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    Grids - Dialogs on the Desktop

    Has anyone been using or deployed an app with grids integrated on the Desktop. I've been using them for awhile now on an app at work but it has not been deployed using Runtime. I am working on an app for a client on which I would like to use grids. My client has used A4 and dabbled slightly with A5v11 but not enough to work with the app once it is completed. The client says to keep it simple which is my goal and grids seem to be a good way to do that. Since grids are new, my concern is the how well the grids will perform. Will they be low maintenance or high maintenance. Once the app is deployed, it needs to run smoothly.

    So, if you or a developer you know are in this arena, I would very much like to hear from you.
    TYVM :) kenn

    Knowing what you can achieve will not become reality until you imagine and explore.

    Re: Grids - Dialogs on the Desktop

    Kenn, I'm working on a project with another developer in the US and he tried using Grids.
    They work fine on his installation, but when we were testing the Runtime Install using Alpha Installer, they failed.
    There seem to be two problems.
    The Web files (i.e. Grid) location is hard coded in scripts, so zipping the files and including the Web files from his machine with a root of [c:/Alpha/Projects/Testapp] with his Web files in a completely separate folder doesn't seem to work if I placed it in [d:/Alpha Five/Project Testing/Testapp].
    Sure I can reconfigure the dialog which selects the Grid, but that's not practical for a distributed app.

    On to the Run Time.
    Having reconfigured the app to recognise where the Grid was, I built an install. It works if the user accepts the default location, as that is where the hard coded Grid link will be.
    If you change the install location it fails.

    We arreed a workaround using Modal Forms with Buttons. Loaded a lot quicker and do the job but not as many features available.
    It must be possible to search for the web files on installation and set them up to work but I've not found a way yet.
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      Re: Grids - Dialogs on the Desktop

      Thank you very much, Ted. As much as I'd like to use the grids, until Alpha works out these types of issues, I'll stay with the desktop only and not mix the two. You have saved me a lot of time.

      Again, Thank You!!
      TYVM :) kenn

      Knowing what you can achieve will not become reality until you imagine and explore.


        Re: Grids - Dialogs on the Desktop

        Maybe it might work if the address forward slashes "/" were changed to backslashes "\" ?
        Mike W
        "I rebel in at least small things to express to the world that I have not completely surrendered"


          Re: Grids - Dialogs on the Desktop

          See our Hybrid Option here;

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          Hope restored, faith renewed, spirits lifted!


            Re: Grids - Dialogs on the Desktop

            Originally posted by Ted Giles View Post
            On to the Run Time.
            Having reconfigured the app to recognise where the Grid was, I built an install.
            What did you do to reconfigure?
            Tim Kiebert
            Eagle Creek Citrus
            A complex system that does not work is invariably found to have evolved from a simpler system that worked just fine.


              Re: Grids - Dialogs on the Desktop

              Tim, in the application as sent to me, the Web content was there but the dialog to open the grid seems to be hard coded.
              As the web files on the originating system were not in the application folder, the dialog couldn't find them.
              The reconfigure involved editing the dialog and pointing to the grid in the app. folder.
              If you want to try this, build a small app with a grid component.
              Create an installer package.
              When you install in a place OTHER than the default one you specified in the build I believe you will find that the grid fails to activate. Well that's my experience so far.
              See our Hybrid Option here;

              We are the
              Department of Sunshine and Rainbows!

              Hope restored, faith renewed, spirits lifted!