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Therefore, during this 8th lab visit, we'd like to present you a first experimental version of a TMS WEB Core application running under Electron. It is a kind of Notepad editor. It uses the TWebMemo as editing control and to open and save text files to the local file system we have introduced TElectronOpenDialog, TElectronSaveDialog and also TElectronStringList. To have access to the application main menu, there is also the TElectronMainMenu. On the main form of the application, it looks like:
The TElectronOpenDialog and TElectronSaveDialog are nearly identical to the VCL counterparts TOpenDialog and TSaveDialog. As such, opening and saving local files from the TMS WEB Core application running as desktop application via Electron becomes as easy as:
Opening a local file:
Saving to a local file:
var sl: TElectronStringList; begin ElectronOpenDialog1.Title := 'Select text file'; if ElectronOpenDialog1.Execute then begin sl := TElectronStringList.Create; sl.LoadFromFile(ElectronOpenDialog1.FileName); Meditor.Lines.Assign(sl); sl.Free; end; end;
This application in action on the Windows operating system looks like:
var sl: TElectronStringList; begin ElectronSaveDialog1.Title := 'Save to text file'; if ElectronSaveDialog1.Execute then begin sl := TElectronStringList.Create; sl.Assign(MEditor.Lines); sl.SaveToFile(ElectronSaveDialog1.FileName); sl.Free; end;
Now that we have this proof of concept working, it is a matter of further wrapping the full Electron API in easy to use functions, classes, components. And that will enable you to create not only web client applications with TMS WEB Core, but also desktop applications that can be deployed to Windows, macOS, Linux. And this comes with many advantages. To name a few:
- Many existing web technologies can be used & integrated in the desktop application
- The UI look & feel can be created with web technologies, i.e. graphics artists can create the HTML template for you with designs that outshine any classic desktop application design
- A lot of code can be reused between web and desktop application if the company has a strategy for web access + desktop deployment
Lab visit feedback & win!
Our team loves to hear what you think about what is brewing in the lab, how you plan to use the upcoming features, what priority our team should give to it and if you have possibly interesting and/or creative ideas to make this even more powerful for Delphi developers. To reward your interaction & feedback, we'll pick 3 blog comments on October 15 that we liked the most and first prize is a free TMS WEB Core license, the 2nd and 3rd prize is a 50% discount coupon on TMS WEB Core. Let yourself hear to increase your chances!
Meanwhile, you can go ahead and explore the new & exciting territories of web client development that become available for Delphi developers with TMS WEB Core! You can download the trial version that is generally available, go ahead with the standalone version you purchased or with TMS WEB Core and additional tools that are all included in TMS ALL-ACCESS. Or you can come to see TMS WEB Core and discover and discuss it face to face with Bruno Fierens of tmssoftware.com showing it in London on October 23, 2018. Note also that in October, you can still take advantage of purchasing TMS WEB Core at launch price from 295EUR for a single developer license. From Nov 1, regular pricing will be active on TMS WEB Core (395EUR for a single developer license).
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