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If the out-of-the-box GUI components provided by Scout don’t fit your needs, you can easily create and add custom GUI components. This how-to describes how this can be done.

When we talk about custom GUI components in this how-to we actually describe the creation of custom form fields. For this we need to implement a custom UI model component and acutal representations for all necessary UI technolgies, typically this should include representations for all supported UI technologies: SWT, Swing, and RAP. The model component will be located in a client plugin of the application and the concrete implementations for the UI technolgies will end up in the technology specific UI plugin.

As an example we will create the AbstractDrawLineField used in the Scout form below. In this field, a user can draw a line from a start point to an end point.

DrawLineSwing.png

Creating the Scout Component

Every Scout component representing a form field extends from AbstractFormField. For this, you first have to create a new class that is derived from AbstractFormField. Instead of directly inheriting from AbstractFormField it is recommended to extend AbstractCustomField, an AbstractFormField that implements the marker interface ICustomField. This makes it easier to distinguish your custom components from controls provided by the Scout framework.

In the client plugin, first create a new package com.bsiag.minicrm.client.ui.form.fields.ext containing the following artefacts:

  • IDrawLineField, extending IFormField
  • IDrawLineUiFacade
  • AbstractDrawLineField, extending AbstractCustomField and implementing IDrawLineField

Properties

Now you have to think about what your custom field should provide. Scout fields typically consist of properties implemented by getConfiguredXY methods and behaviour implemented in the execXY methods.

If a field property is reflected by some visible aspects of the GUI component, we can take advantage of the fact that every Scout form field is also an IPropertyObserver.

Please notice that every form field is also an IPropertyObserver. So if you think that someone else could be interested in your property, then you should make use of the protected field m_propertySupport. This is especially necessary if the property defines behaviour of the GUI control. If someone dynamically changes the property on your field, the GUI control has to be informed about it otherwise it would not be reflected on the GUI.

The example AbstractDrawLineField has two properties, the start and the end point. Thus we add now the following code to IDrawLineField:

public static final String PROP_START = "startPoint";
public static final String PROP_END = "endPoint";
 
Point getStart();
void setStart(Point p);
 
Point getEnd();
void setEnd(Point p);
 
IDrawLineUiFacade getUiFacade();

This interface is now already finished. The getUiFacade method will be needed to receive events from the gui control. In the AbstractDrawLineField, we implement now these methods with the usage of m_propertySupport

  private IDrawLineUiFacade m_uiFacade;
 
  @Override
  public Point getEnd() {
    return (Point) propertySupport.getProperty(PROP_END);
  }
 
  @Override
  public void setEnd(Point p) {
    propertySupport.setProperty(PROP_END, p);
  }
 
  @Override
  public Point getStart() {
    return (Point) propertySupport.getProperty(PROP_START);
  }
 
  @Override
  public void setStart(Point p) {
    propertySupport.setProperty(PROP_START, p);
  }
 
  @Override
  public IDrawLineUiFacade getUiFacade() {
    return m_uiFacade;
  }

Default Values

Another important thing about properties is the way they are initialized. For each property there should be a corresponding getConfiguredXY-function to set the initial value of the property. This initial value is read in the method initConfig.

For the AbstractDrawLineField we need four getConfigured methods, two for each point. The annotations are needed for the Scout SDK only.

@ConfigProperty(ConfigProperty.INTEGER)
@Order(500)
@ConfigPropertyValue("0")
protected int getConfiguredStartX(){
  return 0;
}
 
@ConfigProperty(ConfigProperty.INTEGER)
@Order(510)
@ConfigPropertyValue("0")
protected int getConfiguredStartY(){
  return 0;
}
 
@ConfigProperty(ConfigProperty.INTEGER)
@Order(520)
@ConfigPropertyValue("0")
protected int getConfiguredEndX(){
  return 0;
}
 
@ConfigProperty(ConfigProperty.INTEGER)
@Order(530)
@ConfigPropertyValue("0")
protected int getConfiguredEndY(){
  return 0;
}
 
@Override
protected void initConfig(){
  super.initConfig();
  setStart(new Point(getConfiguredStartX(), getConfiguredStartY()));
  setEnd(new Point(getConfiguredEndX(), getConfiguredEndY()));
}

