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  • need help using the wiki onlne help

    hello,

    i don't know what i'm doing wrong, but i can't find topics that i am looking for. for example, i want to read more about the size to fit option on the forms object menu. i searched for size to fit and object menu, but neither returned any page that explained the option. i'm hoping someone can tell me how to use the wiki to find things.

    thank you
    tracy

  • #2
    Re: need help using the wiki onlne help

    I doubt that option is covered in the wikd. What sort of question do you have? You select an object, right click, and choose Size to fit. If you don't care for the result you can undo.
    There can be only one.

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    • #3
      Re: need help using the wiki onlne help

      hello,

      the size to fit was just the last thing that i was trying to get more information on.
      i recently tried to find information on the add table/set feature. after testing the feature i realized that a copy of the table wasn't actually added to the current database, more like a link is created to the table.

      what i wanted to know was if there are any pitfalls to use the add feature instead of importing the data from the external table.

      hopefully this is a better example of one of the types of things that i am looking for in a help file.

      tracy

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      • #4
        Re: need help using the wiki onlne help

        here's another example of something that i couldn't find in the wiki
        i can't remember right now where i saw the option, but there is an option liike convert library dictionary or something like that. i could not find any info on that option.

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        • #5
          Re: need help using the wiki onlne help

          Do you mean;
          Compile Scripts and Functions into an AEX File?
          See our Hybrid Option here;
          https://hybridapps.example-software.com/

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          • #6
            Re: need help using the wiki onlne help

            i recently tried to find information on the add table/set feature. after testing the feature i realized that a copy of the table wasn't actually added to the current database, more like a link is created to the table.

            what i wanted to know was if there are any pitfalls to use the add feature instead of importing the data from the external table.
            Use "Add" table to include a table that already exists in your database structure. It does not create a new table, Alpha just creates a pointer that "links" the existing table into the structure, just as you say. There is one big pitfall here. If the table you are "Adding" is located in a directory that's different from the database directory itself it will work just fine UNTIL you try to move the database to a different machine. The pointer to the "external" table is hard coded to the physical path where the external table is located on disk. When you move to a different machine its VERY unlikely the path structures will match there. To overcome this, and keep your database "portable" put all your tables in the database directory. This will work even if the directory name or the machine changes.

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            • #7
              Re: need help using the wiki onlne help

              Originally posted by noviceuser View Post
              here's another example of something that i couldn't find in the wiki
              i can't remember right now where i saw the option, but there is an option liike convert library dictionary or something like that. i could not find any info on that option.
              update - since i posted the message above, i have installed the updates and am now using the documentation viewer.

              one topic that i was trying to find more information on is the "convert library to file system dictionary" option on the control panels, code tab. the option is on the shortcut menu when you right-click on a blank space on the tab.

              i hope this clarifies what i am trying to find more information about.

              thank you
              tracy

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              • #8
                Re: need help using the wiki onlne help

                In the wiki found searching for convert library...

                http://wiki.alphasoftware.com/show:W...Control+V11#s1
                There can be only one.

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                • #9
                  Re: need help using the wiki onlne help

                  Hi fellow noviceuser - if you look up Library in the Documentation Viewer I think you may find what you are looking for under Attaching a Library or perhaps under the Expression Library - good hunting - Nigel

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                  • #10
                    Re: need help using the wiki onlne help

                    hi stan and nigel,

                    i read both of your replies, but they don't seem to have anything to do with the part of my message below in red.
                    can you trace my steps and let me know if the documents that you said to look at are for that dialog box?

                    thank you
                    tracy



                    Originally posted by noviceuser View Post
                    update - since i posted the message above, i have installed the updates and am now using the documentation viewer.

                    one topic that i was trying to find more information on is the "convert library to file system dictionary" option on the control panel, code tab. the option is on the shortcut menu when you right-click on a blank space on the tab.
                    i hope this clarifies what i am trying to find more information about.

                    thank you
                    tracy

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                    • #11
                      Re: need help using the wiki onlne help

                      library.pngnovice.png
                      There can be only one.

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                      • #12
                        Re: need help using the wiki onlne help

                        So when you convert your code to a filesystem dictionary - how do you get it back? It allowed me to put the library in a subdirectory, but looks to "current database" and will not allow me to select that directory! Now that the code tab is empty - there is no prompt except to convert it again... I should know better than to try things that have so little help available. I am hoping someone knows the xbasic to convert these binary files back?

                        Yes I have a backup, but that is not the point.
                        Robin

                        Discernment is not needed in things that differ, but in those things that appear to be the same. - Miles Sanford

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                        • #13
                          Re: need help using the wiki onlne help

                          It puts the code in an .aex file that should be the same name as the adb file. That should be in the same folder and read by the adb. Sometimes people have the option turned of. You won't see the code, but all scripts, functions and other are available.

                          In the code section at the bottom(somewhere) is a utility to convert to aex and then convert it back. I used it with version 7 a couple times.
                          Dave Mason
                          [email protected]
                          Skype is dave.mason46

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                          • #14
                            Re: need help using the wiki onlne help

                            Sorry Dave, but you are referring to the option to compile scripts into an aex - this menu item removes all the code tab elements, menus, toolbars, etc, and puts them into a format that apparently only Alpha can bring back in.

                            In which case, there should be an xbasic function that will do the same as the genie...
                            Robin

                            Discernment is not needed in things that differ, but in those things that appear to be the same. - Miles Sanford

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                            • #15
                              Re: need help using the wiki onlne help

                              Originally posted by noviceuser View Post
                              here's another example of something that i couldn't find in the wiki
                              i can't remember right now where i saw the option, but there is an option liike convert library dictionary or something like that. i could not find any info on that option.
                              there is some info here although I have not used that feature
                              http://wiki.alphasoftware.com/Workin...on+Control+V11

                              Once converted you can restore it by right clicking on the empty code tab and selecting the option convert file system dictionary into library

                              The wiki suggests if you rebuild the AEX it will use the file system dictionary if available so not necessary to convert back.
                              Last edited by mumfie; 10-26-2014, 02:32 PM. Reason: added results of testing
                              https://appsbydesign.co.uk/

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