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How about a release?

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  • Re: How about a release?

    Not wanting to show off but, I must be on the list twice (is this good? :D )

    Sorry, harping back to the documentation/getting beginners started thing ... has anyone noticed that the Alpha training is for version 7.
    Last edited by Kevin30-98; 10-21-2009, 04:32 AM.


    • Re: How about a release?

      Originally posted by forskare View Post
      I must be on the same list as Peter. What time is lunch?

      Yesterday :p


      • Re: How about a release?

        Originally posted by Richard Rabins View Post
        Are you aware of the training courses on building web apps that Alpha Five has been offering that were created by Steve Working?

        for more info please email me at [email protected]

        (there is a video course on building web apps from scratch and a video course on building desktop apps from scratch. Each course is about 4 hours and is broken into chapters and lessons within each chapter)

        This course will be updated for v10
        Richard, I just wanted to weigh in. I've been an Alpha Software customer since Alpha4 version 3 (I used to enjoy kicking the stuffing out of dBase competitors; "How did you do that?"). Alpha has always been somewhat short on documentation resources - as a "niche" product, there just isn't the same user base you have with, say, a LAMP suite. Thus, general Internet inquiries about performing a function just don't get the responses. And, I get frustrated sometimes looking for how to do something simple and know there's a simple check box to get it done, but can't find it in the documentation.

        But, from my perspective, that's the nature of the beast, so to speak. In an imperfect world, I see this lack of documentation and resources as the "price of entry" to being able to just clobber my competitors in terms of turning out enterprise-caliber solutions at a significant discount.

        The amount of time I am able divert from actual coding to other value-add functions like Project Management, Business Analysis, and Software Design means I turnout a better quality product, in less time, and at lower cost.

        Anyway, my final observation is that great documentation NEVER emanates from the provider - for me, all of the best books on any language have always come from third parties. Example: Microsoft has their online tech resources, but I can never seem to make practical use of them. I always find a better example or description or solution from someone else on an Internet forum.

        In the end, I would clearly appreciate better documentation, but, if offered the choice between that and the improvements being made to the product, I choose the latter.

        Those of you out there with some Project Management experience will recognize the "Triple Constraints" of Time, Scope and Resources. If the choice is between 1) Version 6 with great documentation, 2) Version 10, with great documentation, for $9,999.00 or 3) Version 10 with the current documentation solutions being offered, which do you prefer?