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  • Save Changes by Different Users

    I am one of three Supervisors of a Town's Voting List and I would like to know if there is a way to save changes by each individual

    Any help will be apprecited

  • #2
    RE: Save Changes by Different Users

    Please explain.

    Do you want to track the changes made by each individual like an audit trail?
    There can be only one.

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    • #3
      RE: Save Changes by Different Users

      Hi Steve

      I want to track the changes made by each individual.

      Nip Lewis

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      • #4
        RE: Save Changes by Different Users

        Hi Stan

        Yes, I want to track the changes by each supervispor.

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        • #5
          RE: Save Changes by Different Users

          Two possible scenarios.

          Each user has their own computer attached to a network.

          Use Dr. Wayne's "getmachinename()" function, add a field to the tables in question, choose the critical field(s) that you want to track, add onChange event actions which store the result of the getmachinename() function to the field you have added.

          All users use the same machine to access Alpha.

          Add a global variable to your startup form, capture the person's name/initials/whatever to this variable before allowing further actions, proceed as above, substituting this result for the getmachinename() result.
          There can be only one.

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          • #6
            RE: Save Changes by Different Users

            Another alternative is to create a new table to store the audit trail. The same answer would apply insofar as capturing the "changer's" identity. Then you would open the audit table and store the information about the change being made.

            I use the following attached to the onChange event of a field called "wtrpage" on a form based on a set:

            par = table.current(1) '- obtain pointer to parent table of set
            thisun = par.itm_cd '- capture the item code of the record being changed
            tbl = table.open("moduser") '- open the audit table
            tbl.enter_begin() '- start a new record
            tbl.chgdt = date() '- store today's date to this new record
            tbl.user = getmachinename() '- store user info to this new record
            tbl.chgtm = time() '- store the time to this new record
            tbl.chgfld = "Wtr page" '- store the description of the field being changed (not the field name, just clearer)
            tbl.chgitm = thisun '- store the item code of the record in the main table being changed
            tbl.enter_end(.t.) '- end the enter
            tbl.close() '- close the audit trail table
            There can be only one.

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            • #7
              RE: Save Changes by Different Users

              Nip

              I am writing a program where my customer would take payments from his customer. Each payment will have a taken by filled out and stored in at least 2 places.

              I chose the second method and added a password. When my customer or his help start up, they have to sign in with a password. If they take a payment, their sign in name is attached and copied to another file that is encrypted. Their sign in name is attached to every sensitive thig they do.

              It is not that hard to set up

              Dave

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              • #8
                RE: Save Changes by Different Users

                I didn't mention that the main drawback to this method is that only the identity of the most recent "changer" is captured. Prior changes are overwritten.
                There can be only one.

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