WordPerfect Office 2000 for Linux: The Official Guide

By Michael Alan Prestwood

Mike contributed the Paradox chapters 26, 27, 28, and 29 (112 pages).
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WordPerfect Office 2000 for Linux: The Official Guide 

Product details

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ McGraw-Hill Osborne Media; First Edition (June 19, 2000)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 788 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0072122382
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0072122381
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 3.57 pounds
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 7.75 x 2.25 x 9.5 inches

**** Mike’s Contributions ***

Chapter 26: Introduction to Paradox for Linux 

Paradox for Linux is a database management system (DBMS) included with the Deluxe version of WordPerfect Office 2000 for Linux. If you don’t have the Deluxe version of the Linux suite, you can purchase Paradox for Linux separately from any software outlet. In the Office for Linux suite you use WordPerfect to write letters, Quattro Pro to crunch numbers, Presentations to create slide shows, and Paradox to store and manipulate data. Although you could use WordPerfect for simple number crunching, Quattro Pro is a better tool for crunching numbers. Similarly, although you can use Quattro Pro to store a small amount of data, Paradox is a better tool for this purpose. For example, in Quattro Pro you could easily store one set of data, such as a list of customers. But if you wanted to also store customer orders, link them to your customer records, and display them in one form, Quattro Pro won�t fit the bill. Paradox can easily link many tables together and display them on a single, easy-to-use form.

Chapter 27: Designing Your Database

The table is a tool that you use to store data. This chapter discusses constructing a database�; that is, creating tables with relationships in mind. It discusses all three types of database relationships and their variations: the one-to-one (1:1) relationship (1:1), the one-to-many (1:M) relationship (1:M), and the many-to-many (M:M) relationship (M:M). For local table users, this chapter also helps you decide which table structure to use, namely, Paradox or dBASE. Finally, this chapter covers a few of the interesting characteristics of both dBASE and Paradox tables.

Chapter 28: Using Forms and Queries in Paradox for Linux

With Paradox, you can create forms and reports visually. You can create dazzling single table or multitable forms for viewing, editing, and adding data. This chapter shows you how to begin integrating design elements into a complete Paradox for Linux application and deals with issues, problems, solutions, and tips with design  documents from a developers point of view. Throughout the chapter well refer to design documents,which are forms or reports a developer uses to display data. This chapter also dives into special, summary, and calculated fields.

Chapter 29: An ObjectPAL Primer

Although interactive Paradox is powerful, there are times you need to rely on coding in ObjectPAL to accomplish a task. Why would you need to use ObjectPAL? For example, you use ObjectPAL to automate or customize objects on a form. An example of a task that requires ObjectPAL is creating a custom menu system for a form. If you plan to develop a complete custom Paradox application, you probably will need to use ObjectPAL.

ObjectPAL is for both programmers and nonprogrammers. If you have experience with another language, especially an object-oriented programming language such as C++ or Delphi�s ObjectPascal, you will find ObjectPAL especially interesting. If you have never programmed, ObjectPAL is a good language to learn first because it is easier to learn than C++ or ObjectPascal. With Paradox, you can paint objects onto a form and then attach bits of code to events on the object. You can learn as you go.

Amazon.com Review

As Linux becomes less of a nerd’s toy and moves into the mainstream, it needs to support serious office productivity. The single most complete solution for creating formatted text documents, spreadsheets, slide shows, and simple desktop databases is Corel’s WordPerfect Office 2000 for Linux. You’ll find complete, if unexciting, documentation of this suite in WordPerfect Office 2000 for Linux: The Official Guide. It’s an instruction book, written mostly for the end user, that shows how to get the results that you want. Readers are assumed to have a working, preinstalled instance of the suite. The book focuses on the suite itself, and doesn’t delve into much discussion of how to use Linux in general.

The index is a bit flawed in that you have to know the proprietary name, instead of the generic name, of a feature to find it. To locate information on Quattro Pro’s series-completion tool, for instance, you have to know that it’s called QuickFill. After you track down the passage that interests you, however, you’ll find clear, no-frills documentation (and numbered steps) of the suite’s whole set of features. A brief section on ObjectPAL is painted with a brush that’s too broad for developers, but it’s enough to get power users started in use of the language. –David Wall

Topics covered:

  • The Corel WordPerfect Office 2000 for Linux suite of productivity applications, including WordPerfect (for text documents)
  • Quattro Pro (for spreadsheets)
  • Corel Presentations (for slide shows)
  • Paradox for Linux (for databases)
  • All user-level features of these programs, including formatting, printing, calculating, and macro programming.

From the Back Cover

The ONLY Officially Endorsed Guide to WordPerfect Office 2000 for Linux. Get the most out of WordPerfect Office 2000 for Linux – the integrated suite of powerful programs and tools designed specifically for the flexible Linux operating system. WordPerfect Office 2000 for Linux: The Official Guide explains how to use all the features of the Suite to create well-designed documents, vrsatile spreadsheets, impressive presentations, robust databases, and well-organized schedules. Take power, performance, and productivity to a whole new level using Corel’s dynamic product and this authorized guide. Follow the easy-step-by-step lessons and examples and learn to: Create professional-looking WordPerfect 9 documents – memos, letters, resumes, and more – and share documents with WordPerfect for Windows users Organize, analyze, and manage data in Quattro Pro 9 for Linux spreadsheets and share data across Quattro Pro 9 for Windows spreadsheets Set up captivating slide presentations with Corel Presentations 9 for Linux Manage contact information, schedules, tasks, and e-mail using Corel-CENTRAL 9 for Linux Keep track of information with Paradox 9 for Linux – the easy-to-use relational database application

About the Author

Phil Rackus (Ottawa, CN) has been actively involved in the Linux movement since 1993, and has coordinated installations of Linux in various educational environments. As a Corel support specialist for Linux/Unix, Rackus brings forward a new and fresh perspective. Jason Grenier (Ottawa, CN) has been involved in office integration at Corel and currently works as a Solution Developers and Systems Engineer. Three years in Corel’s technical support group helps Grenier understand his audience, and has led to a unique style of writing reflected in his Linux and Unix training seminars and documentation for local community colleges.

By Mike Prestwood
Natural Philosopher

Mike’s throwback title simply means he writes about philosophy, science, critical thinking, and history with a focus on exploring boundaries and intersections. While his focus is on our rational ideas about empirical observations, he does enjoy dabbling in the irrational. His exploration of the empirical led him to develop his Idea of Ideas which allows him to understand what is empirical, rational, and irrational as well as to easily understand what is empirically true, rational true, and irrationally false.

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