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    Hello there,

    Does anyone know how to access an Alpha5 database from a web application - specifically with


  • #2
    Re: ASP.NET Access

    .dbf files should be accessible with an ODBC driver from most systems... but why bother with ASP.Net if you have all that web power available in Alpha5 anyway???? That would be a waste!


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      Re: ASP.NET Access

      I have had some success using the new VisualFoxPro drivers, and then the dbase stuff works in what seems to me to be a clunky fashion. So far as I know there is not a proprietary ODBC or OLEDB driver for the A5 database structure. There are others who a really quite experienced with A5 and may have other suggestions or correct what I just said.

      A5 is reported to be a great web dev platform, but to me the show stopper issue on A5 web dev is the need for their web server application to be installed on the host. Not always something readily done. Given the wide spread use of Apache and IIS, it would have nice to have the web dev piece run in those environments without adding a proprietary app. Still they are not alone in using this kind model, for example Crystal Reports does a similar thing with their report application server and with the way the reports are deployed to the web.

      My interest in A5 is desktop dev and reporting writing so this is not a problem for my use.

      Sorry I could not be of better help.

      John W.


      • #4
        Re: ASP.NET Access

        Hi there,

        Thanks for the replies. I need to use .NET because I need to link info from Alpha5 into a currently existing e-commerce website.

        I'm know very little about Alpha 5 itself - I'll download the trial version and see if I can connect into it using OBDC.

        Any other pointers would be very helpful at this stage.



        • #5
          Re: ASP.NET Access


          My guess is it would be easier, quicker, more cost effective and efficient to re-write the .NET app from scratch in Alpha!



          • #6
            Re: ASP.NET Access

            Originally posted by Andy View Post

            My guess is it would be easier, quicker, more cost effective and efficient to re-write the .NET app from scratch in Alpha!

            I agree there...

            However if that is not an option, then just get a copy of the dbf files you need to access, and use the VisualFox Pro ODBC drivers, you won't need Alpha5 to just access a DBF file.


            • #7
              Re: ASP.NET Access

              ok guys,

              thanks for the help here - rewriting the web app isn't an option - I only need to query 1 table in Alpha 5. i'll give the FoxPro one a try.

              thanks again.