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Looking for Local Alpha 5 Trainer

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    Looking for Local Alpha 5 Trainer

    I need to become a high level user of Alpha 5, and fast.

    I realize there are many videos explaing different concepts, and I will be reviewing them.

    However, I would also like to get some one on one training to answer any questions I may have and to help with specific questions about the application I am trying to build.

    I live and work in Southestern Michigan, and would like to find someone local.

    Is there an Alpha Resource that can help me find someone?

    Do you have a list of Alpha Consultants to choose from?

    I am mostly interested in the web functionality. I understand the database side pretty well.

    Re: Looking for Local Alpha 5 Trainer

    Larry of DE NetPlus fame?

    You can find 20+ Developers here and search by geography. Also if you go to the Member List of this forum, and sort by Posts you will find Cal in the top ten, SE Michigan.
    Steve Wood
    See my profile on IADN


      Re: Looking for Local Alpha 5 Trainer

      Hey Steve!

      Yes, one and the same. I loved DE Plus, but they just haven't moved it forward in years. I start full time Monday on a new project using Alpha 5.

      So I need to get up to speed quickly on the web side, which is my weakest link.

      It's great to hear from you, and thanks for that info, I'll review the names and get in touch with someone.

      Anyone else hanging around that I might know?


        Re: Looking for Local Alpha 5 Trainer

        A bunch of DE fans have come around. I'll drop the names to you in a private message as I think of them. Not the core die-hard PLM guys, but a couple of the guys most involved in the 9/11 work done by DE developers (Tom and Al).

        I get the advertisements from the new DE company where they want DE to regain its stature by focusing on the past and realizing the original dream (that's how the the message reads). I still have my DE NetPlus hardbound manuals - the product was ahead of its time, in its time. I still support some DE Windows applications and even one DFD app.

        Also on training, you can attend my free Friday Noon (Pacific) Alpha Roundtable Discussion at Every Friday unless I am out.
        Steve Wood
        See my profile on IADN


          Re: Looking for Local Alpha 5 Trainer

          And, where in SE Michigan? I grew up in Grand Rapids, lived in Cassopolis for a while, etc.


            Re: Looking for Local Alpha 5 Trainer

            I live in Lake Orion, Mi and work in Grand Blanc. Both are a couple hours away from G.R.