Alpha Anywhere

Alpha Anywhere

Average User Rating:
4.7
out of 12 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    12.3 build 2446
  • Total Downloads:
    54,462
  • Date Added:
    October 02, 2014
  • File Size:
    183.41MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    16
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows 2000/XP/2003/Vista/7/8

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5 stars

"Great tool for migrating desktop apps to the web"

October 11, 2014  |  By imjoken

 |  Version: Alpha Anywhere 12.3 build 2446

Pros

Powerful tool that incorporates database management with web design tools. Our app is heavy on reporting and it was very easy to duplicate our desktop reports into our web app. Making modifications and adding new app features is extremely easy and usually just requires tweaking AA's built in functions. If you are familiar with VBA then you'll pick up AA's Xbasic fairly quickly.

Cons

Learning curve can be a little steep to those with little web experience. However, there are a lot of training videos and a very good developer community (message board). The speed with which we can now make updates/enhancements more than makes up for this.

Summary

We did a lot of research before choosing a software package to convert our desktop app to a web based app and don't believe we could have accomplished it in the time frame we did with any other software. Alpha is constantly enhancing their software with new features and functionality and we couldn't imagine using anything else.

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5 stars

"Best tool I've found for data centric applications"

October 02, 2014  |  By OftenHappyUser

 |  Version: Alpha Anywhere 3.0

Pros

I can use MS SQL server as the back end and develop applications that work on desktops or any mobile device that has a browser. Write it once, deploy it everywhere without custom code because it's all HTML5! I can't code HTML worth a s*** but guess what, with this I don't have to, it has built in tools to let me focus on my goals.

Imagine, writing a web page that, when displayed on a cell phone, senses you've turn the screen to landscape and allows you to automatically pick a different layout showing a different set of fields to serve a purpose better suited to landscape entry e.g. wide rows of data.

If all that wasn't enough, this version has offline mode. That means after you sync your data, ( you do have internet somewhere, right?) , the webpages you write work without ANY connectivity at all. When you get some 3G/Wifi finally, hit sync and shove that tasty data back to the server.

Cons

If you try to do something complicated like create a dropdown that show data from more than one table or is based on a calculation e.g.dynamically show a pull down with only that last 3 hours of the day., you'll need to do some programming.

But they have lots of videos to give you hints and you can always get some help from the forum or possibly hire someone to move you along through the learning curve. There will be a learning curve if you've never used their program.

Summary

I believe you can try this for free and decide for yourself and in the end you are your best judge of the value of a program. I'm lucky I found this program and hope you have similar success.

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5 stars

"Build Amazing Products Incredibly Fast"

October 02, 2014  |  By ssmoore1

 |  Version: Alpha Anywhere 3.0

Pros

Having worked with many different software programs and languages, it is staggering how quickly Alpha Anywhere allows you to build a product or develop an internal tool. We have used Alpha Anywhere to build two Software as a Service (SaaS) websites, and with relatively little code we have been able to build an interactive web experience that delights our customers. For example, we just added a new feature that plots various points on a map dynamically using data in our SQL database in a matter of hours. Try doing that with Java or Ruby.

While quick development is important for us, what I really like is that when necessary Alpha lets you get under the hood and write your own customized code when needed. So it doesn't just limit you to drag and drop.

Finally, the ability to build seamless HTML 5 mobile web apps is also very appealing feature, and the new offline abilities are something we will be exploring soon.

Overall a great product and worth a look.

Cons

There are not really a lot of negatives I can think of.

Summary

As someone who has worked with Alpha Anywhere for a number of years, I can say they are are constantly investing in their technology. They are always delivering new exciting features and I look forward to seeing what they can come up with in the future.

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5 stars

"bravo to Alpha Five v10"

May 22, 2010  |  By norastern

 |  Version: Alpha Five 10.0

Pros

Rapid development of web apps. It makes the development of Web apps a breeze and much faster than PHP and .Net. I completely agree with the recent InfoWorld #1 rating of Alpha Five. I found the product exceptionally stable and well thought out.

Cons

I found some books but would have liked more books on the product. The video tutorials though were really excellent

Summary

If you need to build secure and robust AJAX database apps against SQL databases FAST - check this product out. By way of example - this electronic medical record app was built in a few weeks https://www.zpatient.com/

Updated on May 25, 2010

I understand that there will soon be a release of Alpha Five 10.5 which will be free to existing 10.0 customers. It contains a large number of new features and improvements.
Details are here http://downloads.alphasoftware.com/A5V10Download/private/beta/releasenotes.html and there are also Additional Feature Packs http://downloads.alphasoftware.com/a5v10download/featurepacklist.asp

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5 stars

"It is spectacular. No faster way to build AJAX DB Apps"

April 11, 2010  |  By guru_IT88

 |  Version: Alpha Five 10.0

Pros

The productivity that Alpha Five v10 delivers compared to PHP, Perl, Ruby and Dot Net is staggering. I was skeptical at first but the grids, reports, Web Services, security & JavaScript support make for a mega fast way to build web 2.0 database apps.

Cons

The documentation is very complete but I wish that there was full printed reference guide vs it being online. On the other hand - the video tutorials are excellent.

