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    Import Path/File Name

    I'm a new user of A5 having used A4V6 for the last 7 to 8 years. I want to rewrite my old applications in A5 and picked a simple one that imports ASCII payroll data into a database that is used to prepare various reports. Is there a way ( I'm sure there is) to prompt the user for the drive, path and file name prior to running an import operation?

    RE: Import Path/File Name


    Goto your xbasic.hlp file and look for "ui_get_file()"
    It sounds like it's just what you need!


      RE: Import Path/File Name


      The answer is yes, but.

      You can get a file name by using the xbasic ui_get_file()method. Here's an excerpt:

      Result String = ui_get_file( Title, File Type String [, Default Filename �[, Exist/Not Exist Code]])

      Displays the File Open dialog box to obtain a filename and path. The filename you specify is returned as a Result String. The Result String will be empty (��) if the Cancel button is selected.

      A saved import operation hard codes the import file's name which is not what you want. I recommend using the genie to create a saved import operation for a sample file just like the one you will be importing. Then, turn on the script recorder (like in A4) and run the operation. Be sure to set the recorder to capture "low-level xbasic."

      You will now have the core code for the import which you can copy into a script. Edit the script to incorporate the ui_get_file method and eliminate the hard-coding of the source.

      This is almost harder to describe than to do so don't be put off.

      I can provide a sample of a saved import if you want.

      Bill Hanigsberg


        RE: Import Path/File Name

        Thanks for your help. You have actually solved two problems for me at once. The first being your solution on the file name for importing and I hope to be able to try this out soon. The other was my concern about support and information on A5.

        As I mentioned previously, I have used A4 for over ten years to design applications for my company that have monitored information for dozens of construction projects costing many hundreds of millions of dollars. We are in the decision process as to what tools we choose to replace A4V6 that is becoming less able to meet our needs in the latest operating system enviroments. A5 may be the choice as long as there are sufficient sources of information available for support. I've been monitoring this message board for several weeks. Based on my own experience I now feel that A5 may be the product we choose to carry on what we were able to accomplish with the vererable A4V6.

        Thanks for the help and I hope to be able to reciprocate sometime.


          RE: Import Path/File Name

          Hi again Steve,

          This board is really something, an absolutely massive asset. I couldn't overstate how much I have learned from participating in it.

          Bill Hanigsberg