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Locked Out of Your App With Windowbar Toolbar & Control Panel Hiden?

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  • Locked Out of Your App With Windowbar Toolbar & Control Panel Hiden?

    Maybe this is common knowledge but it wasn't to me, so if it ever happens to you, this might help.

    I created an app where the Autoexec loads the startup form. I couldnt set this via File/Database properties, because the startup form is conditional depending on the screen resolution (a different form for each resolution).

    Now while fiddling around with codes I added an inline xbasic to:
    Hide control panel,
    Then hide the windowbar toolbar,
    Then I commented out the line to load the startup forms. Take my word for it, that combination will lock you out of your app in the most horrifying way. When it loads, all you see is "NOTHING", nothing at all. After the login dialogue, then visually, nothing changes. Using the method in the help that describes how to get back in after locking yourself out DOESN'T help, that's because the startup form wasn't set via File/Database properties.

    With 3 hours to go before I had to deliver the app to the client, i was running around pulling my hair out, nothing like this could be found in the help or the message board. After clicking on links and buttons in Alpha I never even noticed before, I went looking for the definitions of the file types. i started to remove files from the project folder one at a time (in hopes of removing the "Autoexec" since it was this script that was hiding the windowbar toolbar and the control panel), while I load the app repeatedly. After removing the ".ALM" file the project loaded prefectly, bypassing the login dialogue and showing the control panel. The only thing is, I couldn't edit the Autoexec until I replaced the .ALM file while keeping the project open in Alpha. Then I was able to remove the code to hide the windowbar toolbar and the control panel, then proceed.

    Hopefully this will save you some headache one day if this ever happens to you. :)
    Last edited by nigeldude; 10-05-2008, 08:40 PM.

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    Re: Locked Out of Your App With Windowbar Toolbar & Control Panel Hiden?

    While opening your application you could hold down the Ctrl and shift key together and you will be shown a dialog box (see thumbnail) where you can check not processing the autoexec script and not opening a start up form. Checking those two will get you to the control panel that was hidden.

    I think this would have worked in your case.



    • #3
      Re: Locked Out of Your App With Windowbar Toolbar & Control Panel Hiden?

      Mein!. I would have eaten toads to have known that a week ago. Its the first Im kowing of this feature.

      You just solved a 2nd issue for me aswell, when creating an installer packegage I cant have the startup form open, but I have a CanExit code on it for the end users purpose as decribed in the help, "when preparing your app for the runtime". So I usually:
      open the app,
      comment out the canExit code,
      close the app,
      then repoen it,
      close the sratup form,
      uncomment the canexit code,
      then build the installer.
      Sounds tedious ah? It is.

      With what you just showed me, I dont ever need to do all that again, just stop the startup form from loading in the ist place.

      We never stop learning ah?


      • #4
        Re: Locked Out of Your App With Windowbar Toolbar & Control Panel Hiden?


        Something I do is incorporate A5_IS_RUNTIME() in the autoexec. I place the following at the point I want the autoexec to stop if I am opening the app in the development version.
        If .not. a5_is_runtime() Then
        End If
        you would hide the control panel and window bar after this point.
        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.


        • #5
          Re: Locked Out of Your App With Windowbar Toolbar & Control Panel Hiden?

          Amazing!, but its like you have to know these codes exist to find them.
          I admit, I dont like reading much, but I have read all I can find to aid in developing a stable app and everything i can find that's realated to delivering a runtime app, I've never seen these before. Thanks guys.


          • #6
            Re: Locked Out of Your App With Windowbar Toolbar & Control Panel Hiden?

            Another option is to load Alpha 5 and select a database that does let you to the control panel, like alpha sports, and then go to View Settings and turn off the auto execute of the "autoexec" script. Then load your database and fix the problem and then you can go back and turn back on the auto execute.

            Jeff Ryder