/NET, 
  • C#, C++, C++ Builder, 
  • Delphi, 
  • VFP,  X++ ( Dynamics Ax 2009 ), 
  • Visual Objects (CAVO), 
  • PowerBuilder (Classic ), 
  • dBASE Plus, 
  • JavaScript, 
  • Xbasic (Alpha Five)
  • Visual DataFlex
  • Xbase++ (Alaska)

You can view the following items:

  • General View of the eXHelper tool
  • Generating Source Code using the eXHelper tool
  • Spying objects of the browsed component using the eXHelper tool
The following screen shot shows how to use the eXHelper( 8.X ). The sample looks for the question "How to magnify a specified date and apply a different background color?"

Click here to show how to use the eXHelper 6.X. and prior versions.

Install the eXHelper tool

Download the eXHelper tool, unzip the helper.zip file, and you get the helper.exe file. Run it, and you should see something like follows:

Click the Install button, and the tool and required components are installed on your computer. By default, the installer opens the folder where the ExHelper.exe tool is installed.

Using the eXHelper tool

Run the ExHelper.exe, which is usually located in your Program Files folder under the \Exontrol\ExHelper folder. Once you run the tool, you see:

Lets say that you are asking: "Does your tree control supports partial - check feature?"

  1. Select the Tree - Skinable Tree, in the drop down list box, so we can get the questions for the tree component.

  2. Press Help button.. If the tool is not able to create the component or to locate the documentation for the component you selected, red messages will be shown, in the right side, that will guide you what to do next.;

  3. The list of questions is displayed in the left side panel, which is the Questions panel

  4. Click the drop down filter button, in the Question column, so a filter for field is shown up

    • Type the partial word, so the column gets filtered only questions related to the partial keyword.

    • As you start typing, the control will look progressively for the questions that contains parti... characters and so on.

    • Press the ENTER keym or double click the questions you are asking for

  5. The Template panel lists the properties and methods, the code required to answer the question.

  6. Drag the cursor over any property or method in the Template panel, and its documentation shows up.

  7. Click the Running Panel, and see how the control reacts as the Template script was applied.

The documentation is just a plain TXT file, that contains x-script code, that's retrieved from our server. For instance, remove the exontrol_tree.txt from ExHelper folder, and run the tool again. You will be asked to get it automatically from our web server. We would recommend you from time to time, to refresh your control documentation, even by removing its respective TXT file, or by clicking the Help button while SHIFT key is pressed. The eXHelper is free to use for anyone that wants to start working with any of our UI component.

Converting x-script to VBA, VB6, VB.NET, VB.NET for COM, VFP 6,VFP 9, C++, C++ Builder, C#, C# for /COM, X++ (Dynamics Ax 2009), Delphi 8 (. NET only), Delphi (standard), Visual Objects, PowerBuilder (Classic ), dBASE Plus, JavaScript, Xbasic (Alpha Five), Visual DataFlex, XBase++

Currently, eXHelper tool can convert x-script code to programming languages like 

  • VBA (MS Access, Excel, ... )
  • VB6
  • VB.NET
  • VB.NET for /COM
  • VFP 6 or 9
  • C++ ( Visual Studio )
  • C++ Builder ( embarcadero )
  • C#
  • C# for /COM
  • X++  ( Dynamics Ax 2009 )
  • Delphi 8 ( .NET only, borland, embarcadero )
  • Delphi (standard, borland, embarcadero)
  • Visual Objects ( cavo )
  • PowerBuilder ( Classic, sybase )
  • dBASE Plus (dbase)
  • JavaScript
  • Xbasic (Alpha Five)
  • Visual DataFlex
  • Xbase++ (Alaska)

Select a question in the left side panel, the one that lists the frequently questions ( 3 ), and next double click the question or press ENTER key. The x-script code is shown in the middle panel (5). In the same time, the horizontal scroll bar in the middle part ( 5 ) includes the following a ... button. Click it, and the submenu lists all programming languages you can convert x-script too.

