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Chapter 32. Distributing Your Application > Looking at Other Issues

Looking at Other Issues

Two additional issues have not yet been covered regarding the distribution of your application. The first involves ensuring that the application database can establish any links that it has to external tables. The second involves the prospect of using replication to effectively distribute changes to your application.

Automating the Process of Linking to Tables

Access hard-codes locations for table links. This means that, if you install your application on another machine, the tables will not link successfully unless the other machine has exactly the same folder structure as you do on your machine. The code shown in Listing 32.4 checks to see whether the required tables are available. If they are not found in the expected location, the routine attempts to locate them in the same folder that holds them in the application database. If they still cannot be found, the user is given an opportunity to locate the files. If they still cannot be found, the application terminates.


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