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  • Security Issues

    I am planning to use Alpha5 v4.5 to develop distributable runtime versions and would like some enlightenment as to whether Alpha5 can effectively "hide" the control panel window so as to prevent a user from accessing the "raw" data in the tables.

    I read earlier postings about the "shift key" disabling this type of protection upon program launch. Is there code that can do this?


  • #2
    RE: Security Issues

    This is discussed in the xbasic reference manual. Check the index, Control Panel, hiding.


    • #3
      RE: Security Issues

      the shift key disable the autoexec script (if you have one). You van put :controlpanel.hide() in the OnInit event of your startup form (from controlpanel, select the files/database properties menu item).

      Make sure to put a secret password protected button in your app w.
      AlphaBase Solutions, LLC

      [email protected]


      • #4
        RE: Security Issues

        I finally got the script to work after many failed attempts [cost: 1 Iced Moccachino Latte and about 2 hours labor in the coffee shop] ;-)

        As a general observation, I'd like to add that the Alpha 5 user interface is quite un-intuitive. The documentation did not help either, since it offered the code snippet along with a procedure for writing the script that never worked. Eventually I figured it out on my own by a pure "hit and miss" effort.

        On a more positive note, I think Alpha 5 has a great deal of potential. The only thing needed is for someone to unlock it.


        • #5
          RE: Security Issues


          I have three suggestions for you regarding your statement about the A5 interface being quite intuitive.

          First, if possible, join a local users group. I go to the one in NYC (I live near Philadelphia) and find it worth the trip every month.

          Second, keep using and reading this message board. It will not be long before you will be answering questions here.

          Third, keep using A5. Since I was never contaminated by Access, I find A5 quite easy to use, but when I have been exposed to Access (wearing full gown and surgical mask) I did not find that particularly intuitive. Finding where to set the tab order was not easy, and not having field rules attached to tables did not make sense.

          Good luck.

          Jay Talbott
          Jay Talbott
          Lexington, KY


          • #6
            RE: Security Issues

            If you're new to Alpha Five you should visit Dr. Wayne's website, www.learn and review the list of free articles there. Lots of How To's and How Not To's that will supplement the manuals...

            There's also a FAQ page at the Tech Support site of Alpha Software's website,

            I find both very useful.

            As for not being very intuitive... that's entirely a matter of opinion, as it should be. Alpha Five is both an end user database manager program, and a database development tool. I think they've done a pretty decent job of melding both aspects into a single consistent interface. Like most development tools, there's a learning curve to overcome as one begins building custom solutions. If you're experienced with any of the dBase dialects you'll be very comfortable quite quickly, once you learn how objects and forms are referenced...

            This board is a good resource. Come back often...

            -- tom

            -- tom