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  • Alpha v12 Desktop & Server

    I will shortly be converting my v11 Runtime system to v12 and want to retain the existing Desktop applications as is. I do, however, want to install mobile applications so that both runtime and web apps have concurrent access to the database. I have spent some time searching the forum but cannot find any threads that help.
    I would like to know if this scenario is possible and if so if there is documentation available that would help me proceed with my project.
    Thank you for you help.

  • #2
    Re: Alpha v12 Desktop & Server

    I believe that you can only do mobile apps with sql data bases. So unless you have your desktop using sql you might need to convert that to sql. Hopefully I am wrong on this, since that is what is holding me back from doing a mobile app.


    • #3
      Re: Alpha v12 Desktop & Server

      Really depends whether you plan to use the mobile phone in off line mode, or something like a tablet connected to an internet service.
      Mobile with off line capability will require something like SQLITE on the phone.
      Web access doesn't necessarily require SQL, as there are a few options for storing and retrieving data nowadays, however it is the easiest.
      Upscaling your app to SQL is fairly easy as there is a built in feature which does it for you. You can practice on your own PC before subscribing to a Hosting company.
      I am working on a desktop app with SQL tables to allow for access by DT, Mobile and Web. My bit is the DT.
      See our Hybrid Option here;

      There are 3 things you can do in any situation;
      Live with it, Change it or Walk away from it.


      • #4
        Re: Alpha v12 Desktop & Server

        Hi Roger,

        I currently have 5 Desktop/WEB apps running. The desktop apps are running using A5V11 and the WEB apps are running using A5V12. I'm using DBF file structures. The WEB apps have been designed to use any type of mobile device. The only thing common between the two types of applications are the DBF tables. Otherwise, the runtime and the WEB app are totally independent of each other.

        In my mind, you can think of the WEB side as building xDialogs to interact with the data. I've stayed with the DBF files as it would have been a nightmare to convert the desktop app from DBF to some form of SQL. So far, the DBF files have been working fine with the WEB apps.

        My WEB apps are not designed for the general public but strictly for use by company employees for data entry throughout the day. Some employees use the desktop and others are using their mobile devices. We have a satellite operation in Florida and mobile operations in New England.


        I just wanted to add that we are using a local area network for some computers, some people are accessing the data using RDP and then we have a dedicated computer hosting the WEB application server. Very low budget but so far has been reliable and meeting our needs.
        Last edited by Ronald Anusiewicz; 09-30-2017, 11:05 AM.
        Alpha 5 Version 11
        AA Build 2999, Build 4269, Current Build
        DBF's and MySql
        Desktop, Web on the Desktop and WEB

        Ron Anusiewicz


        • #5
          Re: Alpha v12 Desktop & Server

          Do have off line capability Ron?
          And the WAS is accessing vanilla DBF tables?
          If so, that is cool!
          See our Hybrid Option here;

          There are 3 things you can do in any situation;
          Live with it, Change it or Walk away from it.


          • #6
            Re: Alpha v12 Desktop & Server

            We're not using off line. I don't know if we can as I haven't even explored that capability.
            We're using the native Alpha 5 DBF files.

            Our desktop app is 13 years old and is still being developed to meet our everyday needs.
            We're using the WEB to help us where data entry is required while off site and internet access is available.
            Alpha 5 Version 11
            AA Build 2999, Build 4269, Current Build
            DBF's and MySql
            Desktop, Web on the Desktop and WEB

            Ron Anusiewicz


            • #7
              Re: Alpha v12 Desktop & Server

              Well please allow me to congratulate you. Excellent! I was not aware DBF worked in the WAS.
              This opens up a whole new set of opportunities where SQL performance may be an issue.
              Off line is not as important IMHO as it once was. In the UK we have hotspots almost everywhere.
              See our Hybrid Option here;

              There are 3 things you can do in any situation;
              Live with it, Change it or Walk away from it.