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Chapter 24. MOVING WORKGROUP APPLICATION... > DISTRIBUTING A CLIENT/SERVER SOLUTIO...

DISTRIBUTING A CLIENT/SERVER SOLUTION

After your application is fully migrated to client/server, a few outstanding issues still exist, such as how you can distribute the application. The largest challenge comes into play when you need to send it to someone geographically removed from you or when you determine that you have a salable commercial application. Some things to consider are creating the SQL Server database, setting up an ODBC data source, and loading any existing data into the SQL Server tables.

Programmatically Setting Up an ODBC Data Source

To implement a client/server solution, it's necessary to set up the ODBC data source. It's not a difficult task to complete manually, but if you're developing applications for the commercial market or large numbers of corporate users, you can consider including an automated way to accomplish this; your alternatives are to visit each desktop yourself and configure each PC individually, or teach your users how to install a data source themselves. Visiting every single desktop is generally impractical—especially in the case of a commercialized application—and your users might not be able to set up the ODBC data source. Therefore, creating your own custom installation program might be a good alternative.


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