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    Default Designing for a Multi-user Application

    Hi there -

    The current project I'm working on was designed from the ground up as a stand alone application. Now the folks I'm doing this for have decided they want to have at least 3 computers now and more in the future.

    I have the unlimited run engine so that part isn't an issue. I've been reading up on the physical tying together of the machines and db.

    Also, I searched for Multi-user and Multiuser threads. A lot if interesting reading but didn't satisfy my needs. So the question is:

    Is there any documentation on how to design an application for multi-user capabilities some one can point me to?

    Baring that would any of you Pros be willing to guide me in what, if anything, I should take in to consideration as far as table design, script handling, error checking, etc.?

    In other words I guess I'm kind of looking for a do's and don'ts for multi-user applications.


    Thanks!

    Scott



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    Forgot to mention that this is currently a desktop app but they are talking adding web capabilities in later. From my reading it seems as though the two are almost mutually exclusive. Is it possible to design one db to use for both?
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    Default Re: Designing for a Multi-user Application

    Quote Originally Posted by Scott Axton View Post
    Is there any documentation on how to design an application for multi-user capabilities some one can point me to?
    Check out:
    http://www.learnalpha.com/
    There might be articles there addressing some of that.


    Forgot to mention that this is currently a desktop app but they are talking adding web capabilities in later. From my reading it seems as though the two are almost mutually exclusive. Is it possible to design one db to use for both?
    I believe it is possible. Some people have alluded to that. Basically both apps share the same tables & sets (sets are mostly for reports on the web side), but everything else is, more or less, separate. Of course, this means twice as much work since you need to build both parts.

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    Default Re: Designing for a Multi-user Application

    Quote Originally Posted by Peter.Greulich View Post
    Check out:
    http://www.learnalpha.com/
    There might be articles there addressing some of that.
    Great site - I have it book marked in my favorites. I didn't however think to look there on this question.

    Last time I visited there wasn't much in the way of new materials. I think the Dr. isn't quite as active as he once was with Alpha. I do see comments from time to time though. I really respect his work - would like to see more from him.
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    Have you purchased his Xbasic for Everyone book? It will keep you busy for a while, and is worth every penny. -- tom

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    Hi Tom -

    Yes I have. I'm about half way through it right now. This seems to be one of those books that will live on the desk not in the bookshelf.

    So much to learn!

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