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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.

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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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From Access, With Thanks

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  • From Access, With Thanks

    I recently transitioned from Access to Alpha. I don't have very many DBs under my belt, and no programming with the exception of minor webpage editing (think MySpace) and a little game modding. I spend the last 3-4 months creating a contact quote-to-invoice system for the construction company I work for in Access. In the end, it was great, but not so multi-user friendly, and SharePoint only plays well with web apps, so I was on a search for an alternative. After trying out Zoho, QuickBase and Access Web App, Alpha caught our attention and has let it go. In two weeks, I have completed about 50% of what it took me months to do with Access, and that was with using a template as a reference. It is just astonishing to me how Alpha does things so intuitively (yet never taking away your options) that other programs force you to do manually with half a dozen steps.

    My biggest reluctance to switch from Access to Alpha was the lack of developer material. There are plenty of forums and articles on the Internet for Access developing, but Alpha is not so well-known. All of my worries were dissolved, however, after I spent one minute looking at this forum. I have never found a one-stop site for a community so knowledgeable and helpful for Access like I have found here.

    This software is truly amazing, and I thank each one of you for making it stronger by creating such an awesome community. One day I'll be contributing more than just questions myself.

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    Re: From Access, With Thanks

    Hi There,

    Thanks for sharing.


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    • #3
      Re: From Access, With Thanks

      Originally posted by BCJack View Post
      I have completed about 50% of what it took me months to do with Access
      Nice. Lets hope the last 50% goes as fast.


      • #4
        Re: From Access, With Thanks

        Originally posted by kkfin View Post
        Nice. Lets hope the last 50% goes as fast.
        It's not, lol, but it is mobile, more customized and a lot more cooler.


        • #5
          Re: From Access, With Thanks

          I must say that I have found again Access and use it just like Excel daily. Access development team did have a fresh start and moving to right direction now. You CAN publish to SharePoint Online and with Office 365 this is a good combination. As always right software to right job.


          • #6
            Re: From Access, With Thanks

            You can publish to SharePoint, but within certain limitations. They also have web apps, but in my opinion, they are in their infancy, but will get better with time.

            You you are right, it does come down to the right software for the right job, and I believe that AA has that locked down when it comes to mobile and web applications. Unfortunately I did not know about AA until a month ago so I am now putting aside my VBA programming knowledge and learning JS and XBasic as I make this app, so hte process is taking longer. If I was proficient in these languages I am sure that I could have this app made in less than two weeks. At least the core portion of it.