Developer Studio Explorer Layout

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To start Developer Studio, select WebFOCUS Developer Studio from the program group Information Builders. The Developer Studio Explorer opens. In this example, the nodes on the left are expanded to illustrate folders in the working environment.

The Developer Studio Explorer is based on the familiar Microsoft Windows Explorer tree structure and provides access to development tools to quickly build and deploy web-based reporting applications. In addition, you can use the Maintain features to allow updating of your data.

If the main Explorer window has been closed, you can reopen it by clicking the New Explorer button on the main toolbar.

When installing a Developer Studio edition, be aware of the following product behavior that allows local and/or stand-alone development.

The Developer Studio Explorer displays two top-level folders by default, Projects on localhost and WebFOCUS Environments.

An optional top-level Windows Desktop folder can be displayed to provide access to local and network drives. From the Explorer Window menu in the main toolbar, select Options, and then Show Desktop on Explorer tree in the Explorer tab of the dialog box.

When you use either the Projects folder or the WebFOCUS Environments folder to access a WebFOCUS environment, a logon box displays, prompting you for a WebFOCUS ID and password. Note that a sign on dialog box may appear for connection to the web or application servers or the Reporting server, depending on the security implemented in the WebFOCUS environment that is being accessed. The example image below shows the dialog box that is initially presented when you access a WebFOCUS environment.

There is a check box option on the logon dialog boxes for remembering the ID or password. By default, it is not checked. If you check this box, your credentials will be stored and encrypted in the wfscom.xml file, the local configuration file that stores information processed by the Developer Studio communication layer. To view, clear the credentials stores, then open the WebFOCUS Environment Properties dialog for the environment that users need to make changes to.

For details about the wfscom.xml file, see Working With Environment Properties in Developer Studio . If you decide to change the stored credentials later, you can do so from the WebFOCUS Environment Properties dialog box.

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WebFOCUS Environments in Developer Studio

The WebFOCUS Environments area contains sub-areas for the Data Servers, Repository, and Web Applications environments.