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Alpha Offline - how long for?

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    Alpha Offline - how long for?

    Hi Everyone,

    This is my first post to the forum, so be gentle with me. :)

    I have built an access database which manages activity centres. Tracks courses, customers, transactions, equipment servicing etc.

    I am in the planning stages of upgrading to Alpha and moving it to a browser/mobile based solution. The thing that sold it to me was the offline access capabilities, but having investigated a bit further, I'm not sure if Alpha does what i require. Can anyone please advise?

    Because of where many of the centres are, internet access can be unreliable and slow (none for two weeks straight at one point this year, then fine but slow.) Centre owners are very aware of this and are not interested in an online only solution. So can I have a local system (a local web server) which synchronises with the online service when there is internet access? As far as i can see, this is not what Alpha's offline capabilities are.

    Thanks for your help!

    Oli

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    Re: Alpha Offline - how long for?

    Welcome to the forum.
    Your query might be better placed here https://forum.alphasoftware.com/foru...r-Applications since more people will see it and may provide better answers.

    I do desktop only, but know alpha has worked extensively on offline capabilities for the web, but not sure about 2 weeks worth.

    Good Luck
    Dave Mason
    [email protected]
    Skype is dave.mason46

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      Re: Alpha Offline - how long for?

      Originally posted by Oliverwatkins View Post
      Hi Everyone,

      This is my first post to the forum, so be gentle with me. :)

      I have built an access database which manages activity centres. Tracks courses, customers, transactions, equipment servicing etc.

      I am in the planning stages of upgrading to Alpha and moving it to a browser/mobile based solution. The thing that sold it to me was the offline access capabilities, but having investigated a bit further, I'm not sure if Alpha does what i require. Can anyone please advise?

      Because of where many of the centres are, internet access can be unreliable and slow (none for two weeks straight at one point this year, then fine but slow.) Centre owners are very aware of this and are not interested in an online only solution. So can I have a local system (a local web server) which synchronises with the online service when there is internet access? As far as i can see, this is not what Alpha's offline capabilities are.

      Thanks for your help!

      Oli
      To do what you want you'd need to get the alpha server, use your access mdb (I assume mdb) as your data source then create the ux (dialogs), grids, pages, etc. When you make LISTS those are what can facilitate offline mode and syncing of which you speak is between the mobile devices and your publically facing alpha server.

      Here's a good place to start getting info. Alpha Videos: type offline in the search. http://videos.alphasoftware.com/vam_video_grid.a5w

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        Re: Alpha Offline - how long for?

        Oliver like Clint stated however. Thought has to be given to ?????/how long and how often you are going to be able to connect? and what info is to be on the device etc..
        If you are not with in range for a bit or days may effect what you do and how.
        Nicholas Wieland
        LedgerSuite.com Corp
        [email protected]
        http://www.ledgersuite.com

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          Re: Alpha Offline - how long for?

          I believe you're talking about synchronizing data between satellite servers and a main server... not really offline stuff. You'll be running an Intranet where users are going to be online locally... there is no off-line between your users and your local server. When you do have an internet service you want your local server to sync with your main server. This is purely a SQL Update process... and certainly possible with Alpha.

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            Re: Alpha Offline - how long for?

            Thank you everyone for your help and answers.

            I think my question has been answered- the offline capabilities might work, but if there is a long delay between internet sessions, there might not be sufficient space. So, would have to go for Davidk's solution for a more robust solution.

            The problems of developing something in a country with BAD internet!

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