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VE 7 Preview: Updated Global Search
Posted by Liz Robertson on 06 May 2014 04:03 PM

The Global Search feature in Visual Expert allows you to search throughout your application; it now has more flexibility and criteria to help you refine your search. 

Match Case

Like the previous versions, you can search a string in the name of the component or in the source code.But you can now decide whether you would like the search to take into account the capitalization of letters by selecting the checkbox Match Case.

String Positioning

Two new listboxes allow restricting the search with the following options:

  • Contains: search for words containing the specified string, whatever the position of the string in the word (default value)
  • Starts With: search only for words starting with the specified string
  • Ends With: search only for words ending with the specified string
  • Exact Word: search only for words matching exactly the specified string
  • Regex: refine your search with a regular expression. 

Filter on multiple type of items

Previous versions of Visual Expert only allowed you to select one type of element to search within. Now with Visual Expert 7, you can search within multiple items at the same time. For example, you can limit the search to the object types Windows and UserObjects.

Searching into items has been made easier in Visual Expert 7. Items are organized into categories (PowerBuilder, Database, Others) in the drop down list. 


Continue to browse your code while the search runs in the background. 

String Search


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VE7 Preview: the new Project Wizard
Posted by Liz Robertson on 31 January 2013 02:44 PM

Until now, Visual Expert could analyze DB Code, but this code had to be stored in files:

  • Either you already had SQL files containing your stored procedures, triggers, etc.
  • Or you had to use a utility - such as DataBaseExtractor (DBE) provided by Visual Expert – to connect to your database and generate SQL files before creating a VE Project and analyzing your DB Code.

Visual Expert 7 now includes a feature that automatically:

  1. connects to the database,
  2. extracts DB objects (Stored Procedure, Triggers, Tables, Views…) on the fly,
  3. analyzes them with the rest of your code (if any).

The VE7 Project Wizard includes a new section to select the DB Code you wish to analyze:

Step 1: Select your type of code

Select Language


Step 2: Select “database” as a location for VE to find your code

Find your code


Step 3: Enter your connection settings and select your database

Connection Settings


Step 4: Select the DB Objects you wish to include in the VE project

Scope of the analysis


Preview DB objects

Whenever you click on “View all”, you get a list of the DB Items found:

DB objects


Advanced Selection Mode

If needed, you can refine your DB Object selection by using filters.
Click on the button “Advanced mode” in the bottom left of this page.

You can then Filter DB Objects by type, DB Owner and Name:

Filter DB Objects


Once your selection is defined, follow the Project Wizard until the code analysis is launched.




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