Subject Re: Questions with regards to dBASE PLUS 12
From Dennis Guay <>
Date Thu, 13 Dec 2018 06:29:03 -0500
Newsgroups dbase.getting-started

Mervyn Bick Wrote:

> On 2018-12-12 5:13 AM, Dennis Guay wrote:
> > Hello everyone.
> .....
> >
> > 1. When executing reports from my applications, the report viewer is now automatically
> > minimized at the bottom of the screen. Never used to do this. Is there a way I
> > can force these reports to open mazimized automatically? I don't see a maximize
> > property in the Inspector.
> >
> This sounds as if an abnormal setting has crept into Plus.ini.  Report
> this in the bug-reports newsgroup where Kathy may be able to sort this
> for you.  If you need to edit plus.ini to repair this it will probably
> need to be done with dBASE closed.  In the Command Panel  a =
> _app.inifile  and then ?a    Copy the output in the Results Panel and
> close dBASE.  Open Notepad (or any other text editor) and select
> File->Open. Paste into the Filename entryfield and open the file.

I love this little trick. No need to report any bugs though as I don't think its dBASE's fault.

> > 2. When I browse the c:\users\user\documents\dbase\plus 12\samples\ directory the
> > Navigator cannot see any of the files inside there. This happens intermittently. One
> > minute its there and the next minute its not. If I get desperate, I just copy the
> > samples folder to my desktop for example and then it will work.
> >
> When this happens if you click on the "Look in" combobox's drop-down
> button is the Samples entry in the list?  If so, does clicking on the
> entry resolve the problem?

The problem was only happening when using the little folder button at the far right.
Seems to be okay now.

And yes the samples entry is in the list of the drop down and works too.

> > 3. I wanted to add page numbers to my reports. In the help documentation it says
> > to drag the PageNumber component from the Component palette's Custom page to the
> > report page. Problem is, I don't see a Custom page. It says that this custom component
> > is installed with the dBASE PLUS samples. So how exactly do I turn this Custom page
> > on?
> Ken has given you one way of fixing this.  The 'fix' is, however, only
> valid for the session.  When you restart dBASE the "Paging" will not be
> available in the Component Palette unless you open in ethe report
> designer a report which uses the .cc.  You may need to set the procedure
> every time you want to use page numbering in a report.
> There are two ways to make the 'fix' permanent. lives at
> C:\Users\your_user_name\Documents\dBASE\Plus12\dBLClasses\ReportControls\
> With a report open in the designer you can select "Set up Custom
> Components" from the File menu and Add.  You will need to browse to the
> correct place.
> Alternatively you can go straight into the dBASE plus.ini file and add
> it there.  Most alterations to the ini file need to be made with dBASE
> closed.  This is one of the few exceptions.
> In the Command Panel    a = _app.inifile  and then modi comm &a
> This will open the ini file in the sourcecode editor.  Use the find
> dialogue (Ctrl-f) to find [Custom]   If the find is not successful add
> the following to the end of the file
> [Custom]
> CC0=C:\Users\your_user_name\Documents\dBASE\Plus12\dBLClasses\ReportControls\
> If the find is successful add the entry to the end of the existing list
> with the appropriate number.  Save the file and that should do the trick.

Thank you for the permanent fix. I did it and it worked and was easy to do so I don't mind.

> >
> > 4. In one of my applications I use the Zseeker custom component. In order for it
> > to work it must have the set in order for to work.
> >
> > So for example, the source would look like this:
> >
> > set procedure to additive
> > set procedure to additive
> >
> > The thing is, the set procedure to additive line of code always disappears
> > when in form designer mode. And so the workaround is that I always have to manually
> > retype in this one line of code whenever I make changes to the application or rebuild.
> > Why does it do this?
> Ken has told you why.  The burning question is do you really need that
> line in your code? is subclassed from so
> needs to be in the same folder as but your code should run
> properly without the line.  Try it and see.

This I actually understand. And the has always been in the same folder as yet the code ask for the line. I must have done something when I first built the app.

> and are from the dUFLP.  It is not a good idea to
> move code out of the dUFLP unless you are making changes to it.  In that
> case you should rename the file so that there isn't any confusion. Use
> the :duflp: sourcealias in your code e.g set procedure to
>   Keep in mind though that the Project Manager doesn't
> understand sourcealiases so you will need to use the full path when you
> register the .cc.

I will work on this idea during the next few days.

> Now that you have both dBASE 2.6 and dBASE 12.31 on your computer you
> should have two separate copies of the dUFLP in separate folders.  If
> you select the dUFLP folder for your dBASE 12 version of the dUFLP from
> within dBASE 12 and run setup.prg  it will create the necessary
> sourcealias.   set procedure to in your code will then
> find the correct file whether you run the program in dBASE 2.6 or in
> dBASE 12.
> You should also keep your source code for dBASE 12 in a new set of
> folders otherwise you will need to delete all the compiled files before
> you try to run code in the "other" version of dBASE

Yeah I read something about this idea awhile back on the forums and remember that.

> Mervyn.

Thanks Mervyn.