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  • Spreadsheet replacement

    Hello Everyone

    Just a quick question on direction.

    Can this be reproduced in alpha?

    The client is using a desktop application and wants to stop using a separate spreadsheet to report a forecast.

    I made a report which worked well but the range of the forecast could be as much as 2 yrs and a paper report isn't practical.

    So the question is xdialog or....... something else?

    Thank you for your time


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  • #2
    Re: Spreadsheet replacement

    I made a report which worked well but
    Are we looking at your report, or the spreadsheet being used currently?
    Mike W
    "I rebel in at least small things to express to the world that I have not completely surrendered"


    • #3
      Re: Spreadsheet replacement

      Hi Mike

      The sample pdf is the spreadsheet that my client wants replaced.

      My question is can something like this be created within alpha? If so, a dialog or something else?

      Thank you for your reply.




      • #4
        Re: Spreadsheet replacement

        Hi Keith,
        When you say "I made a report which worked well" exactly how did you do that? Have you already created your tables in Alpha?

        Discernment is not needed in things that differ, but in those things that appear to be the same. - Miles Sanford


        • #5
          Re: Spreadsheet replacement

          Hi Robin

          Thank you for your question

          The report uses 36 calculated fields, 3 for each month (I found it here on the forum and modified it to fit my needs).

          They use the spreadsheet to forecast project invoicing and some projects run as far out as 24months or longer so a "paper" report isn't practical.

          They want to stop using the spreadsheet as they want to push a button, select a range and view the forecast.

          The tables are made but I'm just at the beginning so not a big deal to change things.

          I have a primary table storing the project information then a child storing the different phases information (start/end dates, invoicing, assignments, etc...)

          So, can an alpha desktop dialog be used to make something that looks like the sample pdf? Or should I look at moving the project to the web to make use of the graphical tools (not something I'm looking forward to...)

          Thank you again for your reply




          • #6
            Re: Spreadsheet replacement

            My response is that you can certainly make such a report with these understandings:
            1. In my experience - The colors are a no go
            2. This is a huge coding exercise that will require the collection of the data and written to a temporary table that a report can be based on.

            I would tackle this with a checkbook for this engagement that is virtually unliminted.
            Mike W
            "I rebel in at least small things to express to the world that I have not completely surrendered"


            • #7
              Re: Spreadsheet replacement

              Hi Mike,

              sorry for the delayed response

              I agree this is a huge coding exercise, not sure my skills are up to the challenge....

              I'm trying to stay away from a report and I'm attempting this via a xdialog but so far it's not going well.

              My question would be can this be reproduced in a web application?

              Thank you for your reply.




              • #8
                Re: Spreadsheet replacement

                As Mike said, this would be really hard in xdialog. Not only are the colors hard, but xdialog is a terse and cryptic language. Formatting is very tricky in xdialog. Even something as basic as right aligning numbers in an xdialog list box is next to impossible. I would not recommend it.

                Have you done stuff on the web? If you are half decent in xbasic and in web apps, you could create your app as a custom HTML table w/o too much difficulty, colors and all. It might even be possible to do as a custom UX list, but probably not as a grid. But if web is new to you you face an uphill battle.
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                • #9
                  Re: Spreadsheet replacement

                  Hi Peter

                  Thank you for your reply.

                  My xbasic and web skills are nothing to brag about so I think I'm in over my head on this one.

                  I'll give it shot in a web app as xdialog seems to be a dead horse at this point.

                  Thank you again for your reply