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    Default Alpha Five is truely great but...

    the application development environment can be rather sluggish. Double clicking on a item e.g. in Web Security sometimes opens up the wrong item because I clicked on User & Groups but it opens the Configuration item. Also with the screen redraws it's sluggieh. I have this on a duo core machine.

    Now, I reckon that Alpha Five is written for a great deal in XBasic and XDialog this is probably the reason unfortunately the snappy-ness of it is not to be compared with say Visual Studio f.i.

    I don't want to cause a bad vibe here on this board, besides the negatives, Alpha Five is a solid product with a great potential be it for off-the-shelf software or just for prototyping. I like it but if the XBasic compiler could just be optimized a bit more.

    Cheers

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    Default Re: Alpha Five is truely great but...

    Yeah, I never hit that any more because I mentally do a click, slight pause, double-click on any SF icon.

    One thing that comes with keyboard time is knowing Alpha's very few slight delays, nuances and undesired responses. For example, every xbasic user will recognize that under certain circumstances, alltrim will auto close the parens giving you alltrim()the_value_to_trim if you type too fast. Also, in Security Framework, its annoying that the Web Security dialog closes each time you complete a task like Page Security. I wish the dialog would stay open because I normally have several tasks to perform in sequence all requiring that dialog to be opened. The worst is on publishing a single file via FTP. It always publishes a dozen unnecessary files costing me 45 seconds each time. I could go on, but Alpha is 99% flawless where it counts so I bug report where warranted, and learn to work around any nuance.
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    Default Re: Alpha Five is truely great but...

    I would add the fact that when publishing alpha tries to get smart by just publishing the files that had some kind of change but it fails every time so you have to manually turn off the "only publish new or modified files" option every time. It would be nice to have a preference for turning off this option globally and permanently

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    Default Re: Alpha Five is truely great but...

    I gave up reporting that as a problem.
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