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A tool for synchronizing edits to the external CodeSnippet project files with AA CodeSnippets

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by Employee on ‎11-12-2009 05:01 PM

For productivity and debugging reasons, we find outselves working with the AA generated CodeSnippet project and source files.


The challenge is that you must remember to copy & paste each and every one of your edits back into each of the sprarate CodeSnippets from within AA. 


This is a process that is both tedious and human error prone.


A tool that could resynchronize our edits to these copies of the source files back into the various code snippet files scattered throughout the model woudl be very useful.



by Bronze Super Contributor
on ‎11-13-2009 12:53 AM
IMO a preferred route is to just use external assemblies to begin with. That way you get a superior editor and no need to paste, or sync, the code back to begin with. The syncing of code from the external project back to the AA snippet (and which one takes precendence if both were modified, etc) would make me very uneasy.
by Bronze Super Contributor
on ‎11-13-2009 10:24 AM
I think the general design of having to drill down n forms to edit code is tedious and tough to use. Visual Stuido doesnt do this. The SalesLogix Active Forms dont do this. Other IDEs dont do this. It is a step backwards in usability for developers. As long as Sage fixes the usability I dont care how they do it.
by Bronze Super Contributor
on ‎11-16-2009 09:23 AM

Timmus, I agree. Doesn't the way that AA work (with all the separate code snippets) remind you of the pre-v6 Architect working with legacy forms and scripts? Hehe.


What I would love to see is to have my VS project somehow linked, so it would open my VS project and take me to the exact code rather than open these small disconnected snippets.

by Gold Super Contributor
on ‎11-16-2009 09:24 AM
BIG Agree w/that one Ryan!
by Employee
on ‎11-16-2009 10:50 AM

I'm with you Ryan, the current Code Snippet developer experience very much reminds me to the Legacy, Legacy LAN forms and the separate basic script plugins for each form and control event handler.


I would love to have some kind of U.I. experience where all of the code snippet code for a form at least appears to be in a single file for my editing experience, and ideally is just a link to a VS project as Ryan described. Ideally this woudl support wither the CodeSnippet project or my own custom Assembly project.


But in the mean time - for cases where code snippets have been used rather than an External Assembly - I'd still like to have a little time-saver tool that would synchronize the files from the CodeSnippet project back into each CodeSnippet stored in various places thoroughout the /Model. This would be an on-demand tool, not an automatic tool and ideally would present prompts for "Replace XXXX?" to lessen any uneasiness.


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