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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 constructive when giving feedback
  • Be open to new ideas and suggestions
  • Stay on topic

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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  • Encouraging of others to engage in the above behaviors.

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:
  • Remove the Post or Thread - the content is removed from the forum.
  • Place the User in Moderation - all posts and new threads must be approved by a moderator before they are posted.
  • Temporarily Ban the User - user is banned from forum for a period of time.
  • Permanently Ban the User - user is permanently banned from the forum.

Moderators may also rename posts and threads if they are too generic or do not property reflect the content.

Moderators may move threads if they have been posted in the incorrect forum.

Threads/Posts questioning specific moderator decisions or actions (such as "why was a user banned?") are not allowed and will be removed.

The owners of Alpha Software Corporation (Forum Owner) reserve the right to remove, edit, move, or close any thread for any reason; or ban any forum member without notice, reason, or explanation.

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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A reason I'm happy I purchased Alpha Five

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  • A reason I'm happy I purchased Alpha Five

    I recently switched to using Alpha Five from a PHP Code Generator. I am happy that I made the switch. Not only is the software and its capability wonderful, but I submitted a bug yesterday to tech support, and they were able to verify it, and fix it, with a response today.

    Understanding no software is perfect, nor is any company, but when I've submitted bugs to Alpha Software, so far I have gotten a response and resolution the next day. I do realize that may not always be the case, depending on the nature of the bug, but you know what? I'm happy. And its great that the owner (or one of them?), who I have not actually dealt with personally, but have seen in the forums numerous times, responding to people with resolutions.

    In this case, it seems that tech support is actually faster at responding to issues than the sales department. Not too often you get to say that.

    Anyway, I'm happy. :)

    -- Chris

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    Re: A reason I'm happy I purchased Alpha Five

    Just curious, which PHP CODE Generator and what are the advantages you are finding with alpha Five?

    Bob Alston
    Alpha five v11 Tips


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      Re: A reason I'm happy I purchased Alpha Five

      I had used ScriptCase ... although it is a nice product, support is horrible (difficult to communicate with), and latest release was full of bugs. Deployment was really bad, and not very flexible with templates and layouts... although it looks like it is from a distance. Only plus to PHP is it is more portable than a Windows based software.

      A5 is soooooooo much more flexible, between functions, and layouts, and so much built-in functionality. I was able to achieve so much in a few days with A5, and it generates full applications, not just shells. I was able to pick up the XBASIC stuff quickly, between my past knowledge of Visual Basic (and even basic from DOS days), and all the video help files and wiki information available.

      And the very active message forums are awesome.

      There are a few things I'm not excited about with A5, again dealing with WAS, but those are supposedly being addressed. I'm not a subscription subscriber, because of getting married next month and I cannot afford it right now, but eventually I hope to become a subscription member. So, those fixes/changes I'll have to purchase unless I can get a subscription. But aside from that, I love the abilities of Alpha Five.