Receiving GUI Events

Now we have to think about which GUI events we want to propagate to the custom Scout component. In our example, we have two important events. Setting a new start and setting a new end point. These events are handled by uiFacade. Add to the facade interface these two methods: void setStartFromUI(Point p); void setEndFromUI(Point p); Now add this inner Class to AbstractDrawLineField:
private class P_UiFacade implements IDrawLineUiFacade{
  public void setEndFromUI(Point p){
    setEnd(p);
  }
 
  public void setStartFromUI(Point p){
    setStart(p);
  }
}
And add this line of code as the first statement in the initConfig method:
m_uiFacade = new P_UiFacade();

Creating the GUI Control

After creating the model implementation of the custom field, the corresponding GUI component has to be created. Every GUI component should provide implementations for all UI technologies.

  • SWT compoments extend SwtScoutFieldComposite
  • SWT compoments extend SwingScoutFieldComposite
  • RAP components extend RwtScoutFieldComposite

Accordingly, we will create Swing, SWT and RAP implementations for our AbstractDrawLineField.

Implementation

Important methods for Scout GUI components are initializeSwt, initializeSwing, attachScout and handleScoutPropertyChange. The actual GUI composite is created in the initializeSwt / initializeSwing / initializeUi method. Properties of the Scout field are normally handled in the method attachScout respectively in the method handleScoutPropertyChange. To fire events which should be handled in the Scout control and which normally leads to an execution of an execXY method the UIFacade of a Scout field should be used. For the Swt/Swing/RwtScoutDrawLineField we have a mouse listener that propagates the point changes from the GUI to the Scout field. When then the Scout field adjusts the point properties, these changes are handled in the handleScoutPropertyChange method and there the line in the GUI will be updated.

Swing Implementation

Create a new package com.bsiag.minicrm.ui.swing.form.fields.ext in the ui.swing plugin. Create in this package a new class SwingScoutDrawLineField that extends SwingScoutFieldComposite<IDrawLineField>.

Paste the following code in the SwingScoutDrawLineField class:
public class SwingScoutDrawLineField extends SwingScoutFieldComposite<IDrawLineField> {
private P_MouseListener m_mouseListener;
 
@Override
protected void initializeSwing(){
  m_mouseListener = new P_MouseListener();
  JPanelEx container=new JPanelEx(new BorderLayoutEx());
  container.setOpaque(false);
  JStatusLabelEx label=new JStatusLabelEx();
  container.add(label,BorderLayoutEx.CENTER);
 
  MyComponent field = new MyComponent();
  SwingUtility.installDefaultFocusHandling(field);
  container.add(field);
 
  field.addMouseMotionListener(m_mouseListener);
  field.addMouseListener(m_mouseListener);
 
  setSwingContainer(container);
  setSwingLabel(label);
  setSwingField(field);
  //layout
  getSwingContainer().setLayout(new LogicalGridLayout(getSwingEnvironment(),1, 0));
}
 
@Override
protected void attachScout(){
super.attachScout();
  updateLineFromScout();
}
 
protected void updateLineFromScout(){
  getSwingField().repaint();
}
 
protected void handleSwingStartPointChanged(final Point location){
  RunnableWithData t=new RunnableWithData(){
    @Override
    public void run(){
      getScoutObject().getUiFacade().setEndFromUI(location);
      getScoutObject().getUiFacade().setStartFromUI(location);
    }
  };
  getSwingEnvironment().invokeScoutLater(t, 2345);
}
 
protected void handleSwingEndPointChanged(final Point location){
  RunnableWithData t=new RunnableWithData(){
    @Override
    public void run(){
      getScoutObject().getUiFacade().setEndFromUI(location);
    }
  };
  getSwingEnvironment().invokeScoutLater(t, 2345);
}
 
@Override
protected void handleScoutPropertyChange(String name, Object newValue){
  if(name.equals(IDrawLineField.PROP_START) || name.equals(IDrawLineField.PROP_END)){
    updateLineFromScout();
  }
  super.handleScoutPropertyChange(name, newValue);
}
 
private class MyComponent extends JComponent{
  private static final long serialVersionUID=1L;
 
