Sunday, May 22, 2011

Harbour MiniGUI 1.9 Extended Edition (Build 96) Released on 18th May 2011

Hi All,

The Harbour MiniGUI 1.9 Extended Edition (Build 96) setup is published at the following URL:

There is the following changelog for this build:

2011/05/18: Build 96 (HMG 1.9 Extended Edition) Published.
* Fixed: Problem with appearance the RichEdit control in Win2000
(introduced in the build 94).
Bug was reported by Paolo Russignan <>.
Contributed by Grigory Filatov <>
* Fixed: Problem with negative decimal numbers and 'E' picture in GetBox control.
Bug was reported by Ari Lehtinen <>.
Contributed by Grigory Filatov <>
* New: SET GLOBAL HOTKEYS ON | OFF command. When set to ON, the defined hotkeys
are available from everywhere (default is OFF).
Contributed by Grigory Filatov <>
(see demo in folder \samples\Advanced\CDejector)
* New: PostGreSQL wrapper support for MiniGUI (see in folder \Source\HbPgSql).
Contributed by Mitja Podgornik <>
(see console demo in folder \samples\Basic\PostgreSQL)
* Changed: Minor simplification of Browse functions code.
Contributed by Grigory Filatov <>
* Changed: Added parameters error checking in the Grid columns autofitting.
Contributed by Grigory Filatov <>
(see demo.prg in folder \samples\Basic\Grid)
* Updated: Batch file hbmk2.bat for compiling with HBMK2 utility:
- Added: switch /n for 'no run after build' mode.
Suggested by Paolo Russignan <>.
- Added: switch /nh for 'no head incremental' mode.
Suggested by Mitja Podgornik <>.
Contributed by Grigory Filatov <>
(see hbmk2.bat in folder \Batch)
* Updated: HbSQLite3 library source code (see in folder \Source\HbSQLite3):
- update for using SQLITE3 version 3.7.6
Contributed by Grigory Filatov <>
* Updated: Adaptation FiveWin Class TSBrowse 9.0 in HMG:
- Modified: Added minimal columns width at resizing in DrawHeaders method.
The variable ::nMinWidthCols may be rewritten at runtime (default is 4).
Requested by Simon Norbert <>.
Contributed by Grigory Filatov <>
* Updated: Harbour Compiler 2.1.0rc2 (SVN 2011-05-15 17:19).
Contributed by Grigory Filatov <>
(look at ReadMe.txt in folder \harbour)
* Updated: 'CD Ejector' sample:
- Enhanced: hotkeys Ctrl+Alt+[A|E|L] are available from everywhere.
Contributed by Grigory Filatov <>
(see in folder \samples\Advanced\CDejector)
* Updated: 'Start Button Image Control' sample:
- Enhanced: hotkey Ctrl+F6 is available from everywhere.
Contributed by Grigory Filatov <>
(see in folder \samples\Advanced\StartButton)
* Updated: 'Sticky Notes' sample.
Bug was reported by Jaroslav Janik <>.
Contributed by Grigory Filatov <>
(see in folder \samples\Applications\

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

Best Regards,
Grigory Filatov
[MiniGUI Team]

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Harbour/xharbour Diff :10/57 - HB_ARRAYTOPARAMS() FUNCTION by Przemyslaw Czerpak

Harbour has special function which allows to convert array into
list of items which can be used as function parameters, array
values or array indexes in the same way as '...' operator:
   hb_arrayToParams(  ) -> [ 1 ] [, [ N ] ]
      proc main( ... )
         local aParams := hb_aParams(), n
         /* remove parameters starting with "--" */
         n := 1
         while n < len( aParams )
            if left( aParams[ n ], 2 ) == "--"
               hb_adel( aParams, n, .t. )
         ? "Public parameters:", hb_arrayToParams( aParams )

Note for Clipper users: 'hb_adel( aParams, n, .t. )' in above example
works like 'adel( aParams, n ); asize( aParams, len( aParams ) - 1 )'.

This functionality is unique to Harbour and xHarbour does not support
hb_arrayToParams() or similar function.

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