The OpenEdge ABL Editor is the default design editor for a valid procedure .w
The valid .w
files are the procedure files that are created using GUI Designer or
standalone AppBuilder. This editor is used to edit the ABL code of such valid (.w
To display the source code editor while editing a design window in the ABL UI
Designer, do one of the following:
- Select the View Source
icon from the toolbar.
- Press F9.
- Right-click in the design window, and then select View
Source from the context menu.
This displays the source code of the complete procedure file. If you want to view
only the section of the code of an object, see Viewing and editing code of an object.
Conversely, to display the design window while editing the source code, do one of the
- Right-click in the design window and select View Design
from the context menu.
- Press Shift+F9.
An asterisk * icon appears on the design view and the source view (if opened), when
you make changes to either of the views. The changes are synchronized when you
switch between the design canvas and the source view, and when you save the file.
Thus, changes that you make with either editor are immediately reflected in the
Once you have opened the procedure file in either the source editor or design window,
it remains open in that editor until you explicitly close it.
Note: When editing the
code in the source view, make sure that you do not introduce errors in the UI
code. It is advisable to use the design window for all changes to the UI, and
edit only application logic in the source editor.