Getting Started with IntraWeb
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If you have experience writing GUI applications using Borland's rapid application development tools, then you already have the basic skills you need to start building applications with IntraWeb. The basic design method for the user interface is the same for IntraWeb and regular GUI applications: find the components you need on the Tool palette and drop them on a form. Unlike WebSnap's page modules, the appearance of the form mirrors the appearance of the page. The IntraWeb forms and components are distinct from their VCL counterparts, but they are named and arranged similarly.
For example, let's say you want to add a button to a form. In an ordinary VCL application, you would find the Button component on the Standard Tool palette category and drop it on your form in an appropriate location. In the compiled application, the button appears where you placed it. For an IntraWeb application, the only difference is that you use the IWButton component on the IW Standard category. Even the icons for the two different button components look almost identical. The only difference is an "IW" in the top right corner of the IntraWeb button icon.
Follow the four step tutorial, below, to see how easy it is to build an IntraWeb application. The application you develop in the tutorial asks the user for some input and displays the input in a popup window. The tutorial uses IntraWeb's standalone mode, so the application you create will run without a commercial Web server.
The tutorial includes the following steps:
- Creating a New IntraWeb Application
- Editing the Main Form
- Writing an Event Handler for the Button
- Running the Completed Application