The Alpha Software Forum Participation Guidelines

The Alpha Software Forum is a free forum created for Alpha Software Developer Community to ask for help, exchange ideas, and share solutions. Alpha Software strives to create an environment where all members of the community can feel safe to participate. In order to ensure the Alpha Software Forum is a place where all feel welcome, forum participants are expected to behave as follows:
  • Be professional in your conduct
  • Be kind to others
  • Be constructive when giving feedback
  • Be open to new ideas and suggestions
  • Stay on topic

Be sure all comments and threads you post are respectful. Posts that contain any of the following content will be considered a violation of your agreement as a member of the Alpha Software Forum Community and will be moderated:
  • Spam.
  • Vulgar language.
  • Quotes from private conversations without permission, including pricing and other sales related discussions.
  • Personal attacks, insults, or subtle put-downs.
  • Harassment, bullying, threatening, mocking, shaming, or deriding anyone.
  • Sexist, racist, homophobic, transphobic, ableist, or otherwise discriminatory jokes and language.
  • Sexually explicit or violent material, links, or language.
  • Pirated, hacked, or copyright-infringing material.
  • Encouraging of others to engage in the above behaviors.

If a thread or post is found to contain any of the content outlined above, a moderator may choose to take one of the following actions:
  • Remove the Post or Thread - the content is removed from the forum.
  • Place the User in Moderation - all posts and new threads must be approved by a moderator before they are posted.
  • Temporarily Ban the User - user is banned from forum for a period of time.
  • Permanently Ban the User - user is permanently banned from the forum.

Moderators may also rename posts and threads if they are too generic or do not property reflect the content.

Moderators may move threads if they have been posted in the incorrect forum.

Threads/Posts questioning specific moderator decisions or actions (such as "why was a user banned?") are not allowed and will be removed.

The owners of Alpha Software Corporation (Forum Owner) reserve the right to remove, edit, move, or close any thread for any reason; or ban any forum member without notice, reason, or explanation.

Community members are encouraged to click the "Report Post" icon in the lower left of a given post if they feel the post is in violation of the rules. This will alert the Moderators to take a look.

Alpha Software Corporation may amend the guidelines from time to time and may also vary the procedures it sets out where appropriate in a particular case. Your agreement to comply with the guidelines will be deemed agreement to any changes to it.

Bonus TIPS for Successful Posting

Try a Search First
It is highly recommended that a Search be done on your topic before posting, as many questions have been answered in prior posts. As with any search engine, the shorter the search term, the more "hits" will be returned, but the more specific the search term is, the greater the relevance of those "hits". Searching for "table" might well return every message on the board while "tablesum" would greatly restrict the number of messages returned.

When you do post
First, make sure you are posting your question in the correct forum. For example, if you post an issue regarding Desktop applications on the Mobile & Browser Applications board , not only will your question not be seen by the appropriate audience, it may also be removed or relocated.

The more detail you provide about your problem or question, the more likely someone is to understand your request and be able to help. A sample database with a minimum of records (and its support files, zipped together) will make it much easier to diagnose issues with your application. Screen shots of error messages are especially helpful.

When explaining how to reproduce your problem, please be as detailed as possible. Describe every step, click-by-click and keypress-by-keypress. Otherwise when others try to duplicate your problem, they may do something slightly different and end up with different results.

A note about attachments
You may only attach one file to each message. Attachment file size is limited to 2MB. If you need to include several files, you may do so by zipping them into a single archive.

If you forgot to attach your files to your post, please do NOT create a new thread. Instead, reply to your original message and attach the file there.

When attaching screen shots, it is best to attach an image file (.BMP, .JPG, .GIF, .PNG, etc.) or a zip file of several images, as opposed to a Word document containing the screen shots. Because Word documents are prone to viruses, many message board users will not open your Word file, therefore limiting their ability to help you.

Similarly, if you are uploading a zipped archive, you should simply create a .ZIP file and not a self-extracting .EXE as many users will not run your EXE file.
See more
See less

"Please come to Boston"

  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • "Please come to Boston"

    Isn't that a line from an old Joan Baez song?

    Anyway, I've got the plane tickets, the rental car the hotel room and have sent the money to Ira. Hope I'm not there alone and that my questions are not too stupid so I won't be too embarrased by my lack of expertise.

    Who else is coming to the conference?

    Should we bring a laptop?


  • #2

    David Loggins, written and performed by...
    There can be only one.


    • #3


      I'm sure you will not be there alone! But to make sure, here's a plug for the conference web site.

      Alpha Five Developer's Conference Web site

      And don't worry about asking a question. I'm sure the other attendees (and speakers too!) will not hold you up to public ridicule (since it is likely they will find themselves in the same boat). And here is a secret tip from me: Some of my best ideas for Alpha 5 have been derived from what I would refer to as a simple question.

      I think stupid questions probably refer to those who, if they performed a simple search of the message board or manual, would have their answer right before them. (RTM, RTFM) where M stands for Manual or Message Board

      I would bring a laptop if it can run A5, so you can try different things youself at the conference. If, on the other hand, you have a 486, 33 Mhz, 250 Meg HD laptop (state of the art in 1993) like mine, you might as well leave it home.

      In addition to your laptop, I would suggest a parallel (not serial) file transfer (laplink) cable to move files back and forth to others and, if you have a network card, a network crossover wire, fo the same reason. Probably a ZIP drive wouldn't be a bad idea either and some blank floppies.

      Alpha 5 Version 5 has some very nice new features, and I am using a beta for handling some of the e-mailing for the conference. Right now, it automatically recieves the Conference form (new A5V5 function), then reads the conference form into a database (which is a real neat, generic web e-mail form conversion to DBF A5V4 function I made). In the next week or so, it should be generating automatic replys to conference registration too.

      Anyway, I'll see you in December!


      Ira J. Perlow
      Computer Systems Design

      CSDA A5 Products
      New - Free CSDA DiagInfo - v1.39, 30 Apr 2013
      CSDA Barcode Functions

      CSDA Code Utility
      CSDA Screen Capture


      • #4
        RE: Attendance and Questions at Conference


        You won't be alone. My wife and I are coming all the way from Louisiana! My wife for the break, and me for the A5.

        I teach computer science at a community college and I can tell you (and anyone else who is reading this) that 'dumb' questions don't exist. I usually teach the same courses over and over again each semester and there is not a student in the workd who cannot ask a question on a point that I never thought of! I'd bet all the presenters will view the 'dumb' questions you and I (and most everyone else) will be asking as a measure of how much we all know about, and still have to learn about Alpha Five.

        You can also look at it this way: it's our money, so we're entitled to ask all the 'dumb' questions we want! See you all there in December.

        Dave Jampole
        Dave Jampole

        Women and cats will do whatever they want. The sooner men and dogs realize that, the happier they will be.


        • #5

          You won't be alone Ohlen, I'll be there along with my laptop.



          • #6

            I'll be there, too. I guess it's time to quit procrastinating and actually buy the airline tickets, reserve the hotel, and register.