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  • Allow User to Create their own Reports

    Hi All,

    Here is my sample for users of V8 Runtime Plus or V9 Runtime to allow a user to create their own Reports/Letters/Labels.

    This is my first attempt at this and while it works, it it quite a simple set up and all comments to improve the method would be welcome.
    Regards
    Keith Hubert
    Alpha Guild Member
    London.
    KHDB Management Systems
    Skype = keith.hubert


    For your day-to-day Needs, you Need an Alpha Database!

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    Re: Allow User to Create their own Reports

    Hi Keith,

    Started tp play with it, and looks pretty cool. The only thing that was a little confusing was the "new layout". The "Edit Layout" worked fine, but nothing happens on the "New Layout" button. Ryland

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    • #3
      Re: Allow User to Create their own Reports

      Hi Ryland,

      Dont know why script got lost in zip file. Hope it is in this version.
      Regards
      Keith Hubert
      Alpha Guild Member
      London.
      KHDB Management Systems
      Skype = keith.hubert


      For your day-to-day Needs, you Need an Alpha Database!

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      • #4
        Re: Allow User to Create their own Reports

        Thanks Keith....works like a champ.. Ryland

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        • #5
          Re: Allow User to Create their own Reports

          I tried this but keep getting an error message everytime I load the program or press a button. I reloaded again and still get the same. I am using A5V9. The popup window says Script:UI_MODELESS_DLG_BOX:@=a5_window_bar_title line:40 windows=A5_window_list() Aun unhandled exception was generated.

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          • #6
            Re: Allow User to Create their own Reports

            Will this work in v11? If so, can you briefly explain or post a capabilities summary?

            bob
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            • #7
              Re: Allow User to Create their own Reports

              Hi Bob,

              This should work in V11, it is Xbasic after all!!! Give it a go and see what you get.
              Regards
              Keith Hubert
              Alpha Guild Member
              London.
              KHDB Management Systems
              Skype = keith.hubert


              For your day-to-day Needs, you Need an Alpha Database!

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              • #8
                Re: Allow User to Create their own Reports

                Kieth,

                First, what you have created looks great.

                My question; it appears to me that the end user will now have access to the control panel.
                In my apps, I prevent the end user from getting to the control panel.

                I very much like giving the user the ability to create on his own, but only if the end user cannot get to the control panel.

                What do you think?

                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: Allow User to Create their own Reports

                  Hi Ron,

                  Thanks for the complement. The code is from the Runtime documentation.

                  When implemented the user would not get to the CP.
                  Regards
                  Keith Hubert
                  Alpha Guild Member
                  London.
                  KHDB Management Systems
                  Skype = keith.hubert


                  For your day-to-day Needs, you Need an Alpha Database!

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                  • #10
                    Re: Allow User to Create their own Reports

                    Hi Kieth,

                    Further testing does indeed confirm that the user can be locked out of the control panel.

                    Now I have two more questions for anyone out there:

                    The user can create a new or edit an existing layout. How can the user delete a layout that they created?

                    If the user creates their own custom reports, what happens if I send an upgrade patch? It seems to me that
                    my upgrade will wipe out their reports as their reports are saved in the same ddd that is part of the application.

                    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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                    • #11
                      Re: Allow User to Create their own Reports

                      Hi all,

                      I did figure out how to delete a layout.

                      Still curious about updates though.
                      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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                      • #12
                        Re: Allow User to Create their own Reports

                        I was intrigued with Kieth’s post as I felt I could possibly use this solution in one of my applications. So I took what Kieth gave us and I refined it into a mini application to see if this would suit my needs.

                        I started by reviewing the runtime documentation, pages 12 thru 19.

                        I decided to store MY (the applications) layouts in the function named SystemLayouts(). This would be hard coded and password protected. I use the script, Custom_Exclude_List to generate a file with the list, then copy and paste the list into the function. I felt that this would be a more simple way to manage the list and would not have to deal with a file to be included with the application.

                        I customized the Label Editor, Letter Editor and Report Editor toolbar’s save and save as, page 15 under protecting system reports. I created the function CustomLayoutSave with the aurgument being either Save or Saveas.

                        All remaining coding is handled by the form, CustomReports. So to add this feature to an application, include the following:

                        Table – Mainmenu with one field and no records
                        Form – CustomReports
                        Script – Custom_Exclude_List
                        Function – CustomLayoutSave
                        Function – SystemLayouts

                        The results have been promising, but I do have one issue. When I open the CustomReports form, the “Select Layout to Edit/Print” list contains both the user generated reports as well as my system reports. I’m using this code:

                        sortsubstr(a5.report_enum(2), crlf() )

                        What I want to do is to run this code and subtract from the results any layouts found in the SystemLayouts function or something to that effect.

                        Thanks,

                        Ron
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                        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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                          Re: Allow User to Create their own Reports

                          Hi Ron,

                          Looks very neat. Just an observations.

                          I did not see any where apart from the code tab, where to create the Exclude list. The other thing you need to do is create a custom toolbar for the report in edit mode. This is where you control how the report is saved and to prevent writing over a restricted report.
                          Regards
                          Keith Hubert
                          Alpha Guild Member
                          London.
                          KHDB Management Systems
                          Skype = keith.hubert


                          For your day-to-day Needs, you Need an Alpha Database!

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