import pull downs? 
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 import pull downs?
I add new features to a database. I take it to the customer's site and
import their current data. They've been adding LOTS of items to LOTS of
pull-down lists. How do I get those transfered to the new version?

Thanks,
Tom2



Mon, 25 Aug 2003 05:16:37 GMT
 import pull downs?

If you are referring to Value Lists based upon custom values entered in the
Define Value Lists dialog, I think you are stuck with copy and paste.
--
Glenn Schwandt



Quote:
> I add new features to a database. I take it to the customer's site and
> import their current data. They've been adding LOTS of items to LOTS of
> pull-down lists. How do I get those transfered to the new version?

> Thanks,
> Tom2



Mon, 25 Aug 2003 05:59:11 GMT
 import pull downs?
If this is an on going problem you might think about creating a file to hold
value lists based on relationships. I've done this with success, but to
really make it work well I needed to create an "administrative" layout for
editing the lists, etc. In other words 5-10 hrs. work, but then you can do a
strait export/import with upgrades. I've found this kind of file useful for
other reasons too.

--

C. Alex Lorda


Quote:
> If you are referring to Value Lists based upon custom values entered in
the
> Define Value Lists dialog, I think you are stuck with copy and paste.
> --
> Glenn Schwandt



> > I add new features to a database. I take it to the customer's site and
> > import their current data. They've been adding LOTS of items to LOTS of
> > pull-down lists. How do I get those transfered to the new version?

> > Thanks,
> > Tom2



Mon, 25 Aug 2003 10:35:43 GMT
 import pull downs?

Quote:

> They've been adding LOTS of items to LOTS of
> pull-down lists. How do I get those transfered to the new version?

Here's an excellent solution:

I've decided from now on to put *all* value-lists for my more
complicated client projects into a separate file named, strangely,
ValueLists.fp5. The value lists in the various database files refer
directly to this separate set rather than have custom values entered
locally into the database's file. I also retrofitted existing projects
with this feature. Whew! What a relief!

If you feel the need, the ValueLists file can also be a repository for
various resources and preferences (one record, many fields), thus doing
double-duty.

Now, when I send a client a set of update clones (updates automated with
DialogMagic 5.0.1, an *excellent* plug-in), I don't replace their
ValueLists file. If I have added a new value list in the process of
adding a new feature, it's easy to get my client to send me their
current ValueLists file by email (it's small), update it, and include it
with the set of updates I then send them, usually by email.

I have found this to be a completely reliable method of updating remote
clients, Mac or PC. The client has to follow only very simple
instructions.

--

Peterson TechSystems, Portland, OR
Macintosh systems & hardware consulting since 1986



Wed, 27 Aug 2003 02:26:28 GMT
 
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