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Bonus TIPS for Successful Posting

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Press release re Alpha Conference

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    Press release re Alpha Conference

    This will go out on the news wires later today

    Alpha Software Opens 5th Annual Alpha Five User Conference

    Burlington, MA, May 20 -- Alpha Software, Inc., the database software company that enables customers to build breakthrough applications and solve database management problems rapidly and easily, begins its 5th Annual User Conference today in Bedford, Massachusetts.

    The three-day event has brought together users, developers, programmers, and business executives from the United States, Canada, Australia, United Kingdom, India, Africa, and Germany to discuss Alpha Software products featuring Alpha Five v6, share best practices, receive training, explore success strategies, hear from experts and network with Alpha staff and other Alpha users.

    �This is the largest Alpha Software User Conference to date,� says Selwyn Rabins, Alpha Software co-chairman. �It just shows that programmers and non-programmers alike want software like Alpha Five v6 that enables them to save money by building complete database driven web applications extremely rapidly without having to code.�
    Conference attendees have over 30 conference sessions that give in depth information on topics such as:
    � database design,
    � building applications for speed,
    � Portable SQL and building database independent applications
    � desktop and web integration,
    � database tools,
    � user-defined functions,
    � Xbasic Programming with SQL,
    � GUI,
    � implementing security,
    � using arrays, lists, Xbasic, and Xdialog,
    � Alpha Five upcoming developments
    � Data-2-the-Web for MySQL,
    � and much more.
    Pace Training Group, Inc., Alpha Software�s training partner, is hosting this year�s conference at the Renaissance Bedford Hotel in Bedford Massachusetts from May 20 through May 22. For more information on this year�s conference and information on how you can attend, please visit

    About Alpha Software Inc. (
    Alpha Software Inc., headquartered in Burlington, Massachusetts, has been creating relational database applications renowned for their ease-of-use and power for more than 20 years.

    Richard Rabins
    Alpha Software Inc.
    Phone: (781) 229-4500 x22
    [email protected]

    Paul Nastu
    PJ Writing Group LLC


    Alpha Five and Alpha Software are registered trademarks of Alpha Software Inc. All other trademarks mentioned are the property of their respective owners.
    Richard Rabins
    Co Chairman
    Alpha Software

    RE: Press release re Alpha Conference

    Richard, I really think it's important that the Developers & Users who were unable to attend the Conference get some information about the features scheduled for Version 7 and in addition, what's in store for later Releases.

    As always, the Conference is a place to meet with the Alpha employees and meeting other Developers from every corner of the World.