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Is is possible to add a field to a table at run time? If it is possible, can you give me a sample code? Thanks!
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by:Epsylon
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You can use SQL to do that in most cases:

procedure TDataForm.CreateTableButtonClick(Sender: TObject);

var
  SQLstmt: String;
begin
  Database1.Connected := True;
  SQLstmt := 'CREATE TABLE NewCusts ' +
    '( ' +
    '  CustNo INTEGER, ' +
    '  Company CHAR(40), ' +
    '  State CHAR(2), ' +
    '  PRIMARY KEY (CustNo) ' +
    ')';
  Database1.Execute(SQLstmt, nil, False, nil);
end;
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by:simonet
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FOllowing...
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kretzschmar earned 400 total points
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hi eps,

thats not exactly what is asked for

hi xiangenhu,
you can use a sql statement like this

alter table YourTableName add testCol char(10)

just put it in a query and use the execSQL-method

sample (Databasename is properly filled):
query1.Clear;
query1.Sql.Add('alter table YourTableName add testCol char(10)');
try
  query1.ExecSQL;
except
  //there was an error
end;

meikl

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hi alex ;-)
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Epsylon changed the proposed answer to a comment
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by:simonet
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Hello, Meikl! Hello, Epsylon! How are you folks?
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by:Epsylon
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Everything's going ok here, thanks. How are you?
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by:simonet
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Quite fine, thanks! Just bought Delphi 5 Developers Guide, and there's really a lot to read... lots of thing I gotta catch up with.

Alex
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by:kretzschmar
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hi both,

i'm fine too. have terrible much work at last time.
working on three projects at same time.
Delphi 5 Developers Guide seems to be good.
shall i buy it, too?

well, nice to meet you.

meikl
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listen
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by:Stefaan
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Hi,

This has absulutely nothing to do with the question, but Meikl or Alex, is the Delphi 5 Developers Guide worth buying ?

I have bought the Delphi 5 Enterprise a few months ago, and am really looking for some good books.

Thanks a lot,

Stefaan
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by:xiangenhu
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Great answer. I have implemented and it works! Thanks a lot!
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by:kretzschmar
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hi xiangenhu,

glad to helped you
good luck again.

to stefaan,
i don't have it and i want also to know if this a good book.
btw. how are you?

to alex,
can you tell a bit about the book?

meikl
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by:Stefaan
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Meikl,

Well, I'm back from wherever I was ;-)
Had quite a lot of work to do, but now that it is done, I'm back to some Experts-Exhange work again.

By the way, I just ordered the book, so I hope it will be a good one ;-)

Best regards,


Stefaan
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by:simonet
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Sure... the book is very good, pretty much worth the money.

I also have Delphi 2 Developer's Guide, and there are many things in common, many similar chapters. But D5 DDG inovates in what Delphi 5: COM, CORBA, MTS-support, Internet development, etc.

Besides, there's a direct channel to the authors, Steve Texeira and Xavier Pacheco, through their own newsgroup.

The only think I believe the book lacks is not covering enough of the OpenTools API. Since many things changed from D4 to D5 regarding the OpenTools API, I believe D5 DDG should cover some of it. After all, Ray Lischner's book, Hidden Paths of Delphi 3, is already getting outta date.

Anyhow, it's a must-have for any serious Delphi developer. I rate it 4 1/2 stars (out of 5 max)

Alex
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