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Graphical programming object population user interface autogeneration

GRAPHICAL PROGRAMMING OBJECTION POPULATION USER INTERFACE AUTOGENERATION

Automatically generated user interfaces are provided to aid data population of object instances in graphical programming environments. A selection gesture identifies an instance of an object type. The public fields defined for the instance are automatically determined, and a user interface is automatically generated with the name of each defined field and a currently assigned value for each field that has one. Fields which have no currently assigned value are optionally displayed with a hint. The user interface can be placed in an application under development, such as a sequential workflow application, as a class initializer and/or as an object configurator. When the object to be populated has another object as a field, the fields of that nested object are similarly displayed. Data can be entered into a container object through the user interface without replacing prior value(s) of the container object.

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