  @Override
  public void paint(Graphics g){
    super.paint(g);
    g.setColor(getBackground());
    g.fillRect(0, 0, getWidth(), getHeight());
    g.setColor(getForeground());
    if(getScoutObject().getStart() != null && getScoutObject().getEnd() != null){
      g.drawLine(getScoutObject().getStart().x, getScoutObject().getStart().y, getScoutObject().getEnd().x, getScoutObject().getEnd().y);
    }
  }
}
 
private class P_MouseListener extends MouseAdapter{
  private boolean m_mouseDown = false;
  @Override
  public void mousePressed(MouseEvent e){
    m_mouseDown = true;
    handleSwingStartPointChanged(e.getPoint());
  }
  @Override
  public void mouseReleased(MouseEvent e){
    m_mouseDown = false;
    handleSwingEndPointChanged(e.getPoint());
  }
  @Override
  public void mouseDragged(MouseEvent e){
    if(m_mouseDown){
      handleSwingEndPointChanged(e.getPoint());
    }
  }
}
}

SWT Implementation

Create a new package com.bsiag.minicrm.ui.swt.form.fields.ext in the ui.swt plugin. Create in this package a new class SwtScoutDrawLineField that extends SwtScoutFieldComposite<IDrawLineField>.

Paste the following code in the SwtScoutDrawLineField class:
public class SwtScoutDrawLineField extends SwtScoutFieldComposite<IDrawLineField> {
  private P_MouseListener m_mouseListener;
 
  @Override
  protected void initializeSwt(Composite parent) {
    m_mouseListener = new P_MouseListener();
 
    Composite container = getEnvironment().getFormToolkit().createComposite(parent);
    StatusLabelEx label = getEnvironment().getFormToolkit().createStatusLabel(container, getEnvironment(), getScoutObject());
    Canvas canvas = getEnvironment().getFormToolkit().createCanvas(container);
 
    canvas.addPaintListener(new P_PaintListener());
    canvas.addMouseMoveListener(m_mouseListener);
    canvas.addMouseListener(m_mouseListener);
 
    setSwtContainer(container);
    setSwtLabel(label);
    setSwtField(canvas);
 
    // layout
    getSwtContainer().setLayout(new LogicalGridLayout(1, 0));
  }
 
  @Override
  protected void attachScout() {
    super.attachScout();
    updateLineFromScout();
  }
 
  protected void updateLineFromScout() {
    getSwtField().redraw();
  }
 
  protected void handleSwtStartPointChanged(final Point location) {
    RunnableWithData t = new RunnableWithData() {
      @Override
      public void run() {
        getScoutObject().getUiFacade().setEndFromUI(location);
        getScoutObject().getUiFacade().setStartFromUI(location);
      }
    };
    getEnvironment().invokeScoutLater(t, 2345);
  }
 
  protected void handleSwtEndPointChanged(final Point location) {
    RunnableWithData t = new RunnableWithData() {
      @Override
      public void run() {
        getScoutObject().getUiFacade().setEndFromUI(location);
      }
    };
    getEnvironment().invokeScoutLater(t, 2345);
  }
 
  @Override
  protected void handleScoutPropertyChange(String name, Object newValue) {
    if (name.equals(IDrawLineField.PROP_START) || name.equals(IDrawLineField.PROP_END)) {
      updateLineFromScout();
    }
    super.handleScoutPropertyChange(name, newValue);
  }
 
  private class P_PaintListener implements PaintListener {
    private static final long serialVersionUID = 1L;
 
    @Override
    public void paintControl(PaintEvent e) {
      if (getScoutObject().getStart() != null && getScoutObject().getEnd() != null) {
        e.gc.drawLine(getScoutObject().getStart().x, getScoutObject().getStart().y, getScoutObject().getEnd().x, getScoutObject().getEnd().y);
      }
    }
  }
 
  private class P_MouseListener implements MouseListener, MouseMoveListener {
    private boolean m_mouseDown = false;
 
    @Override
    public void mouseDoubleClick(org.eclipse.swt.events.MouseEvent e) {
    }
 
    @Override
    public void mouseDown(org.eclipse.swt.events.MouseEvent e) {
      m_mouseDown = true;
      handleSwtStartPointChanged(new Point(e.x, e.y));
    }
 
