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Emulating Development and Production Environments with DbGen applications. Promoting sets of files from test to production.

Product: DbGen Type: Frequently Asked Question

This is a description of a scenario that we recently tested with a client, and everything worked as expected.
The customer had originally imported a set of files to DbGen and they had formed the basis of their application. So at this point, they had one set of database files, and one DbGen application, which was effectively a production application, because the files that were initially built had all been put into production.
Then the time came to do some work on those files. So the customer created a new DbGen application, called XXXTEST, pointing to test libraries, and imported the production files to this application. Then development was done, files were changed and fields added, etc.
Then the time came to promote the new files to production, and what we did then was rename the existing dbgen application to XXXOLD, and renamed XXXTEST to XXX, and changed the application to point to the production libraries.
Finally, the customer marked her files in application XXX to be recreated, and because the application was now pointing to production files, it correctly picked up the data from the production files, and rebuilt the new files, with updates layouts, into the production libraries.
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