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  • Variables for Custom Install

    I searched and can't find what I need. I want a form to gather information (runtime application) from the end user. Company Name / address / etc... so this information can be used as a header on other forms / report titles / etc... This would make a really professional looking program.

    Thank You

  • #2
    Re: Variables for Custom Install

    You design a table with fields to hold the information you want to use. You populate the table with defaults/original values to be used until the end user enters their won values.

    You design a form to allow the end user to edit the defaults but not enter any new records.

    When the application starts your autoexec script reads the table and populates global variables with the field values from the table.

    Your "header on other forms / report titles / etc" references these global variables.

    See this.
    Last edited by Stan Mathews; 10-29-2010, 11:10 AM.
    There can be only one.


    • #3
      Re: Variables for Custom Install

      Stan, I like your ideal better than what I currently use. The form (attached) I us the lookup system to add what fields I want to print on reports. Could you give an example of a Autoexec using the fields as variables. The attached form is something I created way back in ver 4 and it's never changed. I know how to use and attach variables to reports, forms, etc, but other than xdialog I ain't to good at writing xbasic.

      Bty, You probably have already answered this question, but where have you been? I haven't seen you on the forum for quite some time, anyway, welcome back, missed your knowledge of Alpha.



      • #4
        Re: Variables for Custom Install


        There's an example autoexec and better explanation of the process on the site accessible through my See this link.

        As to where I've been.....

        I stepped back for a while because I felt truly Alphaholic insofar as the message board is concerned. Just needed some perspective and went "on the wagon", "cold turkey" so to speak.
        There can be only one.


        • #5
          Re: Variables for Custom Install

          Stan, showed you a good one.

          This way if you use the same application in two differend locations and the addresses or whatever are different at each location, you just enter the correct information in the table, to use on your forms, reports, etc.
          Just use the variables.



          • #6
            Re: Variables for Custom Install

            Yep! that was to easy.

            thanks Stan (you too Ed)



            • #7
              Re: Variables for Custom Install


              Thank you very much. This is exactly what I needed.

              Scott B.


              • #8
                Re: Variables for Custom Install

                Don't forget to poke around and see what else you can learn (pun intended) at (Articles). You never know when it might come in handy. If you don't use what you find you might be able to point it out to someone else.

                Thanks, yet again, to Peter Wayne.
                There can be only one.


                • #9
                  Re: Variables for Custom Install

                  I discovered how to do this myself and have been calling my global_vars_make() from autoexec for a long time (pic). I guess I need to poke around more in those articles and stop spending time reinventing the wheel!
                  Mike W
                  "I rebel in at least small things to express to the world that I have not completely surrendered"