The Alpha Software Forum Participation Guidelines

The Alpha Software Forum is a free forum created for Alpha Software Developer Community to ask for help, exchange ideas, and share solutions. Alpha Software strives to create an environment where all members of the community can feel safe to participate. In order to ensure the Alpha Software Forum is a place where all feel welcome, forum participants are expected to behave as follows:
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  • Stay on topic

Be sure all comments and threads you post are respectful. Posts that contain any of the following content will be considered a violation of your agreement as a member of the Alpha Software Forum Community and will be moderated:
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If a thread or post is found to contain any of the content outlined above, a moderator may choose to take one of the following actions:
  • Remove the Post or Thread - the content is removed from the forum.
  • Place the User in Moderation - all posts and new threads must be approved by a moderator before they are posted.
  • Temporarily Ban the User - user is banned from forum for a period of time.
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Moderators may also rename posts and threads if they are too generic or do not property reflect the content.

Moderators may move threads if they have been posted in the incorrect forum.

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The owners of Alpha Software Corporation (Forum Owner) reserve the right to remove, edit, move, or close any thread for any reason; or ban any forum member without notice, reason, or explanation.

Community members are encouraged to click the "Report Post" icon in the lower left of a given post if they feel the post is in violation of the rules. This will alert the Moderators to take a look.

Alpha Software Corporation may amend the guidelines from time to time and may also vary the procedures it sets out where appropriate in a particular case. Your agreement to comply with the guidelines will be deemed agreement to any changes to it.

Bonus TIPS for Successful Posting

Try a Search First
It is highly recommended that a Search be done on your topic before posting, as many questions have been answered in prior posts. As with any search engine, the shorter the search term, the more "hits" will be returned, but the more specific the search term is, the greater the relevance of those "hits". Searching for "table" might well return every message on the board while "tablesum" would greatly restrict the number of messages returned.

When you do post
First, make sure you are posting your question in the correct forum. For example, if you post an issue regarding Desktop applications on the Mobile & Browser Applications board , not only will your question not be seen by the appropriate audience, it may also be removed or relocated.

The more detail you provide about your problem or question, the more likely someone is to understand your request and be able to help. A sample database with a minimum of records (and its support files, zipped together) will make it much easier to diagnose issues with your application. Screen shots of error messages are especially helpful.

When explaining how to reproduce your problem, please be as detailed as possible. Describe every step, click-by-click and keypress-by-keypress. Otherwise when others try to duplicate your problem, they may do something slightly different and end up with different results.

A note about attachments
You may only attach one file to each message. Attachment file size is limited to 2MB. If you need to include several files, you may do so by zipping them into a single archive.

If you forgot to attach your files to your post, please do NOT create a new thread. Instead, reply to your original message and attach the file there.

When attaching screen shots, it is best to attach an image file (.BMP, .JPG, .GIF, .PNG, etc.) or a zip file of several images, as opposed to a Word document containing the screen shots. Because Word documents are prone to viruses, many message board users will not open your Word file, therefore limiting their ability to help you.

Similarly, if you are uploading a zipped archive, you should simply create a .ZIP file and not a self-extracting .EXE as many users will not run your EXE file.
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Recomendations about an Alpha5 application host?

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  • Recomendations about an Alpha5 application host?

    Does anyone have good or bad experience with current Alpha5 application hosts? I am going to be in the market to use one and would like to avoid any obviously poor services if someone else was unfortunate enough to discover them. Are the hosts advertised on the Alpha5 site the only options?

    I will probably opt for VPS to start. Reliability is critical. My clients will not need to use it more than a few times a week but that time cannot be made up later so missed data entry will stay missed if the host is not reliable.

    Thanks in advance for recommendations.


  • #2
    Re: Recomendations about an Alpha5 application host?

    I'm familiar with Zebrahost and Webjogger, and recommend both. If there are others it's only for my own ignorance so I'm not dismissing anyone else.


    • #3
      Re: Recomendations about an Alpha5 application host?

      I use Zebrahost and highly recommend the service. Clive is very responsive. He has an understanding of Alpha and a relationship with the developers. He's worked through a couple snags with me until they were fully resolved.


      • #4
        Re: Recomendations about an Alpha5 application host?

        I also recommend ZebraHost. I have over a dozen customers using ZebraHost VPS with good results. Clive is very responsive...the man must never sleep!

        Pat Bremkamp
        MindKicks Consulting


        • #5
          Re: Recomendations about an Alpha5 application host?

          I found it odd that prices for plans were not posted at the Zebrahost site.

          Can anyone cite some rough numbers?
          Frank R


          • #6
            Re: Recomendations about an Alpha5 application host?

            I just googled and went to their site and found this....


            Isn't this what you need?
            It is only when we forget all our learning that we begin to know.
            It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see.
            Henry David Thoreau


            • #7
              Re: Recomendations about an Alpha5 application host?

              That's it - thank you.
              Frank R


              • #8
                Re: Recomendations about an Alpha5 application host?

                Thanks for the replys. Think I will go with Zebra host for a year and see how things go.