    @Override
    public void mouseUp(org.eclipse.swt.events.MouseEvent e) {
      m_mouseDown = false;
      handleSwtEndPointChanged(new Point(e.x, e.y));
    }
 
    @Override
    public void mouseMove(org.eclipse.swt.events.MouseEvent e) {
      if (m_mouseDown) {
        handleSwtEndPointChanged(new Point(e.x, e.y));
      }
    }
 
  }
}

RAP Implementation

There is a limitation to the RAP implementation as it does not support listening for mouse-move events. This means that the user will draw his line blindly (because we cannot update it as it is being drawn). To help the user, we will indicate the starting point of the current line with a circle if the start and end points of a line are indentical.

Create a new package com.bsiag.minicrm.ui.rap.form.fields.ext in the ui.rap plugin. Create in this package a new class RwtScoutDrawLineField that extends RwtScoutFieldComposite<IDrawLineField>.

Paste the following code in the RwtScoutDrawLineField class:
public class RwtScoutDrawLineField extends RwtScoutFieldComposite<IDrawLineField> {
  private P_MouseListener m_mouseListener;
  private Menu m_contextMenu;
 
  @Override
  protected void initializeUi(Composite parent) {
    m_mouseListener = new P_MouseListener();
 
    Composite container = getUiEnvironment().getFormToolkit().createComposite(parent);
    StatusLabelEx label = getUiEnvironment().getFormToolkit().createStatusLabel(container, getScoutObject());
    Canvas canvas = getUiEnvironment().getFormToolkit().createCanvas(container);
 
    canvas.addPaintListener(new P_PaintListener());
    // canvas.addMouseTrackListener(m_mouseListener); // this doesn't work for RAP
    canvas.addMouseListener(m_mouseListener);
 
    setUiContainer(container);
    setUiLabel(label);
    setUiField(canvas);
 
    // layout
    getUiContainer().setLayout(new LogicalGridLayout(1, 0));
  }
 
  @Override
  protected void attachScout() {
    super.attachScout();
    updateLineFromScout();
  }
 
  protected void updateLineFromScout() {
    getUiField().redraw();
  }
 
  protected void handleSwtStartPointChanged(final Point location) {
    RunnableWithData t = new RunnableWithData() {
      @Override
      public void run() {
        getScoutObject().getUiFacade().setEndFromUI(location);
        getScoutObject().getUiFacade().setStartFromUI(location);
      }
    };
    getUiEnvironment().invokeScoutLater(t, 2345);
  }
 
  protected void handleSwtEndPointChanged(final Point location) {
    RunnableWithData t = new RunnableWithData() {
      @Override
      public void run() {
        getScoutObject().getUiFacade().setEndFromUI(location);
      }
    };
    getUiEnvironment().invokeScoutLater(t, 2345);
  }
 
  @Override
  protected void handleScoutPropertyChange(String name, Object newValue) {
    if ((name.equals(IDrawLineField.PROP_START)) || (name.equals(IDrawLineField.PROP_END))) {
      updateLineFromScout();
    }
    super.handleScoutPropertyChange(name, newValue);
  }
 
  private class P_PaintListener implements PaintListener {
    private static final long serialVersionUID = 1L;
 
    @Override
    public void paintControl(PaintEvent e) {
      if (getScoutObject().getStart() != null && getScoutObject().getEnd() != null) {
        if (getScoutObject().getStart().equals(getScoutObject().getEnd())) {
          // special case for RAP: mark start of line
          e.gc.drawOval(getScoutObject().getStart().getX(), getScoutObject().getStart().getY(), 10, 10);
        } else {
          e.gc.drawLine(getScoutObject().getStart().getX(), getScoutObject().getStart().getY(), getScoutObject().getEnd().getX(), getScoutObject().getEnd().getY());
        }
      }
    }
  }
 
  private class P_MouseListener implements MouseListener, MouseMoveListener {
    private static final long serialVersionUID = 1L;
    private boolean m_mouseDown = false;
 
    @Override
    public void mouseDoubleClick(org.eclipse.swt.events.MouseEvent e) {
    }
 
