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  • Tables: How to print structure?

    This might be a bit obvious, but sadly I can't see how to achieve what I need. I have searched Alpha Help and the forum, but can't see any reference.

    I am working on a new application and although a bit of a novice, I am concious of the need to spend time working on the structure of the database and how the tables and sets work together.

    It would help me immensely if I could print out the structure of each table and set in my application, and also the Alphasport example for comparison and learning.

    I can do screen shots, but these don't really cut the mustard. Is there a way to printout a simple tabular structure of each table etc? I can then see more easily how to use correct links on sets.

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    Re: Tables: How to print structure?

    There is a product for sale in the Alpha store, Alpha 5 Documenter. For a down and dirty method, right click on a table name, choose restructure, click drag as you would in excel, ctrl-c, paste into excel.
    There can be only one.

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      Re: Tables: How to print structure?

      Originally posted by Stan Mathews View Post
      There is a product for sale in the Alpha store, Alpha 5 Documenter. For a down and dirty method, right click on a table name, choose restructure, click drag as you would in excel, ctrl-c, paste into excel.
      Thanks for such a fast reply.

      I've tried the click-drag and it is a good work around. And for around 30 the A5 documenter looks good value!

      As an aside, I have dabbled with Access, and find I can achieve much more and actually understand some of the coding that A5 does automatically. No more Access for me!!

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        Re: Tables: How to print structure?

        Originally posted by Esio Trot View Post
        Thanks for such a fast reply.

        I've tried the click-drag and it is a good work around. And for around 30 the A5 documenter looks good value!

        As an aside, I have dabbled with Access, and find I can achieve much more and actually understand some of the coding that A5 does automatically. No more Access for me!!
        The A5 Doc does so much more than just print the table structures. It is well worth the price.
        There can be only one.

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          Re: Tables: How to print structure?

          I saw the below statement but in the control panel, if I right click on a table name, I don't see restructure. Am I looking in the wrong place.

          I also wanted to print the table structure so I can see the field lengths.

          Thanks in advance.

          Originally posted by Stan Mathews View Post
          There is a product for sale in the Alpha store, Alpha 5 Documenter. For a down and dirty method, right click on a table name, choose restructure, click drag as you would in excel, ctrl-c, paste into excel.

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            Re: Tables: How to print structure?

            Rand,

            Choose Tables / Sets tab of the control panel.
            Right click the desired table
            Choose "Edit Structure" from the drop down menu which appears

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              Re: Tables: How to print structure?

              Originally posted by randbo View Post
              I saw the below statement but in the control panel, if I right click on a table name, I don't see restructure. Am I looking in the wrong place.

              I also wanted to print the table structure so I can see the field lengths.

              Thanks in advance.
              I got caught on this too!!

              1. Click on edit structure to show the table
              2. Using the mouse, highlight all the lines of the table that you want to copy
              3. Press [ctrl-c] to copy (if you right click, the option isn't shown)
              4. Paste as normal into your spreadsheet.

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                Re: Tables: How to print structure?

                Gee, aren't the best ideas also the simple ones? I made an Excel spreadsheet template so I could have lines for notes and a place to put the table name & current date in the header. This makes a very handy way to print this info and see what your fields are.

                I'm thinking a button on the control panel toolbar could call up the spreadsheet...

                Thanks!
                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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                  Re: Tables: How to print structure?

                  Originally posted by MoGrace View Post
                  Gee, aren't the best ideas also the simple ones? I made an Excel spreadsheet template so I could have lines for notes and a place to put the table name & current date in the header. This makes a very handy way to print this info and see what your fields are.

                  I'm thinking a button on the control panel toolbar could call up the spreadsheet...

                  Thanks!
                  Button code

                  sys_open("pathspreadsheetname.xls")
                  There can be only one.

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                    Re: Tables: How to print structure?

                    Hi Stan,
                    I played with this button a bit and came up with this so it could be used to toggle back and forth if the spreadsheet is still open. If its not, it generates an error which can be trapped to open it. I am sure someone could do better than this:

                    Code:
                    dim get_handle as n
                    dim win_title as c
                    win_title = "Microsoft Excel - db_template.xls  [Read-Only]"
                    on error goto LOADIT
                    get_handle = sys_id_get(win_title)
                    sys_focus_put(win_title)
                    end
                    LOADIT:
                    on error goto 0
                    sys_open("C:\Office97\Office\A5xls\db_template.xls")
                    'this lets me add the read only switch
                    'sys_shell("C:\Office97\Office\excel.exe /r \"C:\Office97\Office\A5xls\db_template.xls\"",1)
                    The get_handle was there because I was trying to test if the global handle matched - which I could not get to work correctly. It can therefore be omitted.
                    Last edited by MoGrace; 04-22-2007, 06:09 PM.
                    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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