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ALPHA 4.5 and dBase4 (Doss)

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  • ALPHA 4.5 and dBase4 (Doss)



    I decided to tell you what I have found in the Alpha5/dBase4 exercise. Maybe it will assist some other ancient dBase4 user.

    Lite off Alpha5
    Welcome Screen
    Choose from existing data base
    Highlight More Database
    Click Finish
    Open Window appears
    Highlight Alpha DatabaseTables (*.dbf)
    Enter File Name
    Click Open
    File Opens in Alpha5 Database for whatever:Control Panel

    Flip back and forth to your hearts content. Fiddle with one, the other picks it up. (Fiddle in Windows Alpha and it changes in Doss dBase4 and the other way around).

    Interesting sidelight:

    Tried to open a backup disk in a: drive with
    No joy
    Did open and transfer data to Alpha5 with
    The disk has to remain in a:drive or no joy.
    Therein lies a clue.


    R/ DEC405 Cummins/Sarasota

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    RE: ALPHA 4.5 and dBase4 (Doss)

    Open Window appears
    Highlight Alpha DatabaseTables (*.dbf)
    Enter File Name
    Click Open
    File Opens in Alpha5 Database for whatever:Control Panel

    That works but you then end up with a new database for every table - which can create a real mess.

    First, some definitions (pardon me if you already know):
    - In current Windows databases the term "database" applies to a group of tables and sets that are generally used for one 'application'.
    - A 'table' is what was called a 'database' in the DOS environment and early windows versions. To work with multiple tables, they must all be in the same database. (Well, "for all practical purposes" would actually be more correct.)

    Keeping these definitions in mind, generally the best way to open a new database in A5 is to do just that - open a new database by clicking File/New Database and giving a new name. In fact, my preference is to name the database after the company or project it will be used for and NOT to give it the same name as one of the tables just to avoid confusion later. (I've learned from experience that it is very easy to delete the wrong file that way!)

    If you already have tables to use in the new database, simply click the 'Add Table/Set' menu choice (File/Add...) and attach it to the new database.

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      RE: ALPHA 4.5 and dBase4 (Doss)


      Thanks. I am rather fresh caught in is Alpha 5 bit.

      My whole life is in dBase4 and it has to be moved. Anything new, such as a new H/P Laser Printer, makes dBase4 throw up.


      R/ DEC405

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