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  • Embed input form on website?

    Hi, I'm evaluating Alpha Five (and lots of other tools)

    I need to be able to create a registration form that takes credit card information, then embed the form on my website for the general public to use to input data and submit it to the database without logging into an application.

    Is this possible?

    Thanks for your help.

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    Re: Embed input form on website?

    Absolutely. On Oct. 2 there was a great webinar on Alpha5 v9 web applications by Steve Workings. Alpha always has great training webinars for people wanting to learn the functionality of Alpha. Not to mention a great community and great developers. I highly recommend the software. It is easy to use and has more functionality than any other database platform I have ever seen. (Access, Filemaker, etc)

    This is a link to a great video on hosting your web app.
    http://www.alphasoftware.com/alphafive/video/alphavps/

    I can't find an example of exactly what your looking for right now but I am sure someone else out there can. I know a lot of people use alpha to collect credit card information on the web.



    Keith is right. I apologize. You can not embed a desktop form on a web page. But you can mock a desktop form fairly closely on your web page. Either way the data still ties into your database and the information is collected from over the web.
    Last edited by goldberg2727; 10-05-2008, 04:37 PM. Reason: Wrong Information
    Lee Goldberg
    Software Development and Sales
    Shore Consultants Ltd.
    [email protected]
    www.shorecon.com

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      Re: Embed input form on website?

      Hi Cynthia,

      Welcome to Alpha.

      I think this is a question best asked in the Web Server section.

      If you are asking if you can design a form in the desk top and the use that on a web page, then I'm afraid that cant be done.

      To get "the general public to input data and submit it to the database without logging into an application", on a web page, yes that can be done.
      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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      • #4
        Re: Embed input form on website?

        Thanks guys for the quick answers! I thought maybe the app web server section was for just server admin type questions so I'll go there from now on I guess. I won't ever be using A5 apps on desktop.

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