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Methods to schedule Events in Alpha Five v10

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    Methods to schedule Events in Alpha Five v10


    Bill A wrote:

    Greetings Richard!

    I downloaded the trial last week and have been exploring all the great improvements.



    I have one quick question… Is there any option with A5 v10 to create events that are triggered by date/time.



    Example: I am working on a A5 system that allows us to enter future actions that we need to take regarding members in our church who may have upcoming surgery or anniversary of a death in their family. Can I create a database that has a field for that date/time and then have A5 generate out an email reminder on that date?



    Or set up a recurring request to send out an email (or report attached to an email) that summarizes all the recent prayer items posted into a database without requiring a person to initiate the report. (could be everyday at 4pm)




    Thanks

    Bill





    From: Jerry Brightbill - Alpha Software
    Sent: Tuesday, November 24, 2009 8:47 AM
    To: Bill A


    Bill



    If you are working on the desktop, there are a number of methods to schedule events. The desktop has a function that can be used to set up schedules to run scripts (script_schedule()) as long as the database is open. This can be used to automate various processes. The help has information on this functionality.



    http://support.alphasoftware.com/alp...SCHEDULE().HTM



    Another method is to set up an Alpha Five database that has a script called an autoexec script. When the database opens, the script runs automatically. It can perform a number of actions and then close the database when done. The database can be opened by a batch file run by the Windows scheduler. This has the advantage of not requiring a database to be open all of the time and the schedule is controlled by Windows.



    A similar capability on the web side is more challenging, but many developers have set up what are called "cron jobs". There is a lot of information available on our user message board



    http://msgboard.alphasoftware.com/alphaforum/index.php



    You can go to the search page and search for "cron" to get a lot of useful information



    http://msgboard.alphasoftware.com/alphaforum/search.php



    Jerry Brightbill
    Richard Rabins
    Co Chairman
    Alpha Software
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