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    I currently have a network share to hold my database files and all my web forms. If I want to take a copy home on my laptop how can I import them to my local hard drive? I see there is a way to zip the database files for importing but what about the forms? And will the forms still work with the database even though the forms are expecting the database to be in a specific location ??



  • #2
    Re: How to move Entire Project

    First, welcome to the board.

    Second, this is an extremely easy task IF you have all tables in one folder - just copy all the files to the new computer/folder.

    If you have put tables in multiple folders, (a) try not to do it again, (b) you will probably need to duplicate the folder path on the second computer. (You can work around that but it takes time and effort to "genericize" the app.)

    Also, if you MUST use other folders to store anything - tables, photos, PDF docs, etc. - it works best if you can make them subfolders of your main application folder. That way you can easily use a relative naming method to find it; for example, A5.Get_Path() + "\PDF_FolderName\MyDoc.PDF".

    As for Alpha5 on your laptop - install A5 from the install program. Do not just copy the files. (You can do it by copying but then you need to register about 6 files with Windows. It's easier to just load it onto your laptop with the install routine.)

    And, by "application folder" I mean "where your application files are" and not "where Alpha5.exe is located." If you only have one application to work with you can put the application files in with the Alpha Five program itself but I really, really don't recommend it. For those of use who have multiple different applications, putting them all in with the Alpha5 program files would be a nightmare.


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      Re: How to move Entire Project

      Thanks! Easy as pie



      • #4
        Re: How to move Entire Project

        Hi Please can you help with multiple folders. I don't know how I did it but I have files in multiple folders as seen when viewing my table/sets list. This is my first app and as a result I have many tables, forms, browses etc which are not required. I tried to copy the entire database and then delete/move the required files. The problem is the sets. If I move a file the set doesn't work. I would like to keep the original jumbled app (for experimenting) and make a new tidy app. Any advice please? I think if I delete and re-do a set, I will loose my browses/forms layouts. The main form took hours.


        • #5
          Re: How to move Entire Project

          As long as you have a backup of all the directories in which your app resides, you could try the following: copy the contents of all directories into one folder. Go into edit sets and delete the child elements and after deleting, reattatch the child tables which will now reside in the one single directory.It sounds like some external paths were hardcoded into the set definition.If you have to completely reconstruct a set, you can always copy a form from your original backed up application.


          • #6
            Re: How to move Entire Project

            Just to clarify John's comment:
            Originally posted by JohnZaleski View Post
            If you have to completely reconstruct a set, you can always copy a form from your original backed up application.
            The only reason you should need to completely reconstruct a set is if the PARENT table of the set is located in a sub-folder.

            It is entirely possible (though I see no reason to do it) to create a "set" that contains nothing more than one parent table with no child tables. I make that point only to show that you can delete all the child tables in a set then add tables from a different folder back in. Of course, those tables should have the same name so that the field references still work; otherwise you will have to spend a good amount of time resetting the field references on each 'unlinked' field object.


            • #7
              Re: How to move Entire Project

              Originally posted by CALocklin View Post

              It is entirely possible (though I see no reason to do it) to create a "set" that contains nothing more than one parent table with no child tables.
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              • #8
                Re: How to move Entire Project

                Another reason is this: Some of my clients wish to design their own reports.I create some of these single table sets for them to use for their report design.Then when I make a change to the table's data dictionary.I can simply replace the table's dictionary tables on their system without affecting their reports.


                • #9
                  Re: How to move Entire Project

                  Thanks for the help. I copied the files from the original into the new common folder and then used 'Repair set' to redirect the set to the files in the common folder. All working now. Thanks.