WebFOCUS App Studio Reference Guide


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This documentation introduces and describes WebFOCUS App Studio, a Windows-based GUI development environment for creating WebFOCUS applications. App Studio provides innovative features and functions that simplify development, thereby allowing you to concentrate on interface design, business logic, and data manipulation. Features include data visualization, color exception reporting, intelligent drilldowns, and the ability to generate HTML pages without writing code.

Note: The WebFOCUS toolset generates the rich FOCUS fourth generation language. While this language is very extensive, the WebFOCUS toolset only supports a subset of the language and only specific syntax constructs. While the user can manually modify the content of these WebFOCUS procedures/files, there is no guarantee that the user will be able to open the modified procedure in the tool.

How This Manual Is Organized

This manual includes the following chapters:




Introducing WebFOCUS App Studio

Introduces WebFOCUS App Studio.


Using the WebFOCUS App Studio Interface Components

Describes the App Studio interface components.


Customizing WebFOCUS App Studio Panels

Describes how to customizing App Studio panels.


Creating Reports in WebFOCUS App Studio

Describes how to launch the Report Wizard, and how to create and edit reports


Creating HTML Pages in WebFOCUS App Studio

Describes how to launch the HTML/Document Wizard, and how to create and edit HTML pages.


Creating Documents in WebFOCUS App Studio

Describes how to launch the HTML/Document Wizard, and how to create and edit documents.


Creating Charts in WebFOCUS App Studio

Describes how to launch the Chart Wizard and create charts.


Creating Visualizations in WebFOCUS App Studio

Describes how to create visualizations in WebFOCUS App Studio.


Creating and Editing Metadata in WebFOCUS App Studio

Describes how to create and edit synonyms in App Studio.


Using the Text Editor Tab in WebFOCUS App Studio

Describes the Text Editor tab.


Creating Procedures in WebFOCUS App Studio

Describes the Join tab, creating and working with joins, creating procedures, and the Procedure View panel.


Troubleshooting App Studio

Provides troubleshooting tips and information on using verification and tracing tools.



Describes key terms found in this manual.

Documentation Conventions

The following table describes the documentation conventions that are used in this manual.





this typeface

Denotes syntax that you must enter exactly as shown.

                  this typeface

Represents a placeholder (or variable) in syntax for a value that you or the system must supply.


Indicates a default setting.

this typeface

Represents a placeholder (or variable), a cross-reference, or an important term. It may also indicate a button, menu item, or dialog box option that you can click or select.

Key + Key

Indicates keys that you must press simultaneously.

{  }

Indicates two or three choices. Type one of them, not the braces.

[  ]

Indicates a group of optional parameters. None are required, but you may select one of them. Type only the parameter in the brackets, not the brackets.


Separates mutually exclusive choices in syntax. Type one of them, not the symbol.


Indicates that you can enter a parameter multiple times. Type only the parameter, not the ellipsis (...).


Indicates that there are (or could be) intervening or additional commands.

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