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MySQL partnership with Alpha

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  • Tom O'Keeffe
    Guest replied
    RE: MySQL partnership with Alpha

    Business Systems manager in a large construction company.... we have distribution and contracting systems as well as Oracle Financials. There is an increasing demand among IT environments for a toolset which is more productive and robust which can help to clear the applications backlog and be cheaper and quicker to deliver to end users and business.

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  • Richard Rabins
    RE: MySQL partnership with Alpha

    Thanks for the email Tom

    btw what kind of work do you do?

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  • Tom O'Keeffe
    Guest replied
    RE: MySQL partnership with Alpha

    This is indeed a significant step, and will be particularly appealing when Alpha 6 release is fully settled down... MySql has very quickly become'politically acceptable' in corporate land and the availability of Alpha will offer it the opportunity to become a tool of choice for large developer groups. I look forward to when I can boldly recommend it without having to defend it also - it has quickly becomes its own defender.

    When I look at estimates for doing simple stuff in Oracle 11i environment currently, its enough to make the blood boil - when I am aware that Alpha is able to do this for one-tenth of the cost...!!

    Well done and best regards,
    Tom O'Keeffe

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  • Michael Morris
    Guest replied
    RE: MySQL partnership with Alpha

    Great news,

    I've been using Alpha Five for years and MySQL for about 2 years. I've had to learn PHP in order to take advantage of MySQL for Web programming.

    This will be a great blessing.

    Thank you, Thank you, Thank you

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  • Melvin Davidson
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  • Marcel Kollenaar
    RE: MySQL partnership with Alpha

    Sincere best wishes for this milestone Richard. Let Alpha Corp boldly go to where no one has gone before.

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  • David R. Dertien
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    RE: MySQL partnership with Alpha

    I have only one thing to say... F-A-N-T-A-S-T-I-C!!!

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  • Richard Rabins
    started a topic MySQL partnership with Alpha

    MySQL partnership with Alpha

    Alpha Has formed a partnership with MySQL that calls for a custom version of Alpha Five verison 6 being shipped with MySQL.

    The benefits of this partnership are

    1. Increased visibility for Alpha Five (MySQL is receiving 35,000 downloads a day)
    2. It will allow MySQL users to benefit from Version 6's tools for rapidly and easily building Web Database Applications
    3. It should increase demand for consultants who have Alpha expertise:)