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New WINDEV Mobile 26 feature!
  • In this lesson you will learn the following concepts
  • Overview
  • Starting WINDEV Mobile
  • Development environment
  • The editor
  • The menu bar (ribbon) in details
  • Environment colors
  • Language of the environment
Lesson 1.1. Discover WINDEV Mobile
In this lesson you will learn the following concepts
  • Starting WINDEV Mobile.
Lesson duration

Estimated time: 10 mn
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Overview
WINDEV Mobile is a complete DevOps Integrated Development Environment aimed at developing Android, iOS, Universal Windows (Windows 10) and Windows Mobile applications, ... in several fields: business, industrial, medical, hospitality, ... The applications can access information stored in databases.
Throughout this tutorial, you will learn how to create your applications (with or without a database) and how to enrich them using the numerous features available in WINDEV Mobile.
Starting WINDEV Mobile
  • Start WINDEV Mobile 26 if necessary.
  • If you haven't started WINDEV Mobile 26 before, a welcome wizard will appear.
    • If you have worked with a previous version of WINDEV Mobile, this wizard allows you to retrieve existing configurations.
    • If you are a new user, this wizard allows you to configure your environment. This allows you to choose the screen configuration and set up the Control Centers.
  • If you have already started WINDEV Mobile 26, log in if necessary. The development environment opens up. The home page appears.
    Home page
    This home page allows you to:
    • create a project,
    • open an existing project,
    • open an example,
    • open one of the projects from the tutorial.
  • Let's take a look at the development environment of WINDEV Mobile. To do so, from the home page:
    • Click "Tutorial".
    • In "Part 1 - Lesson 1.1. Discover WINDEV Mobile", double click "Android/iOS product management (Answers)".
      Tutorial example
    • The corresponding project is opened 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
Development environment

The editor

The development environment of WINDEV Mobile includes a specific interface and several editors allowing you to create the different elements of your applications.
The window editor allows you to create windows, the report editor allows you to create reports, ...

  • To discover WINDEV Mobile, we are going to open the "Product form" window:
    1. Press Ctrl + E.
    2. In the window that appears, enter the name of the window to be opened: WIN_Product_form.
    3. Validate. The window is displayed in the editor.
All editors use the same environment:
WINDEV Mobile editor
  1. Menu of editors, displayed as a ribbon (we'll see how to use it in the next paragraph).
  2. Current editor (window editor in this case). The editor shows the element being created or modified in WYSIWYG mode (What You See Is What You Get).
  3. Panes. The interface of WINDEV Mobile includes several panes allowing you to quickly access different types of information.
    For example:
    • the "Project explorer" pane (displayed on the right) lists all the elements of the project 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.
  4. Open document tabs. These tabs allow you to quickly see all open elements. A simple click on the button corresponding to the element displays it in its own editor.

The menu bar (ribbon) in details

The WINDEV Mobile menu bar is presented as a ribbon. This ribbon is composed of panes in which the different options of the editors are grouped.
We will take a closer look at the most important elements of the ribbon and analyze how we will use them in this tutorial.
WINDEV Mobile ribbon
Ribbon elements
The ribbon includes 3 areas:
  • the button area, on the left (1).
  • the pane area, at the top (2).
  • the option area (3).
Let's take a closer look at these areas.
The button area (1)
Button area
The button area groups the quick access buttons. These buttons are used to perform the most usual operations, common to all editors: save, open, create, etc.
The product logo is used to display the "About" window as well as the custom and drop-down menus of the old editor interface.
The arrow at the top right of the button area allows you to find the toolbars and drop-down menus of the old editor interface.
The pane area (2)
Pane area
The various sections of the ribbon give access to the options of the editors for the current project. Several types of panes are available:
  • the current pane: The name of the pane appears in bold and is underlined by an orange line.
  • the popup panes, specific to the current element: The name of the pane appears in orange (or blue in the light theme).
  • the available panes: The name of the pane appears in white (or black in the light theme).
The option area (3)
Option area
The options displayed in the ribbon differ according to the selected pane. Several 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 group. Each group of options has a name and can have a dialog box launcher Dialog box launcher. This button is used to perform a specific action according to the current group: open the description of the current element, open the help, ...
In this tutorial, to refer to a menu option, we will talk about panes and groups.. For example: To open the help, go to the "Home" pane, "Online help" group and click "Help".

Environment colors

The environment uses a light theme by default.
Several other themes are also available:
  • Light theme, grey ribbon. In this mode, the menu bar is not colored anymore: it is grayed.
  • Gray theme. In this mode, the environment and windows of the interface are displayed on a light gray background.
  • Dark theme. In this mode, the environment and windows of the interface are displayed on a black or dark gray background.
  • To change the theme used by the environment:
    1. On the "Home" pane, in the "Environment" group, expand "Options" and select "General options of WINDEV Mobile".
    2. In the " Editor" tab, in the "Themes" area, select the theme to use.
    3. Validate. The theme will be taken into account next time WINDEV Mobile is started.
Remark: You can also change only the background color of the code editor. For more details, see WLanguage code coloring.

  • The images in this tutorial have been created with the dark theme, which is the environment's default theme.

Language of the environment

WINDEV Mobile's development environment is available in 3 languages: English, Spanish and French.

  • To change the language of the environment:
    1. On the "Home" pane, in the "Environment" group, expand "Options" and select "General options of WINDEV Mobile".
    2. In the "General" tab, in the "Language" area, select the desired language.
    3. Validate. The selected language will be taken into account next time WINDEV Mobile is started. You can thus adapt your environment to your preferred language.
  • To continue this tutorial, we will close the current project:
    1. On the "Home" pane, in the "General" group, expand "Close" and select "Close project".
    2. Save the modified elements if necessary.
    3. The WINDEV Mobile home page appears.
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  • Version 26
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