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  • Design mode problem

    I have a tabbed form, 4 tabs, with 5 embedded browses that I have been using in V9. I copied the complete database and put it in another folder and opened it with V10. When I open the form in design mode from view mode, I see parts of one of the embedded browses from the second tab showing up on the first tab and things lock up. I have to do a control-alt-delete. I have found that if I right click on the form, in the control panel, then click Design it works ok. Any thoughts? What is the best way to take a database from one version to the next and still have it so you can still use it in the earlier version.

  • #2
    Re: Design mode problem

    Hi Garry,
    What is the best way to take a database from one version to the next and still have it so you can still use it in the earlier version.
    You cant. What you are asking your old version to do is look forward to the future. Alpha can't do that. In some cases even the syntax of code has changed.

    Once you edit any layout in the new version, the old version will have a problem. If you have a problem with a layout in the new version from an old app simply edit and save it.
    Keith Hubert
    Alpha Guild Member
    KHDB Management Systems
    Skype = keith.hubert

    For your day-to-day Needs, you Need an Alpha Database!


    • #3
      Re: Design mode problem

      Originally posted by gskelton View Post
      What is the best way to take a database from one version to the next and still have it so you can still use it in the earlier version.
      Best way is to learn use MySQL databases with Alpha. This kind of task is just a matter of couple of mouse clicks in MySQL.

      MySQL is totally free and you can design visually databases with MySQL Workshop, also totally free.

      What is best: You don't have to write a single line of own code(sql).



      • #4
        Re: Design mode problem

        How does having the data in MySQL prevent a newer version of Alpha not to change the code that was created in an older version? Or I think an even more pertinent question is how would MySQL make an older version of Alpha be able to render code that is specific only to a newer version???

        I'm guessing that MySQL must have the crystal ball most of us are lacking!! :)
        It is only when we forget all our learning that we begin to know.
        It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see.
        Henry David Thoreau


        • #5
          Re: Design mode problem

          Garry -

          What is the best way to take a database from one version to the next and still have it so you can still use it in the earlier version.
          You can take a database from one version to the next as long as you don't use features from a newer version and try to go back to an older version. Another issue is that certain features in an older version sometimes become obsolete, so they aren't available in a newer version. For the most part, as long as you stick to the feature set of the older version, you can have a database and an application that can exist happily among old and new versions.

          From the sounds of it, there's something in your form that is causing trouble with v10. But your data shouldn't have a problem moving from v9 to v10, and the form fixes are probably minor. As Mike and Keith indicated, an older version can't know about features (such as programming) in a future version, but I don't think that was your original focus. I'm sure Alpha strives for as much backward compatibility as possible to insure that the features in an older version (v9) run smoothly in a newer version (v10). Otherwise, they'd kill their upgrade market.


          • #6
            Re: Design mode problem

            For the most part, as long as you stick to the feature set of the older version
            Note Bill's leading qualification here.....there may be some of an application's code that may not work due to Alpha correcting a flaw--that is, some code that worked prior that should NOT have worked will have to be reworked.

            ...and you might not notice this until a form or such is opened in design mode and saved as then any Action Script will be saved with any corrections Alpha may have made. So when bringing an application forward, it would be prudent to open all in design mode and re-save just to make certain that something did not change from the older to the newer.....and no, this is not something that probably happens very often--just a gotcha to be aware of.

            If anything did change and you had to rework some script in the newer version, then when brought back to a prior you may (or may not) have the same issue....happens all the time in other software as well....obvious when considering the reason why Windows came out with a way to use XP while in Windows7.

            See, Alpha does make programming easy!!! It's the understanding of HOW to program and knowing the gotchas that are hard! :D
            It is only when we forget all our learning that we begin to know.
            It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see.
            Henry David Thoreau