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Tue 1 Sep 2009, 05:12 PM
Imagine if you decided to access a design element, and the design element didn't really exist, but you could make it exist at will.  Not create it on the fly, just have it exist at the moment you need it, without actually altering the design (in any release back to ND6).  This is more possible to do then you might think, thanks to the wonders of C API development.  I am playing with the concept for an unusual, but powerful, CoexEdit demonstration.  

Imagine showing BigCharts09012009IBM.gif, and having it display today's chart for IBM.

Imagine accessing a form that isn't in this database, but works anyway, on demand.

Imagine a dynamic subform that is self-extending (e.g., CustomerTableSubform23x7).

I can't say more now, but I thought I'd give you API folks something to think about it.  Depending on how things work out, I might even be able to make a cool OpenNTF utility using this.

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Tue 1 Sep 2009, 08:18 AM
In Greek mythology, Pandora opened a box (or a jar, in a literal translation) after having been warned not to, and thus unleashed all the evils that plague the world.  It is somehow fitting that my son, who has the current "right of naming" for our household pets, decided to name our new cat Pandora, perhaps in honor of his starting to take Greek in school.  The cat we have had for the past five years, Perseus, named by my son during the Olympics in Athens, is a feisty beast, with a bad habit of going from purr to growl in an instant, so adding a new cat to the mix may well be unleashing evils on our household.  That remains to be seen.

What does not remain to be seen is who will be scooping out the new litter box, Pandora's box.  That would be me.

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