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A5 vs SQL vs MySQL

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  • A5 vs SQL vs MySQL

    I have used FileMaker Pro & Access for the past 15 years. In both cases, I have used their native table structure for 99% of my programming.

    I see that A5v10 allows the use of A5's native tables, SQL, MySQL and an array of other sources. If I was to set up a local and web-based database. Could someone suggest which would be the best to use. I understand that SQL has an added cost assocaited with it. The web would have approximately 400 concurrent users and the local office would have 26.

    Thank you.

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    Re: A5 vs SQL vs MySQL

    Paul - this thread is likely to be useful to you.

    http://msgboard.alphasoftware.com/al...ad.php?t=87029
    -Steve
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      Re: A5 vs SQL vs MySQL

      Thanks, I found it very usefull. It looks like MS SQL Express may be my best bet...Free, Secure and Solid.

      Is there a reason why I should not use A5's native tables?

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        Re: A5 vs SQL vs MySQL

        Web performance is faster with SQL tables. Some desktop performance can also be faster - depends on what you're doing.

        While .dbfs can be relatively secured, SQL databases can be much more secure. dbfs, for instance, are not secure enough for HIPAA.

        You can mix & match some too. In the end, it depends on your needs. With some searching on this board you may find other nuggets that are useful to you.
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          Re: A5 vs SQL vs MySQL

          I have used FileMaker Pro & Access for the past 15 years. In both cases, I have used their native table structure for 99% of my programming.

          I see that A5v10 allows the use of A5's native tables, SQL, MySQL and an array of other sources. If I was to set up a local and web-based database. Could someone suggest which would be the best to use. I understand that SQL has an added cost associated with it. The web would have approximately 400 concurrent users and the local office would have 26.
          You can't use DBF tables for high traffic. The limit is 300 open tables, and that goes quick with multiple users and if your system is at all complex. I know its 300 because Alpha does a data dump when it hits that threshold and it lists the 300 open tables. In my case it was a complex V10 Grid with many linked grids, so more complex than most. But even so, SQL works differently than DBF and minimizes load. For 400 users you will also need multiple instances of the web server and a load balancer, and probably some support from Alpha to maximize your performance. There is talk at Alpha about charging for each web server instance, but not sure where that is going.
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            Re: A5 vs SQL vs MySQL

            Thanks for the reply. I am checking out the different available versions of SQL

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