Superkalle, on 24 September 2010 - 11:51 PM, said:
Ghyde, You can post your problem in this thread so that everyone can benefit. No problem.
Regarding the question you sent, I don't know why it won't install on your PC. I haven't heard any major complaints from other users. You have to be very specfic about exactly what steps you have taken, any error messages you get and what you computer configuration is.
Then you also had another question, which I think is valid. Your question was
Well, you're right, the best thing would be to convert LDD Manager to proper development environment that could produce an exe-file. However, the advantage of Access is that it's super fast for making database driven programs. And because LDD Manager is a fan created software, that all I had time to do (plus I'm not too good with other development environments). So for the time being, I'm sorry but the Access version is all I can do. But your question was a good and fair one.
I think you need to reconsider if Access is what you need. Nowadays, developers using the Microsoft type of IDE use Microsoft's SQL language if they're heavily using databases. Or they roll a custom implementation in code that does what they need it to do.
Another question springs to mind: Would you be willing to either consider handing it to someone else to develop or to make the project open source?
Also a lot of professional programmers program nowadays in C# or C++ languages, because these languages are well suited to database management and manipulation.
As to what I did, I unpacked the LDD Manager install package to a directory on my hard drive, and then unpacked and ran the MS Access package in the same directory.
As to the time requirements to manage all of this, well, I guess that's up to what you can fit into your schedule. But there are serious benefits to upgrading to something that can be built right into your program distribution itself and which does not require extra program runtimes.
Edit: I got it to run with some warnings about unsafe scripts. I ran the .mdb file. Previously, I was running the .vbs file which apparently does nothing to start the .mdb file?
Another thing to add, that I just found. I don't care about the parts like that which are fairly common and are parts LDD no longer uses. EG 3703 Technic beam 16L. But what would I do if I would like LDD Manager to order these from BrickLink if they exist, regardless of whether they're supported parts in LDD or not? Currently, LDD Manager excludes them from the BOM, can I get it to include unsupported parts that BrickLink has but LDD doesn't have orderable colors of in the DesignByMe palette?
This is a bit weird, I don't care if LDD's DesignByMe palette has something or not, I just care if I can order that part from BrickLink if that color exists in both LDD's LU mode and was manufactured for use in a set that TLG released, and was therefore parted out by a BrickLink seller so that I could buy it off them.
Edited by ghyde, 25 September 2010 - 12:57 PM.