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    Sample Programmers Required

    Ok, I've done my share. I've dropped 3 sample A5 programs into the 'Code Archive' and hope that each one of you do the same.
    Look at all the useful programs that sit idle on our machines that others can learn from!


    RE: Sample Programmers Required

    Hi Bob,

    You certainly have done your share. I've enjoyed examining your samples and I thank you for posting them.

    I have an article at learn which includes a download of a small archival application. I don't see much point in posting a duplicate here, do you. Perhaps this notice is sufficient.

    The title is "Query on child records."

    All the best,
    Bill Hanigsberg


      RE: Sample Programmers Required

      Hi Bob
      I finally broke down and bought Ver4 along with the learn XBasic book. I should have done it along time ago but time didn't permit learning something new. Our company is so pleased with the power Alpha5 that I have been requested to start moving toward getting away from our mainframe system and using A5. (We have an ancient Zerox, cira 1967, software system). After reading the Xbasic book, I have already started creating the main screens that will be needed along with the login scripts. I figured since that was in the book I would start there. The logic is starting to make more sense now. I had no idea was "dim" meant a few days ago. With that said; I will be experimenting a lot in the next month and hopefully will come up with things that may be useful to others. If so, I'll post.
      BTW, are there any other 'good' known books on XBasic? I have a feeling there is much more to it than what is in the Alpha Software book, but it is a great start.

      Mick Magnuson


        RE: Sample Programmers Required

        Thanks for the kind words Bill. I guess the point that I was trying to make was that I find the 'Code Archive' area relatively [b]empty.

        I would personally like to see a very active (and full!) sample code area so all users could benefit.

        I'll try and polish up a few more samples as time permits.



          RE: Sample Programmers Required

          If your going to be working with older mainframe data, you might want to read up on the capabilities of Alpha Five and ODBC. If there's a ODBC driver available for your legacy data, Alpha Five might be able to use the data 'as is'.

          As far as available books, I haven't kept up... I still use the 2 books by Dr. Peter Wayne. (he heads up the excellent web site www.learn



            RE: Sample Programmers Required

            I forgot to add... you might want to get the 'printed' version of the XBasic help file. It might save you a lot of time.

            You can get it from Living Documents (781) 899-1005
            It comes in a nice coiled binder that I have next to me when writing XBasic scripts. Invaluable.