|GUI ScreenIO for Windows|
GUI ScreenIO includes an entry point that you can use to access some of the more useful Windows APIs, without requiring a Windows SDK (Software Developer's Kit) or any detailed knowledge about Windows programming.
All you need to do is to load the required parameters, set the 88-item of the desired API to TRUE (does that sound familiar?), and call GSWINAPI.
We provide copybooks for each API that we support, and the copybook comments usually give you all the instructions that you'll need.
For example, here's how you obtain the Windows directory using the GetWindowsDirectory API:
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When you run your applications under the Client/Server, some APIs will behave differently. By and large these APIs are designed to just do the most natural thing automatically without you having to think about it.
There are three different types of APIs with regard to Client/Server use.
For a complete list, see the WIN32API.COB COPYBOOK.
You can select where the API should run for the second set of APIs (above) by setting a switch which appears in the WIN32API copybook. (The default for this second set is to run on the client). Setting the switch named WIN32API-EXECUTE-API-ON-SERVER to true will force server side execution.
NOTE: This switch is ignored when NOT running under the Client/Server, and all APIs will run on the current machine (obviously). This means you can produce ONE version of your application which will work stand-alone or on the server and do not have to make two versions.
Copy the WIN32API copybook to my system. This copybook is need for all APIs.
This group of functions essentially provides you direct access to the API involved.
|ChooseColor||Standard Windows common dialog to choose a
Note: This is provided in support of printing applications only and you may not use this to change colors of controls appearing on your panels
|ChooseFont||Standard Windows common dialog used to select a
Note: This is provided in support of printing applications only and you may not use this to change fonts of controls appearing on your panels
|CopyFile||Copies files using the Windows API.
To copy a file from a client to the server, use CopyFileFromClient.
|CreateDirectory||Creates a directory (and any needed higher level directories).|
|DriveToUNC||Return a UNC for a Drive letter based file.|
|GetOpenFileName||Windows common dialog to obtain the name and location of a file to be opened.|
|GetCommandLine||Gets the command line of the currently executing application, including the complete path, drive, directory and exe name followed by command line arguments.|
|GetComputerName||Gets the name of the computer|
|GetLogicalDrives||Obtain a list of Valid Drive letters|
|GetUserName||Gets the name of the logged in user|
|GetEvnironmentalVariable||Gets the value of an environmental variable|
|SetEnvironmentalVariable||Sets the value of an environmental variable (temporarily)|
|GetFileTime||Gets the time the specified file was created, last accessed, and last modified. This has been enhanced to provide the times in both Windows FILETIME and SYSTEMTIME formats.|
|GetPrinters||Obtains a list of printers known to the machine, including the default printer. Can be uses to obtain a list of printers on either the server or the client machine|
|GetSaveFileName||Windows common dialog to obtain the name and location of a file to be saved; usually used in conjunction with a SaveAs command.|
|GetSystemTime||Determines the System time in UTC format used by Windows.|
|GetVersionEx||Returns Windows version information.|
|GetWindowsDirectory||Returns the pathspec of the Windows directory.|
|GetFolderPath||Returns the pathspec of various Windows Directoryies|
|LowerCase||Converts a data element to Lower Case|
|QueryDOSDevice||Get a list of all DOS Devices or find out if a particular device exists and if it is mapped to a remote location|
|UpperCase||Converts a data element to Upper Case|
|SimulateKeys||Insert keystrokes into the keyboard buffer|
|KeyState||Test the state of toggle keys or shift keys|
|PlaySound||Plays a sound specified by a given filename.|
|PrintDLG||Invokes the Standard Windows Printer Dialog box to allow choosing a printer|
|This series of low level Print APIs are made
available to replace APIs of similar names provided by some compiler
manufacturers. This set is Client/Server aware and can be uses to
send any print data to a printer.
You may want to investigate our PrinteFile API below for easier programming.
|MessageBox||Displays a standard messagebox (the hard way). We don't recommend this because it's MUCH easier to do it this way.|
|ShellExecute||Given a filespec, launches the application associated with the file's type and passes it the filespec and other arguments.|
|WinExec||Launches an application and returns to your program.|
|Window-Position||Allows you to adjust the Z-Order (stacking) or position of windows on the screen|
The following group of functions provide API functionality in a simplified format. Most of these would normally require several low-level API calls and advanced knowledge of windows internals; we have encapsulated the functionality in a high-level wrapper to make these operations easier to use.
|BITS-TO-BYTES||Converts an array of Bit flags into Bytes. 8 bits per byte.|
|BYTES-TO-BITS||Extracts and array of bit flags from one or more bytes.|
|Clipboard Functions||Customized GUI ScreenIO functions that make it easy to save and retrieve data from the Windows clipboard.|
|CopyFileFromClient||Copies files from a client to the server if running in client/server mode, else performs CopyFile.|
|FindFile||Finds files and retrieves date time and size|
|PrintFile||Send a file to the Windows printer spooling system. Works also in Client/Server mode to transmit print files from the server to the client, and then to the client's printer.|
|PrintScreen||Sends a screen image of a given panel to the printer. Also works in Client Server mode. Will also print entire desktop if desired.|
|Registry Functions||Customized GUI ScreenIO functions that make it a breeze to save and retrieve data from the Windows Registry.|
|INI File Functions||Allows use of the INI file manipulation routines. which allows you to store and access program data in standard windows .ini files.|
|BrowseForFolder||Allows you to browse for folders (directories) rather than files.|
|SENDMAIL||Allows you to send email from your programs via a standard SMTP server.|
|GETWEBPAGE||Used to fetch a web page, web image, or other data from a web server. This is NOT a web browser, but a simple file-fetching utility.|
More APIs will be implemented as we perceive the need. Suggestions are appreciated!
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