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  • Alpha4 ver.2

    We are running Version 2 on a 486. I am trying to replace this obsolete monster. 95% of the rest of our databases are in Access or SQL. I hate to think that I have to keep this one machine around just for the data in the Alpha database.

    Does anyone know if the data in version 2 is portable over to MS Access?



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    First, shame on you for using Access! (OK, I had to use Access at the last company I worked for, too. Seems I worked for the US office of the Italian division of a Swedish company and those Swedes didn't care what I thought. How rude of them.)

    Really, having used Access and gotten pretty good at it - not as good as Alpha but far better than anybody else in my office - I feel sorry for Access developers.

    OK, now that I've vented, I think I can at least help answer your question. One method for conversion is to set up an ODBC link to the A4 data. I believe there is a DBase ODBC driver that should work for A4 data. If not, try one of the FoxPro drivers - A5 uses the FoxPro drivers but I don't know if they will work on A4 tables (databases).

    There is one area that could create some serious issues - memo fields don't generally convert well. I believe only the first 255 characters are retrieved but even that might have only been after "copying" the data from the memo field to a regular character field. If you really need the memo fields, it will probably require either a lot of typing or some special work by an alpha programmer or another programmer who can figure out how to access the data in the alpha memo files.

    Another option that might work (but won't help the memo issue) is to open the .DBF files using Excel. I believe Access can then convert the Excel file to "data". It may take some trial and error to get the file formats to convert correctly so be sure you start from a COPY of your A4 data.

    I don't often check this part of the message board so feel free to contact me at with any other questions. (In fact, this message really should have been put on the "A4 V6 and earlier" board - you might get more answers there.)