BidBase Editor

As discussed in BidBase Background, the BidBase Practice program, the Hand Evaluation program, and even the Bid Simulator are fairly easy-to-use programs, but the first look (and even many looks after that) at the BidBase Editor can be daunting. (Click for even more daunting [bigger]image, but don't do it in BidBase File Viewer/Editor. Sorry.)

The good news is that it is not all that difficult to use. Although each line/record in the grids/database has 59 columns/fields in it, you only have to focus on a few. At some point in the future, we may see that some fields are rarely or never used and we can get rid of them.

Say that you are using the Practice program and want to add a new entry or change an existing one.

You bring up the editor, press Ctrl-W, and enter the Prior Bids then click on Show. Typically you can leave the Bottom Grid boxes blank and you should rarely have to change the columns to sort on.

This will make it easier to find the entry you want to change or the Bid_Order code to use for a new entry. If you are changing an entry, click on it to get the programs attention, then double-click it to load it into the input boxes at the bottom of the screen.

When you click on an input box, help for using it appears in the white box across the bottom of the screen. For more help, you can click on the Help menu and bring up a tutorial.

The Y in the top-middle of the input boxes can be clicked to bring up a documentation file for the Bid/Convention Name shown. If none is shown, the Y changes to N.

For even more help, you can load the documentation for the Editor which is split into two files (in addition to this one), one for the menus and one for the input boxes. In addition, BidBase Abbreviations lists the codes used in the grids and in filling in the input boxes.

Because improperly adding or changing entries can cause other database entries not to work as intended, you can enter a Test Hand (or click Auto-fill and let the Editor generate it) and when you press Ctrl-S to save the entry, the Editor will search for a bid for the test hand to make sure it comes up with the entry you just added.

Configuration File:

Each BidBase program has a configuration file in the BidBase directory. Each one contains for each BidBase program your configuration preferences, such as screen colors, the data you were working on (so that you can take up where you left off), etc.

If a program screen looks abnormal when it starts up, its configuration file may have gotten corrupted. The easiest fix is just to delete it (look for a file with the program name and an extension of ".cfg") and the program will create a new one.