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    Default Alpha Five SQL DDL support

    I have a question about Alpha Five SQL DDL support. Let me explain.

    I want to be able to create a database design in a database modeling tool and export the table and data field definitions to Alpha Five via SQL DDL.

    Why would I want to do this? Well because I am sure I would be correct in saying that more professional developers are now starting to use Alpha Five and they of course want to design the database components and structure and test it in modeling software. Having done this they then want to transfer their design directly into Alpha Five without having to re-key it all over again.

    Of course all the main data modeling tools generate SQL DDL. The SQL DDL then feeds directly into their database software.

    My question is this. Is there an Alpha Five tool that will take SQL DDL and create table and data definitions for Alpha Five?

    I am about to commence developing a tool to do this, possibly using XBasic. I intend it to be free and open source. But I thought before I start I had better check to see if such a tool already exists.

    Comments please?

    Thanks.

    PS: Wouldn't it just be heavenly if Alpha Five had an option on the File menu for "Create table/s from SQL DDL". 8-)

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    Default RE: Alpha Five SQL DDL support

    with the client/server version of a5 this will become possible (and very easy to do) because you could use you sql ddl commands to create tables in a sql database (such as mysql), then then 'downsize' the resulting mysql tables to local a5 tables.

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    Default RE: Alpha Five SQL DDL support

    Thanks, Selwyn. It sounds really good. But we're talking about a different product here are we? The Alpha Five we use for desktop applications development will not include this feature, right?

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