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I'm a Professional Engineer that focuses on Software Engineering. I own and run Zinck Computer Group. This blog will generally be talking about business software but I will also talk about other things that hit my desk and interest me.
By Chris Zinck on 10/2/2009 12:00 AM
We had a problem last week regarding a custom Accpac view we were developing. It was a straight flat file view with no business logic. We cobbled it together basically to get the table created in the database with the appropriate data dictionary entries. We’ll never call it except for the initial ViewCreate call.

The problem was that it would load fine on our development workstations but not on the customers server. After scratching our heads a bit, we ran DEPENDS on the DLL to see if there were any missing dependencies. Sure enough, it was reporting that it couldn’t find the Visual C runtime (V8). Since Accpac uses the same runtime, we couldn’t understand what was going on.

Turns out that the default build in the Accpac SDK uses the –manifest switch. This embeds a Windows manifest file in the resources of the DLL. The manifest specifies the build of the MSVC runtime and sets it to the newest version on the build machine. Since we had a newer version than what was loaded on the customers machine,...
By Chris Zinck on 9/7/2009 12:00 AM
I installed Windows 7 Enterprise on my laptop over the weekend. I think I use way too much software. While the Windows 7 install went very smoothly, it really takes a couple of days for me to get the rest of my software installed. It isn’t really a full time thing, its just insert CD, start install, walk away, come back later and start the next install.

So far, there haven’t been any compatibility problems with any of the programs I use. My VPN software complained about not supporting this platform, but that was easily dealt with by installing in Vista compatibility mode.

I think I like it.
By Chris Zinck on 8/29/2009 12:00 AM
Welcome to my home on the Zinck Computer Group blog. I’m generally going to be talking about business software and development but I will also talk about other things that hit my desk and interest me.

Since we do sales, installation, support, training and development with various business software packages, the posts will probably range quite widely.

Since you are reading this, I hope you enjoy my posts but if not please comment anyway. I can take all kinds of criticism.



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