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Is there a way to find a function by what is does?

Startbeitrag von Dan M am 20.07.2009 03:07

First, Thank you to the many of you that have assisted in pointing me in the right direction(S).

But, What is the best way to find out which function to use if you know what you want to do but you do not know what the function name is?

I find this to be simular to when my son asked his teacher how to spell a word and she told him to look it up in the dictionary.

How do you look up a word in the dictionary if you do not know how to spell it?

I find figuring out what function to use the same way...

Sometimes the names do not seem so logical OR perhaps it is me that is not logical ...

How do I find the function if I do not know what it is called?

I know what I want to do ... I just don't know the function name?

Is there a better way then to just scroll thru the thousands of entries in the help screens, trying to remember them all?

Are they grouped or categorized in some way?

Is there a way to search by what they do?

Any advise or direction is greatly appreciated ...

Dan

Antworten:

Hello Dan

In the main project window under the "?" menu item, try the "Summary" option, you can also get to the summary from anywhere in the help screens by using the "book" icon at the top of the page.
This will show a summary of the main functions. If you relate this back to your question regarding search in a string, then in the summary it is under:
Wlanguage > Standard Functions > Standard W- Langauge Features > Handling Character Strings.

Not immediately intuitive but once you get the hang of how PCSoft view things it does become easier. The "Guide" , also in the "?" menu can also be useful, as it groups things together in terms of the examples and also groups the help articles. Have a look at the section of the Guide.

Regards
Al

von Al - am 20.07.2009 04:39
Hi Dan...

When you open the help, there are 3 ways of accessing data, using the 3 buttons at the left side of the bar...

The first one gives you access to the summary of the help, where everything is organized by type of functions...

The second, which you seem to have been using only, gives you access to everything if you know the correct keyword

The 3rd lets you SEARCH through the whole help (and also online information on pcsoft web site, and so on) based on ANY word (or combinations of) contained in the help...

So when you don't know the correct keyword, yo can try the 1rst button (by type of functions) or to do a search on several words to see what will pop up

Best regards



von Fabrice Harari - am 21.07.2009 18:03
Hi Dan,

A new developer found in the French site a list of all WLanguage functions:
http://www.pcsoft.fr/liste-des-pdf.htm We should all request the same in English.

I have had good luck using the "see also" link. Frequently it has something like "Functions for managing the character strings". I then put that in my Favorites.

Jeff

von Jeff Graham - am 21.07.2009 18:06

Re: Is there a way to find a function by what is does?

Couldn't agree more!
I spent most of my time trying to hunt down how to do something, instead of just doing it. Develop 10 times faster turns into develop 100 times slower, since one is missing something as basic as the reference manual...
But when I do find the stuff I am always very happy with Windev, just wished they would translate this French manual into English (that market is much much bigger and it is also why most people won't touch Windev, no reference, no programming...)
Don't get me wrong, I wouldn't trade my Windev for anything else!

Dan M wrote in news message :
> First, Thank you to the many of you that have assisted in pointing me in the right direction(S).
> But, What is the best way to find out which function to use if you know what you want to do but you do not know what the function name is?
> I find this to be simular to when my son asked his teacher how to spell a word and she told him to look it up in the dictionary.
> How do you look up a word in the dictionary if you do not know how to spell it?
> I find figuring out what function to use the same way...
> Sometimes the names do not seem so logical OR perhaps it is me that is not logical ...
> How do I find the function if I do not know what it is called?
> I know what I want to do ... I just don't know the function name?
> Is there a better way then to just scroll thru the thousands of entries in the help screens, trying to remember them all?
> Are they grouped or categorized in some way?
> Is there a way to search by what they do?
> Any advise or direction is greatly appreciated ...
> Dan
>

Message forwarded from pcsoft.us.windev

von Death.pcs.crosspost - am 23.07.2009 07:47
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