HowTo: Builder Videos

Apr 24, 2012 at 12:07 AM

In order for people to pick up and quickly learn what pattern toolkits are and how to build them, we need a series of videos that show the basics. Once, this series is available, we can work on other HowTo's for specific feature and functions of toolkits.

But initially we need a core set to get people started with looking at the basic tooling.The videos should be a short as possible, with little preamble, demonstrate the idea, and then explore what is available to improve the technique. The idea of the video is to not only demonstrate a specific feature of toolkits, but expose the other options or techniques that toolkit builders should be aware of as well.

The core set of videos should include:

  1. How to install VSPAT
  2. How to create a new 'Pattern Toolkit' project
  3. How to create a 'sketch' pattern model, include icons, cardinality, autocreate, properties, default values, etc.
  4. How to unfold a project template (with some content), name the template, and enable navigation to it, provide substitutions within it from pattern model.
  5. How to generate code/configuration files, name the generated file, enable navigation, and alter the content of the file from values in the pattern model.
  6. How to create guidance, associate it to the pattern model, and customize its title and usage.
  7. How to create a wizard with multiple pages, enable validation, control simple layout, and run a post-command
  8. How to provide a custom menu that runs a command, and make it conditional on property values.
  9. How to add validation rules, make them conditional, and setup validation execution in the model.
  10. How to calculate a property value, based on other properties.
  11. How to create lookup list for a property, for static items, from elements in the pattern model
  12. How to create a custom command that queries data in Windows.
  13. How to troubleshoot a toolkit with tracing window, custom automation tracing, turning up tracing level.