Using EntityManager Abstract Layout Editor Layout Object

Objective

There are cases in which developers want to change the disposition of elements inside EntityManager objects generated by K2BEntityServices. For this purpose K2BTools has a default layout that can be modified by the user. Using this object the developer can change how all Entity Manager objects are generated. The developer can also create a copy of the object to change how some objects are generated.

This page shows how to modify the Layout Object used in the generation of Web Forms when the Responsive generator is used.

How it works

In EntityManager nodes there is a property named Responsive Layout Object. Its default value is "EntityManagerLayoutFlat". You can edit the "EntityManagerLayoutFlat" object or create a new web panel and set it as the Responsive Layout Object.

The images below show how Entity Manager objects are generated.

EntityManagerResponsiveLayoutObject EntityManagerResponsiveLayoutObjectRT
EntityManager Responsive Layout Object EntityManager in runtime

Customizing Layout Objects

In order to customize the layout object, you must know which components K2BTools expects to be in the Web Panel.

Component Type Control Name Usage
Textblock Description Will be replaced by the EntityManager's Title.
Textblock FirstRowFixedData Will be replaced by the contents of the first row of the FixedData section (if any).
Textblock BottomFixedData Will be replaced by the contents of the FixedData section (if any), except its first row.
Textblock BackToWorkWith Will be replaced with the "Back To WorkWith" action if it is enabled for the EntityManager.
Textblock TabbedView Will be replaced with a Tabs control containing all components defined in the instance.
Textblock FormSectionTop Will be replaced by the contents of a FormSection with Layout = "Top", if it is present in the instance.
Textblock FormSectionBottom Will be replaced by the contents of a FormSection with Layout = "Bottom", if it is present in the instance.
Textblock FormSectionLeft Will be replaced by the contents of a FormSection with Layout = "Left", if it is present in the instance.
Textblock FormSectionRight Will be replaced by the contents of a FormSection with Layout = "Right", if it is present in the instance.
Textblock HiddenItems The hidden items generated will be placed here.

Responsive Sizes

Then modifying this object, responsive sizes properties may be modified in tables other than the ones specified above (new tables may be added). The values for these properties will be used in all generated Web Panels.