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Running a database system entirely from CD or DVD, is this possible?

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  • Running a database system entirely from CD or DVD, is this possible?

    I have an A5 app that runs online with a SQL backend. I would like to be able to provide my clients with a "read-only" version of their database that can be run entirely from a CD or DVD.

    I am not looking for an Alpha solution because I am sure it does not exist. I am however wondering if anyone out there has ever run across a system that can be run without installation. In other words, the data, the database, the search engine and/or data organizer which all resides on the CD or DVD.

    Why??? I write legal software (i.e. with A5) and sometimes an attorney will want access to client information while in court. Sometimes that court's WiFi system may be down or not working properly and a fixed read-only data disk could "save the day" when they can not connect.

    My first thought was to try to create a PDF file, but I can not envision how to implement the complex relational database structure into a PDF. There are hundreds of fields to consider. I do not care what the final format is, I am only concerned that it works. Any thoughts would be appreciated.

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    Re: Running a database system entirely from CD or DVD, is this possible?

    Maybe a DOS database would do. My guess, though, is that running it from a CD or DVD would be slow. So copying the CD to hard-disk (under a minute for 100 MB) and then executing it from the hard disk should be fast. Or having it in a fast pendrive ...



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      Re: Running a database system entirely from CD or DVD, is this possible?

      in my opinion it is the server that is a problem. if you build using alpha and deploying using alpha server then the data is not the problem you can export the data to any computer local c drive, it is the web application server that will not serve. apache or IIS can be installed in any computer but not alpha was!
      as designed in alpha web side the web server can only be activated in one location and the local server needs the developer license. that is the limitation.
      if you are able to develop the desktop counterpart for the web application with limited capabilities then using a runtime you should be able to do the data access, and distribute on as many computers you need to have a local access. the database may be exported and imported to the travelling computer.
      thanks for reading


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