Friday, August 27, 2010

Future Directions for HMG - Roberto Lopez - 12th August 2010

CCH : From the HMG Forum
It is very clear for me that Windows is the past.

Devices not having Windows installed are becoming more and more popular since the people don't care about that so much.

QT framework (accessible to us via HBQT) provides compatibility with the following platforms:

- Embedded Linux
- Mac OSX
- Windows
- Linux/X11
- Windows CE/Mobile
- Symbian
- Maemo

Is obvious that is time to change, so I've decided the following:

1. I'll stop any new development based on Windows API (HMG 3.0 will be the last one).

2. The next major HMG release (HMG 4.0) will be based on HMG OJECTS + HBQT so it will be:

a. Full standard OOP.
b. Full compatible with HMG semi-OOP style.
c. Multi-platform

3. I'll still work on HMG 3.0 to do maintenance (bug-fixing only).

4. After the base development in the HMG 4 release be complete, I'll create a team (If there are volunteers) to finish the work.

IMHO, the team work will be successful since:

a. HMG windows and controls properties events and methods (our project goals) are fully docummented.
b. QT classes are fully docummented.
c. QT is extremely high-level compared to Windows API.
d. QT classes has .prg level wrappers (HBQT) so, no C programming is required.
e. QT provides advanced functionality (ie: Inputmask for textbox is built in).
f. So, it's only matter of plug the adequate components in the right places :)

5. If we are successful, HMG 4 will be YOUR project.

6. Since I have a lot to learn and research yet (added to my others occupations) as I've already announced, I'll reduce my participation in the forum for some time (please don't worry :) ).

7. Hopefully, for HMG 10th birthday, I'll be another user/contributor :)



Thursday, August 26, 2010

Latest HMG 3.0.35 Released in June 2010

CCH : Just switched to a new XP-based Notebook and decided to download the latest version of the HMG and will be testing whether a HMG-based exe can still be compiled :-)


HMG 3.0.35 (TEST)

File Name: hmg.3.0.35.exe
File Size: 24.73 MB
Date: 20. June 2010

- HMG 3.0.35 Changelog:

- Fixed: Multiselect listbox problems setting value property. Fixed by
Grigory Filatov.

- Fixed: Tab control: setting row and col properties when the tab has a
child panel window.

- Fixed: Conflict between Harbour and hmg charxor functions. Fixed by

- Fixed: Problem with 'Visible' property. Previous version forced
message processing creating problems in some rare situations.

- Fixed: Problem in IDE closing object ispector or project manager
with alt+F4.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Harbour MiniGUI 1.8 Extended Edition (Build 86) Released on 9th August 2010

CCH : From the HMG Extended Forum

Hi All,

The Harbour MiniGUI 1.8 Extended Edition (Build 86) setup is published at the following URL:

There is the following changelog for this build:

2010/08/09: Build 86 (HMG 1.8 Extended Edition) Published.
* Fixed: GDI leaks problem at imagelist managing of Image [check]button
(introduced in the build 83).
Problem was reported by Ricci at official HMG forum.
Contributed by Grigory Filatov <>
* Changed: ErrorSys behaviour is synced with Harbour 2.0 modifications:
- Added default action for EG_LOCK;
- Fixed to set ErrorLevel to 1 in case of a RT error.
Contributed by Grigory Filatov <>
(see demo in folder \samples\Basic\ErrorLog)
* Changed: Modified Browse/Grid 'DynamicBackColor' and 'DynamicForeColor'
properties internal handling for compatibility with Official HMG.
Contributed by Grigory Filatov <>
* Changed: DRAW GRAPH (pie type) correction of title center aligning.
Contributed by Grigory Filatov <>
(see pie.prg in folder \samples\Basic\GraphPrint)
* Updated: HbSQLite3 library source code (see in folder \Source\HbSQLite3):
- updated for using SQLITE3 version
Contributed by Grigory Filatov <>
* Updated: Harbour Compiler 2.1.0beta1 (SVN 2010-08-08 16:49).
Contributed by Grigory Filatov <>
(look at ReadMe.txt in folder \harbour)
* Updated: HMGS-IDE v. Project Manager and Two-Way Visual Form Designer.
Contributed by Walter Formigoni <>
(look at changelog.txt in folder \Ide)
* Updated: MPM utility:
- Corrected a bug which prevented MPM from building libraries
from multiple object files;
- Changed the wording of the rebuild option from "Always rebuild"
to "Rebuild";
- Extended the date test on the executable to include user specified
Contributed by Kevin Carmody <>
(see in folder \Utils\MPM)
* New: 'Get Form Client Height' sample. Contributed by Bootwan <>
(see in folder \samples\Basic\GetClientSize)
* Updated: 'View BMP Image' sample with Bitmap handling functions.
Based upon a contribution by Claudio Soto <>
(see in folder \samples\Advanced\VIEW_IMAGE)

This release of MiniGUI is considered stable and ready for production use.

Your comments/feedback are welcome!

Best Regards,
Grigory Filatov
[MiniGUI Team]

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

HMGS-IDE Released on 3rd August 2010

CCH : From the HMG Extended Forum

Hi All,

The updated HMGS-IDE binary and sources are published
at the following URL:

2010-08-03: version
*Changed : HMGSIDE.prg: Contribution of Pete <>
- fixed calling Ide from an other application
- added menuitem edit->'edit source code'
- changed function ViewFormCode()
- changed project browser form

Remark: You can update this build via clicking 'Update' menuitem in the mainmenu 'Help'.

Kind Regards,
Grigory Filatov
[MiniGUI Team]

Monday, August 2, 2010

HMGS-IDE 1.0.2 Released on 2nd August 2010

CCH : From the Extended HMG Forum

Hi All,

The updated HMGS-IDE 1.0.2 binary and sources are published
at the following URL:

2010-08-01: version 1.0.2
*New : To facilitate code writing with IDE-Copy / Notepad-Paste
In the "Object Inspector" window let us use a context menu
with "Copy full name to clipboard" onto the items from "Properties" & "Events".
With this we can quickly PASTE in the Notepad some text like:
..<EventName> . Requested by Arturo <>
*New : Added an additional Page in Tab, named "Methods" we can also quickly PASTE text like:
MyMainFormName.Combo_InternationalZones.DeleteItem( .. Requested by Arturo <>
*Fixed : in function openproject() correct function is loadpreferences() , not savepreferences().
*New : Added in update.prg test of internet connection.

Remark: You can update this build via clicking 'Update' menuitem in the main menu 'Help'.

Kind Regards,
Grigory Filatov
[MiniGUI Team]

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