    @Override
    public void mouseDown(org.eclipse.swt.events.MouseEvent e) {
      if (e != null && e.button == 1) {
        m_mouseDown = true;
        handleSwtStartPointChanged(new Point(e.x, e.y));
      }
    }
 
    @Override
    public void mouseUp(org.eclipse.swt.events.MouseEvent e) {
      if (e != null && e.button == 1) {
        m_mouseDown = false;
        handleSwtEndPointChanged(new Point(e.x, e.y));
      }
    }
 
    @Override
    public void mouseMove(org.eclipse.swt.events.MouseEvent e) {
      if (m_mouseDown) {
        handleSwtEndPointChanged(new Point(e.x, e.y));
      }
    }
 
  }
}


Map the Controls

To link the custom GUI components to the UI model component Scout uses Eclipse extension points. For a SWT field we need the extension point org.eclipse.scout.rt.ui.swt.formfields and for a Swing we use org.eclipse.scout.rt.ui.swing.formfields. In this extension point we have to specify which model class maps to which UI class. As model class we use usually the interface and not the concrete class.

Swing extension

For our example, open the plugin.xml from the ui.swing plugin. Go to the Extensions tab on the bottom of the manifest editor and click Add…. Uncheck the checkbox at the bottom and select the org.eclipse.scout.rt.ui.swing.formfields extension point before you click Finish. Right-click the newly created extension in your manifest editor and select New > formField. Now enter in the name text box “Draw Line Field” and select as modelClass “com.bsiag.minicrm.client.ui.form.fields.ext.IDrawLineField”. Now we have to specify the UI class. Right-click on the formField extension and select New > uiClass. There we select the class “com.bsiag.minicrm.ui.swing.form.fields.ext.SwingScoutDrawLineField”.

SWT extension

Open the plugin.xml from the ui.swt plugin. Go to the Extensions tab on the bottom of the manifest editor and click Add…. Uncheck the checkbox at the bottom and select the org.eclipse.scout.rt.ui.swt.formfields extension point before you click Finish. Right-click the newly created extension in your manifest editor and select New > formField. Now enter in the name text box “Draw Line Field” and select as modelClass “com.bsiag.minicrm.client.ui.form.fields.ext.IDrawLineField”. Now we have to specify the ui class. Right-click on the formField extension and select New > uiClass. There we select the class “com.bsiag.minicrm.ui.swt.form.fields.ext.SwtScoutDrawLineField”.

RAP extension

Open the plugin.xml from the ui.rap plugin. Go to the Extensions tab on the bottom of the manifest editor and click Add…. Uncheck the checkbox at the bottom and select the org.eclipse.scout.rt.ui.rap.formfields extension point before you click Finish. Right-click the newly created extension in your manifest editor and select New > formField. Now enter in the name text box “Draw Line Field” and select as modelClass “com.bsiag.minicrm.client.ui.form.fields.ext.IDrawLineField”. Now we have to specify the ui class. Right-click on the formField extension and select New > uiClass. There we select the class “com.bsiag.minicrm.ui.rap.form.fields.ext.RwtScoutDrawLineField”.

Test the DrawLineField

You can now create a new Form where you use the DrawLineField. If you set the grid height to about a value of eight and disable the label you get a big field.


Making the DrawLineField persistent

So far, the line in our custom control can be pre-configured in the SDK and manually re-drawn using the mouse.

However, it is not yet possible to persistently store and load the line points from/to the database. This chapter shows how the custom field needs to be modified to allow persistence.

Data structures for the FormData

  • Create a class org.eclipse.minicrm.shared.data.form.fields.ext.LinePoint:
package org.eclipse.minicrm.shared.data.form.fields.ext;
 
import java.awt.Point;
import java.io.Serializable;
 
public class LinePoint implements Serializable {
  private static final long serialVersionUID = 1L;
  private int x;
  private int y;
 
  public LinePoint(int x, int y) {
    this.x = x;
    this.y = y;
  }
 
  public LinePoint(Point p) {
    this.x = p.x;
    this.y = p.y;
  }
 
  public void setX(int x) {
    this.x = x;
  }
 
  public void setY(int y) {
    this.y = y;
  }
 
  public int getX() {
    return x;
  }
 
  public int getY() {
    return y;
  }
 
  public Point getPoint() {
    return new Point(x, y);
  }
 
  @Override
  public int hashCode() {
    final int prime = 31;
    int result = 1;
    result = prime * result + x;
    result = prime * result + y;
    return result;
  }
 
  @Override
  public boolean equals(Object obj) {
    if (this == obj) return true;
    if (obj == null) return false;
    if (getClass() != obj.getClass()) return false;
    LinePoint other = (LinePoint) obj;
    if (x != other.x) return false;
    if (y != other.y) return false;
    return true;
  }
}

This class is only needed because Point does not have setters and getters for X and Y.

