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New Utility Coming - SalesLogix FormSpy

I put together a new utility I'll be releasing in the near future on slxdeveloper.com called SalesLogix FormSpy. Have you ever needed to customize a form but you didn't know what the form's name was? That is what this utility will solve. FormSpy is a .NET app that runs in the background. While SalesLogix is open it draws an overlay on the top-right corner of all customizable forms. The overlay will show you that the form is customizable (it doesn't put the overlay on non-customizable forms) and also show you it's name. The overlay also provides a link to open the form in Architect for editing!

Here's a screenshot of how it looks so far:

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The magnifying glass will open an explorer to view more properties of the form, including the data that the form is currently bound to. There's still some work to be done on this to get this a bit more stable, I've hardly spent any time on it so far. I'll also add the ability to quickly turn on or off the overlays via a tray icon and also make the overlays collapsible as well to get them out of the way when needed.

Stay tuned for it's release (which definitely won't be done until I'm back from speaking at Sage Summit and get a project or two wrapped up).

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   Ryan Farley is the Director of Development for Customer FX and creator of slxdeveloper.com. He's been blogging regularly about SalesLogix since 2001 and believes in sharing with the community. He loves C#, Javascript, Python, web development, open source, and Linux. He also loves his hobby as an amateur filmmaker.

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Marc Johnson (TNVWBOY) said:

Freaking sweet! Which versions of SLX will this run on? All or 6.2 and up?
November 10, 2006 10:34 AM

Ryan Farley said:

Hi Marc,

For this I need access to the COM-exposed SlxApplication object, which means 6.1 or higher (although I've not yet tested on 6.1 - but it should work fine)

November 11, 2006 10:21 PM

Denis said:

Hi Ryan,

Where (When) I can download this fine utility?

November 13, 2006 10:13 PM

Ryan Farley said:

Hi Denis,

It's not quite done yet. I've got to wrap up a project before I can return my time to it ;-)

Once it is ready for prime-time, I'll announce it here.

November 14, 2006 9:09 AM

Marc Johnson (TNVWBOY) said:


This might be outside of the scope of this project but I was thinking it would be nice to be able to hover over a field and display it's database 'path' if one existed.

Of course opening up the form does gives you that same ability but I was thinking along the lines of creating groups and other such filtered data, where you might not remember/know where the data resides in the database.
December 6, 2006 11:58 AM

Dick Wooden said:

This utility looks like it could help in my development projects.
Let me know when you'll have it available.
March 26, 2007 6:40 PM

Blah said:

Would really love to see this utility released, even in a pre finished form.
October 5, 2007 3:25 PM

Ryan Farley said:

Hi Blah :-)

I had to put this on hold to finish up some other things. One of those things is a site that I will be able to put these sorts of gadgets. Once the site is complete (which won't be too far off) I will return to completing this utility as well as a few others I have in the works.

October 6, 2007 12:09 PM

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