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PBDJ Feature: Custom Common Dialogs Using SetWindowsHookEx

PowerBuilder contains a number of built-in common dialogs that can be used within your own applications

PBDJ's readers ask us from time to time what the most popular article in the magazine has been over recent years. We are delighted to report that the answer is that it is one by our very own and much loved editor-in-chief, Bruce Armstrong. We first published it in 2005. Here it is again in full so that you can enjoy Bruce's insights into the endless scope for customization in PowerBuilder.

What do you do when one of these dialogs meets most, but not quite all, of the functionality you need? Do you simply accept the limited functionality? Do you write your own dialog from scratch to replicate them and add the additional functionality (a maintenance headache)? There is a third option. You can simply use the dialog that PowerBuilder provides and modify it at runtime to provide just the additional functionality that you need.

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Bruce Armstrong is a development lead with Integrated Data Services (www.get-integrated.com). A charter member of TeamSybase, he has been using PowerBuilder since version 1.0.B. He was a contributing author to SYS-CON's PowerBuilder 4.0 Secrets of the Masters and the editor of SAMs' PowerBuilder 9: Advanced Client/Server Development.

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