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    Default V10 Install Maker and Supercontrols

    Hello to all,

    I've created several forms that use the new supercontrol for alphabetic sort. Locally, it works quite nice if you don't use legacy stylesheets; if you do, it will pose problems - the solution can be found in other parts of the forum.

    When Install Maker completed the "setup.exe" file and I installed it on another system, I found that control did not work. In fact, the control was replaced by a rectangle, slightly grayed.

    I am assuming that some file is missing in the setup.exe package that was created by Install Maker. Either that or something is not registering properly.

    If it is the case that it's a file that is missing, does anyone have a list of the supercontrol files (and the corresponding supercontrol name) that needs to be included to make Install Maker create a correct setup.exe?

    Thanks for any feedback.

    Wayne

    PS Have a Happy and Safe Holiday Season.

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    Default Re: V10 Install Maker and Supercontrols - Update

    Supercontrol works...

    Background:

    The system I installed V10 on had a runtime V9 with the application already installed.

    In Install Maker, I had the setting to update the application only and then set the install to a different directory, assuming that Alpha would know things were different and should use the newer version. A mistake.

    Running the app gave the same old screens without the newer version. There was a startup screen for that version. When I closed this screen, consequently ending the program, the Alpha runtime showed a menu, from which I chose Recent Databases. There I found the newer version which did work but had the problem mentioned in the previous post.

    I deleted all the files on this system that alpha created and then used Install Maker to do Both in step 1.

    When I ran the setup.exe on the test system, the super control appeared and is functioning properly.

    Questions

    Obviously, there is a need to test versions of what appears on the end user system, both for the developmental software and the runtime.

    Are there any checking routines in Alpha to test versions and inform the end user that the software may not work properly with the current runtime version? I guess this would be paramount to what Alpha already has available in their "check for updates." I could not find any info but that does not mean it does not exist.

    Wayne

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    Default Re: V10 Install Maker and Supercontrols

    Hi Wayne,

    Check out the version() function in the help files. You can use it to get to where you want to be.

    Bob Arbuthnot

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    Default Re: V10 Install Maker and Supercontrols

    Hi Bob,

    Thanks for the feedback.

    I would tend to think that this sort of thing would or should be taken care of internally by Alpha 5, relieving the developer of one more thing to watch out for.

    In general, the learning curve for setting up tables, forms, reports, etc is short but when you first learn something, it becomes rather frustrating to all of a sudden realize that something is not working the intended way - simply because there is some check that needed to be employed or whatever. This adds to the development time for completion of a project.

    Then there is the question, how many of these types of things does one need to watch out for? Is there some general algorithm that developers should use in all this? If not, maybe there should be?

    Again, thanks for the feedback.

    Wayne

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