Tracking Omnis

Rob Mostyn mostyn at
Mon Feb 14 10:25:14 UTC 2022

Hi All,

I’m just trying to make a shortcut so I can see how web pages look from the fat client window.
I will probably have to install Apache on my machine and go through apache.  I’m probably just trying to be lazy.  I think the remote task is designed to only be invoked from outside Omnis (e.g. Apache, nginx etc) and I’m just trying to circumvent the intermediary.

I need to go through the remote task because that has some business logic as well as the page generation.
I was hoping there would be some hack someone has figured out.  I suspect there is no shortcut here.

Rob Mostyn
mostyn at

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As Carl Sagan once said:
One of the great commandments of science is, "Mistrust arguments from authority." ... Too many such arguments have proved too painfully wrong. Authorities must prove their contentions like everybody else.

> On 14 Feb 2022, at 10:28, Phil (OmnisList) <phil at> wrote:
> Hi Rob,
> Omnis seems to think, what appears to be a remote task, is a remote form, and is looking for the remote task to link with it...
> I don't think that could work with an ultra thin solution?
> Seems you need to just open a specially crafted web page, that will act like the ultra thin form, but I guess does not need the login, or has it incorporated within it, or needs a bunch of settings to open the specific page you are hoping to display in oBrowser...
> Or failing that, just open the same login page as a user would have in oBrowser?
> regards
> Phil Potter
> Based in Chester in the UK.
> On 14/02/2022 00:19, Rob Mostyn wrote:
>> Hi $All,
>> I have a conundrum… We have an ultra thin web app which has been working well for years.
>> As our web app requirements have evolved and become more sophisticated, the complexity of the code has become greater.
>> The content of web pages is managed through a window in a fat client app (same library opened in different contexts).
>> What I want to do is from the window class instance to kick off a remote task that will run the desired web object and return the page content back to the window to be displayed in an oBrowser window so I can see the result.  I created a remote task, subclassed from the remote task in the web app and then I try to to this:
>> Do $classes.rtPageDisplayTest.$open()
>> When I do this I get the error message:
>> To use a remote form class, you must set the design task of the remote form class to a remote task
>> $open is not a method normally available to the remote task but when it is typed in, Omnis syntactically resolves it and applies the coda-chroming to suggest it is a legal statement.
>> This message does not surprise me.  I am trying to open a remote task from a regular task and I know I am “breaking the rules”.  Has anyone figured out a way to trick Omnis in doing this?
>> TIA,
>> Rob Mostyn
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