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Is Alpha 5 right for me?

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  • #16
    Re: Is Alpha 5 right for me?

    Not sure how that helps anyone like me. That's precisely the reason of this post. Tired of having to pay a bunch of licensing fees, to just manage some simple databases.


    • #17
      Re: Is Alpha 5 right for me?

      I'll jump in here and relay my experience using Alpha Five because I think it might have some relevance.

      About 6 months ago, I was looking for a way to implement a web-based database application whose basic requirements would be input and tracking of equipment repairs,
      parts inventory & tracking, and some reporting. I knew that I wanted something that could use SQL Server as a back-end since that's what we were already using at my business.
      My background in SQL and programming was minimal, that is not my primary area of expertise for sure.

      Somehow I came across Alpha Five while researching, as well as FilePro and downloaded both to try out. After less than a day, I had a proof of concept application set
      up and working in Alpha Five. Not complete, but definitely something I knew I could expand into something very useful.
      Suffice to say, after more than 3 hours of frustration with FilePro simply trying to build a connection string to my SQL database and getting nowhere, I gave up on it and
      knew Alpha could get the job done for me .. I knew which direction I was going at that point (it is definitely worth taking the trial for a test drive)
      Now, it's been about 6 months since I first trialed Alpha Five, and for the past month my application has been published and up and running on a little Dell Optiplex 960 running Windows XP.
      This is not my final server as I need some redundancy of a proper RAID server. I have a proper server ordered. It has however, been working great and we have about 7 regular users and
      perhaps another dozen occasional users. Most of this application I have managed to develop simply by watching some of the terrific videos that Alpha has on their website as well as those
      included in the software purchase, then trying it out myself. For the stuff I kinda got stuck on, the fine folks here on the forum have been wonderful ... I can't speak highly enough of them.
      I have even asked questions on the forum before and had users reply not just with a suggestion or answer but posted videos of how to do something .. remarkable!
      There are still a few things I haven't quite achieved to my satisfaction, but I know in time I'll get there and in the meantime, I have a perfectly functional web based database application.

      So there you have it, I really had no experience with HTML, CSS, XBasic, Ajax, or javascript before I started this project a few months ago, but I now have a great little web database and
      "little" bit more knowledge about the aforementioned coding. Yes, you will have to delve into some of these things, but overall Alpha does a remarkable job of handling it for you. There have
      been some areas of frustration along the way, but in the end, these were all icing on the cake things that didn't impede the basic goals of my project.

      That's my experience with Alpha and I definitely don't regret taking this path.

      Alpha Anywhere v12. Build 7295-5548 IIS v10.0 on Windows Server 2019 Std in Hyper-V


      • #18
        Re: Is Alpha 5 right for me?

        try Kexi under linux