Android Tutorial [B4X] B4A, B4i, B4J and B4r API documentation - B4X Object Browser

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API documentation - B4a, B4i, B4J and B4R (i.e. B4X) Object Browser (which also includes Code Snippet Management)

Hi everyone,

As you may or may not be aware, I have embarked on a project to bring better documentation to us all.

The first problem I have had is that the official and semi-official documentation tools aren't what I was hoping for. Not saying they aren't good, they just aren't what I need.

My first thankyou was called the B4a Object Browser. This version was for B4Android only. It is my own version of the XML file loader. I call it the B4a Object Browser.

The second thankyou is an updated version that supports B4A, B4I and B4J. This is called the B4X Object Browser.

If you know the Visual Studio Object Browser, you should have a good idea of what I am trying to emulate.

To run it you must have .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 installed, and you must install it from my setup.

I have only tested it on Windows, and not with Mono.
I am assuming that everyone that wants to use it, will be on Windows.

Here are some screenshots:

B4AObjectBrowser3.1.4.0.png


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Download the appropriate zip, unzip it and run the setup. I suggest you scan it for viruses before you run it of course.

B4A Object Browser:
When it runs the first time, it will need to know where the B4a Library XML files are, so ensure you go into the Options and configure them.
If you are upgrading, you can Import your old settings, and in fact are prompted to do so if you have a blank configuration.

If you are asked to find the B4A Library XML files, browse to your B4a Library folder (usually C:\Program Files\Anywhere Software\Basic4android\Libraries, or if you are using 64 bit Windows, it is C:\Program Files (x86)\Anywhere Software\Basic4android\Libraries)

From this point, it will remember the path, so you will not have to enter it again.

B4X Object Browser:
The paths to your B4A, B4I and B4J installations (and the Libraries folders under them) will be determined automatically.

In the Options screen you can set multiple paths, with the ability to modify them.

It has multi-language support, and will detect your PC's language and apply the changes automatically. If you want to over-ride this, you may do so from the Options screen.

In B4A Object Browser, the following languages are supported:

Afrikaans
Arabic
Bulgarian
Chinese
Czech
Danish
Dutch
English
French
German
Hebrew
Indonesian
Italian
Japanese
Norwegian
Persian
Polish
Portuguese
Romanian
Russian
Spanish
Swedish
Thai
Ukrainian
Vietnamese

B4X Object Browser adds support for:
Catalan
Greek


I suggest everyone that uses this tool subscribe to the thread so you are informed of changes.

Have fun!

