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    displaying dba path from the status bar

    I have a test dba and the real running one and sometimes it is confusing which dba I am working on. The only thing I could see is the dbf file or the form name. The only thing I could think of is just to see it from the Table/Set of the control panel. Is there a way I could display the whole path of the dbf/form at the status bar?

    Appreciate any help. Thanks.

    RE: displaying dba path from the status bar


    I do this in the OnActivate event of my Main Menu form:

    dim global homefolder as c
    homefolder = A_DB_CURRENT_PATH
    :A5.window_title = "Membership.  [Using Data in : "+homefolder+"]"
    This puts the current database path in the title bar.

    You could write the same information to the status bar using the xbasic commands statusbar.clear(), statusbar.set_text(). Check it out in the Xbasic Ref. manual.

    -- tom


      RE: displaying dba path from the status bar

      Hi Tom!

      I was wondering if A5 has some setup properties that I could have the path displayed at the title bar or status bar. This is while I am working on my dba not when the dba is running.

      Thanks again. Trixie.


        RE: displaying dba path from the status bar

        Not that I know of.

        However, as I've shown, the script to do the same thing is easy to implement at least on a form by form basis.

        In my own work I keep the entire collection files that represents a single database in a single folder. Occasionally I will put another copy in a second folder, using a different foldername to distinguish it. I can then try out ideas in the second folder without messing up the 'real' database.

        If you set the option to display 'details' the control panel view of the tables and sets in your database will show the complete path to each. Perhaps this will help you during development, without changing runtime behavior.

        -- tom


          RE: displaying dba path from the status bar

          We are doing the same thing. I have 2 folders for the dba. The 2nd I use often for testing only, just like you said, so that I won't be messing up the real one. Anyway, sometimes, when I am working on a form/table, there is a little voice telling me, if I am in the testing folder or the 'real', that's why I would like to know if there is a setting I could differentiate the two.

          Thanks again.


            RE: displaying dba path from the status bar

            The control panel is easy to reach during development.

            If you set the option to view details, you can see the complete path to each table.

            Sounds like an easy way for you to know without having to close the database and reopen it.

            -- tom


              RE: displaying dba path from the status bar

              You could create a shortcut on your desktop (or wherever) to each copy of the application and use the -TITLE command line switch to set the Alpha Five window title accrdingly.

              Your shortcut target would look something like:
              "C:\Program Files\A5V4\Alpha5.exe" -Title="This is My Title" c:\database.adb

              The limitation here is that if you close the current database but leave A5 open, the title will still reflect the previous application.


              Lenny Forziati
              Vice President, Internet Products and Technical Services
              Alpha Software Corporation


                RE: displaying dba path from the status bar

                Thank you all.

                I guess the control panel is the easiest one to use.


                  RE: displaying dba path from the status bar

                  I use lenny's idea of different shortcuts and also change the color of the main menu in the development versions.

                  Bill Hanigsberg


                    RE: displaying dba path from the status bar

                    You guys are the best. Thanks. I am using Lenny's idea and works great.