Working With Drop-Down Editors in Developer Express XtraGrid
Test and Monitor | Posted June 01, 2007

The Developer Express XtraGrid control offers a variety of in-place editors that can be used in the grid: combo boxes, check boxes, radio buttons, spin boxes and various drop-down editors. In the Modifying Cell Values in Developer Express XtraGrid article, I have described two general approaches for modifying grid cell values.
However, you may need to modify the cell value in a specific way for the cell editor, for example, simulate actions in the cell’s dropdown editor. This article describes how you can work with drop-down editors in TestComplete scripts.

Note: The explanation below presumes that TestComplete has access to internal properties, methods and actions of the XtraGrid control, that is, that the .NET Open Applications plug-in is installed and enabled.

When you start editing the grid cell value, that is, after you select the cell and activate the edit mode, the grid creates the corresponding edit control (in-place editor) for this. To access the current editor, use the ActiveEditor property of the grid’s view where the cell being edited resides. After the user has finished editing the cell value, the editor object is destroyed. After that, the ActiveEditor property returns the empty value. Thus, the editor object only exists and can be accessed when it is active. To check if the grid control is in the editing mode, you can use the IsEditing property of the grid’s active view.

When the cell is in edit mode, you can invoke its drop-down editor by simulating the F4 keypress. The same shortcut can be used to close the editor. Alternatively, you show or hide a drop-down editor by using internal methods and properties of the object returned by the ActiveEditor property. If the editor has a drop-down part, this object provides the following properties and methods:

  • ShowPopup - Method. Displays the popup window.
  • ClosePopup - Method. Closes the popup window accepting the changes made.
  • CancelPopup - Method. Closes the popup window discarding the changes made.
  • IsPopupOpen - Property. Returns True if the editor’s popup window is currently displayed, and False if it is hidden.

You can access a popup object using the PopupForm property of the ActiveEditor object. However, this property returns the “native” .NET object corresponding to the popup window, so this object is not wrapped with TestComplete’s special methods and properties. To get a “wrapped” object corresponding to the popup window, use the Sys.WindowFromHandle method and pass the popup window’s handle (the Handle property value) as a parameter. This will let you use specific methods of wrapped objects (such as Click and Keys) to simulate the desired user actions over the popup window.

The following eample demonstrates how you can simulate actions over drop-down editors in the XtraGrid control. The example works with the GridTutorials application that is shipped with the Developer Express XtraGrid Suite. The script contains the following routines:

  • Main - The main routine. It obtains the scripting object corresponding to the XtraGrid control and modifies values in cells that use the drop-down calendar and calculator editors.
  • The OpenDropDownEditor function displays the in-place editor’s popup window and returns an onscreen object corresponding to the popup window. The function has the following parameters:
    • Grid - The tested XtraGrid control.
    • View - The grid’s view where the cell resides. If this parameter is Nothing, it is assumed that the cell is situatted in the grid’s main (top-level) view.
    • RowIndex - The zero-based index of the row (card) that contains the cell.
    • ColumnId - The caption or the zero-based index of the grid column (card field) to which the cell belongs.

    The routine performs the following actions:
    • Clicks the specified cell and activates the edit mode,
    • Obtains the native editor object
    • Checks if the editor object contains the IsDroppedDown property (if the object does not contain this property, it does not have a drop-down window). To perform the check, we use the BuiltIn.IsSupported method.
    • If the editor has a drop-down window, the routine simulates the F4 shortcut to invoke this drop-down window.
    • Then the routine uses the editor’s PopupForm property to obtain the scripitng object corresponding to the popup window.
  • The CloseDropDownEditor routine hides the popup window of the currently active in-place editor and saves the changes made. The routine code is very similar to the OpenDropDownEditor function code.
  • ActivateCellEditor - Activates the cell’s edit mode using the F2 shortcut.
  • CloseCellEditor - Simulates the Enter key press to apply changes made to the cell value.
  • ClickCell - Simulates a mouse click on the specified grid cell. The source code of this routine is not included in this script; you can find it in the Selecting Cells in Developer Express XtraGrid article.

TestComplete’s help system contains more examples on working with custom in-place editors: check boxes, radio button groups, button edits and others. You can find these examples in the “Working With Specific In-place Editors in Developer Express XtraGrid” help topic.


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