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    Default One more reason I like Alpha5

    I had an experience today that further enhanced my appreciation for Alpha5. A client called at 11:45 AM in a panic. An unannounced, independent quality assurance inspection of his plant was occurring as he spoke. The QA inspector wanted to see a list of all product tests that had been performed. Uh, Oh - we had prepared a report in his web-based quality assurance tracking and inventory management system that gave the tests for a single selected product, but not the comprehensive report that the inspector wanted to see, even though the data was in the system. I promised the client I would try to have a solution by 2 PM.

    I left the job I was working on 20 miles away and headed home to see if I could quickly come up with something that would appease the inspector. I did take time to run through the McDonalds drive thru and wolf down a sandwich on the way. After arriving at home, I discovered that my trial copy of web drive that I use for publishing to the client's server had expired and I went online to purchase the license. Finally, around 12:30 I was able to begin working on a revision to the A5 application. I quickly created a filtered grid that provided exactly what the inspector wanted and integrated the grid into the home page menu structure. Rather than take time to generate a report, I simply checked the export to Excel box in the grid properties and gave the client the ability to export and print the list from Excel if a hardcopy was needed. (Yes, I love the feature pack!) I then published to the client's server from my remote location, instantly giving him access to the new feature. I packed up and was out the door by 1 PM, only 75 minutes after the client's initial call. The client was ecstatic and the QA inspector was really impressed with the system. Obviously, if the client is happy, so am I. More than ever, I am convinced that my decision to switch from Access to Alpha5 was the correct one. Thanks, Alpha5.

    Terry

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    Default Re: One more reason I like Alpha5

    great story I bet every alpha developer has a similar story.

    Export to excel property?? does that even exist? where is it??

    EDIT: this is great i must have been living on another planet this past month, Im buying this one!!!!
    http://news.alphasoftware.com/V10Pre...ileExport.html
    Last edited by mmaisterrena; 08-20-2010 at 12:24 AM.
    Cheers
    Mauricio


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    Default Re: One more reason I like Alpha5

    AWESOME!
    I completely agree that A5 rocks! I'm still waiting for "oh, yes, well we forgot to tell you, A5 can't do that", but i havent found it yet (well not at least in my application).

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    Default Re: One more reason I like Alpha5

    Quote Originally Posted by mmaisterrena View Post
    Export to excel property?? does that even exist? where is it??
    If you are using MySql back-end as your database then you have choice to do it other way: Allow your customer to connect to the data directly from Excel (to the data you allow).

    Excel is the standard (but if your customer is using Openoffice.org and the Base database this is also possible) and so your customer will have Excel already.

    Here is a youtube video to demonstrate this method.

    Ken

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    Default Re: One more reason I like Alpha5

    Ken,

    Thanks for the feedback. I am currently using dbf tables but have almost completed converting to MySQL. I will consider your suggested alternative. Post on the forum such as yours have been invaluable in doing the conversion.

    Terry

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