B4J Library [ABMaterial] Framework for WebApps

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ABMaterial is a framework combining a tuned Materialize CSS with the free programming tool B4J. It allows creating WebApps that not only look great thanks to Googles Material Design, but can be programmed with the powerful free tool from Anywhere Software without any knowledge of HTML, CSS or Javascript.

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ABMaterial has over 45 themeable controls and some useful helpers.

Components:

  • ABMActionButton
  • ABMAudioPlayer (1.08)
  • ABMBadge
  • ABMButton
  • ABMCanvas
  • ABMCalendar
  • ABMCard
  • ABMChart (Plugin support 2.00)
  • ABMChat (2.50)
  • ABMCheckbox
  • ABMChronologyList (2.00)
  • ABMCombo
  • ABMCustomControl (1.05)
  • ABMChip
  • ABMCodeLabel
  • ABMDivider
  • ABMDateTimeScroller (1.06)
  • ABMDateTimePicker (1.06)
  • ABMEditor (1.07)
  • ABMFileInput (1.20+)
  • ABMGoogleMap
  • ABMLabel
  • ABMList
  • ABMImage
  • ABMImageSlider
  • ABMInputField
  • ABMRadioGroup
  • ABMPagination (1.04)
  • ABMPatternLock (1.20+)
  • ABMPDFViewer (1.08)
  • ABMPercentSlider (2.50)
  • ABMPlanner (2.50)
  • ABMPivotTable (1.08)
  • ABMRange (1.05)
  • ABMSignaturePad
  • ABMTimeLine (1.10, depreciated in 4.00)
  • ABMSlider (1.05)
  • ABMSmartWizard (3.00)
  • ABMSocialShare (1.07)
  • ABMSocialOAuth
  • ABMSVGSurface (1.20+)
  • ABMSwitch
  • ABMTabs
  • ABMTreeTable (1.04)
  • ABMUpload
  • ABMVideo

Helpers:
  • ABMContainer
  • ABMFlexWall (1.10)
  • ABMGenerator (1.07)
  • ABMModalSheet
  • ABMNavigationBar
  • ABMPage
  • ABMParallax
  • ABMSideBar (2.00)
  • ABMTable
  • ABMTableMutable (1.20+)
Other:
  • Firebase Auth (1.20+)
  • Firebase Storage (1.20+)
  • Configurable App and Content folders (2.00)
  • Lorem Ipsum Generator (2.00)
  • Grid Builder (2.00+)
The Grid Builder:
With the Grid Builder you can build the responsive framework very easy. This has been the most difficult part for beginners to understand. But now with the builder, you have no reason to not use ABMaterial :)

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Included is a extensive Demo application demonstrating a lot of the functionality of ABMaterial. In itself, the app is also some kind of tutorial. I suggest you start the app in B4J, open your browser and go to http://localhost:51042/demo. You can browse the objects and test them out, but when you want to start to program I suggest you start at 'Getting Started' and follow the guidelines through the chapters suggested at the end of each page.

There is also an online demo at http://abmaterial.com
Alternative url: http://prd.one-two.com:51042/demo/

Don't forget: Everyone (not only donators!) can use the feedback app:

NEW: You can now support BANano and ABMaterial here too: https://www.patreon.com/alwaysbusy

This means it is free to use, but consider this: it took me already thousands of hours to program ABMaterial, all done in my free time early in the morning and deep into the night. Not only will a donation push me to continue developing ABMaterial , remember, you'll get a warm and fuzzy feeling doing it!

Donators get the latest versions in their mailbox a couple of weeks before the public, and an extra goodie now and then...

Current extra goodies:

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IMPORTANT NOTE: MyMaterial.Show / ABMaterial.Show/ Pen&Paper / MashPlugins is in no way affiliated with the ABMaterial library and I will not give support for it nor for what it generates as it has violates the ABM LICENSE AGREEMENT.

