What is an Iron Speed Designer Application?

Perhaps the most intimidating aspect of building databound web-based applications is the number of HTML pages and forms needed for users to create, retrieve, update, and delete records in the underlying database tables.

While all of these pages are necessary (they’re the heart of most usage), the work to produce them is probably the most boring.  There’s not much difference between one form and the next, and each form, on its own, is rarely interesting.  The volume of pages that need to be created and the mundane nature of the task combine to mute the enthusiasm of even the most gung-ho developer.  Perhaps this is why developers use the derogatory term “CRUD” (Create / Retrieve / Update / Delete) to describe these pages.

Iron Speed Designer can largely eliminate such mind-numbing work.  Beyond this, Iron Speed Designer can also assist in enforcing corporate standards.  Once the appropriate templates have been set up, every application that utilizes these templates automatically incorporates any features included in the template.

Iron Speed Designer automates the production of repetitive pages through the use of templates.  Many standard templates in a variety of page styles are included with the product.  You can either adopt of these standard designs, or create your own.

Pre-Defined Page Types

Using the Application Wizard in Iron Speed Designer, you can create a wide range of web pages for each table and database view in your application using built-in templates.  Many of these pages feature a tabular data display or individual record display for the data in the underlying database table, giving you Table, Record, and Workflow pages for any database table, database view, or custom query in your application.  You’ll find these pages provide a useful “running start” in your overall application and can be further modified at the HTML level as well.  After using the Application Wizard to create web pages, you can further customize these web pages with Iron Speed Designer.

Here is just a sample of the pages Iron Speed Designer automatically creates:

Table Report pagesTable Report pages function as reports in applications built with Iron Speed Designer.  Unlike traditional reports, which are static in nature, Table Report pages are highly interactive, allowing application users to filter, search and sort. You can select which columns are displayed in the table as well as their display order in the table and how the data is sorted.

Edit Table pagesEdit Table pages function as ‘spreadsheet grids’ for easy editing of multiple records.

Record pagesThe Record page displays the contents of an individual database record in a field-value format.  The fields on this page are not editable by application users.  These pages can be configured as to which table fields are displayed and how they are ordered on the page.

Add and Edit Record pagesAdd Record and Edit Record pages can be created for entering and editing record data.  These pages can be configured as to which table fields are displayed, how they are ordered on the page, and whether an application user can enter values into the fields.

Other application features

Function Buttons

PDF Report

Microsoft Word Report

Export to Microsoft Excel

Export to ASCII CSV

Data Import Wizard

See Also

Part I:  Getting Started

A Quick Tour of Iron Speed Designer

What is an Iron Speed Designer Application?

Creating Your First Application

Creating Edit Record and Show Record pages for database views

Missing Edit Record and Show Record pages

Adding New Web Pages to Your Application

Customizing Web Page Layout