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  • Deployment Question

    I'm designing an application that needs to be 100% portable. I want to distribute the app on a flash drive. My goal is that a user could plug the flash drive into any PC and have the application run (add/change data, reports, etc). When the flash drive is removed, there is nothing left on the host computer. Can this be done with A5? Has anyone out there done something similar? Hints and Tips? Thanks in advance!

  • #2
    Re: Deployment Question

    Hi Mike,

    My gut reaction is that it cant be done the way you want because Alpha has to be installed on the machine first.

    The data can stay on the flash drive, that will work. You could do it the other way round and have a hidden file on the flash drive and use that as a dongle.
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    • #3
      Re: Deployment Question

      When you say "alpha has to be installed on the machine first", you are referring to the run-time, correct? Couldn't the run-time be installed on the flash with all the required dlls and other files in the same directory along with my app? I plan on using A5 native files so there would not be a SQL requirement. I could then clone the flash drive for distribution.


      • #4
        Re: Deployment Question

        Originally posted by MTankle View Post
        When you say "alpha has to be installed on the machine first", you are referring to the run-time, correct? Couldn't the run-time be installed on the flash with all the required dlls and other files in the same directory along with my app? I plan on using A5 native files so there would not be a SQL requirement. I could then clone the flash drive for distribution.
        Unfortunately, as far as I know, Alpha Five needs to be installed so that many registry settings that it needs are established. I'm not sure what would happen if it was not installed. Most of the executables could be left on the flash drive, but since the drive letter may change, you might have to do mappings as well.

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        • #5
          Re: Deployment Question

          You need to have some .exe solution or some usb web server solution, something like offers.



          • #6
            Re: Deployment Question

            Alpha should build the registry entries the first time you try to run A5 on the machine. At least that worked in the past. I recall deleting the whole A5 registry key under HKCU then restarting A5 and it rebuilt the registry entries - all except the full version registration number, of course. However, I don't recall what version that was in.

            I haven't tested this recently either but I have started A5 in the past after removing all the registered dlls (a5controls.dll and a5contexteval.dll are most critical) and it started but gave a warning message. Despite the warning message, it worked. Maybe everything wouldn't work but what I needed to use at the time did work.

            FWIW, those dlls got removed because I installed a test application that included the runtime then deleted the whole thing. Installing the test app overrode the previous registration of the dlls in the full version with the dlls in the runtime then, of course, deleting the test version of the runtime also removed the dlls. The registration of those dlls can be restored by installing the latest update again or by running regsvr32.exe on the necessary files - or you can build a batch file to do the same thing if you find yourself doing it on a regular basis because of testing.

            END RESULT - You will at the very least need to register the dll files on the memory stick before it will work without generating an error message on startup. You could build a batch file to do it but you wouldn't necessarily know which drive letter do use. (I'm not sure but I think it might be possible to do that with the batch file since the batch file would already be on the desired drive. If so, the batch file could probably register the files then automatically start the application.)

            Assuming all that works and you are using the runtime, you would also need to include the License.key file to avoid the prompt for the license number.