Read this if you are planning to use any of the above mentioned tools:
https://www.b4x.com/android/forum/t...olation-with-the-abm-license-agreement.87773/

Download the latest version (4.51):
ABMaterial is to big to upload to the forum, so you can get it via dropbox. Included is a README 4.51.TXT files. IMPORTANT INFO on this release is in there so read carefully!

Note: You'll also need the PDFJet library from the B4X Forum and jServer 2.75+.

IMPORTANT: If you use B4J 5.80+ you have to make this change: https://www.b4x.com/android/forum/threads/abmaterial-important-change-for-b4j-5-80.81595/


Just unzip the file and you'll find several folders: Demos, Library, Template. Start the demo and all the rest is explained in the Getting Started section.

I hope you enjoy it as much as I did creating it and I look forward to see the killer apps you will make with ABMaterial!

Also consider BANano if you are planning to write Websites/Apps in B4J!

Alain Bailleul
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alwaysbusy

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And we should be back up again. What worries me is that I hadn't had to do a thing this morning, while yesterday evening the server would not start at all. All components on the server where super warm, so maybe it will crash again if a certain heat point is reached. I will see if I can move the app to a VPS next weekend.
 
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roddy

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ABMaterial is great and i have some question.
How to do can change language for buttom in ABMCalendar? e.g. chinese
or ABMCalendar have some property like ABMDateTimePicker.PickText、ABMDateTimePicker.TodayText ...
 

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ivanomonti

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c'è un chiaro esempio passo passo per iniziare a usare questa libreria
 

alwaysbusy

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LucaMs

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[I state that I am guilty of... ignorance = I know very little ABMaterial, the little I knew I have forgotten, so it is likely that I am going to write at least superfluous things].

I recently watched the first video of this tutorial (mostly out of curiosity). In it, some components (label, input, button) are created and added by writing code in a class (which represents an html page, if I'm not mistaken).
Since I remember little and that an image is worth a thousand words (badly written in English, moreover), I take a screenshot of that video tutorial...
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I don't know if it has already been developed and published, but it would be very convenient to develop a Designer that generates that code and places it in the class, right?

Already exists this "type" of Designer (I saw that there is a Designer to generate a grid but not one that does what I just wrote; probably using this "grid generator" as a base could be an idea)?

For now mine is only curiosity; maybe in the future I would like to be able to use ABMaterial to develop PWA in an easy way. By the way: does ABMaterial produce (and save on disk) HTML, JS, CSS files?
 

Indic Software

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I don't know if it has already been developed and published, but it would be very convenient to develop a Designer that generates that code and places it in the class, right?
If there is a Designer which will allow a user to visually place controls and set necessary properties then I feel ABM would become a very powerful tool that developers like me would like to use.

Till such a thing is not available I don't think I personally would use it as the amount of work involved is way too much.
 

MichalK73

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Hello.
When learning about ABMaterial I had the same thought, "why is there no Designer GUI?" I say a young project maybe someday and I started writing from code. Now I honestly don't mind. Looking back now, if I had a GUI, the creation time using a designer would be only slightly shorter than writing code (clicks, moving objects, parameter settings is also the time it takes to create). However, writing the code gives you full control over what you want to do and I can see it in my head by placing more elements on the page.
Having a designer would probably contribute to better writing for new users, but writing code without a designer in my opinion I have more control what I want to achieve.
 

LucaMs

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If there is a Designer which will allow a user to visually place controls and set necessary properties then I feel ABM would become a very powerful tool that developers like me would like to use.

Till such a thing is not available I don't think I personally would use it as the amount of work involved is way too much.
It shouldn't be very difficult to develop a simple Designer; the problem is finding time to do it.
 

LucaMs

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It shouldn't be very difficult to develop a simple Designer; the problem is finding time to do it.
I forgot how to use VB Net - now I love only B4X 😍 and therefore I only develop using B4X 😉

I tried with VB Net only because it has the PropertyGrid control, although, of course, the designer must to allows you to move and resize the View-Control using your mouse.

Also, here - just a quick test - the new button should go in a grid.

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