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ST 4U 225: Embedding a Windows Application in VA Smalltalk

April 27, 2012 10:55:18.709

Today's Smalltalk 4 You looks at embedding a standard windows app (WordPad in this case) into a VA Smalltalk window. If you have trouble viewing it here in the browser, you can also navigate directly to YouTube. To watch now, click on the image below:


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Today we'll use the VA OLE support to embed a Windows application into a VA Smalltalk window. We'll use a standard editor - WordPad. To get started, open the VA Organizer, create a new application and part, and add in an OLE client control (To see those steps, refer to this tutorial.

OLE Client

Double click on the client part, scroll down to "clientName", and select one of the available options from the drop down. THe list will vary based on what you have installed on your system; we'll pick WordPad, which should always be available:


Next, we'll change decorationPolicy and focusDecorationPolicy to XmNONE - this will remove any application borders, embedding the tool completely into our window:


Finally, go to File>>Test, and see the embedding in action:

OLE Editor

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