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    Alpha Five and EDI

    Has anyone used Alpha Five to generate and translate EDI doucments. We are in the process of researching EDI of use with one of our customers. I would like to be able to build this feature into the application that I am building. I am sure that it can be done and that someone has done this but I need some direction in which to go. Where can I get the infomration to translate the EDI codes. I can get the doument type and number from our customer but I then would need the information to implement this into the app.

    Or would it be better to use a commerical software to do this.

    Thank You

    RE: Alpha Five and EDI


    a couple of years ago I used xbasic to write table data
    into a text file that would import directly into an EDI
    software package.

    It was quite a bit of work to get the text into the proper
    format for importing. At the time I was using Alpha5 V1.1
    so I'm sure that it is possible to do this in V4.03. I
    don't know if I have a copy of the script, if I can find
    it I will email it to you, It may give you some ideas for
    writing the script that you will need.


      RE: Alpha Five and EDI

      Is this a medical or commercial EDI? I do extensive medical EDI.
      There are 2 systems for medical EDI: the NSF format and the
      ANSI 837 format. HCFA has mandated a switch to the ANSI formatby 20002, so if you're starting fresh you should code for ANSI - assuming
      your local carriers support it (in NY the local Medicare carrier
      still doesn't support it, so I'm using NSF). Essentially what yyou do is to take your billing data and write it out in text files that
      match the EDI format. The EDI formats are always all text formats.

      There's an old article on learn about "reading a bubble form" that discusses many of the issues involved in EDI.


        RE: Alpha Five and EDI


        I found the script, it uses version 1.1 xbasic syntax but
        should give you some ideas on what xbasic you will need.

        This client had some special circumstances for billing
        invoices through EDI. They wanted 3 invoices per EDI
        transaction, I don't remember all the particulars about
        this, but at least it will give you something to look at!


          RE: Alpha Five and EDI

          Thanks all for repyling. The use of the EDI will be commerical.

          The doucments that will be used are 210, 214, and 204.

          The are for invoice, Ship Status, and load tender. This are used in the trucking industry. Will I need to use a commerical EDI system and then convert the outcome into a readable from for Alpha Five?

          This may be the way to do it.

          Anymore suggestions would be welcome.


            RE: Alpha Five and EDI


            The EDI software that I worked with had the ascii format requirments for importing
            a flatfile into the EDI package. If you use the EDI software for data entry, &
            it has an export function... it would probably be easier to import the data
            from an EDI export into Alpha. I went the other way because I could make the data
            entry much easier & faster in Alpha5. The EDI package that the client used
            was a DOS application, data entry was slow & confusing to the client.

            I also remember that the clearing house had an import / export utility that
            would map fields into or out of EDI, but I think they wanted clost to $3000.00
            for it...

            Good luck rodney!!


              RE: Alpha Five and EDI

              You need to get a set of file definitions from your client of their business partner wanting to do EDI with them. The numbers you mentioned are standard protocols, but I don't have that info any more. All they need to do is send you a copy, and it will probably be free. The other alternative is to find a definition in a library and do a lot of copying.