SetFullState – PB Docs 150

SetFullState method (DataWindows)


Applies the contents of a DataWindow blob retrieved by GetFullState to
a DataWindow or DataStore.

This method is used primarily in distributed applications.


DataWindow type

Method applies to


DataWindow control, DataStore object

Web ActiveX

DataWindow control



[Web ActiveX]




A reference to a DataWindow control or


A blob that contains the state information
you want to apply to the DataWindow control or DataStore

Return Values

Returns –1 if an error occurs and one of the following
values if it succeeds:

  • 1

    DataWindow objects match; old data and state overwritten.

  • 2

    DataWindow objects do not match; old object, data, and state replaced.

  • 3

    No DataWindow object associated with DataWindow control or DataStore;
    the DataWindow object associated with the blob is used. The value
    of the DataObject property remains an empty string.

  • Null

    If any argument’s value is null in PowerBuilder or
    JavaScript, the method returns null.

If any argument’s value is null,
in PowerBuilder and JavaScript the method returns null.


GetFullState retrieves the entire state
of a DataWindow or DataStore into a blob, including the DataWindow
object specification, the data buffers, and the status flags. When
you use SetFullState to apply the blob created
by GetFullState to another DataWindow, the target
DataWindow has enough information to recreate the source DataWindow.

Because the blob created by GetFullState contains
the DataWindow object specification, a subsequent call to SetFullState will
overwrite the DataWindow object for the target DataWindow control
or DataStore. If the target of SetFullState does
not have a DataWindow object associated with it, the DataWindow
object associated with the blob is used. The value of the DataObject
property remains null.

When you use GetFullState and SetFullState to
synchronize a DataWindow control on a client with a DataStore on
a server, you need to make sure that the DataWindow object for the
DataStore contains the presentation style you want to display on
the client.

note.png Limitation on calling SetFullState from the current

SetFullState destroys the referenced DataWindow
and creates a new one using the contents of the DataWindow blob
that you specify as an argument to SetFullState. If you call SetFullState from
an event in the current DataWindow, the DataWindow is destroyed
before the event code can be completed and you might cause the application
to crash. Therefore you should never use the “this” pronoun
when calling SetFullState.


These statements in a distributed client application
call a remote object function that retrieves database information
into a DataStore and puts the contents of the DataStore into a blob
by using GetFullState. After the server passes
the blob back to the client, the client uses SetFullState to
apply the blob to a DataWindow control:

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