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FrontEnd - (C) Copyright 2005-2007, Incode Systems, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

FrontEnd is a platform for building Windows GUI front ends for other programs. Forms containing standard controls for labels, text input, checkboxes, listboxes, comboboxes, radio buttons, line drawings, and grids may be created using a simple text file.

The input to these controls may be used to construct command lines which are then used to execute other programs, log information to files, or copy information to the clipboard. In addition, the data contained in the controls may be written to a text file in variable=value format (just like web CGI's) and processed using any programming language that can read and interpret text files in this form (like Perl or Page).

FrontEnd may be used to create a large variety of user interfaces to other programs, including command line programs with complicated command line switches. Command line programs may be run hidden so the user only sees the GUI front end.

FrontEnd application files (*.app) are simple text files which may be created with any text editor or generated with any program or scripting language which is capable of writing text files. The .app extension may be automatically associated with FrontEnd by running FrontEnd with ASSOC on the command line. To unassociate, run FrontEnd with UNASSOC on the command line. Once the .app extension is associated with FrontEnd, the FrontEnd icon will be displayed with app files in Windows Explorer, and you may open app files by double-clicking them in Explorer.

FrontMan (FrontEnd Manager) is a fully interactive IDE (Integrated Development Environment) for creating FrontEnd applications. Unlike compiler IDE's, changes are made in real-time, eliminating the modify, compile, run development cycle and greatly improving productivity.

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