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Dynamic Form Creation?

3 posts in General Discussion Last posting was on 2005-11-29 01:54:59.0Z
Henry T. Ferguson Posted on 2005-11-27 05:13:43.0Z
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Hi all:

We're currently evaluating M-Biz Application Edition 5.5 b164 for our
company using XML Datastore.

I am trying to figure out how I could dynamically build a form based on
differing attributes in XML. Each form is a questionaire with a different
combo of form elements, (textbox, checkbox, radio button). Can I use DOM to
dynamically render the forms from XML? Any example or tutorials if so?

Thanks,

Henry


Greg Fenton Posted on 2005-11-28 23:08:46.0Z
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Henry T. Ferguson wrote:
> We're currently evaluating M-Biz Application Edition 5.5 b164 for our
> company using XML Datastore.
>
> I am trying to figure out how I could dynamically build a form based on
> differing attributes in XML. Each form is a questionaire with a different
> combo of form elements, (textbox, checkbox, radio button). Can I use DOM to
> dynamically render the forms from XML? Any example or tutorials if so?

I know of at least two customers currently using MBA and the UltraLite
database to accomplish what you are talking about. They define forms,
fields and field types in a relational schema, download it via UltraLite
synchronization, and use Javascript/DHTML/DOM functionality to
dynamically generate the forms.

Having come from the SQLAnywhere side of the company, I have not used
the XML database myself, but I suspect that the exact same approach is
doable as well. It is more a matter of what you'd like to do on the
server end. If the data is ultimately coming from and going to a SQL
database, you might find that using UltraLite (SQL <-> ML <-> SQL)
avoids a layer of abstraction (SQL -> XML -> HTTP POST -> SQL).
--
Greg Fenton
Consultant, Solution Services, iAnywhere Solutions
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Visit the iAnywhere Solutions Developer Community
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Henry T. Ferguson Posted on 2005-11-29 01:54:59.0Z
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Reassuring - Thanks Greg, I'll see what I turn up.

"Greg Fenton" <greg.fenton_NOSPAM_@ianywhere.com> wrote in message
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> Henry T. Ferguson wrote:
>> We're currently evaluating M-Biz Application Edition 5.5 b164 for our
>> company using XML Datastore.
>>
>> I am trying to figure out how I could dynamically build a form based on
>> differing attributes in XML. Each form is a questionaire with a different
>> combo of form elements, (textbox, checkbox, radio button). Can I use DOM
>> to dynamically render the forms from XML? Any example or tutorials if
>> so?
>
> I know of at least two customers currently using MBA and the UltraLite
> database to accomplish what you are talking about. They define forms,
> fields and field types in a relational schema, download it via UltraLite
> synchronization, and use Javascript/DHTML/DOM functionality to dynamically
> generate the forms.
>
> Having come from the SQLAnywhere side of the company, I have not used the
> XML database myself, but I suspect that the exact same approach is doable
> as well. It is more a matter of what you'd like to do on the server end.
> If the data is ultimately coming from and going to a SQL database, you
> might find that using UltraLite (SQL <-> ML <-> SQL) avoids a layer of
> abstraction (SQL -> XML -> HTTP POST -> SQL).
> --
> Greg Fenton
> Consultant, Solution Services, iAnywhere Solutions
> --------
> Visit the iAnywhere Solutions Developer Community
> Whitepapers, TechDocs, Downloads
> http://www.ianywhere.com/developer/