  • Add the following annotation before the class definition of com.bsiag.minicrm.client.ui.form.fields.ext.AbstractDrawLineField:
@FormData(value = AbstractDrawLineFieldData.class, sdkCommand = SdkCommand.CREATE, defaultSubtypeSdkCommand = DefaultSubtypeSdkCommand.CREATE)
public abstract class AbstractDrawLineField extends AbstractCustomField implements IDrawLineField {

If this leads to an error about DefaultSubtypeSdkCommand not being defined, manually import it

import org.eclipse.scout.commons.annotations.FormData.DefaultSubtypeSdkCommand;
  • Add the following two private members to com.bsiag.minicrm.client.ui.form.fields.ext.AbstractDrawLineField:
  private LinePoint m_start;
  private LinePoint m_end;


Adjusting the interface and renderers

  • In com.bsiag.minicrm.client.ui.form.fields.ext.IDrawLineField change all occurences of Point to LinePoint:
  LinePoint getStart();
 
  void setStart(LinePoint p);
 
  LinePoint getEnd();
 
  void setEnd(LinePoint p);
  • Change the following line in the paintControl() method in com.bsiag.minicrm.ui.swt.form.fields.ext.SwtScoutDrawLineFieldfrom:
e.gc.drawLine(getScoutObject().getStart().x, getScoutObject().getStart().y, getScoutObject().getEnd().x, getScoutObject().getEnd().y);

to

e.gc.drawLine(getScoutObject().getStart().getX(), getScoutObject().getStart().getY(), getScoutObject().getEnd().getX(), getScoutObject().getEnd().getY());
  • Change the following line in the paint() method in com.bsiag.minicrm.ui.swing.form.fields.ext.SwingScoutDrawLineFieldfrom:
g.drawLine(getScoutObject().getStart().x, getScoutObject().getStart().y, getScoutObject().getEnd().x, getScoutObject().getEnd().y);

to

g.drawLine(getScoutObject().getStart().getX(), getScoutObject().getStart().getY(), getScoutObject().getEnd().getX(), getScoutObject().getEnd().getY());

Accessing start and end points from PROP_VALUE

  • Adjust the getStart(), getEnd(), setStart() and setEnd() methods in com.bsiag.minicrm.client.ui.form.fields.ext.AbstractDrawLineField as follows:
  @Override
  @FormData
  public LinePoint getEnd() {
    return m_end;
  }
 
  @Override
  @FormData
  public void setEnd(LinePoint p) {
    m_end = p;
    propertySupport.setProperty(PROP_END, p);
  }
 
  @Override
  @FormData
  public LinePoint getStart() {
    return m_start;
  }
 
  @Override
  @FormData
  public void setStart(LinePoint p) {
    m_start = p;
    propertySupport.setProperty(PROP_START, p);
  }

The important change here is the @FormData annotation and the use of the private members in addition to the property.

AbstractDrawLineField

  • Adjust the type from Point to LinePoint in initConfig() and the UiFacade:
      @Override
      protected void initConfig() {
        m_uiFacade = new P_UiFacade();
        super.initConfig();
        setStart(new LinePoint(getConfiguredStartX(), getConfiguredStartY()));
        setEnd(new LinePoint(getConfiguredEndX(), getConfiguredEndY()));
      }

      // ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------
      private class P_UiFacade implements IDrawLineUiFacade {
        @Override
        public void setEndFromUI(Point p) {
          setEnd(new LinePoint(p));
        }

        @Override
        public void setStartFromUI(Point p) {
          setStart(new LinePoint(p));
        }
      }
  • Add the following new member variables to com.bsiag.minicrm.client.ui.form.fields.ext.AbstractDrawLineField:
      private LinePoint m_initStart;
      private LinePoint m_initEnd;
  • Add the following constructors to com.bsiag.minicrm.client.ui.form.fields.ext.AbstractDrawLineField:
      public AbstractDrawLineField() {
        this(true);
      }

      public AbstractDrawLineField(boolean callInitializer) {
        super(callInitializer);
      }

Storing to and loading from XML files

This step is only needed if you want to be able to save and load the current DrawLineField content to an XML file.

