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Re: Debugging forms

From: Robert Bateman <bobbateman@sequoiallc.com>
Date: Tue, 23 Mar 2004 12:46:21 -0500
To: www-forms@w3.org
Message-Id: <200403231246.21556.bobbateman@sequoiallc.com>


Thanks for the information about Xformation.   I posted a "bug" to your bug 
list about a problem I'm having with the schema viewer.  I've had to put my 
Xformation testing on hold due to the 'bug'.  I hope to get back into test 
soon after your next release.


On Tuesday 23 March 2004 12:26 pm, Rhydian Morris wrote:
> Hi Bob,
> I'm glad to know you think XFormation is a great tool but would like to see
> if I can help you with the use of the debug tools within this which can
> assist you greatly in writing your XForms including debugging my XPaths.
> The  'state view ' is good to show the state of the instance data and
> illustrate whether the state is valid or not. In future releases of
> XFormation we are looking at highlighting the invalid elements on the tree
> so it is clear to see which nodes are valid and which are not.
> The watch window is valuable to test your XPath expressions allowing you to
> incrementally build up the expression to ensure that the structure is
> valid. This will shortly include the ability to execute XPath and XForms
> functions.
> A technique that I also use when writing XForms is to use the following
> style .invalid { border:1px solid red;} which helps me identify which
> elements are invalid. For the elements of the Instance which are not bound
> to controls I sometimes temporarily bind them to output controls to see the
> bound value and where it is valid or not.
> It is also worth mentioning we are currently looking at improving the
> existing debug functionality  to include highlighting the invalid elements
> on the tree in the state view so that it is clear which nodes are valid and
> which are not and the ability to execute XPath and XForms functions within
> the Watch Window. This functionality will be announced  on the  XFormation
> website .
> If you are having specific problems with XFormation please don't hesitate
> to contact us and we will try our best to point you in the right direction.
> Regards
> Rhydian Morris
> www.xformation.com
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> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: Robert Bateman [mailto:bobbateman@sequoiallc.com]
> > Sent: 22 March 2004 22:10
> > To: www-forms@w3.org
> > Subject: Debugging forms
> >
> >
> >
> > Greetings all.
> >
> > I've been having a discussion today with an associate who
> > uses XML a lot.
> > During our conversation, I rambled on about the difficulties
> > I've been having
> > while I'm both learning XPath and XForms and writing a form.
> >
> > One of the difficulties I'm having is "debugging" my various XPath
> > expressions.  One of the errors I get a LOT is my instance
> > data not being
> > "valid." This error means I can't write even invlid XML to
> > look at and "fix."
> >
> > I realize I'm quite stuck in my ways (I've been programming
> > for over 22
> > years.) and some habits (like debugging) are hard to break.
> > What I'm hoping
> > for is a little advice from the "experts" on the list as to
> > better ways to
> > debug using XForms and XPath.  (Please note that I've looked
> > at XFormation
> > and found that, while its a great tool, I can't get it to
> > work for me....)
> >
> > Thanks much for your time!
> >
> > Bob Bateman
> > Software Developer
> > Sequoia Group LLC

Bob Bateman
Sequoia Group LLC
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