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Documentation for Alpha 5

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  • Documentation for Alpha 5

    What is your opinion on the documentation that accompanies Alpha 5? What is it lacking? What are your suggestions for improvement?
    Valerie Simpkins
    Intellectual Business Solutions, Inc.™
    Business Intelligence for Intelligent Business™
    [email protected]

  • #2
    RE: Documentation for Alpha 5


    I feel the documentation is exceptionally good, and provides quite a few details and examples.

    I think that, between the users manual, and the fact that the software is so intuitively laid out, that it's fairly easy to learn the core program.

    Learning XBasic, the programming language used to take your application beyond the core abilities, is a little tougher. It is a separate manual.

    A recent survey of users rated the software a 5 out of 5, but the documentation a 4 out of 5.

    If I were take a guess at what users find wrong with the documentation (and this is just my guess!), I'd say that, though the XBasic examples in the XBasic manual are very good, they are relatively small examples. In order to apply the examples to real world enhancements, you need to be familiar with a good deal of the contents of the XBasic manual. Once this is achieved, you can quckly write scripts by refering to the manual and it's examples.

    Again, the XBasic manual is great, but you can't just read it from cover to cover and then fluently write scripts. It takes a combination of, first, reading the first 5 or 6 chapters, then setting about writing your first script trying to 'connect the dots' using the examples in the book.

    After your first few scripts, the layout of the XBasic book looks better and better, as it gets easier and easier to find reference points!

    There have been a few request by users to enhance the manuals, but I'm not so sure this is an easy task, as, with XBasic, there's so much to learn about this exceptional language.

    I can say this, as I saw your other thread. In my opinion A5 is far easier, and far more powerful than both competitors you mentioned. I've used Access, and have looked over Filemaker (free trial version), and neither are in the same leaque with A5.

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