Overview of the Database Forms Expert

The Database Forms Expert automates many of the tasks necessary for creating data-entry or tabular forms from an existing database table. It can generate simple or master/detail forms using TTable or TQuery components. The Database Forms Expert automates such form building tasks as:

  • Placing database components on a form.
  • Connecting TDataSet components (e.g., TTable and TQuery) to a database.
  • Connecting TDataSource components to interactive data control components and TTable or TQuery data access objects.
  • Writing SQL statements for TQuery objects.
  • Defining a tab order for components.

Inexperienced database applications programmers can use the Database Forms Expert to learn how to build database forms. Experienced database applications programmers can use it to speed application development. To learn how to use the Database Forms Expert when building an application, see Chapter 2, "Building a sample database application: MASTAPP."

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