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1 Introduction To Form Builder
Part C Eyad Alshareef

2 Objectives Use Sequence to generate value in a form
Create List Of Value (LOVs) Form items Eyad Alshareef

3 Form Triggers PL/SQL procedure that runs in response to a user or system action Clicking a button Loading a form Exiting a form Triggers can be associated with: An entire form (form level) A block (block level) A specific form item (item level) Eyad Alshareef

4 Using Sequences to Generate Primary Key Values
Form can be set up to automatically retrieve next sequence number and populate primary key field Form triggers respond to user events or system actions To create a trigger, specify: Trigger’s object (i.e. specific button) Trigger event (i.e. button press) Code that executes Use PRE-FORM event to perform action when form loads Use Triggers dialog box to create triggers for objects Eyad Alshareef

5 PL/SQL Editor Eyad Alshareef

6 Syntax Error in PL/SQL Editor
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7 Creating Form Triggers (continued)
Triggers dialog box Shows all block events that can have associated triggers Search using wildcards PL/SQL Editor Environment for writing, compiling, and editing PL/SQL programs Source code pane Status line Eyad Alshareef

8 Triggers Dialog Box Eyad Alshareef

9 Using Form Triggers Creating a trigger:
select the form or form item event type the trigger code Referencing a form item in PL/SQL code: :block_name.item_name Triggers are compiled before a form is run Eyad Alshareef

10 Using Sequences in Forms
Create a block-level WHEN-CREATE-RECORD trigger Trigger PL/SQL code: SELECT sequence_name.NEXTVAL INTO :block_name.item_name FROM DUAL; Eyad Alshareef

11 LOV Eyad Alshareef

12 Form Lists of Values (LOVs)
List of legal values that can be selected for use in a form field LOV command button LOV display Eyad Alshareef

13 Creating a List of Values (LOV)
Use a list of values (LOV) to eliminate user errors Pop-up list allows user to select value from list of choices rather than typing User can open LOV by: Typing Ctrl-L with cursor in LOV text field Click Edit then Display List from Forms Services menu Clicking command button with attached trigger to open LOV LOV allows user to search for values using wildcards LOV data values come from a record group Eyad Alshareef

14 LOV Display Eyad Alshareef

15 Creating an LOV To create LOV: LOV can contain one or more columns
Use LOV Wizard Manually create using Object Navigator LOV can contain one or more columns LOV appearance can be customized using layout wizard Create a button on main form to launch LOV using button tool, attach form trigger to button that opens LOV Eyad Alshareef

16 Creating an LOV Using the LOV Wizard
Use the LOV Wizard to: Specify the LOV display records using a SQL query Format the LOV display Attach the LOV to a form text item Change the LOV and record group name in the Object Navigator Eyad Alshareef

17 Opening the LOV Display
Place the insertion point in the text item to which the LOV is attached Press CTRL+L, or from Edit menu of the form choose the option ‘Display List’ Eyad Alshareef

18 LOV Command Button Trigger
Create a trigger for the button that does the following: Places the form insertion point in the text item to which the LOV is attached: GO_ITEM(‘IN_VID’); Executes the LIST_VALUES command: LIST_VALUES; Eyad Alshareef

19 Create an LOV Right-click anywhere in module REGISTRATION and select LOV wizard Select record group based on a query Eyad Alshareef

20 Create an LOV Type in a query that would retrieve all records from table course (do not put a semi-column at the end) Here you will may be asked to log into the DB Eyad Alshareef

21 Create an LOV Select all the columns that you want to appear in you LOV Eyad Alshareef

22 Create an LOV Specify the return value for COURSENAME field
Return value is a field where the course name from your LOV will be inserted Eyad Alshareef

23 Create an LOV Specify title and dimensions
Specify the number of rows displayed at once Eyad Alshareef

24 Create an LOV Select COURSENAME as assigned value Complete your LOV
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25 Create an LOV To test your LOV: Run the form Click on CourseName field
Press CTRL+L Eyad Alshareef

26 Create an LOV control button
Close your form in the browser Return to the Form buikder, Layout editor Click on the Control Button item in the toolbar on the left and drag it to a desired location on your canvas Name your button using Property palette Eyad Alshareef

27 Create an LOV control button
Right click on the button, and open PL/SQL editor Select Type – TRIGGER, Name – WHEN_MOUSE_CLICKED Type in code the code below Eyad Alshareef

28 Alternate Form Input Items
Radio buttons Check boxes Eyad Alshareef

29 Radio Buttons Limits user to one of two or more related, mutually exclusive choices Eyad Alshareef

30 Radio Groups Related radio buttons are part of a radio group
Individual related radio buttons Eyad Alshareef

31 Creating Radio Buttons
Represent data fields whose values must be one of small set of mutually exclusive selections Exist within radio group Select item type in Layout Wizard Manually create radio buttons Use Radio Button tool Change properties using Property Palette Align edges using Align Objects dialog box Eyad Alshareef

32 Creating a Radio Group Create the form using the Data Block and Layout Wizards Open the item Property Palette, and change the Item Type value to Radio Group Draw and format the radio buttons on the canvas Modify the radio button properties Modify the radio group properties Eyad Alshareef

33 Important Radio Button Properties
Name: how the button is referenced within the form Label: description that appears next to the button on the canvas Radio Button Value: associated data value in the database Eyad Alshareef

34 Important Radio Group Properties
Name: how the radio group is referenced within the form Initial Value: data value of the radio button within the radio group that is selected when the form first appears Eyad Alshareef

35 Check Boxes Used to represent fields that can have one of two values
Check box caption is interpreted as TRUE or FALSE If checked, caption is true If cleared, caption is false Eyad Alshareef

36 Check Box Example Eyad Alshareef

37 Creating a Check Box Create the form using the Data Block and Layout Wizards Open the item Property Palette, and change the Item Type value to Check Box Modify the item properties Eyad Alshareef

38 Creating Check Boxes Check boxes
Represent data values that can have only one of two opposing values Label represents one value Value when Checked Value that will be saved in database if checkbox checked Value when Unchecked Eyad Alshareef

39 Important Check Box Properties
Label: description that appears next to the check box on the canvas Value when Checked: data value of the item when the box is checked Value when Unchecked: data value of the item when the box is checked Check Box Mapping of Other Values: check box status when form first opens, or when new blank record is added Eyad Alshareef

40 Convert Major into List Item
In the Property palette, change item type to list item Eyad Alshareef

41 Converting Major into a list item
Add item values using the property palette Eyad Alshareef

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