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How do you learn to use this program?

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  • How do you learn to use this program?

    I am trying to build a database for myself, but how in the world am I supposed to use this? Where do I go to learn how to use this? Is this program similar to any other programs, and how does Oracle compare in the learning as well?


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    Re: How do you learn to use this program?

    Hello John,
    Welcome to Alpha.

    I believe that one of the best ways is to use the Alpha tutorials. It steps you through some of the basic design steps in a progressive manner, and has examples based in the alphasport database that you can see as you progress through the tutorials.
    Mike W
    "I rebel in at least small things to express to the world that I have not completely surrendered"


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      Re: How do you learn to use this program?

      John, tell us a bit about your background. i.e. are you struggling with how to organize / structure your database, or are you already familiar with relational database design? Have you created databases with other tools? Which?

      There some books in the online Alpha Software store. Have you considered them?

      Have you looked at any of the samples or templates?

      Do you not know how to find or use the "User's Guide" ?

      If I were starting from scratch, but had some familiarity with other database products (Access, Filemaker, etc.) I'd probably create a new database using one of the many templates that ship with the product. Then I'd play with the resulting example learning how to enter, edit, delete, sort, filter, records in tables and in sets of tables. Then I'd use the design tools to look behind the templates to see how things are built.


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        Re: How do you learn to use this program?

        I can reply to your message with respect to Oracle. Alpha is WAYYYY easier to learn and work with than Oracle. Oracle is a very powerful, and very complex rdbms. For example, in Oracle I struggled with the report code for a report we wanted to make for two weeks, trying to get it to pull data correctly, format the report, etc. I ended up creating the report we needed using passive link tables and sets in Alpha5 in less than 3 hours.

        The easiest way for me to learn Alpha is to go through the sample apps that come with it and view the code. The tutorials are excellent and the support on this message board is outstanding.
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          Re: How do you learn to use this program?

          Originally posted by externals View Post
          I am trying to build a database for myself, but how in the world am I supposed to use this? Where do I go to learn how to use this? Is this program similar to any other programs, and how does Oracle compare in the learning as well?

          As one beginner to another -- A5 requires a number of different skills - database layout, screen layout, program design and if you move to the web there are additional skills as well.

          There are books for beginners and there are programs through Alpha and others.

          A5 is designed for beginners and yet allows for advanced designs.

          Best of luck.
          Greg Wood