Older versions of the eXHelper tool could convert x-script code to programming languages like 

  • VBA
  • VB6
  • VB7/VB.NET
  • VFP6,VFP9
  • C#
  • C++
  • Delphi

Select a question in the left side panel, the one that lists the frequently questions ( 3 ), and next double click the question or press ENTER key. The x-script code is shown in the middle panel (5). In the same time, the horizontal scroll bar in the middle part ( 5 ) includes the following buttons: X, VBA, VB6, VB7, VFP6, VFP9, C#, C++ and Delphi, like shown in the second picture. Click the VB6 and the x-script code gets converted to VB6. Click the VB7 and the x-script code is translated to VB.NET, and so on.

The following screen shot shows the question being selected before user double clicks or presses the ENTER key:

The following screen shot shows the question being selected after the user double clicks it or presses the ENTER key ( the conversion buttons is shown in the horizontal scroll bar, or you can select Convert To ... from the context menu, if you would right click the middle panel  ):

The right panel, or the running panel shows the component after executing the x-script/template code.

Shortcuts

  • CTRL + rotate the mouse wheel, enlarges the font for the tool.

  • CTRL + S, runs or executes the current x-script code, in the Template panel

  • CTRL + I, opens the Incremental search in the Template panel

  • CTRL + A, selects the entire template/code in the Template panel

  • CTRL + H, opens the Replace dialog in the Template panel

  • CTRL + F, opens the Find dialog in the Template panel

  • CTRL + F, reopens the filter-bar prompt in the Questions panel.

  • ENTER, runs or executes the current question, in the Questions panel

  • ALT + Down, focuses the filter-bar prompt in the Questions panel.

  • F3, jumps to the next occurrence, when using the incremental search, valid for Questions and Template panel

  • SHIFT + F3, jumps to the previously occurrence, when using the incremental search, valid for Questions and Template panel

  • DOUBLE-CLICK the Title bar, to maximize the eXHelper tool.

  • DOUBLE-RCLICK the Title bar, to minimize the eXHelper  tool.

Tips and Tricks

  • Minimize. Double Right Click the title of the tool, so the tool gets minimized, or select the Copy All Code from the Template's context menu.

  • Zoom in/out. Rotates the mouse wheel while pressing the CTRL key to changes the size of the fonts in the tool ( zoom in/out )

  • Filter by Selection. Double click a work in the Template view, so it gets selected, and right click the keyword, so the context menu shows up. Select the 'Filter For' command, and the questions are filtered by selected command.

  • Filter by multiple columns. The first column displays the questions, and it looks for the word in the questions. The rest of the columns, holds keywords, and can be used to filter by keywords. 

  • Incremental search. Click the Question panel, and start typing the characters of the word you are looking for. As soon as you type, the selection is changed, and the word being selected is highlighted. Press the F3 key for the next occurrence.

  • Run your own x-script code. Add your x-script code to Template view, and press the CTRL + S to save the template, and to re-run the template.

  • Tooltip. Drag the cursor over a command in the Template view, and its documentation shows up, which describes the command, the object where it belongs, and its parameters.

  • Reload. Click the Help button, while pressing the SHIFT key, so the Running panel displays a list of options you can select from. Click the 'automatically' or 'save' link, to refresh the list of questions for selected component. 

  • Latest. If the question you found is what your are looking for but don't see the expected result, make sure that you are running the latest version of the component! Drag the cursor over the bolded keyword, so its documentation shows up. If it doesn't the property or the method from the cursor is not implemented in your version, so you need to get the latest update.

  • Scroll. Right click the bottom button of the vertical scroll bar in the Questions panel and so the latest questions are displayed.

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Troubleshooting

  • One of required components is not installed. Install the eXHelper tool again.

     

  • The component you selected for checking, is not installed, or requires a runtime license key. Download and install the component from the link as indicated, click the Help button or run the tool again.

  • The component you selected doesn't provide any documentation. In the installer folder, you can locate several TXT files, which contains documentation for known components. For instance, the exontrol_calendar.txt file provides documentation for our Calendar control. 

We would appreciate any feedback that you want to share with us.


The eXSuite package contains more than 40 components, with over 200 objects, 9,000 functions, and more than 4,000,000 lines of source code... Available as: /COM /NET /WPF, Ansi, UNICODE 32 or 64-bits.