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The Alpha Software Forum Participation Guidelines

The Alpha Software Forum is a free forum created for Alpha Software Developer Community to ask for help, exchange ideas, and share solutions. Alpha Software strives to create an environment where all members of the community can feel safe to participate. In order to ensure the Alpha Software Forum is a place where all feel welcome, forum participants are expected to behave as follows:
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Be sure all comments and threads you post are respectful. Posts that contain any of the following content will be considered a violation of your agreement as a member of the Alpha Software Forum Community and will be moderated:
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If a thread or post is found to contain any of the content outlined above, a moderator may choose to take one of the following actions:
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Moderators may also rename posts and threads if they are too generic or do not property reflect the content.

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Community members are encouraged to click the "Report Post" icon in the lower left of a given post if they feel the post is in violation of the rules. This will alert the Moderators to take a look.

Alpha Software Corporation may amend the guidelines from time to time and may also vary the procedures it sets out where appropriate in a particular case. Your agreement to comply with the guidelines will be deemed agreement to any changes to it.

Bonus TIPS for Successful Posting

Try a Search First
It is highly recommended that a Search be done on your topic before posting, as many questions have been answered in prior posts. As with any search engine, the shorter the search term, the more "hits" will be returned, but the more specific the search term is, the greater the relevance of those "hits". Searching for "table" might well return every message on the board while "tablesum" would greatly restrict the number of messages returned.

When you do post
First, make sure you are posting your question in the correct forum. For example, if you post an issue regarding Desktop applications on the Mobile & Browser Applications board , not only will your question not be seen by the appropriate audience, it may also be removed or relocated.

The more detail you provide about your problem or question, the more likely someone is to understand your request and be able to help. A sample database with a minimum of records (and its support files, zipped together) will make it much easier to diagnose issues with your application. Screen shots of error messages are especially helpful.

When explaining how to reproduce your problem, please be as detailed as possible. Describe every step, click-by-click and keypress-by-keypress. Otherwise when others try to duplicate your problem, they may do something slightly different and end up with different results.

A note about attachments
You may only attach one file to each message. Attachment file size is limited to 2MB. If you need to include several files, you may do so by zipping them into a single archive.

If you forgot to attach your files to your post, please do NOT create a new thread. Instead, reply to your original message and attach the file there.

When attaching screen shots, it is best to attach an image file (.BMP, .JPG, .GIF, .PNG, etc.) or a zip file of several images, as opposed to a Word document containing the screen shots. Because Word documents are prone to viruses, many message board users will not open your Word file, therefore limiting their ability to help you.

Similarly, if you are uploading a zipped archive, you should simply create a .ZIP file and not a self-extracting .EXE as many users will not run your EXE file.
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    New Developer Questions

    I just received my first ever Alpha product, Version 4.5. I am excited about trying it. This message board is extraordinary and a great asset for a new user. I have not yet installed Alpha 5, but am already a little nervous about using it as a development environment. I have been following most threads on the message board, and consequently have many questions/concerns:

    1. Stability is absolutely critical, yet there is a thread discussing system crashes and *.muf files, etc. and it seems to be an all too common problem. How bad is it really, and should I wait for Version 5?

    2. Is the Runtime installed separately on each user's machine or just on the server (or designated server)? Can one machine have a full version for user reporting, etc. while all others are using the Runtime?

    3. Some database products, especially the "Professional" versions have "InstallShield Express" which is typically a stripped down version of InstallShield, but specifically pre-configured for that products installation requirements. I would be willing to pay more for a Runtime product if it had this capability built in. Conversely, without an install program, it is much more difficult for the developer to package and install applications for end-users. Is anything being done to address this issue?

    4. I have historically used database development products that have full SQL functionality. A very complex query can be constructed with a single SQL statement but a comparable query in Alpha 5 seems to take an incredible amount of XBasic code to accomplish. Are there any plans to incorporate SQL into Alpha 5 such as that Visual FoxPro has?

    5. Can some of you who have worked with other products give me any idea as to comparable form and report loading speed, as well as other processing speed? It seems the CodeBase engine which is known for fantastic speed should dramatically improve the Alpha product line, is that your experience?

    Thanks to all you gurus who answer the tough questions posed on this forum. I have little doubt there would be far fewer Alpha users and new users without your participation on a constant basis. Reading the responses of Ira, Tom, Charlie and several others tells me the product is in good hands!

    Brent Warwick

    RE: New Developer Questions


    I'll start this off for you. (By the way, you will get a better response if you post this to the A5V4 forum. This is not exactly an announcement.)

    1. Stability is absolutely critical, yet there is a thread discussing system crashes and *.muf files, etc. and it seems to be an all too common problem. How bad is it really, and should I wait for Version 5?

    You don't have to wait. Ver. 4.5 includes much of the Ver. 5 stability enhancements. The muf file usually results from network or other configuration problems which have caused machines to crash. All a muf file does is keep track of how many simultaneous users there are. Forget it.

    2. Is the Runtime installed separately on each user's machine or just on the server (or designated server)? Can one machine have a full version for user reporting, etc. while all others are using the Runtime?

    Installed on each client. Not required on the server.

    3. Install programs....

    At one time the runtime included wise install; no longer. People use many install utilities. Search the board to read about this.

    I'll leave 4 and 5 for others.

    Bill Hanigsberg