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  • Hello from a New Member

    Hello All,
    I've been using Alpha for about 10 years now - an Alpha4v4 application is still running strong generating quality certificates daily. I've used Alpha5 v5,6&7 and am currently developing a job scheduling application. It would be nice to share our experience and knowledge and I'm looking forward to getting help as and when. I may even be able to offer help from time to time. Reading through the posts it would be great to be able to meet up occasionally, I believe a few members are in the Manchester (UK) area.
    Regards
    Adrian

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    Re: Hello from a New Member

    Hi Adrian,

    And welcome to the forum.

    Good luck with the job scheduling. I too would like to meet up with other users occasionally, even if it was in a central UK location.

    Regards

    Lance

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    • #3
      Re: Hello from a New Member

      Thanks Lance.
      I'm willing to travel. Midlands, no problem. Anyone else ?

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      • #4
        Re: Hello from a New Member

        Hi Adrian & Lance
        I would like to meet up but it can be expensive from Guernsey. Airports such as Southampton are reasonably priced. I would have to hire a car and pay hotel bills from there.

        Nevertheless I am keen to meet if we can have a reasonable attendance of say 10 or more.

        Maybe we can exchange ideas and share knowledge etc through this forum. That's what it exists for. Best wishes. Mike

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        • #5
          Re: Hello from a New Member

          I believe that flights from manchester to Southampton are available at a reasonable cost, (I'll have to look into it a bit more) So a Southampton meet may be an option.I used to drive regularly to Southampton but it's a long haul and ain't cheap anymore.

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          • #6
            Re: Hello from a New Member

            Southampton would be great. It would be nice if there were more interested in a meeting. Mike

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            • #7
              Re: Hello from a New Member

              I live there, Need I say more!!

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              • #8
                Re: Hello from a New Member

                Hello Adrian,

                I am based 25 miles away in Darwen.

                In December, Graeme Smith of Ulysses Database Management Systems Ltd organised a user group meeting in Oxfordshire. About 10 people attended and we had a very useful meeting.

                The next meeting is scheduled for 29th March. Contact Graeme at graeme@rostering-systems.co .uk or 01865 922222 for details.

                Tony

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                • #9
                  Re: Hello from a New Member

                  Tony,

                  Saw you mention this in the sleepy old uk thread, but you billed it as a training day, and you where awaiting invoice/details back.

                  I think what we want is an informal get together where ideas can be looked at/discussed.

                  Graeme,

                  A little more advertising (maybe on this forum) might get a better attendance. I am interested in some details, I will e-mail direct.

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                  • #10
                    Re: Hello from a New Member

                    Lance,

                    The meeting consisted of a couple of presentations by members and general discussion about all sorts of Alpha-related issues.

                    The cost was 45, which covered the cost of the meeting room and lunch.

                    Tony

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                    • #11
                      Re: Hello from a New Member

                      Hi Adrian,

                      I am based in NW London, so we could meet up any time.

                      I have developed a job scheduling application some time ago so I might have some ideas for you.

                      The meeting we had in Oxford was informal and we exchanged some helpful ideas. The next meeting will 28/3/07. I think this is still to be confirmed.

                      Watch this space.
                      Regards
                      Keith Hubert
                      Alpha Guild Member
                      London.
                      KHDB Management Systems
                      Skype = keith.hubert


                      For your day-to-day Needs, you Need an Alpha Database!

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                      • #12
                        Re: Hello from a New Member

                        Hello Keith

                        I'm afraid the 28th March would be a problem due to work commitments. Good luck if it goes ahead.

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                        • #13
                          Re: Hello from a New Member

                          Hi Adrian

                          I live in Stockport and have also been using Alpha 5 for around 10 years.

                          Be good to meet and maybe help each other

                          Regards


                          Steve

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                          • #14
                            Re: Hello from a New Member

                            Hello Steve.
                            I'm taking a week off work next week. If there's a convenient time for a chat that week, that'll be fine.

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                            • #15
                              Re: Hello from a New Member

                              Hi Adrian

                              Unfortunately I will be at work until 6.00 every night, so can make it after that if you like. Which part of Manchester do you live in?

                              Steve

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