Dave

Change history:
B4A Object Browser
2.0.0.0 - First public release.
2.0.1.0 - Minor GUI update, remove the need to click Reload button during initial setup.
2.1.0.0 - See post #8
2.2.0.0 - See post #23
2.3.0.0 - see post #31
2.3.0.0 - see post #35
2.4.0.0 - see post #60
2.5.0.0 - see post #63
2.6.0.0 - see post #70
2.6.1.0 - see post #75
2.7.0.0 - see post #79
3.0.0.0 - (Pre-release)
3.0.1.0 - Major GUI updates
3.0.1.1 - Minor fixes to correct some "Copy" functionality that had been removed
3.1.0.0 - All known bugs fixed, plus multiple language support added. Separate link provided below. See post 112 for full info.
3.1.1.0 - Additional languages, ability to override GUI language, Chinese language fixed. See post 122 for more info.
3.1.2.0 - Fixes to French, German and Italian language translations. 15 languages now provided. Search history added.
3.1.3.0 - Portuguese language added, making this language number 16
3.1.4.0 - Updated ru and ja translations, Moved Options to View menu, Added support for DesignerName attribute. See post 128 for full details.
3.1.5.0 - Corrected some logic problems around Version Number and DependsOn. Fixed URL Links. See post 147 for full details.
3.1.6.0 - Increased search options, fixed some search bugs, added Hebrew. Full details in post 156.
3.2.0.0 - AutoUpdate, new language, a couple of minor bugfixes. Full details in post 157.
3.2.1.0 - New languages, a few bugfixes. Full details in post 164.
3.2.2.0 - Updated Thai translation.
3.2.3.0 - Fixed further Thai translation strings, arabic and Thai language settings, memory corruption error when switching from R-L and L-R languages and more
3.2.4.0 - Added the ability to override language settings.* See "How to override language setting.txt" in the installation directory.
3.2.4.1 - Fixed bug when overriding language settings.
3.2.4.2 - Fixed bug when selecting the following languages: Arabic, Bulgarian, Hebrew, Thai
3.2.4.3 - Fixed bug when showing empty parentheses, Search and Clear Search buttons, bug where Clear Search button forced library reload even if no search text was entered
3.2.4.4 - Fixed bug where installer did not remove previous version
3.2.5.0 - Added ability to select viewing of Class_Globals and Property Get / Property Set
3.2.5.1 - Added ability to select viewing of DesignerCreateView
3.2.5.2 - Added Romanian language
3.2.5.3 - Fixed problem when selecting Romanian
3.2.5.4 - Fixed 2nd problem when selecting Romanian
3.2.5.5 - Added Vietnamese language
3.2.5.6 - Added preliminary support for B4a 3.0 (Beta)
3.2.5.7 - Added ability to show duplicate Library Short Names
3.2.5.8 - Forced GUI to always show Full type name when showing Class and Library annotations
3.2.5.9 - Fixed a bug when reloading libraries after performing a search. Also added Donate form.
3.2.5.10 - Set XML Reader to null after closing the file, plus set properties to remove flickering when displaying file data.
3.2.5.11 - Corrected an issue where a blank History would cause an application error
3.2.5.12 - Added Czech, Danish and Persian languages
3.2.5.13 - Persian language updated
3.2.5.14 - Added "Always on top" setting (under "Always on top" menu setting) and modified each Form to follow this setting
----------- Note: No further updates will be performed to B4a Object Browser

Full list of changes here (before 3.2.5.1): http://www.basic4ppc.com/android/fo...n-b4a-object-browser.25682/page-9#post-172076

B4X Object Browser
1.0.0.0 - First public release
4.0.0.1 - Minor changes - mainly updating graphics to reflect Anywhere Software changes.
4.0.0.2 - Bug fixes, Desktop icon.
4.1.0.0 - Code Snippet Management added.
4.1.1.1 - Spanish language updates
4.1.1.2 - Modified the Method / Property / Field Copy function appropriately to copy either the selected text or all text
4.1.1.3 - Performed multiple bug-fixes to correct issues with right-click commands
4.1.1.4 - Performed another bug-fix to the right-click menu (for Events list)
4.1.1.5 - Performed another bug-fix to the right-click menu (for copying Fullname)
4.1.2.0 - Added support for B4R
4.1.3.0 - Changed auto-update download to .msi (instead of .exe)

I have put together a pdf to understand how to use it. It is included in the setup, but you can get it separately here (559 Kb).
Grab the setup and unzip and install it. This must be done this way because of the file size being too big for the forum. (>2 MB)...

B4a Object Browser
Version 3.2.0.0 (NOT AutoUpdate) is available here.
Version 3.2.1.0 (AutoUpdate enabled) is available here.
All newer versions (from Version 3.2.2.0 onwards) are available through AutoUpdate, and will not be provided here (other than the link below).
The latest version is always available from here.

B4X Object Browser
The latest B4x Version is available from here. AutoUpdate will take over from that point.
 

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Vader

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I just tried to download the package and get an error saying that the file does not exist. (Trying to download the B4X version).

Sorry - the link will still be pointing to *.exe, whereas it's now *.msi. I'll update it immediately and you can try again.
 

Thomas Myers

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Licensed User
Dave, I just downloaded your object browser. I am able to see the classes for B4A, B4I and B4J. But I am not able to see the classes for B4R. Is there something I need to configure?
 

