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  • Subforms

    Can multiple subforms be added to a main form?
    Sincerely,

    Clarence Martin

  • #2
    Re: Subforms

    I believe so, as long as you base the main form on a set, and then base the subforms on tables within that set. The same goes for embedded browses.

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    • #3
      Re: Subforms

      You can use subforms on flat tables as well. e.g. Your customer table form could have,say, 3 subforms all based upn customer data.
      Peter
      AlphaBase Solutions, LLC

      [email protected]
      https://www.alphabasesolutions.com


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      • #4
        Re: Subforms

        I have had problems displaying more than one subform. I get a message that it will display the default form for the table that I name - it won't use my designated form, and then is shows only one sub form.
        Sincerely,

        Clarence Martin

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        • #5
          Re: Subforms

          Originally posted by chipsm View Post
          I have had problems displaying more than one subform. I get a message that it will display the default form for the table that I name - it won't use my designated form, and then is shows only one sub form.
          I got an error message (bug?) when saving the form, but it did save it. See attached example using a flat table w. a master form holding 3 subforms.
          Peter
          AlphaBase Solutions, LLC

          [email protected]
          https://www.alphabasesolutions.com


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          • #6
            Re: Subforms

            Thanks Peter,
            I will check it out. I will also post back any changes that I find.

            Clarence
            Sincerely,

            Clarence Martin

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            • #7
              Re: Subforms

              Peter,
              On another matter, I have been learning about using the web components and I am really impressed with what I see. I am looking for your personal opinion about weather you prefer creating Desktop vs Web Based applications and why you might choose one over the other.

              Clarence
              Sincerely,

              Clarence Martin

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              • #8
                Re: Subforms

                Originally posted by chipsm View Post
                ...I am looking for your personal opinion about weather you prefer creating Desktop vs Web Based applications and why you might choose one over the other.
                I'm a desktop guy from way back. So I'm very comfortable in that world. But since v10 has come out, I'm sold on the web. With AJAX, the speed issue has been put to rest. The web side has certain inherent advantages over the desktop, including no need to deal with client software installs and patch updates, nor worry about shadowing and other network issues. It's easier to provide a consistent user interface on the web side due to CSS. Form sizing (small, medium, large) issues no longer are a problem as the user can control that in the browser with <CTRL>+ and <CTRL>-. Grids have built in advantages such as search functionality is easier to implement. Etc. OTOH, building an A5 web site is a challenge and a learning curve. A web app functions completely different than a desktop app. It's more difficult to code (yes, it is "codeless", but...). You will probably need to learn a little HTML & JavaScript to take full advantage of all the features. There's a lot to learn and it can be frustrating at times for sure. Also, security is a much greater concern on the web for obvious reasons than on a local network or intranet. But all things considered, I really love working on the web side much more than the desktop side now that I've gotten into it. If you decide to take the plunge, prepare for temporary setbacks while you work through the learning curve. But in the end, you will probably be glad you did.
                Peter
                AlphaBase Solutions, LLC

                [email protected]
                https://www.alphabasesolutions.com


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                • #9
                  Re: Subforms

                  Thanks for the reply. The comments that you made have a great deal of value.
                  I have a lot more questions that I am having trouble with. I may be trying to put too much thought into my systems (Over thinking things).
                  Please look for any more post that I may have - the value of your advice will be greatly appreciated.

                  Clarence
                  Sincerely,

                  Clarence Martin

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                  • #10
                    Re: Subforms

                    Please click one of the Quick Reply icons in the posts above to activate Quick Reply.
                    Sincerely,

                    Clarence Martin

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                    • #11
                      Re: Subforms

                      Hi Peter:
                      I have been following this post with great interest, thanks for your post. I have a couple of questions reg A5 Web app.
                      1) How do you compare the stability A5 desktop vs A5 Web and error messages?
                      2) I noticed in the help file that many functions/methods are limited to Desktop app only. Is this an indication that there are much less functions and methods for A5 Web than for A5 desktop?

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                      • #12
                        Re: Subforms

                        Gaby,

                        1) How do you compare the stability A5 desktop vs A5 Web and error messages?

                        On the desktop, I'm still using v8 not v10. v8 is very stable, I imagine v10 is as well, but haven't used it for that purpose.

                        2) I noticed in the help file that many functions/methods are limited to Desktop app only. Is this an indication that there are much less functions and methods for A5 Web than for A5 desktop?

                        The web is harder to work with, even though in v10 they have made it much easier. Any UI functions won't work on the web (including all of xdialog), since the browser controls the UI through certain strict protocols. Certain other Alpha functions are desktop only. I would think though, that the vast array of Alpha functions would, by and large, work on the web.
                        Peter
                        AlphaBase Solutions, LLC

                        [email protected]
                        https://www.alphabasesolutions.com


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