Some doubts 'bout Revolution

Júlio César Ködel kodel at terra.com.br
Sat Oct 4 16:37:00 EDT 2003


Each day I'm more convinced that Revolution is a great program tool. Some things are amazing easy to do, and seems so powerfull that I think no program CAN'T be developed in Rev. But, I must ask some questions: (first, sorry by comparing Rev with VB, but I'm a BASIC programmer since 1986, and VB is my current world ;-] )

1) Nowadays, more and more applications (especially those developed in RAD tools) are using HTML, for display data, forms, or whatever. In my case, I use HTML for custom relats (my program parses tags in HTML file and then replace them with some data. It's a easy way to make relats customizable for the final user). Revolution doesn't have a control that show HTML pages (I know there is a DLL, which I assume that use IE engine, but work only for Windows). There is some way to display full HTML pages within cards, in all plataforms (or, at least, Windows and *nix)? Or, if not, at least a "standard" way to "execute" a HTML file (some kind of shell that would open the default Web Browser of OS and display a local file).

2) Someone know a site where there is some Rev. applications to download (to study, of course, open source)?

3) Since Windows 95, both Mac and *nix plataforms are using controls like the Windows TreeView and ListItems controls. There is something like this for Revolution (TV and LI objects are used, for example, in a Windows Explorer window, wich TreeView is the object that shows a "tree" of folders and ListItems is the object that show items with icons, tabs and subitems)

4) Is there a IDE for Revolution other than the current?

5) Revolution IDE is capable of showing the "look and feel" of other plataforms (for example, MacOS and Motif). In a distributed application, there is some way to make it look like a Mac, for example, by default (in other words: Can I make a Revolution application in Windows that mantain the "look" of Mac?)

6) When making a compiled application from Revolution, I noticed that it would NOT support Microsoft icons other than 16 colors... There's no way to use 256 colors icons? (the best would be if Rev. could use TrueColor or RGBA icons, but 256 colors are the minimal to nowadays Windows stardards).

Well... I guess it's "only" this... Thanx in advance for all ;-)
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