Thursday, May 14, 2009

Clipper to Harbour - A Visual Tour by Pritpal Bedi

Hello Again

This time with an overview of visual tour depicting transition from Clipper to Harbour | from console to GUI.

Please note that this has been achieved with adding few more lines of code than channging any thing else. Also note that as my applications are dictionary based, i.e., data for every object, may it be input screen or selections or browsers, coming from data-dictionaries, I had to adopt the GUI interface at the minimum as executable has objcts only working on data not embedded in the PRG.

The objective of this artical is to provide insight to my fellow developers who are still starvng to enterthe GUI world and do not have enough time and/or means to other solutions.

1. The startup screen;


Harbour + Gtwvg

The window contains a child window which hosts an AChoice routine foe selection. If you click on main window the titlebar of selection window flashes, a true parent child implementation.

2. Main Screen;


Harbour + Gtwvg

3. Menu System;


Harbour + Gtwvg

Every menu is presented in another window but applcation retains the same behavior that of Clipper, i.e., navigation with left-right arrow keys closes previous menu window and opens new one.

4. Data Entry Screen;


Harbour + Gtwvg

This window is resizable by font size, i.e., when you resize, number of rows and columns remain the same. Fonts and GUI elements resized to relative coordinates.

5. Browser;


Harbour + Gtwvg

NOTE; The icons depicted on toolbar of browser window are lifted from [ourXDbu] application. Marchuet, if you have any reservations please let me know, I will replace this icon set with my old one.

The bowser window is resizable with different attributes. Font and other GUI elements remain the same size instead rows and columns go on increasing/decreasing.

6. Only in Harbour;

Harbour + Gtwvg

This window is not resizable. It remains static because text fonts and picture has been tuned to this size only.

Hope it will be useful for you.

Pritpal Bedi


  1. Hello,

    Many many thanks to CCH and Pritpal himself. Excellent documentation by CCH.

    One thing more. I must say that Mr. Pritpal Bedi is one of the best helpful "software inventors" I have seen so far.

    With best regards to all.

    (Student of "Student of Software Analysis & Design")

  2. Hello Pritpal,

    Thanks a lot for your excellent presentation in

    I like to know it detail from you. E.g., about data dictionary based development and some other things. Can you please share your experience and tips regarding this (in any place, may be CCH's Clipper ... Clipper ... Clipper forum)

    You may remember that I was testing your software tool (gtwvg library) about 1 month ago and learned many things from you.

    But, I faced some small problems.
    1. Size of executable file is very large (WRT xHarbour + gtwvw, HMG)
    2. Walert function has some problem in my style of programming (heavily depending on SAVE SCREEN, RESTORE SCREEN).

    (Some other problems, which I can't remember right now)

    CCH and I have discussed many times regarding this (how to use gtwvw in our existing clipper apps).

    And all of us (there are also many programmers) will be benefited from your guidance. And if you want to create a forum / group for gtwvg, I want to join with it.

    Thank you again.

    With best regards.


  3. Pritpalji,

    Sat Sri Akal !
    God Bless You.
    Milan, Bhavnagar, Gujarat.


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