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  • Working on two pcs

    Usually, I am working on my desktop developing a desktop application. However, I travel a lot and take my laptop. I want to be able to continue working. What files do I need to copy to the laptop (and then back)?

    I have tried copying the whole work directory but I get errors. Tried to correct all that but then I get new ones.

    Has anyone done this?

    --- Christy

  • #2
    Re: Working on two pcs

    What errors did you get?
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    • #3
      Re: Working on two pcs

      Also - important to say whether
      1. the 'whole directory' has the identical drive/path in both
      2, that no files or tables in or used by the database are located in another drive/path
      3. how you are launching the database - from a desktop shortcut or some other method

      These are the first points to note, regarding mobility.
      Has anyone done this ? probably most everyone, regularly.


      • #4
        Re: Working on two pcs

        as aluded to:

        from file manager - copy whole folder on desktop - navigate to the folder on laptop - you wish to put the application - paste. if any other folders are involved, repeat same for each.

        If there are errors, then it would be attributable to your networking.

        if you use a cd, the files get marked as read only and will have to be changed. Zipping the folder for cd will take care of that.
        Dave Mason
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        • #5
          Re: Working on two pcs

          Figured lots of people should be doing this. Anyway, mysql is on a remote server so can be accessed from anywhere. That part is working great. My sets sometimes stop working. Have found that I have to delete down to the main parent, save it, then add children back in.

          The problem is with forms. I corrected the pathing so both machines use the same directory structure. Will this affect the future installation? But I often get an error that alpha can't find the ".DDD" which is sitting right there in the same directory. And the stylesheet... where is that hiding? I ended up using the export/import but for some reason not everything copied. Had to do some edits.


          • #6
            Re: Working on two pcs

            My opinion and the way I do it.

            If you plan to distribute applications:
            Make the whole app into one folder. Place any extra(like images) in a folder under the first. Avoid hard coding a path like c:\folder\otherfolder\something.*** . use the tools alpha gave you to get the data path and other paths.

            Do a search of the help and you will find the files for almost everything.
            Dave Mason
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            Skype is dave.mason46


            • #7
              Re: Working on two pcs

              What I ment was: Does my development path have to reflect my installation path?


              • #8
                Re: Working on two pcs

                You dont have to.
                If not then best not to use alpha's backup.
                Use Alpha's ZIP or your own.
                Child directories Yes, below the main one, in the same fashion.


                • #9
                  Re: Working on two pcs

                  Use your own zip. Not alpha's backup. If you are copying the folder to move it, zip the whole folder and sub folders in one motion.
                  I use 7-zip - it is free, but there are others out there.
                  Dave Mason
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                  • #10
                    Re: Working on two pcs

                    Easiest way is to have the application you have developed on a mem stick or small portable drive with a USB.
                    Run Alpha on the Desk top and Laptop. Plug in to whichever one you are using and connect to it.
                    See our Hybrid Option here;

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                    Live with it, Change it or Walk away from it.