  • Add the following two methods to com.bsiag.minicrm.client.ui.form.fields.ext.AbstractDrawLineField:
  @Override
  public void storeXML(SimpleXmlElement x) throws ProcessingException {
    super.storeXML(x);
    try {
      x.setObjectAttribute(IDrawLineField.PROP_START, getStart());
      x.setObjectAttribute(IDrawLineField.PROP_END, getEnd());
    }
    catch (IOException e) {
      if (LOG.isInfoEnabled()) {
        LOG.info("not serializable value in field " + getClass().getName() + "/" + getLabel() + ": " + e);
      }
    }
  }

  @Override
  public void loadXML(SimpleXmlElement x) throws ProcessingException {
    super.loadXML(x);
    try {
      LinePoint start = TypeCastUtility.castValue(x.getObjectAttribute(IDrawLineField.PROP_START, null), LinePoint.class);
      LinePoint end = TypeCastUtility.castValue(x.getObjectAttribute(IDrawLineField.PROP_END, null), LinePoint.class);
      setStart(start);
      setEnd(end);
    }
    catch (Exception e) {
      // be lenient, maybe the field was changed
      LOG.warn(null, e);
    }
  }

Keeping track of the changed status

This is needed so the form can detect whether any changes were made to the field in case the Cancel button on a form is pressed.

  • Add the following methods to com.bsiag.minicrm.client.ui.form.fields.ext.AbstractDrawLineField:
  public void setInitValue(LinePoint initStart, LinePoint initEnd) {
    m_initStart = initStart;
    m_initEnd = initEnd;
  }

  public LinePoint getInitStart() {
    return m_initStart;
  }

  public LinePoint getInitEnd() {
    return m_initEnd;
  }

  @Override
  protected boolean execIsSaveNeeded() throws ProcessingException {
    LinePoint start = getStart();
    LinePoint end = getEnd();
    LinePoint initStart = getInitStart();
    LinePoint initEnd = getInitEnd();

    if (start == null && initStart == null && end == null && initEnd == null) {
      return false;
    }
    else if (start == null || initStart == null || end == null || initEnd == null) {
      return true;
    }
    else {
      if (start.equals(initStart) && end.equals(initEnd)) {
        return false;
      }
      else {
        return true;
      }
    }
  }

  @Override
  protected void execMarkSaved() throws ProcessingException {
    super.execMarkSaved();
    setInitValue(getStart(), getEnd());
  }

Accessing the field in the ProcessService

There are several possibilties to access these fields in the ProcessService:

Using IntegerHolders

      IntegerHolder startX = new IntegerHolder();
      IntegerHolder startY = new IntegerHolder();
      IntegerHolder endX = new IntegerHolder();
      IntegerHolder endY = new IntegerHolder();
      SQL.selectInto("SELECT 100,100,200,200 FROM DUAL INTO :startX, :startY, :endX, :endY",
          new NVPair("startX", startX),
          new NVPair("startY", startY),
          new NVPair("endX", endX),
          new NVPair("endY", endY));
      formData.getDrawLine().getStart().setX(startX.getValue());
      formData.getDrawLine().getStart().setY(startY.getValue());
      formData.getDrawLine().getEnd().setX(endX.getValue());
      formData.getDrawLine().getEnd().setY(endY.getValue());

Using SQL.selectInto

      SQL.selectInto("SELECT 100, 100,200, 200 FROM DUAL INTO :drawLine.start.x, :drawLine.start.y, :drawLine.end.x, :drawLine.end.y", formData);



Result

Swing

DrawLineSwing.png

SWT

DrawLineSwt.png

RAP

On the left you can see the drawn line, on the right you can see the marked starting point which will be shown while the mouse is being dragged.

DrawLineRap.png DrawLineRapPoint.png