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  • Frustrated with copy operation

    I'm using the copy operation with a set. One of the tables used in the set has a fairly long name (t_memberdependents). When fields from this table are selected and placed into the right pane (under "Copy fields:"), the pane is so narrow that the field names cannot be seen, because they are prefixed with "t_memberdependents->". Is there any way to work around this? Alpha, can you please make this pane wider, or at least resizable?

  • #2
    Re: Frustrated with copy operation

    Just one of the many reasons to keep your table names at 8 characters?
    Dave Mason
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    • #3
      Re: Frustrated with copy operation

      go to set definition
      and click on each dependent child and look at the properties on the right hand side it will have table name and alias ( both will be same by default) change the alias to something meaningful but very short ( you may have fields with longer names too, ) then save and go to copy operation and see if it works for you too.

      edit: for that matter any and all table(s).
      this can be used anywhere it needs to be, i think.
      Last edited by GGandhi; 06-15-2017, 07:02 PM.
      thanks for reading


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      • #4
        Re: Frustrated with copy operation

        Dave, your point is well taken, but I'm working with a database that someone else designed, and it would be way too much work to change the table name at this point.

        Gandhi, your solution is helpful, thank you! However, I copied this operation from one set to another, in which case I couldn't see the field names in the copied operation, making it difficult to make the changes needed, so I pretty much had to rebuild the operation from scratch, and didn't get the time savings I had hoped for.

        It seems to me it should be easy for Alpha to make that pane resizable. How can I submit that suggestion to them?


        • #5
          Re: Frustrated with copy operation

          If you fancy tilting at windmills.

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          Your suggestion may have already been made if I read this correctly.

          Three Small Things

          I love Alpha and use it mainly for desktop apps. But the removal of three small irritants would make me more productive and much happier.

          1. In setting up operations, selecting the transaction table is in a tiny box with 4 tables listed. With over fifty (and in one case over 300) tables, a much bigger box--like selecting the master table/set--would be much easier and faster. We have an entire screen. Why not use it for a modal dialog box?

          2. When doing a search on a field with Ctrl-L, I rarely want to search all fields for the value. I *always* have to lift my hand and click "this field only." Why not default to that?

          3. Dialog boxes for such things as selecting fields for export are very small. In many cases, the table name takes up the entire block and the selected field names are hidden. Again, we have a modal dialog box and a big screen. Why not use it?

          Submitted by Community Member in Jun 2013

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          Last edited by Stan Mathews; 06-16-2017, 10:30 AM.
          There can be only one.


          • #6
            Re: Frustrated with copy operation

            Just a minor variation of the set idea.

            Since the set is probably used for other objects, make a new set for this copy and make the alias names of the tables shorter.

            Sets have very little overhead and are a great way to handle issues like this...
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            • #7
              Re: Frustrated with copy operation

              Yes, Stan, you are correct. Point 3 concerning exports is the same issue. Thanks for pointing that out. I've added my vote to the post.