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Language: Borland App Server
Expertise: Beginner
May 9, 1997

How to write application that will run on computer without the BDE

Question:
You already got this question, but your answer was far from what I was looking for.

How can I write an appication that will run on a computer without the BDE? I must use the BDE, and I would like to know how to go about this, if it's possible.

Answer:
I think I remember this question...

I might have answered your original question by suggesting you use the InstallShield program to aid in the installation of your project, since it has the ability to include the BDE with your application. The only other way around that is to get the run image of the BDE from the CD and include it with your program. In any case, if you've written an application that uses the BDE (i.e., data-aware components accessing Paradox, dBase or InterBase datasets), you have no option but to include a BDE installation along with your program. Sorry, but there's no other way.

If you have some simple data, you can avoid the BDE altogether and write a program around a file of records. While that's not hard to do, it requires that you write all the logic to cover data transactions (insert, delete, update, etc.).

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