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Alpha 5 as FE to SQL server.

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  • Alpha 5 as FE to SQL server.

    Can we use Alpha 5 as front end either Oracle or SQL server?

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    RE: Alpha 5 as FE to SQL server.

    ODBC Support works with any SQL Data and extensive data import and export


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      RE: Alpha 5 as FE to SQL server.


      Yes you can; in a limited fashion. Starting with version 7 and continuing with SQL Server 2000, Micosoft has enlarged the scope of data types and also supports unicode data.

      What this means to an Alpha user is that, if you have an SQL file with standard datatypes and field length limits that closely mimic those allowed by dBase and FoxPro (Alpha's native data file format), you can link to the table(s) and view them. You cannot query them, or directly interact with the data they contain. You can probably get Alpha to generate reports from that data as well.

      If you are trying to connect to an already existing SQL Server database, set up with it's default field characteristics, there is a very good chance that you won't be able to connect at all.

      If you already have an SQL Server database established, and you want to create forms, queries, data operations, reports, etc., you should use Access 2000, or 2002 (in the new Office XP). It's expressly designed for this purpose and supports all the major SQL Server features such as expanded data types, XML data exchange, Web capabilities, as well as direct connection to and a shared programming language (VBA) with SQL Server.

      I'm told that Alpha Five version 6 (now in the works along with version 5) will have connection and front end support for the major big, back-end database players.

      I don't know if all this is true for Oracle but, given the bigger database companies' emphasis on operating in a global economy and handling large amounts of e-commerce traffic on the Web, I think that it's likey the same situation with them(?).

      Hope this helps a bit...


      Geoff Hollander


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        RE: Alpha 5 as FE to SQL server.


        Thanks for a very concise explanation about Alpha 5 present capability. So for the time being maybe I will just continue using Access 2000/2002 on my SQL database projects.


        • #5
          RE: Alpha 5 as FE to SQL server.

          I very recently tried using A5 as the FE to SQL Server at one of my clients. I was able to log in, and was successful in the following:

          1st record came up on my main form, pressed my FIND button, (Using Peter Waynes method of having a Browse and the OnKey event queries as you type letters of the name you desire). I dbl clicked on the browse the browse closed and the desired person displayed fine. If I wanted to edit or enter a new record though, I got an SQL Error S1092 - invalid attribute/option identifier. I'm not certain that I really had Write permission though.

          Was able to do several QBF's and that worked fine. The problem was, when leaving the main form to select what type of label to print I lost the query and it would try to print all 7,200 Employees. So there are some problems, but it was very easy getting as far as I did.

          I'm assuming that most people are doing downloads from SQL and then using A5 to do additional processing whereas, I really needed to be the FE

          Just thought I would pass on this info.