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    Need Information

    I am writing a program related to real estate. Would like to get some general information. Please contact me.

    Max Horkins

    RE: Need Information

    I have developed extensive systems in at least one industry pertaining to real estate from A4 through A5v5, and numerous others in Quick Basic before that. Can you provide more info re what aspect of real estate (your industry, etc)? A non-compete contract keeps me from providing TOO much info in certain areas, but I might be able to help you get started for a generic app (in areas where we compete) to VERY complex systems design in areas where we don't. (Maybe I'll eventually write them in A5 and offer them for sale to A5 consultants.)

    Also, as you get going, post any questions you may have. There are some guys on here who knopw what they're doing who will help you along with specific problems and thinking in the way A5 works in general.

    So far, however, you've chosen the right database development tool. It beats everything else I've used since '69 for speed and ease in database development. It's also usable with Cold Fusion (and probably others) for web-based usage, and after I learn enough Cold Fusion and HTML I'll be finalizing a *nearly* automatic method of converting A5's screens to pure HTML for web usage, at least in Cold Fusion, as I have time to play with it. (I'll post the conversion scripts for v5 in the Code Archives when they're working and send them to Dr. Wayne's site, and let Selwyn and his guys add it to their distribution copy / patch if they want. Maybe trade it for a runtime license.)

    In the meantime, look at for some very good info to get you started. If you're new to Alpha 5, subscribing to Alpha Forum is a good investment to get you going as well. Dr. Wayne also has a couple books which will help you out.


      RE: Need Information

      I'd like to clarify Mr. Horkins' message, since I spoke to him a few days ago. He has an A5v4 package well under way, but needs a consultant / developer to help finish it.

      - Steve


        RE: Need Information

        Thank you for your response to my request. Yes I have talked with Steve Workings and he gave me some ideas. I would like to talk with you by phone sometime after the July 4th. holiday. If you would provide me a telephone number I will call you later this week.



          RE: Need Information

          I have received only one response to my posted message. If you can possibly give me the name or names of consultants/programmers that I might contact I would certainly appreciate it.

          Max Horkins