SAS/AF software provides many new features that improve your ability
to rapidly develop portable client/server applications. These changes and
- complete backward compatibility with applications and classes
that were developed using Versions 6 and 7 of SAS/AF software.
- a new component model to facilitate development of plug-and-play
components. This model supports the following methodologies for communication
- attribute linking
- model/view communication through interface support
- events and event
- drag and drop functionality.
- new visual components (or controls) that provide true native appearance
on the development platform, including a combo box, check box, push button,
radio box, and others.
- new non-visual components (or models) that can be dropped onto
a frame from the new Components window. These components are designed to work
automatically with many of the new controls in model/view relationships.
- a new build-time environment that incorporates improved user interface
features such as
- a common Properties window that is shared by all components in
- a new Components window for creating both visual and non-visual
objects on a frame
- a redesigned Class Editor and Resource Editor
- a new Interface
- improved object-oriented development capabilities in the SAS Component
Language (formerly called Screen Control Language), such as dot notation and
improved compile-time error checking.
Note: Many of the build-time enhancements for SAS/AF software require
the graphical capabilities of desktop environments and therefore do not work
in mainframe environments. However, applications that are developed with SAS/AF
software in other operating environments can be executed on mainframe platforms.
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