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    Hi
    In the process of using Alpha for programing for a bespoke software solution and have been told that there is a runtime add-on the program must run as a bespoke application, has anyone used this and can anyone send me a sample application which as been compiled using this would much appreciate this before I waste six months.

    Regards Steve Birch

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    RE: Compiling

    Steve,

    Good morning.

    I have no idea what a bespoke software solution might be. However, A5V4 does not produce compiled executables. The runtime is a separate application designed simply to open and run applications built with the full version of A5. The runtime lacks the tools needed to change the app, but otherwise is identical to the full version. In the typical development scenario you build the app with the full version, and then distribute it without the full version. Your customers who have the runtime can then run the app, but can't change it.

    -- tom

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      RE: Compiling

      Hi Tom thanks for reply

      Some years ago I wrote and distributed a estimating pakage bespoke to the soft furnishing trade and have been reluctant to release a new version because of the development time required this was produce in a language call OPL. I've been playing with VB and although VB is more than capable it will be long project, have also looked at miscrosoft developer for access this will also work. I got excited when I was approched by Alpha saying that this would compile to run as an executable but you are saying that is not so. Would be interested in you comments.

      Regards Steve

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        RE: Compiling

        Steve,

        pieces of a version 5 application can be compiled into a library which you distribute with the application. An advantage of this is a bit faster execution, and better security for your code. Version 4 does not support this. You posted your question in the Version 4 forum, so I assumed you had Version 4. In any case, even with Version 5 Alpha Five does not produce compiled EXE files. This is what I understood you to be asking about. - tom

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