Thanks again to our ACUCOBOL customers for attending last Thursday's webinar and launch event for Extend & AcuToWeb 10.2. Below, you will find the questions posed during the broadcast along with responses from our expert panel.
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Extend & AcuToWeb Q&A Panel Discussion
Can you see the name of the user device in the control panel?
MICRO FOCUS ANSWER #1
You cannot see it on the control panel. Nonetheless, you can obtain this information from the CLIENT-MACHINE-NAME on the TERMINAL-ABILITIES field defined on the ACUCOBOL.def file.
Can you upload PDF files with AcuToWeb?
MICRO FOCUS ANSWER #2
Yes you can. You can copy them on the client machine using the AcuToWeb Desktop or you can display them on the screen using a Web Browser. You can even generate them!
You spoke about AcuToWeb on mobile devices. Does the user interface dynamically adjust to the screen size of say a mobile phone? How would those Grids you showed render on a phone for instance? Thanks!
MICRO FOCUS ANSWER #3
You can use the zoom feature to make parts of the screen bigger. Nonetheless, a screen developed for Windows will contain too much information for a mobile phone. Tablets are best suited for this kind of usage. Or you can create new screens that display information differently using mobile phones
If your COBOL screens are a fixed size, can using style sheets allow you to change the size of such screens?
MICRO FOCUS ANSWER #4
You can change the size of the screen, but that does not mean it will change the size of the components within the screen. This capability cannot be used as a method for resizing the screen.
Is it possible to access to a web service using little to no programming (hosted by a provider) within ACUCOBOL-GT?
MICRO FOCUS ANSWER #5
Yes, you have a library called RMNET that allows you from ACUCOBOL to call web services. Please see the ACUCOBOL documentation for specific samples on how to use this library.
Our application uses .NET assemblies, both graphical and non-graphical. We also use a few .NET executable apps that are called from the COBOL app. Is there support for this in AcuToWeb?
MICRO FOCUS ANSWER #6
No, .NET assemblies are not supported. We are planning to add partial support within a future version of extend. Executable apps that are called from the COBOL app should work if you use a server environment that supports them (e.g. a Windows server for AcuToWeb).
Is it possible to right justify a field in C$PDF e.g. amount and quantity on an invoice?
MICRO FOCUS ANSWER #7
A good resource to reference here is the documentation for this capability - libharu. You can find that documentation here: https://github.com/libharu/libharu/wiki/API%3A-Document
Can you elaborate on the debug facilities? Is it also browser based?
MICRO FOCUS ANSWER #8
The debugger is the standard debugger within ACUCOBOL-GT but executing on the browser screen. This capability would allow you to debug from a tablet.
If the browser window is resized, will the app's screen resize with it?
MICRO FOCUS ANSWER #9
We reproduce a standard graphical or character window inside the browser. Resizing the browser will not affect the size of the screen, only the portion of the screen you will see. Use the Zoom feature to resize the screen.
Can you add further attributes to forms such as date pickers on date fields, validation on fields for email or post codes, etc.?
MICRO FOCUS ANSWER #10
You can already do this today, programmatically, with ACUCOBOL-GT. This capability exists for AcuToWeb, too. The date picker has been a graphical element available within ACUCOBOL-GT for at least the last 10 years.
Does extend 10.2 support all ActiveX controls, for example the Microsoft Mask Edit Box and Date Time Picker?
MICRO FOCUS ANSWER #11
We keep supporting ActiveX as we did in older versions of extend. Although we haven’t tested against these specific controls, there is no need to use the Date Time Picker as we have implemented a graphical element that supports that functionality directly.
Has the SQL Access speed increased using AcuSQL when using the AcuToWeb interface?
MICRO FOCUS ANSWER #12
There is no relationship between AcuToWeb and AcuSQL. You can execute AcuSQL runtime requests using AcuToWeb, but the performance would be the same.
With ACU thin client you can include or exclude machine names - how do you do that in AcuToWeb?
MICRO FOCUS ANSWER #13
You can work with the AcuAccess file to grant or deny access to your application, as within ACU Thin Client today.
Can I run character screens in AcuToWeb?
MICRO FOCUS ANSWER #14
Yes you can run a character screen in AcuToWeb.
What is the process for editing the CSS? How do you know what references in the CSS reference what elements on forms?
MICRO FOCUS ANSWER #15
Our ACUCOBOL documentation provides the CSS references for the different screen elements. If you want to use the properties ATW-CSS-CLASS or ATW-CSS-ID, you should represent a corresponding class in the current theme (that is, a .class-name entry or a #id-name entry in the cascading style sheet)
Is the data in a Grid Object on the Employee Leave Information screen?
MICRO FOCUS ANSWER #16
Yes, this is a Grid Control
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