following is a quick overview of some of the features, incorporated
into the Church_Demo Sandbox, consisting of:
This feature enables the User to create data input templates for all non-accounting data (i.e. it does not address accounting issues such as debits and credits, balanced transactions, etc.). When a completed Global Template is saved, it will have automatically created the underlying relational database table for that input format. The following briefly illustrates the relationship between a template and the underlying database table and input form that are created by STEP FORWARD when the template is saved:
This template captures the names, addresses, contact information, Comments, etc. Three of the fields (City; Prov State; Country) are linked to the City table/template.
Here is an example of a linked field (City) that is present in Names template, as seen in the Palette window.
Global Procedures, attached to the Names template
Template-based: New record; Saving
record. Field-based: First name; Home Phone; Spouse.
To open a procedure, start the Global Procedures function from the Application Launchpad, then select the procedure from the dialog:
New record (Global Procedures) – attached to the Names template
This Procedure is automatically activated
when the Names template is first activated for data entry. It retrieves
the highest Names ID from the Names database table, increments it by 1
and inserts the result as the next Names ID into the New record about
to be completed.
First Name and Spouse (Global Procedures) – attached to the Names template
These Procedures are triggered after
having entered data into them. They combine the First Name (and, if so
triggered the Spouse) with the already entered Last Name to
automatically populate the Full Name. The Spouse Procedure also tests
for the presence of a First Name and refuses the Spouse entry if no
First Name is found.
Home Phone (Global Procedures) – attached to the Names template
Upon entering the Home Phone number, this
Procedure activates the Phone10Separator User Function.
Phone10Separator (User Functions) – activated in the Names template
Upon entering the Home Phone (in the
prescribed format) the entered value is fed into this User Function as
the OldString. This Function then tests the OldString and keeps the
input value as is, if the first character is a (.
the test passes this hurdle, it then checks the fourth and eighth
characters and if they are equal to -, it assumes that the entire
number was entered with – as separators and accepts the entered
OldString as a valid. If the fourth character is a numeric value, it
assumes that the entered value does not contain any separators and
creates a NewString (to replace the entered number in the Home Phone
field) e.g. if OldString is 1234567890 the NewString will be
123-456-7890. The separator used is defined in the Function as - ; if
the Configurator wishes to utilize a different separator, the User
Function needs to be edited and the – replaced with another symbol.