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    jimmy dean
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    Default Book covering the Conversion A4 to A5

    I was reading an interview with susan bush and she mentioned here book had a section on the conversion process.

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    http://www.imakenews.com/alphasoftware/e_article000063470.cfm

    I was wondering if there was a book published that was designate to this subject. As I am getting ready undertake this job.

    Also if anyone has read that section in the book "Alpha Five Made Easy, The Basics and More for Version 4.5." what did you think about it. And would it be worth picking up in my situation.

    A4v7 converting to A5v6.

    Thank you :)

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    Jimmy,

    To the best of my knowledge, there is no book dedicated to converting from Alpha Four (any version) to Alpha Five (any version). You might want to keep in mind that the similarities between A5V6 and previous versions diminish the greater the version difference. Going from A4 to A5 is a complete paradigm shift.

    Basically, the only item that come straight across is the data itself (the .dbf file - and the memo fields). EVERYTHING else, menus, forms, reports, scripts - EVERYTHING has to be recreated. If you do a search on this messageboard, you will see lots of comments/suggestions/thoughts on the conversion process. Not an easy task, but one that many of us have accomplished.

    Don't make the mistake that many of us have, trying to duplicate everything from A4VX to A5V6. There are newer, better, more sophisticated ways of doing things in A5 then was the case in A4. In fact, you would be better off forgetting what you did and how you did it in A4. Force yourself to think and work in the A5 world. You'll be better off for it.

    Dave

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    Default RE: Book covering the Conversion A4 to A5

    Well my situation is I am trying to convert A4v7 to A5v6. I did not right the A4v7 application so I am trying to get my hands around this thing currently.

    I was just looking for some resources on the transfer. To maybe smooth the path that I must travel.

    Thanks for the help Dave :)

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    Jimmy,

    1) The A5V6 board is the best resource you'll ever find.
    2) When ytou get your copy of A5V6, take a close look at AlphaSports and use it as your guide as to how various features work.
    3) The help files are a goldmine of information.

    Dave

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    Jimmy

    I bought Susan's book and it is well worth the money and will be for you.

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    Thank you Dave and Al for taking time and responding. I will definately get the book as well as take a detailed look at alpha sports. I think both are good ideas.

    Thanks again guys. I do appreciate it.

    Mike

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    Mike

    Is jimmy dean a handle for you? We like to use real names on this board. It keeps a friendly atmosphere.

    Consider changing your name on the Modify Your Preferences in the lower right hand corner of most message board forms.

    Thanks

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    Default RE: Book covering the Conversion A4 to A5

    Yea I use the name Jimmy Dean on message boards. But taking your advice, and because the community seems freindly, I changed it to my real name.

    Well thank you for the advice and its a pleasure to meet you guys :).

    Mike Monk

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    Mike & Al,

    I don't know. I kinda' like the thought of corresponding with the sausage king.

    Dave

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