Programming Gambas from Zip/DidYouKnow

Did You Know? — From Gambas ONE edit

Shortcuts in Writing Code edit

Thanks to cogier, stevedee and jornmo on Gambas One.


Double-click a blank area of the form to start typing code for the Public Sub Form_Open() event. Double-click a button to start typing code for Public Sub Button_Click(). Otherwise, right-click the object or form > click EVENT… > choose the event you want to write code for.

Expansions edit


If you want to start writing a new sub, type ps<tab> and you will see already typed for you:

Public Sub Name(Arguments)


v<tab> is changed into Private $Var As Type

ds<tab>, df<tab> and di<tab> are changed into

Dim sVar As String

Dim fVar As Float

Dim iVar As Integer

Help edit

If you hold down the CTRL key and click on a Gambas reserved word (e.g. Public, New, For, etc) the relevant help page is displayed. Selecting a keyword and pressing F2 also does it.

Right-click a tool in the toolbox and help will appear.

Declaring Variables edit


In preferences (Ctrl-Alt-P) switch on Local variable declaration then in your empty 'Sub' type iCount = 6 and a Dim iCount as Integer automatically appears.

Pausing and Looking at Variables edit

Breakpoint set on the Dim statement. SoccerPlayer has “Maradona” in it.

If the program is paused (you put in a “breakpoint” in a certain place in the code, and the execution reached this place, or you click the Pause button) you can select a variable (drag over it, or double-click it) and you will see its value.

Widen, Shorten and Move Things edit


If you select the width or height properties of a control, the up or down arrows increase or reduce it by 7 pixels.

If you select the X property of a control, up-arrow moves right, down-arrow moves left by 7 pixels. Similarly in the Y property value box, up-arrow moves down and down-arrow moves up (work that one out) by 7 pixels.

If you want a line or selected lines of code to move up, click in the line and press Alt-UpArrow. Alt-DownArrow moves it or them down.

Many Random Numbers edit

Dim siRand1, siRand2, siRand3, siRand4 As Short = Rand(0, 9)

This declares four short integer variables and puts a random digit between 0 and 9 into each.

Deleting a Whole Line of Code edit

Press Shift-Delete anywhere on the line.

Commenting and Uncommenting Lines of Code edit


Select the lines > Press Ctrl-K to “komment-out” the lines. Ctrl-U with lines selected will un-comment them. (Commenting out means making them into comments so they are not executed.)

Non-Case-Sensitive Comparisons edit

Use a double equals sign to disregard case. For example, "Hello" == "HELLO" is true. "Hello" = "HELLO" is false.

You can also use a function to compare two strings String.Comp("Hello", "HELLO", gb.IgnoreCase) = 0 . String.Comp("Hello", "HELLO") <> 0 is true.

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