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Considering A5V9 - couple questions.

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  • Considering A5V9 - couple questions.

    I am considering A5V9 and have a couple of questions that I can't find specific answers for on the website.

    1. Can you run standard SQL commands against native dbf tables?

    2. Can you access Visual Foxpro tables using the VFP ODBC driver?

    3. How flexible is the reporting system? We are in the habit of doing very sophisticated reports with the report writer built in to VFP; however, we are not using the VFP Version 9 report writer because of some delay issues when printing to a local parallel printer.

    Thanks for your help.
    John J. Fatte', CPA
    PRO-WARE, LLC
    Omaha, NE 68137

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    Re: Considering A5V9 - couple questions.

    Hi John,

    I would just like to answer "3. How flexible is the reporting system?" with a very simple answer. Very Flexible.

    I have have seen some very clever reports built with Alpha.

    It all depends on what you mean by flexible.

    If the data is on the system then it can used in a report. Plus all the other little tricks of displaying calculated fields and fields conditionally.

    In the first place there is plenty of help here, and I know I've had plenty of it.
    Regards
    Keith Hubert
    Alpha Guild Member
    London.
    KHDB Management Systems
    Skype = keith.hubert


    For your day-to-day Needs, you Need an Alpha Database!

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      Re: Considering A5V9 - couple questions.

      Thanks for the reply Keith.

      I guess by flexible, I mean groupings, calculations, conditional printing, etc. Plus, in Visual Foxpro, we use a third party tool called XFRX that allows you to print your reports to a variety of different formats, Word, Excel (although this doesn't work as nice as we would like), ASCII, and PDF. It also allows you to append reports to a single PDF file, for example.

      When I look at applications, the first thing I like to look at are the reports that are generated; consequently, our reports tend to be over the top when it comes to data. As long as we can do an SQL to get the data grouped properly and the report writer handles the basics, I think we'll be ok.
      John J. Fatte', CPA
      PRO-WARE, LLC
      Omaha, NE 68137

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        Re: Considering A5V9 - couple questions.

        V9 has



        for printing to a file.
        There can be only one.

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          Re: Considering A5V9 - couple questions.

          Hi John,

          Please see thumbnails of two recent reports both from the same application.

          Showing reports like this only shows the finished result, which is what they are intended to do, from your point of view the interest would be on how they are constructed.

          I think they demonstrate flexibility. Between them they contain all the elements you mentioned.
          groupings, calculations, conditional printing
          Regards
          Keith Hubert
          Alpha Guild Member
          London.
          KHDB Management Systems
          Skype = keith.hubert


          For your day-to-day Needs, you Need an Alpha Database!

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            Re: Considering A5V9 - couple questions.

            Originally posted by Stan Mathews View Post
            V9 has



            for printing to a file.
            Thank you Stan. I'm really liking what I'm seeing.
            John J. Fatte', CPA
            PRO-WARE, LLC
            Omaha, NE 68137

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              Re: Considering A5V9 - couple questions.

              Originally posted by Keith Hubert View Post
              Hi John,

              Please see thumbnails of two recent reports both from the same application.

              Showing reports like this only shows the finished result, which is what they are intended to do, from your point of view the interest would be on how they are constructed.

              I think they demonstrate flexibility. Between them they contain all the elements you mentioned.
              Keith

              Yes, I've looked at some of the documentation for the report writer and it looks very capable. Combined with your sample report, I think we're finding A5V9 to be a very good alternative to our current development tool.
              John J. Fatte', CPA
              PRO-WARE, LLC
              Omaha, NE 68137

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