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6. Multiuser Issues > 57. Build a Time-Out Feature

Build a Time-Out Feature

Make sure your data is saved and available to others. Lock the records when they’re not being updated.

The phone rings, or you are late to a meeting, or any number of other distractions pop up. It happens to all of us. Unfortunately, you sometimes forget to close out of the file open on your PC.

In a multiuser database, this can be a real nuisance. Depending on the record-locking scheme being used, if a record is left in the middle of an edit, other workers might not be able to make changes to that record. Figure 6-4 shows the dreadful message a user can get when attempting to make a change to a record someone else has left open.

A record that has been left in an edited state
Figure 6-4. A record that has been left in an edited state

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