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Sep
1
New Visual Expert Blog Section
Posted by Sandra Levy on 01 September 2017 10:12 AM

Dear Visual Expert users,

We're pleased to announce that we've added a new Blog section to Visual Expert Website.
The Visual Expert blog allows you to easily find all Visual Expert articles, news and tutorials.

You can keep using the support website to communicate with our support team.

Visit the Blog | Contact the support | Read the Update List


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Jan
14

Use the Exceptions tab in the Settings Menu to help Visual Expert better understand your code. An exception processes a given function or variable and creates a supplementary relationship between two components of the application. Find additional references, improve the results of the macro “open hierarchy” and generate more hyperlinks in the source code view.

Go to Add, and select “Open Window Exception”. This exception extends the results of the macro “open hierarchy” by tracking more calls between Windows, Menus and Application Objects.

Define either a window opening function or a variable containing the name of the opened window, by declaring the type of item it is, and selecting the specific item. You can also select the function’s parameter containing the opened object using the dropdown list.

Once the exception has been set, close the Settings window. A pop-up requesting you to re-analyse your code will appear. Select yes so that your project will take into account the new exceptions declared.


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Jan
14
How do I make more space available for Visual Expert projects on my machine?
Posted by Liz Robertson on 14 January 2016 11:34 AM

Depending on the size and complexity of your code, Visual Expert may require 10x the size of your code in space available.

There are a number of ways to create more space for new projects:

  1. Select where your temporary files are stored. Visual Expert creates temporary files when it runs the analysis. You can choose a drive with available space by going to Settings, General and choosing which folder stores the generated files in the “Temporary Files” Section.

  2. Delete old analyses of an existing project. In the Settings Menu > Project Settings > History Tab, you can select and remove previous analyses. For examples, ones that have been aborted in the past.

  3. Delete old projects. Go to File - Open Project and select a project that you no longer need available. Then select “Remove”.

 


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Sep
10
How do I make the most of my Global Search?
Posted by Liz Robertson on 10 September 2015 02:19 PM

Visual Expert allows you to run a global search across your application (and also across multiple applications!). Visual Expert doesn't run a regular text search like most applications: as well as giving you the location of the item directly in the source code, the VE search gives you rich results including type, container, and hierarchy information. Because of this, the search may take some time to load.

There are a couple of tricks to making the process run faster:

To really speed up the search, specify the string of code you wish to search for in the Source code field and use regular expressions/Match Case to narrow down your search even more.

Filling in the second line, component name, will also help to speed up the search; however, because VE uses an algorithm to cross reference the source field with the component field, the search may still take some time to return results.

Note that using the "Search into:" box will not necessarily speed up your search, as this filter is processed after Visual Expert has fetched the container and hierarchy information.

Finally, we do recommend keeping “Show parent hierarchy” selected for a richer result.

 

 


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Jul
3
Visual Expert 7 Now Available!
Posted by Liz Robertson on 03 July 2014 10:36 AM

After months of testing and much appreciated feedback, Visual Expert 7 is now generally available!

Visual Expert has been completely redesigned to better meet the needs of PowerBuilder developers. 

It has an entirely new architecture and a modernized interface, with the same indispensable features:

  • Generating Detailed Technical Documentation
  • Transfering the knowledge of your Application between teammates
  • Better exploring your code

All-new Architecture

Visual Expert now allows for larger amounts of code to be analyzed while freeing up your computer's resources!
Handle your projects by scheduling your analysis and documentation for whenever you need it, or with a background analysis whenever you're not using your computer. Access previous analyses of your projects that are stored by Visual Expert 7.
Host your Visual Expert projects server side, and let your whole team share the same analysis while delegating different tasks.

Extended Analyses

New ways to analyse your objects have been added. Your favourite macros from VE 5 are back as well.
Locate External References, Overrides, Dropdown DWs, Main PB Objects and more!
Better define your global searchwith more options

Multiple Applications

Analyze multiple applications in the same Project
Run Impact Analyses on shared tables, Stored procedures, dlls…

New Documentation

The documentation generator has been redeveloped to produce a richer documention (see an example here)
You can now schedule the documentation and update it automatically in the background

If you would like to get Visual Expert 7, please create a ticket in the support center for more information and let us accompany you through the setup process and explain the new features Visual Expert 7 has to offer. 


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May
6
Webinar: Manage the evolution of your PowerBuilder applications
Posted by Liz Robertson on 06 May 2014 04:26 PM

Learn how to share the knowledge of your PowerBuilder application among the team and to help maintain it as your team evolves. See how to manage unexpected side effects during modifications to your application.

For those of you already familiar with Visual Expert, tune in to see how Visual Expert 7 improves the sharing experience, manages even larger sets of code and better automates your analyses. See how several developers can now simultaneously use the same VE project and share the results of an impact analyses.

In this presentation, Christophe Dufourmantelle will demonstrate how Visual Expert lets you:

  • Explore and understand relationships within complex code
  • Automate an impact analysis to avoid the side effects of modifications

Check out the webinar here (Please sign in to PowerBuilderTV to view the webinar)


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