Toley

Active Member
Licensed User
Hi Vader, B4x Object Browser stops working for me yesterday. I was out for holidays last week and did not use it but it was working before. I have try to reinstall it but without success. I don't have any information except this error message (my windows is french) that I have catch before it disappear.
B4x object Browser.gif
 

Vader

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Licensed User
Hi Vader, B4x Object Browser stops working for me yesterday. I was out for holidays last week and did not use it but it was working before. I have try to reinstall it but without success. I don't have any information except this error message (my windows is french) that I have catch before it disappear.
View attachment 46576
Hi Toley,
What versions of B4a, B4i, B4J and B4R are you using?
Have you added any other libraries? Which ones?
What version of B4x Object Browser are you using?
 

Toley

Active Member
Licensed User
Hi Toley,
What versions of B4a, B4i, B4J and B4R are you using? Latest B4a 6.00, No B4i, B4J 4.20, B4R 1.20
Have you added any other libraries? Which ones? I have additionnal library folders, but I did not add any new lib since it was working last week
What version of B4x Object Browser are you using? I can't say for sure since it don't open anymore, but I'm almost sure it's the latest
Like I said, it was working last week and I did not used it since then. I did not install nothing new except some windows updates and I think a java update I don't know if it's related.
 

Toley

Active Member
Licensed User
Hi again Vader,

I have look in the windows error logs and I have found some informations related to the crash. I don't know if it's useful but I send it here anyway. (One again some informations are in french)
Plage de défaut 129178068269, type 5
Nom d’événement : CLR20r3
Réponse : Non disponible
Cab Id : 0

Signature du problème :
P1: browser.exe
P2: 4.1.3.0
P3: 5764b801
P4: System.Configuration
P5: 2.0.0.0
P6: 560494a7
P7: 1a9
P8: 4d
P9: IOIBMURHYNRXKW0ZXKYRVFN0BOYYUFOW
P10:

Fichiers joints :
C:\Users\toley\AppData\Local\Temp\WER239E.tmp.WERInternalMetadata.xml

Ces fichiers peuvent être disponibles ici :
C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\WER\ReportArchive\AppCrash_browser.exe_8aa23357561a19e46ca8118dc9443ffa96faf_00000000_1e572719

Symbole d’analyse :
Revérification d’une solution : 0
Code de rapport : fcaa83d9-5917-11e6-9c05-000272cd9165
État du rapport : 0
Plage hachée : 66c6c5800b3f843fa284532205c1380f

And in attachment is the Report file. Thank you for any help.
 

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Vader

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Licensed User
Hi Toley, I am just in the process of updating everything to the latest available, and I will see what happens after that.
 

Vader

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Licensed User
I have the latest version of everything, but have temporarily removed B4i. I do not get any error.

Is it possible that you have an error with something else related like .NET Framework?
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Toley

Active Member
Licensed User
Thank you Vader, I have uninstall B4x Object Browser, delete every left behind files in Program Files and also in program data. Reboot my machine an reinstall it from your last link and it works now.
 

Vader

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Licensed User
Thank you Vader, I have uninstall B4x Object Browser, delete every left behind files in Program Files and also in program data. Reboot my machine an reinstall it from your last link and it works now.
Great to see that it works for you.
 

Ivan Aldaz

Member
Licensed User
Really great tool. Thank you very much, Vader.

Just a few minor corrections on Spanish translation, not important at all, but sure will make look better your tool for spanish people. It's better:

"Archivo" for "File", instead of "Expediente"
"Herramientas" for "Tools", instead of "Instrumentos"
"Librería" for "Library", instead of "Biblioteca"
"Rutas librería" for "Library paths" instead of "Caminos biblioteca"
"Acerca de..." for "About" (Help menu), instead of "Sobre"
"Ayuda" for "Help", instead of "Ayudar"
 

jimmyF

Active Member
Licensed User
I just want to say a very heartfelt thanks for this.
I am new to the software and this is a great help!

Thank you, again!
James
 
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