Summary

As a developer and an IT manager, I am very excited about this tool because of its ease of use, power and flexibility in terms of letting me and my team RAPIDLY build competitive modern database solutions on the web that perform with the speed and richness that users expect.

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2 stars

"Great promises that fall short"

March 31, 2010  |  By imissfunemployment

 |  Version: Alpha Five 10.0

Pros

Could be an amazing product if bugs continue to be fixed, option menus are better organized and reference materials are further developed.

Cons

*Unorganized and excessively nested option menus. *Many bugs -- often hard to determine if an issue is caused by a programmer or Alpha bug. *Gives the developer very little control over changes at the code level.

Summary

As an experienced web developer "encouraged" by my employer to learn and embrace Alpha Five as our primary web development environment, I can say with certainty that it is by far the biggest headache I have ever encountered in my career. At first, I was very excited. Alpha's promise of "rapid development" is built on some strong premises, but the reality falls far short of the vision. Alpha Five's abundant bugs necessitate a lot of "work-arounds" and the application's total lack of any kind of cohesive, centralized and conveniently searchable reference material(s) makes it a quagmire for the experienced developer who knows what s/he needs to do but needs a context for doing so. The developer further becomes inhibited and tied down by endless mazes of checkbox and pull-down menu settings, which can and often do turn normally routine tasks into potentially hours-long hunts for needles in haystacks. While there are forums available and fellow Alpha developers are eager to help, a developer does not always have the luxury of waiting hours or days for an answer. Lastly, for someone trying to decipher an existing application built by someone else, there are often numerous possibilities for where a certain feature could have been accomplished, further adding to the frustration.

I admire what Alpha is trying to do for web development, but unfortunately, it fails to deliver on its promise, making my job that much more difficult and frustrating.

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5 stars

"Never thought I can do all this"

February 19, 2010  |  By mmaisterrena

 |  Version: Alpha Five 10.0

Pros

This application is great for non-programmers and for professional programmers too (you can expand the your applications by adding your own code if needed)

Cons

The documentation needs some work

Summary

I Never thought I had the skill to build a full Web-application and now I have done it thanks to Alpha Five and im not talking about a normal website in which you just have some images and stuff im talking about applications where users can submit data, search a database, generate reports an do a bunch of nit things

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5 stars

"The Revolution is here."

December 21, 2009  |  By peteconway

 |  Version: Alpha Five 10.0

Pros

Awesome power, ease of use and brilliant Genie?s to build apps.

Cons

The chance that not enough people will believe how good it is, and won?t bother to try it.

Summary

If this product announcement was being made by Microsoft the whole world would be clambering over each other to get started building Web-apps. The is no product by any other organization that can deliver what V10 does from Alpha Software.

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5 stars

"Access Developers - Salvation has arrived"

December 21, 2009  |  By martmac

 |  Version: Alpha Five 10.0

Pros

If you need a killer rapid database development tool to get your data to the web, the search is over. Whether you are starting from scratch or have an existing back end data file, you are in business in hours.

Cons

I've tried hard to find some, but alas I am struggling!

Summary

Having developed MS Access solutions for longer than I care to remember, I had a "road to Damascus" moment when I downloaded Alpha 5 V10. For so long I had been looking for a route from Access to the Web and Microsoft had failed to deliver other than via SharePoint, which up to the latest 2010 MS Access release was a mere afterthought.

With Alpha 5 V10, it was just one of those times when you try something and everything changes. Within a couple of hours I had hooked up an Access back-end data file and was manipulating data like never before and what was even more astounding was the fact I was doing it in a browser! I jest not when I say this is a real game changer that should have Microsoft hanging their heads in shame.

It reminds me very much of the music underground scene. You know when you have come across a band that are brilliant, but are as yet undiscovered? I know Alpha 5 has been around for many years, but this is a crossover chart album moment.

There must be thousands of MS Access Developers out there who need to look at this product. Access 2010 is forcing their development community to buy into SharePoint if they want to move applications to the Web. It's a high cost route designed to further the Microsoft bottom line. If you buy into Alpha 5 you can keep control of the cost of ownership and remove the need to employ a sledgehammer to crack a nut.

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5 stars

"Codeless Ajax is here"

December 21, 2009  |  By parkell

 |  Version: Alpha Five 10.0

Pros

Quick design and deployment of Desktop and Web Application
Codeless Ajax - amazing
Great looking web apps with little or no effort.

Cons

Have not run into any obstacles yet

Summary

I have been an Alpha user for 8 years. This is the biggest leap Alpha has taken in bringing a real development tool to the table. It has come out of the realm of the hobbyist database products like Filemaker and has surpassed many of it's competitors. (or what were their competitors in the past) Alpha really gets it with this products.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 12.3 build 2446
Version 12.3 build 2446 may include unspecified updates, enhancements, or bug fixes.
General
Publisher Alpha Software
Publisher web site http://www.alphasoftware.com
Release Date September 15, 2014
Date Added October 02, 2014
Version 12.3 build 2446
Category
Category Developer Tools
Subcategory IDE Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 7, Windows, Windows 2003, Windows Vista, Windows 8, Windows 2000, Windows XP
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 183.41MB
File Name a5v12_full_DL.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 54,462
Downloads Last Week 16
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License Model Free to try
Limitations 30-day trial
Price $198

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