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  • WINDEV Mobile environment
  • Overview
  • Launching WINDEV Mobile for the first time: the home page
  • Development environment
  • The editor
  • The ribbon in detail
  • WLanguage
  • Conclusion

WINDEV Mobile overview

WINDEV Mobile environment
We will cover the following topics:
  • Starting WINDEV Mobile.
Durée de la leçon 10 min
WINDEV Mobile is a complete DevOps Integrated Development Environment that facilitates the development of mobile applications (Android, iOS, Universal Windows, etc.) in diverse fields: business, industrial, medical, hospitality, etc.
These applications can access data stored in databases.
The different tutorials will show you how to create and improve your own applications (with or without a database) using the many features available in WINDEV Mobile.
Launching WINDEV Mobile for the first time: the home page
To get started, simply launch WINDEV Mobile 2024.
Log in if necessary.
The development environment opens. The WINDEV Mobile home page appears.
Home page
This home page allows you to:
  • view news about PC SOFT products,
  • create a project,
  • open an existing project,
  • open an example,
  • access the different tutorials available in WINDEV Mobile.
If you haven't started WINDEV Mobile 2024 before, a welcome wizard will appear:
  • If you have used an earlier version of WINDEV Mobile, this wizard will help you retrieve your previous configurations.
  • If you are a new user, this wizard will help you configure your environment. You will be able to choose the screen configuration and set up the Control Centers.
Development environment
Let's open a project to discover the main features of the WINDEV Mobile environment:
  1. In the home page, click "Tutorial".
  2. In "Tutorial - Discover WINDEV Mobile", double-click "Android/iOS product management - Answers".
    Tutorial example
  3. The corresponding project opens in the editor. The project dashboard is displayed. The project dashboard allows you to monitor the progress of a project via several widgets.
    Project dashboard

The editor

The WINDEV Mobile development environment includes a specific UI and several editors that allow you to create the different elements of your applications: a window editor to create windows, a report editor to create reports, etc.
Let's open a window in the window editor:
  1. Press Ctrl + E.
  2. In the window that appears, enter the name of the window you want to open: WIN_Product_form.
  3. Validate. The window appears in the editor.
All the editors have the same environment:
WINDEV Mobile editor
  • Editor menu (1), displayed as a ribbon (we'll see how to use it in the next paragraph).
  • Current editor (2) (here, window editor). The editor shows the element being created or modified in WYSIWYG mode (What You See Is What You Get).
  • Panes (3). The WINDEV Mobile UI includes several panes that provide quick access to different types of information.
    For example:
    • the "Project explorer" pane (left) lists all project elements by category.
    • the search pane (bottom) allows you to perform searches in the entire project and its elements.
    These panes can be hidden by pressing Ctrl + W if necessary.
  • Open document tabs (4). These tabs allow you to quickly see all open elements. Simply click a tab to open an element in its corresponding editor.

The ribbon in detail

The ribbon is a key element of the editor interface. You can access all WINDEV Mobile options via this ribbon.
The ribbon includes three areas:
WINDEV Mobile ribbon
Let's take a closer look at these areas.
The Buttons area (1)
Buttons area
The Buttons area contains the quick access buttons. These buttons are used to perform the most usual operations, common to all editors: save, open, create, etc.
You can open the "About" window from the logo of the IDE.
The Tabs area (2)
Tabs area
The different ribbon tabs allow you to access the options of the editors for the current project. Multiple types of tabs are available:
  • the current tab: The tab name appears in bold and an orange line is displayed below the tab name.
  • the context tabs, specific to the current element: The tab name appears in orange (or blue in the light theme).
  • the available tabs: The tab name appears in white (or in black in the light theme).
The Options area (3)
Options area
The options in the ribbon change depending on the selected tab. Multiple types of options are available:
  • Options to check,
  • Buttons to click,
  • Drop-down buttons used to expand options. Two types of drop-down buttons are available:
    • drop-down buttons used to expand a menu
    • split buttons used to expand a menu (click on the arrow), or to perform a default action (click on the button icon).
The options are organized by groups. Each group of options has a name and can have a dialog box launcher Dialog box launcher. This button allows you to perform a specific action according to the current group: open the description of the current element, open the help, etc.
In the different WINDEV Mobile tutorials, we will refer to tabs and groups to indicate a menu option. For example: To open the help, go to the "Home" tab, "Online help" group and click "Help".
WLanguage is the programming language common to WINDEV, WEBDEV and WINDEV Mobile.
If you are not familiar with this language, we advise you to follow the lessons on the programming concepts. These lessons present the different types of variables, the main WLanguage statements, the procedures, etc.
We have covered the essentials of the WINDEV Mobile environment. We will see how to create a simple window for Android and iOS in My first iOS/Android application.

We have completed this lesson. Don't forget to close the current project:
  1. On the "Home" tab, in the "General" group, expand "Close" and select "Close project".
  2. Save changes if necessary.
  3. The WINDEV Mobile home page appears.
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  • Version 2024
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