CHAPTER 11Looking Up Data

Displaying data in lists of values is fundamental to all user-facing applications; even character mode applications from yesteryear contained functionality to display lists of values with actual text instead of obscure IDs. Thankfully, we’ve come a long way in improving the user interface to help users navigate the “ID is king” world of database applications.

As discussed in Chapter 8, standard input components can be useful for advanced application users who have memorized codes and can type them in directly. However, for users not familiar with an application’s codes, input fields can create a usability issue. This chapter discusses specialized types of components, including the list and query components, that allow ...

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