A couple of things, and hope you will indulge me.
1. First of all, I want to thank you for all of your help throughout the
years I have been doing this. You and several others have walked me through
some of the most fun learning experiences of my programming life and you
have ALWAYS been there with the answer I was looking for. Thank you, and I
owe you a very nice dinner sometime. I say we all meet in Chicago and go to
Gibson's for dinner. <G>
2. I am now one of 10 moderators for a very active (non Borland) listserve
and it gives me a much greater appreciation for the time you and others put
in to helping so many people. Thank you, and I owe you a drink sometime.
My I recommend the martinis at Gibson's?
3. Believe it or not, I remember you from my early days moving from Paradox
for DOS to my first OPAL application. I can specifically remember one night
I was ready to throw in the towel (as it were) and change career paths.
Right then, on CServe, you and another gentleman named Michael responded
with the explanation I needed to put me over the top. Whether you care or
not, you changed somebody's life you have never met.
(I eventually build an Paradox Windows app that supported 100+ simultaneous
users with 100+ tables with a master table with 30,000 records. Access
I would say, "where do I send the check" but you actually do not appear to
be too "googleable". Sure, you show up one or two places, but you appear to
spend a lot more time helping neophytes like me than you do marketing
With all of that said, I'll get off of the couch and ask you:
Okay, how do YOU handle ClientDataSets with AutoInc fields as key fields?
The use of GUIDS almost makes me toss cookies, so I tend to keep my database
layer pretty basic and concentrate my rules in my application which flies in
the face of realistic remote access expectations now that I am working with
Intraweb. I have complete control of the database and applications...what
do you recommend?
How do you earn a living?
And where do I send the check?
Mark A. Deal
Document & Data Solutions, LLC
Time Matters AIC
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