Alpha Five

Posted on 2009-12-21
Last Modified: 2012-06-27
I like to know if anybody use Alpha Five software and how you rate it?. I come cross it while trying to find an alternative to Foxpro.
Question by:Balbirlally
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    Accepted Solution

    First of all, I did not use the Alpha Five yet.

    I think you should look for product comparisons like e.g. this one:

    The question is if somebody is able to compare above or similar products and tell "Yes, this the right one". Situation is a little bit more complex than ever before when we have been comparing just xBase clones... Even if some comparison would show positive signs you will never know until the first app release. And maybe later. And, as we know already, nobody can guarantee continual product development for ever...

    Another question is if you would like to replace existing VFP applications and preserve as much existing code as possible or if your plans go to the on-line apps etc.

    BTW, the list of VFP alternatives is here:
    Alpha Five is not listed.

    Sorry I am a little bit out of topic, hope somebody else will write something more valuable about the question subject. BTW, did you try Alpha Five trial version? And what about Access 2010? Developers from VFP team are working on it, so it could be something much better than Access a few years ago.
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    I've used a very old version of it, and then tried the trial version of a recent version.  The versions weren't all that compatible.  Both versions were too buggy for my taste, but to be fair to the new version, I was mostly trying to run scripts and access files from the old version, which is not the typical use.  Still, the trial new version crashed with "Unhandled Exception" error message an awful lot.  Supposedly the new version works with SQL database servers but I didn't test that.  It had some nice features that made it an easy-to-use system for less technical people (but not completely non-technical), and although you couldn't customize the user interface as well as you can in a visual programming environment, the user interface it gave the end user was actually pretty nice, if a bit non-standard.  So as a programmer, I wasn't impressed, but if a non-programmer or less experienced programmer wanted to maintain the application, it would be a simpler thing for them to use than, say, having to learn SQL, and even the end-users could change aspects of the screen layout or report layouts, so in the right circumstances I could see using it.

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