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  • Transmit a single form, report, etc to remote site

    Hello,

    Attached is a zip file containing two scripts. The ObjectExport script will create a small binary file of a database layout object (form, report, letter, label) that can be sent to a remote site and imported using the ObjectImport script. Use of these two scripts is pretty straightforward. The ObjectImport script looks for the binary file in the database directory. There is more info about these routines in the March 2005 issue of the Alpha Newsletter.

    Any thought on how to improve these routines?

    Thanks,
    Jim

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    RE: Transmit a single form, report, etc to remote

    Jim,

    Looks very promising as a new tool. I'm sure I'll use it in the very near future.

    One suggestion: Use the extract script to backup the object being replaced on the client's machine in case there is a problem with the new object. Murphy is alive and well.

    Thanks,
    Jerry Gray

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    • #3
      RE: Transmit a single form, report, etc to remote

      Great tool, Jim! I'm about to undertake a makeover of an aging application. Getting the major changes to the user and up and running are routine. I like the hands-on of doing them personnaly on-site. It's all those little "tweaks" that come up later that can be distracting.

      A tool like this will make it possible for me to email minor changes to a user and be confident that they will be applied without me having to make a special trip. The quick response will impress the user and the time saved will make my life a little easier.

      Thanks Jim!
      Fred

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      • #4
        RE: Transmit a single form, report, etc to remote

        Jim,

        As Jerry & Fred intimated, this is a good tool to have in our development tookbox.

        Thanks,

        Dave
        Dave Jampole
        www.customalpha.com

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        • #5
          RE: Transmit a single form, report, etc to remote


          Fred sent me an email asking why I left out browses............ geez ................ I just got coding and forgot about the lowly browse. In the rush to get it done for the newsletter I totally over looked this. All layout objects are the same as far as these routines go. I correct this and post an update.

          Thanks Fred,

          Jim

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          • #6
            RE: Transmit a single form, report, etc to remote

            Thanks to Fred Zag for pointing out that I left the browse object out. Attached are the corrected scripts that include the capability to transmit browse objects.

            Thanks,
            Jim

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            • #7
              RE: Transmit a single form, report, etc to remote

              OK, now I'm really impressed. Great product! Fantastic price! User poses question about a possible enhancement and it arrives in his inbox a few hours later. Along with a note thanking him for mentioning it. Can't remember the last time that happened.

              And then I think about the "support" I've got over the years for some products I've paid big bucks for? Yup, I'm impressed.

              Thanks again, Jim. Now I'll go back and reapply the mods I made to the original version. I sure am glad I did such a good job documenting my changes. :)

              Fred
              Fred

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              • #8
                RE: Transmit a single form, report, etc to remote

                I worked with Jim and used his code, but from a slightly different approach. The user will manually install the updates using a ObjectImport code attached to a button on the utilities form. I would e-mail the .ABN files to the user and have them save them to the desktop. Then active the objectimport code.

                The code I've attached has not been modified to include the browses yet.

                Ron
                Alpha 5 Version 11
                AA Build 2999, Build 4269, Current Build
                DBF's and MySql
                Desktop, Web on the Desktop and WEB

                Ron Anusiewicz

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                • #9
                  RE: Transmit a single form, report, etc to remote

                  I went back and changed the code to incorporate browses. When I tested the new script, it didn't work.

                  Of course this was after I posted it on this board.

                  As it turns out, the first 'objectImport' script I submitted was the wrong one.

                  I've attached the correct code now.

                  Unfortunately, I've discovered another problem. It seems that UI_GET_FILE set up the way I'm using it with version 6 returns nothing if only one file is selected. I'm not sure if this is a bug, but I've submitted my finding to Alpha.

                  Ron
                  Alpha 5 Version 11
                  AA Build 2999, Build 4269, Current Build
                  DBF's and MySql
                  Desktop, Web on the Desktop and WEB

                  Ron Anusiewicz

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                  • #10
                    RE: Transmit a single form, report, etc to remote

                    I don't get what I am doing wrong. I copied the code for import and exporting, created a menu item for this. The export works beautifully, but import does nothing. Can anyone show me the way to the light? Thanks.
                    Kevin,
                    P.S. I do love this. I just need to figure out what I am doing with import.
                    Kevin G. Timberlake
                    Marvel Illusions

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                    • #11
                      RE: Transmit a single form, report, etc to remote

                      Hi Kevin,

                      I had the same problem at first. Had to go in and read the script.

                      If you place the *.abn file in the exact folder with you database files then run the import it should work. At least that is how it works for me. It is automatic. The import operation just looks for the *.abn file and imports it automatically.

                      Hope this helps.

                      Dan

                      Dan Blank Databases, Inc.
                      Dan

                      Dan Blank builds Databases
                      Skype: danblank

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                      • #12
                        RE: Transmit a single form, report, etc to remote

                        Thanks Dan,
                        I am having my beta tester try it. Looks like that was it on my machine. Thanks for the help. BTW how do you make the website link on signature on the forum??
                        Kevin Timberlake
                        www.truckersoffice.net
                        Kevin G. Timberlake
                        Marvel Illusions

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                        • #13
                          Re: Transmit a single form, report, etc to remote site

                          UPDATE - Nevermind. I was mixing an original Export function with the most recent Import function. When I update both to the most recent; success.


                          Was any more work done on this needed ImportObject utility? The latest version here has bugs in my test on V8.

                          1) the line if right(word(vFileList,1,crlf()),4) = ".ABN" prohibits the ABN file to be named with and ABN extension.

                          2) the ImportObject process fails to import the object (I tested with a report, w/the update ABN file on the Desktop).

                          3) On failure it leaves a dialog box open "Importing Update Files" which is only removed by shutting down Alpha.

                          I'm not an xbasic expert, but the intial part of the code makes no sense.
                          Last edited by Steve Wood; 02-29-2008, 06:28 PM.
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                          • #14
                            Re: Transmit a single form, report, etc to remote site

                            Steve, I incorporated both scripts into one of my application in ver 6 and brought it forward to ver 8 and have no problems with it. It does not have any of the problems you claim to have, works great.

                            Jerry

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                            • #15
                              Re: Transmit a single form, report, etc to remote site

                              I noted that with an edit at the top of my post: UPDATE - Nevermind. I was mixing an original Export function with the most recent Import function. When I update both to the most recent; success.
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