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Why not a monthly bulletin from Alpha Software ?

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    Why not a monthly bulletin from Alpha Software ?

    May I suggest that Alpha could publish a monthly bulletin on their Web site on differents topics. only one topic per month, but explained in details with screens etc. Something similar to "Learning Alpha", but published by the program designers.

    For instance:

    -How to install Alpha on a Network and be efficient.

    -How to use posting, with an example.

    -How to design a dialog box

    -How to design a multi-button to search for names in a table.

    Or it could also be a step by step examples for designing a complete application, but published on a monthly basis.

    And many many other subjects that could be proposed by the users.

    Some of the "Learning Alpha" articles could be used as reference or as starting point for a more exhaustive article on the same subject.

    Each bulletin could have reference to the User Guide, or XBasic book, and may be to a specific example such as the inventory sample provided with the program.

    This board could be a complement to those articles.

    After a couple of years that will consists of a very valuable reference site for designers.

    This is just a thought or ... a dream!


    RE: Why not a monthly bulletin from Alpha Software


    Right on --- this might be a way for the company to simulate all of the good examples and hand-holding tutoring offered in the A4 Manual which was EXCELLENT for a non-programmer - newbie.

    Ken the A5 Newbie


      RE: Why not a monthly bulletin from Alpha Software


      TYVM :) kenn

      Knowing what you can achieve will not become reality until you imagine and explore.


        RE: Why not a monthly bulletin from Alpha Software

        Great idea -

        How can we make it happen?



          RE: Why not a monthly bulletin from Alpha Software


          I discussed with Richard Rabins the tip of the week (ala a ZDNET tip) e-mail, newsletter etc back a number of months ago. I'm not sure of the final form, but I think something along the lines of what you suggest is in the works.


          Ira J. Perlow
          Computer Systems Design & Associates
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            RE: Why not a monthly bulletin from Alpha Software


            Let us wish it will materialize.




              RE: Why not a monthly bulletin from Alpha Software


              Here, here!

              Geoff Hollander


                RE: Why not a monthly bulletin from Alpha Software

                The tips site is making progress. I hope it will be on-line within the next couple weeks but no promises. There are still a couple minor items to get ironed out.

                It won't be as comprehensive as JPs suggestion but it will add a new dimension to the help available on the Alpha site. (It will be located on Alpha's home website rather than this message board but one of the details we are working on is to add a link here.)

                HINT: Start thinking about tips, tricks, or techniques that you can submit. We will need a short 'abstract' (1-3 sentences) and a detail section not to exceed 3000 characters.

                Useful tips would include:
                - Ideas that apply to fairly common tasks, such as queries.
                - Tips used for common types of applications, such as inventory control.
                - Procedures that would be considered good practice, such as using a separate table for menus.
                - Simple scripts that simplify common operations, or make them more useful.

                Tips to avoid:
                - Topics already available in either the Help or Readme files (although we will consider tips that might be very hard to find in Help, or tips which expand on Help topics).
                - Long scripts (which would be more appropriate in the Code Archive) or complicated procedures.
                - Topics with limited applicability, such as solutions to specific problems in unique applications.


                  RE: Why not a monthly bulletin from Alpha Software

                  Looks like my dream comes true...!



                    RE: Why not a monthly bulletin from Alpha Software

                    OK, now how about some tip suggestions??


                      RE: Why not a monthly bulletin from Alpha Software

                      How about a query to mark duplicates. The operation for Mark Duplicates only marks 1/2. Example:

                      1/1/01 Pancakes Cafe1
                      1/1/01 Pancakes Cafe2

                      Assuming the duplicate field criteria is the date and food item, the mark duplicate operation will only mark one of the above items. Thus the report, printing marked records, will not show the true story, only 1/2 of it. The query should mark BOTH records.

                      TYVM :) kenn

                      Knowing what you can achieve will not become reality until you imagine and explore.