This topic discusses the options for preserving the layout information of components on the EventFlow Editor canvas.
The EventFlow XML grammar contains two distinct types of elements:
- EventFlow Semantic elements
Describes the functionality of module components. This information changes when you add or remove components and change their properties.
- Graphical Layout elements
Describes the last-saved graphical positions and dimensions of components on the EventFlow Editor canvas. This information changes when you move or resize a component on the canvas. Changes in layout elements have no effect on your module's functionality.
By default, StreamBase stores semantic and layout elements in separate files:
Semantic elements are stored in the primary module file with
Layout elements are stored in an associated layout-only file with
When a separate layout file exists for a module, it shares the same base name, which
always matches exactly in spelling and case. For example, StreamBase Studio treats
the following files as a related pair that together define the module
Studio suppresses the view of
.sblayout files in the
Project Explorer view by default. If you are managing your Studio workspaces in a
version control system, remember that these files must be committed and managed along
with other files.
To changes Studio's default and make
visible, see Restoring Layout File Visibility.
StreamBase Studio respects and preserves the layout status it detects for each individual EventFlow module. That is:
If Studio detects an
.sbappfile with no matching
.sblayoutfile, it organizes icons on the canvas based on the layout information in the
.sbappfile. If the
.sbappfile does not contain any layout information (perhaps because a former
.sblayoutfile was deleted), then Studio applies a default layout.
On save, Studio stores any changed or added layout information back to the
If Studio detects an
.sbappfile with matching
.sblayoutfile (with the same base name), then it uses the layout information in the
.sblayoutfile to organize the canvas.
On save, Studio stores any changed layout information back to the
Your project folders might contain several EventFlow modules with a mix of layout
states: some modules with only an
.sbapp file, and
other modules with both
Separate layout files are copied and deleted automatically when you copy or delete
the corresponding EventFlow file. If you rename the EventFlow file with refactoring,
.sblayout file is automatically
renamed. But the reverse is not true: you can copy, delete, and rename
.sblayout files without affecting the corresponding EventFlow file.
StreamBase Studio's default state for newly created EventFlow modules is to keep semantic and layout information in separate files. The advantages are:
Better match for many version control systems. With meaningful changes isolated to the
.sbappfile, difference comparisons and merging are easier for version control systems to handle.
Easier to share application modules in a team development environment, where more than one developer might open the same file and rearrange components.
The advantage of using combined layout in the
file is simplicity of file management and in sharing of application module files with
There are both manual and automatic ways to create an
.sblayout file for any
- Manual Creation of Layout Files
Create separate layout files for individual EventFlow modules with the following steps:
Select one or more
.sbappfile names in the Project Explorer. (Hold the Ctrl key on Windows or command key on macOS while clicking to select more than one file name.) You can select files in the same project or different projects.
Right-click, and from the context menu, select> > .
- Automatic Creation of Layout Files
Configure Studio to automatically create separate layout files when new EventFlow module files are created:
Open Studio Preferences with> .
In the contents pane on the left, open> .
Select Separate layout (.sblayout) file (the default setting).
This setting controls only whether
.sblayoutfiles are created automatically going forward when you create EventFlow module files. It does not affect existing
.sbappfiles in your workspace.
.sblayoutfiles are hidden in the Project Explorer view by default. To restore their visibility, see the next section.
By default, Studio suppresses the view of separate layout files in the Project Explorer view, whether they are manually or automatically generated.
If you prefer to see
.sblayout files in your project
folders, follow these steps:
Select the down-pointing triangle from the Project Explorer view's toolbar.
Select Filters from the resulting menu.
Clear the check box for the StreamBase EventFlow Layout Files entry.
This change affects the entire Studio workspace, and must be made again when you
switch to a new workspace. To hide suppressed
files again, go through the same steps, this time selecting the check box.
When a module has separate
.sblayout files, you can recombine the two by restoring the view of
layout files as described in the previous section, then removing the
.sblayout file of interest in the Project Explorer view. In this
case, Studio behaves as follows:
.sbappfile is open in Studio when you remove the
.sblayoutfile, Studio detects a file system change and prompts for permission to reload the file. Let the file reload, then move one component slightly, which allows you to save the
.sbappfile. When you next save the module, the current layout information is saved to the
.sbappfile is not open when you remove the
.sblayoutfile, then the next time the
.sbappfile is opened, Studio applies a default layout. Rearrange the components as you prefer, then save the file.