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Providing training for Helix users is a priority for us. After taking over the day-to-day operations of Helix in June of 2002, we began working on ways to start the training program again. Our first training session was held in February of 2003 and was attended by 17 people, including those who showed up for a meeting with Gil Numeroff of QSA ToolWorks on Saturday following the sessions.

In January, 2006 in the Washington DC area, 5 people attended, including Ryan Wilcox, one of our engineers, who came away with lots of ideas on how to make Helix even more user friendly. We’ve already incorporated some of them in subsequent Helix releases.

At the end of November, 2007, a session called "Getting Ready for macOS" was held on Long Island and attended by a dozen Helix users from far and wide. The purpose of the session was to familiarize users first-hand with the kinds of changes they should expect when upgrading their collections to the first "macOS UserMode" versions of Helix. Presentations moved back and forth between RADE in Classic and macOS Engine and concluded with an examination of individual collections attendees were urged to bring with them to the sessions.

When is training held?

Training is conducted at various places (primarily in the United States) on an “as needed” basis. If you are interested in attending training, contact Gil in the sales office so he can put you on the list and let you know when the next session is scheduled.

If you are interested in hosting a training session, please contact us! Private training is available for any size group, or we can open the training to other Helix users and offset the cost to you. We recommend hosting an open training session: the dynamic of working with people of various backgrounds and needs results in everybody thinking of new ways to put Helix to use and training becomes much more effective.

The last training was held in Houston, TX, April 10-11, 2008. It covered Helix Basics (outlined below). Held at the LaQuinta Inn in Stafford, TX. (Southwest Houston) Phone: 281-240-2300. After that we started the tumultuous process of updating Helix RADE for macOS, and training went on hiatus.

Who leads training?

Our recent training sessions have been led by Chuck Hinkle. Chuck is a long time Helix developer, consultant, trainer, and public speaker, whose breadth of experience in other products enables him to bridge any communications gap that may exist and to “speak your language,” making his training truly effective.

Future sessions may use other trainers, depending on the situation.

Helix Education Center Training Course Outline
Introduction

The format for each course is a mixture of lecture, discussion and step-by-step exercises, and it is appropriate for all but the most advanced Helix application development professionals. The advanced techniques class is currently available on DVD from the Helix Web Store.

Helix Basics Class Agenda
Day 1
  • Database Definition
  • Relations
  • Fields
  • Templates — data editing (enter, retrieve, modify and deletion)
  • Views
  • Templates — report design
  • Indexes
  • Static and Dynamic Popups
  • Query
  • Abaci — simple tiles
  • Abacus uses
  • Power Query
  • Get Info
Day 2
  • Inert Fields
  • Templates
  • Sequences
  • Buttons
  • Conditional Sequences
  • List processing
  • Posting
  • Menus
  • Security/Passwords
  • Types of users (Prototypes)
  • Design and User Modes
  • Helix Client/Server
  • Subforms
  • Passed Values
  • Performance
  • Miscellaneous Tricks
  • Data Import and Export
  • Publish & Subscribe
Advanced Techniques
(Available on DVD)
Selected Topics
  • Effective use of color
  • Assigning unique record IDs
  • Hidden ID dynamic popups
  • Validation techniques
  • Controlling subform behavior
  • Distant linking
  • Inert forms
  • Global preferences
  • Deletion confirmation
  • Report center
  • Creating charts and maps
  • Security and control
  • Using a button bar
  • Print suppression
  • Complex reports
  • Conditional printing
  • Optimizing search
  • Self-joins
  • Complex (custom) searches
  • List processing tricks
  • Creating static web pages
  • Changing keys and values
  • Debugging tricks
  • Conditional post actions
  • Design methodology