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Generating Runtime from Alpha 5

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  • Generating Runtime from Alpha 5

    Can Alpha 5 generate its own runtime, with out the Alpha 5 enviorment on the PC, if so what additional tools and knowlegde would I need to do such.

    Also can Alpha 5 import MS ACCess 97 and 2000 ADB files.

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    RE: Generating Runtime from Alpha 5

    A5 cannot generate a stand-alone exe.
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      RE: Generating Runtime from Alpha 5

      Please look at the reply i gotten:

      Msg ID: 57556
      Subject: RE: Generating Runtime from Alpha 5
      Author: Tom Cone Jr
      Date: 04-03-2002 21:20


      The runtime engine is a separate product offered by Alpha Software in addition to the development version. I believe details for both are available at

      Msg ID: 57580
      Subject: RE: Generating Runtime from Alpha 5
      Author: charlie crimmel
      Date: 04-04-2002 06:20

      I interface Alpha5 with Access 97 and 2000 every day.
      Both ways.
      Access uses Alpha5 and Alpha 5 uses Accuss tables.
      You just need to set up the ODBC and the SQL Links.

      If you are using windows 2000 you must have the following.
      At least ODBC 2.5 and Jet engine jet40SP5_W2k.exe.
      Install both

      These will keep access from giving an error message that it cannot open a dbf file because of record locking.

      Charlie Crimmel


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        RE: Generating Runtime from Alpha 5


        What's your question? All answers are correct. Tom is saying that Runtime is needed in addition to A5 since A5, by itself does not come with runtime files as does VB6. Access does not come with runtime files either.

        On the other hand, Charlie is saying you can read or interface Alpha 5 with Access and Access with Alpha 5. However, I do not know if you can manipulate the other's data.

        So, if you only want to view Access databases with A5, that can be done with out the runtime.

        If you want to import Access databases into A5, that can be done as well by first exporting Access.

        If you want to install Alpha 5 on a network, you need a license for each computer and, depending on how many computers there are on the network, you might get by with a 3 or 5 user license or it might be cheaper to buy the runtime.

        If you want to distribute an application, you will need the runtime in addition to Alpha 5.

        TYVM :) kenn

        Knowing what you can achieve will not become reality until you imagine and explore.


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          RE: Generating Runtime from Alpha 5

          Can Alpha 5 generate its own runtime, with out the Alpha 5 enviorment on the PC

          Again, A5 cannot create a standalone exe runtime. As Ken correctly points out, Alpha does have a runtime version. The A5 runtime operates with exactly the same program file set as does the Alpha developer version, except you cannot develop with the runtime.

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