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Converting/Migrating V1 to V4

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  • Converting/Migrating V1 to V4

    I have an extensive amount of work in an Alpha 5 V1 application and a bunch of related tables and sets. Is there a way to convert it to V4 or does it have to be re-written?


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    RE: Converting/Migrating V1 to V4

    Describe "extensive". We are still using ver 1.02, and are trying to make the jump. There are over 250 users with literally thousnads of forms, reports, letters, etc. Our biggest hurdle is that we carry global variables from app to app. This can only be resolved in ver 5.Version 1 is wonderful, and it has carried us for many years, but there is definitely a reason to go to 4 or 5... SUPPORT. I had a bug in the beta version and asked Selwyn about a field rule. He told me that he didn't have a good copy of ver 1 anymore.

    Your forms, reports, etc will convert fine. If you created a lot of x-basic code, like us, it is a different story. There is a lot of work. Things need to be rewritten. One positive is that you may re-think about how you did things, and possibly find a way to do them more efficiently. Because our conversion is so massive, nothing is sacred. We are re-looking at everything. All these years of using Alpha have given us a good insight into how to try to get things done in the most efficient manner.

    BOttom line... THERE IS NO MAGIC WAND. Just COPY your tables into ver 4 or 5, and rebuild your applications. Be sure that you don't overwrite your current tables with the new ones. You will be rewarded.



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      RE: Converting/Migrating V1 to V4

      Mr. Henkel,

      Thanks for your reply. I was guessing that was the case (and you are right about re-thinking approaches to how you are doing things). Analyzing from the top down, I started with the opening menu in the application and did not see a direct conversion from "application" to "card stack". Looked like it would have to be re-written, and you have confirmed that this is the case.

      About 4 or 5 years ago, we began building a "timekeeping" application and V1 was the first Alpha foray into the Windows environemnt. I had used Alpha 4 for a number of things prior to that so recommended Alpha as the easiest to use and most powerful database of any I had experience with. My company was anxious to develop the new application in Windows, so went with it. The application we developed is used to record time worked on various job sites (we do construction, repair, and maintenance at power plants around the country and the world) but is not a payroll program. Included is travel and perdiem. We work both time and material work and firm price work and there are lots of forms and reports for cost analysis and billing -- customer signatures for t&m backup. I have another series of datasets that I use for purchase orders and inventory but they are not integrated into the time application (yet). Importing and exporting is an important feature of our application due to the disconnect of the job sites (internet/networking is not practical).

      The A5V1 platform has worked well to this point, however moving forward and expanding the application brings up the support issue for us as well. I also have seen that a few of the limitations we ran into under v1 have been taken care of in later releases, so think that upgrading is probably the way to go. Just wasn't anxious to face the cost of all those man-hours required to manually convert from one version to another and had hoped that Alpha might have some way to ease the transition -- a "genie" would be so nice!

      Thanks again,