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Alpha Anywhere Vs Qt Project

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  • Alpha Anywhere Vs Qt Project

    Does anyone have experience developing business aps using the Qt project environment? I stumbled on Alpha Anywhere and it seems to be the perfect fit for what I want to do: develop business applications utilizing SQL Server as the back-end database. I have quite a bit of experience working with MS Access, and Alpha presents itself as the logical step forward. If I commit to Alpha, I would like to do so without second guessing my decision. The Qt project seems to be powerful, and versatile, while I think Alpha is particularly targeted towards developing business applications, which is all I am interested in.

    Can anyone offer their educated opinion on this?

    Thanks!

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    Re: Alpha Anywhere Vs Qt Project

    Hello Chris,
    Welcome to the forum.

    I dont' know about the Qt Project, other than checking out their web site, but I can say that you can't go wrong with Alpha. Download the free trial and give it a go. If you have questions, post them here. There are lots of very helpful folk on here that are more than happy to help. You will also find several regular posters who have made the switch from Access without looking back.
    Jim Coltz
    Alpha Custom Database Solutions, LLC
    A5CustomSolutions.com
    [email protected]

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    • #3
      Re: Alpha Anywhere Vs Qt Project

      Originally posted by Jim Coltz View Post
      Hello Chris,
      Welcome to the forum.

      I dont' know about the Qt Project, other than checking out their web site, but I can say that you can't go wrong with Alpha. Download the free trial and give it a go. If you have questions, post them here. There are lots of very helpful folk on here that are more than happy to help. You will also find several regular posters who have made the switch from Access without looking back.
      Thanks for the reply Jim. I was beginning to think I committed a faux pas by mentioning another platform. I was just looking for reassurance that my time will be well invested in learning Alpha as opposed to other possible solutions.

      I have downloaded the trial and am watching a bunch of videos before I dig in. The more functional possibilities I learn that Alpha is capable of, the more bewildered I become. How long does it take to gain a reasonable proficiency with Alpha? I know it would vary with previous experience, but can you offer a ballpark?

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        Re: Alpha Anywhere Vs Qt Project

        When you have AA open, click on the 'Help' menu, then choose 'Video Finder'. You can search for a video by typing any word into the search box and a list of videos with that word in the video description will appear. View the getting started videos. You will find the very informative, to say the least. Spend some time there, especially on those for the grids as that will be your first venture into AA. The UX component videos are also very informative but my suggestion is to work with the grids first.

        Hope this helps
        TYVM :) kenn

        Knowing what you can achieve will not become reality until you imagine and explore.

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        • #5
          Re: Alpha Anywhere Vs Qt Project

          Alpha is very versatile to say the least. But it is also a complex product with a billion features. So there is a serious learning curve for sure. As an Access user you should have no trouble adapting to Alpha judging by the reports of other Access users who moved to Alpha. And this message board will help you tremendously.
          Peter
          AlphaBase Solutions, LLC

          [email protected]
          https://www.alphabasesolutions.com


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            Re: Alpha Anywhere Vs Qt Project

            This is a good resource. Video's
            Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.
            Albert Einstein, (attributed)
            US (German-born) physicist (1879 - 1955)

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            • #7
              Re: Alpha Anywhere Vs Qt Project

              Thank you all for your replies.

              The more videos I watch, the more awestruck I am of Alpha's capabilities.
              I see myself posting many questions as I go forward.

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              • #8
                Re: Alpha Anywhere Vs Qt Project

                Chris, as you climb the learning curve, remember to reach back and help others who are following along behind you. It's what makes this message board so great.

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                • #9
                  Re: Alpha Anywhere Vs Qt Project

                  Originally posted by Tom Cone Jr View Post
                  Chris, as you climb the learning curve, remember to reach back and help others who are following along behind you. It's what makes this message board so great.
                  I look forward to the day when I know enough to help others!

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                  • #10
                    Re: Alpha Anywhere Vs Qt Project

                    There is always the "Well, what do you know about that help". That happens when a question is asked that someone else finds very useful. Perhaps not right away but even years later when the message board is searched, your question is found and the answers are just what the person needs. The moral of the question? No question is unworthy, no matter how basic or simple the issue is.
                    TYVM :) kenn

                    Knowing what you can achieve will not become reality until you imagine and explore.

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                    • #11
                      Re: Alpha Anywhere Vs Qt Project

                      In Qt project the QML seems very interesting. This kind of solution would make life much easier also in Alpha. Using json syntax to configure and modify components would make things faster to do and easier to handle, update and copy.

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                      • #12
                        Re: Alpha Anywhere Vs Qt Project

                        I've used Qt, but for cross-platform desktop development. Not cross-mobile development. It was 1000% better than using Visual Studio. And if you're into C++ cross-platform DLL Hell development, it's the sauce.

                        I see that their mobile development version uses MDL. It's 100% likely that their mobile development is all code since it requires make files. You'll likely have to build everything from the ground up. They give you APIs. You still have to implement the forms, logic, and connect the APIs together to make them do whatever.
                        Alpha Anywhere latest pre-release

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                        • #13
                          Re: Alpha Anywhere Vs Qt Project

                          In general if your using A5 on a daily basis the roadmap 2015 is clear , there is bunch of stuff out there like Node, Mongo, Angular etc, it will service and harvest A5 in community strength. m2p

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                          • #14
                            Re: Alpha Anywhere Vs Qt Project

                            We must remember that Alphas roadmap was announced before Microsoft announcing Open Source of .NET core framework, .NET core distribution for Linux/OSX.

                            I would think that situation has now changed also in Alpha or at least they are thinking this new opportunity. Soon .NET developer can with Microsoft fully support develop also for Linux and Mac and .NET will run also in Linux servers (just Mono now). Adopting .NET was big move from Alpha in version 11(10) and now I would imagine it is more attractive than ever.

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                              Re: Alpha Anywhere Vs Qt Project

                              It's the Core is Net what will run on any y platform but what i understand that the serverside code now writing in Xbasic will be moved in time Javascript so the Alpha Webengine and client side is all to become JS with Google V8. Further MS says it's now Opensource but A5 will not [ why should they?] anf for most people using A5 now there happy so why change swap and lose all your investments.

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