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  • Ohlen Cartmell
    RE: new revues v5 alpha 5

    Opinion: Yes, it's reasonable if V4.5 has everything you need. V4.5 applications are compatible with V5 apps with only a few tweaks. However, I still don't think I'd do it. V5 has many new features to make programming easier as well as to make your application easier to use and more attractive. I'd advise an upgrade to V5 before you start.

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  • Jim Wilson
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    RE: new revues v5 alpha 5

    Many years ago I used Alpha 4, now I am retired and want to learn Alpha 5. I have installed the Alpha 5 Rev 4.5 that was offered recently, and am wanting to start learning it. However, is it reasonable to start learning 4.5, and then at a later date switch over to ver 5, if it has features that I need?

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  • Richard Rabins
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    new revues v5 alpha 5

    Msg ID: 2165
    Subject: great new reviews of Alpha Five
    Author: Richard Rabins
    Date: 03-07-2003 6:57 PM
    File: Magazine January 2003

    Jerry Pournelle reviews Alpha Five, a toolkit that allows computer users to painlessly create programs requiring databases

    Smart Computing April 2003

    Alpha Software Alpha Five Version 5

    Build A Heavyweight Database

    Alpha Five Version 5

    Looking for the �big easy� of database-building software to help organize client and employee information, manage bill payment, or take control of product inventory? The latest version of Alpha Five, Alpha Software�s ever-popular database program, fills the bill. Alpha Five Version 5 is both easy to use and comprehensive enough to satisfy any database need. If you�re new to the database world, the Alpha Five online help files will explain the basics, and the assortment of templates and Genies (the Alpha Five equivalent of Wizards) will guide you through the necessary processes. And if you�re an old hand at working with using the ODBC (Open Database Connectivity) standard for merging data from various sources, you�ll find that Alpha Five gives you the opportunity to take a great deal of control over your databases.

    Beneath the intuitive interface lies Xbasic, the proprietary programming language that is the guts of any Alpha Five database. Alpha Five lets you quickly access the Xbasic code at any time so you can forgo the Genies and work directly with the code; there�s also an Xbasic Reference section in the help files you can refer to along the way. You can also easily import files into Alpha Five from Microsoft Access, Excel, and Outlook; Lotus Approach; and other programs.

    We appreciated Alpha Five Version 5�s wealth of features; we couldn�t seem to find any database task that Alpha Five wouldn�t let us complete. The program made creating forms a cinch, and we found the accompanying documentation to be clear and concise.