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I am so queries about building a desktop application

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    I am so queries about building a desktop application

    I am so queries about building a desktop application and I been digging many places and only found some older videos about it and couldn�t get the full picture/setup how to build that.
    I am comfortable building web application, NOW I am dreaming about desktop Application.
    If there is any video tutorial am willing to pay, as long as it is affordable.

    Re: I am so queries about building a desktop application

    Hello Eddie,

    Your copy of Alpha V11 shipped with a sample application called "Alphasports". It should be in a folder called "Samples". It is a very good learning tool, from making a main menu, to tables, forms, etc. Alpha put it there to learn from. Take a look at it, it should give you a push in the right direction.




      Re: I am so queries about building a desktop application

      I have "AlphaFiveMadeEasy_v11_EDE - tutorial samplesdb and PDF" folder and found an "Alpahsports" DB, not a folder called "Samples". That looks a simple DB table.
      My question was, i am in a good shape building web application and writing custom xbasic and things that nature. At this point i would like to convert my web application to desktop or would like to build a simple application that runs on desktop and looking for a step by step tutorial showing how to build a simple desktop application.

      Do you know how to compile a desktop project files to install and use on other users computer?

      Thanks for your time.


        Re: I am so queries about building a desktop application

        Alpha does not do a compile. You install the runtime and copy the app to a folder. run the app with the runtime.

        What Ed told you is generally the best way to start.

        If you are going to use sql, it is a whole other ball game. The desktop started in dos days with dbf and it is still used today. Alpha has made it where you can use sql with the desktop if you want to.

        Samples is c:\program files\a5v11\samples\AlphaSports It may look simple to you and definitely is not super hard, but it gives the basics.

        Then maybe what is a bit hard for the rest of us is easy for you.
        Dave Mason
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        Skype is dave.mason46