Developing WebFOCUS Maintain Applications


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This documentation provides a reference for the WebFOCUS Maintain product. It is intended for application developers who are responsible for planning the enterprise software environment and for operating WebFOCUS Maintain.

How This Manual Is Organized

This manual includes the following chapters:




Setting Up Your WebFOCUS Maintain Project

Describes how to create, develop, and edit projects using the Maintain Development Environment.


Developing Procedures

Describes how to develop procedures, including passing parameters between procedures and using functions, variables, and data source stacks in procedures.


Using the Form Editor

Describes how to use the Form Editor to create forms.


Developing and Using Forms

Describes how to design and develop effective forms, how to manipulate their properties at design time and at run time, and how to integrate forms into your project.


Defining Events and Event Handlers

Introduces the different types of events, and describes how to use event handlers.


Developing and Using Controls

Introduces all controls for Maintain, and explains how to use them to create dynamic forms.


Form and Control Properties Reference

Describes all Maintain form and control properties.


Executing Other Procedures

Describes how to use the CALL and EXEC commands to execute other Maintain and WebFOCUS procedures, which is an important step to partitioning your application. Partitioning your application provides many advantages, including streamlined development and improved performance.


Using WebFOCUS Procedures in Your Application

Describes how to incorporate WebFOCUS procedures into your application.


Developing Classes and Objects

Explains how your project can benefit from using classes and objects, and describes how to define classes, declare objects, and use class libraries.


Running WebFOCUS Maintain Applications

Describes how you run WebFOCUS Maintain applications from outside the Maintain Development Environment.


Designing Applications for Scalability and Performance

Describes how to design a WebFOCUS Maintain application that is highly scalable and can be tuned for optimum performance.


Ensuring Transaction Integrity

Describes how you can ensure transaction integrity at the application and data source levels.


Debugging WebFOCUS Maintain Applications

Describes how to use the WebFOCUS Maintain debugging tools to debug your applications.


Deploying Legacy Applications to the Web

Describes the WebFOCUS Maintain features that applied only to Windows-deployed (client/server) applications.



Describes key terms found in this manual.

Documentation Conventions

The following table describes the documentation conventions that are used in this manual.





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