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  • #31
    Re: Concurrent access to multiple workspaces

    Not exactly.

    Code:
    Directory Functions 
    
    Alpha Five provides the following Directory functions and methods.
    
    Function or Method
      
     Description
     
    A5.GET_EXE_PATH()
     V5
     Returns the path of the Alpha Five executable.
     
    A5.GET_MASTER_PATH()
     V5
     Returns the path of the master database from which the current shadow database was derived.
     
    A5.GET_MASTER_NAME()
     V5
     Returns the path of the master database from which the current shadow database was derived.
     
    A5.GET_PATH()
     V5
     Returns the path of the currently open .ADB database file. It is a useful function when you want to make an application portable between computers.
     
    A5.GET_PRIVATE_PATH()
     V5
     Returns the current user's local path. This is where the queries that the user runs get stored.
     
    A5.GET_SHARED_PATH()
     V5
     Returns the shared Alpha Five path. This is where the help files and executables for Alpha Five are stored.
     
    A5_GET_WRITABLE_DRIVES()
     V5
     Returns a list of writable drives.
     
    A5_IS_PATH_VALID()
     V5
     Determines whether a directory exists.
     
    COPY_FOLDER()
     V6
     Copies all of the files in the Source_Folder to the Target_Folder.
     
    DIR_CREATE()
     V5
     Creates the directory specified by Directory Name.
     
    DIR_CREATE_RECURSE()
     V5
     Creates a folder, creating as many subfolders as Necessary.
     
    DIR_GET()
     V5
     Returns a string containing the current working directory.
     
    DIR_REMOVE_RECURSE()
     V5
     Recursively removes directories and files from the current directory and its child directories.
     
    DIR_PUT()
     V5
     Changes the current working directory to the specified Directory Name.
     
    DIR_REMOVE()
     V5
     Removes the directory specified by Directory Name.
     
    DIR_REMOVE_RECURSE()
     V5
     Recursively deletes the starting directory and all files and directories below it.
     
    <FILEFIND>.IS_DIRECTORY()
     V5
     Returns .T. if the file referenced by the <FILEFIND> object pointer is a directory.
     
    FILE.COPY_FOLDER()
     V6
     Copies all files and subfolders from Source_Folder to Target_Folder.
    There can be only one.

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    • #32
      Re: Concurrent access to multiple workspaces

      Sam, how about a compromise of sorts. What about building a very simple 1-table, 1-form database. The form open when the database is opened, and it has 3 buttons on it.

      1st button does an A5_load() of your retail database.

      2nd button does an A5_load of your wholesale database.

      3rd button does an A5_close().

      In each of your other 2 databases, add 2 buttons to the main menu screen. One does an A5_load of the Main "Calling" database, the other does an A5_load of the other database.

      Simple and elegant. It does exactly what you need.

      Tom

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      • #33
        Re: Concurrent access to multiple workspaces

        Sam,

        It is wonderful that alpha allows so much in different ways people work.

        Yes, it is not a walk in the park to change an app to allow for differences! It may not be so hard as you think though.

        Most are not faulting/judging you in any way for sticking to your guns. It is a better way(most opinions) to get your applications into a better way for the future. It is less work to keep up if it is all in one. YES, it is more work to get it set up.

        I liked version one also, but version 3 was my favorite.

        My app worked similar in alpha 4 to what it is now.

        I do know that you can open 2(or more) adb's with alpha at the same time. I sometimes work on 2 or 3 apps and have them all open on the desktop at the same time.

        My race car app is opened by the users 2 times or more because the have more that one race car. They need to be open so the work being done on one can be put in as another is also being put in.

        Download it here. This is not exactly what you are trying to do, but similar. Yes I will give you the password stuff.
        If your wholesale merchandise is the same as the retail merchandise, then one app is all that is needed, but It is up to you as to how you want it done.

        By the way, I still prefer to call them directories too.

        Any assistance I can give, call me or email me and I will go much further. I am currently working on a VERY large project in another atmosphere than alpha, so my time on the forum is really limited.
        Dave Mason
        [email protected]
        Skype is dave.mason46

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        • #34
          Re: Concurrent access to multiple workspaces

          Originally posted by DaveM View Post
          Sam,

          I do know that you can open 2(or more) adb's with alpha at the same time. I sometimes work on 2 or 3 apps and have them all open on the desktop at the same time.
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          By the way, I still prefer to call them directories too.
          Dave, thanks so much for your post and your offers. I can't review your application at present because I'm very much under the gun to complete my V1 - V11 migration

          It's been a rather pleasant experience, I'll admit. I feared the differences between the old and new Xbasics but it really hasn't been all that tough, thanks largely to the help given me by this forum.

          I am very eager to complete my understanding of "workspaces", multiple ADBs, and especially understanding how workspaces can communicate with one another to present a seamless interface. Right as we speak, Dave, I've got two A5 shortcuts on my desktop to bring up my Retail and Wholesale workspaces. (Thanks to Stan Mathews for introducing me to the Shortcut Genie.) I've been encouraged by Tom Henkel to at least look into managing my two workspaces within Alpha Five rather than Windows. I'm all for that because I really do NOT want to run two instances of Alpha Five. I'm working on Tom's suggestion now.

          Dave, it's a pleasure meeting you on the forum and good luck with your enterprises. I have so much respect for businessmen who have mustered the wherewithall to create computer applications to support their businesses. So few have what it takes to pull that off.

          Best regards ... Sam

          BTW, I like "directories". Don't like "folders"; sounds too wussy! I'm technically inclined, having had a career with IBM until they decided in '92 they couldn't afford me and 150,000 of my colleagues. Anyway, real men put their data into directories.

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          • #35
            Re: Concurrent access to multiple workspaces

            BTW, I like "directories". Don't like "folders"; sounds too wussy! I'm technically inclined, having had a career with IBM until they decided in '92 they couldn't afford me and 150,000 of my colleagues. Anyway, real men put their data into directories.
            Sounds like me, I worked for UNISYS, (Sperry Side) until 1991 when they said my cost was more than they thought my contribution was worth. 16 years and "goodby"!

            Tom

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            • #36
              Re: Concurrent access to multiple workspaces

              Tom is right about managing within alpha.

              By the way, those two apps running are both the same. You can do that with runtime. I start alpha(called ALDA.exe in my runtime) with my own exe file.
              Dave Mason
              [email protected]
              Skype is dave.mason46

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