Now let’s use your Computer Shop databases and sync some of them up with a Palm. To set up your handheld:
Here’s what the various properties do:
This is how the field will look on the handheld and how data is entered into the field there. There are several available formats.
Standard This is just a regular old field, which allows entry of characters up to 2K in length.
Single Checkbox Makes the field a checkbox using just the first value of the selected value list. Useful for checking “Yes” or “Active” or “Call back?”
Notes This is a big scrolling field, which allows the same 2K of characters as a Standard type field.
Pop-Up Menu Gives user a list of choices to select from, based on the specified value list.
Pop-Up List Also gives user a list of choices to select from, based on the specified value list, but also allows a user to enter their own value.
Allow Entry into Field
If this isn’t checked for a field, the field will be read-only on the handheld.
Use Auto Capitalization
If this is checked, entry into this field on the handheld will automatically be formatted in sentence case (i.e., first word capitalizes, as in “Yo, my dog just vomited in the closet!”).
Use Custom Label
Use this to name the field labels something other than what they’re defined with in Define Fields. For instance, you’ll probably use custom labels to make the leading B and S in your field names more intuitive (e.g., “Ship Address 1”).
The Synchronization area of the dialog is an important one to understand, as it sets how the records in the handheld and the desktop will be reconciled with one another. Here’s what the three different choices mean:
Duplicate Records Means the records in the handheld will all be created as new records in the desktop database, perhaps causing there to be duplicate records (if the record still exists on the desktop when syncing). This is a dangerous option that can mess things up so use with care.
Handheld overwrites desktop If any changes are made to a record in either the handheld or the desktop database, the changes made to the handheld’s version of the record “wins” and will overwrite the desktop database.
Desktop overwrites handheld The exact opposite of the above; the desktop copy of the database’s changes will “win.”
Now you can check to see that everything is ready to sync this database between handheld and desktop.
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