Alpha Software

Since 1982, Alpha Software has been providing developers with award-winning tools that make it easy to rapidly build robust database and business applications. Today over 1 million developers rely on Alpha Software's flagship platform, Alpha Five, to build desktop, client-server, distributed, Web 2.0, and AJAX applications for organizations of any size from SOHO to the Fortune 100.

Every day, tens of millions of people and businesses rely on applications built in Alpha Five. With the introduction of Alpha Five Version 9 Platinum Edition in 2008, Alpha Software set new standards for speed of development, portability, reporting, and security for database applications of all stripes.

The company is privately held, and based in Burlington, Mass. Alpha Software can be found on the Web at

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Latest Content From Alpha Software

Whitepaper: Microsoft Access 2010 Cost Benefit Analysis for Developers

by Alpha SoftwareJun 01, 2010

Although Microsoft Access can be used to create desktop applications, its Web development features are lacking. If an organization wants to port an existing Access application to the Web, typically its done in one of two ways:

* The organization can create a brand new Web-based application in Visual Studio. The server-side code would then use the .NET framework to read and write to and from the Access database. Note, however, that the Access software itself is not even being used in such a scenario. This scenario is very time consuming and requires trained developers with web development and AJAX skills.

* The organization can install Access Services on a SharePoint server, and then use the Web-development tools that exist in Access.

For Access developers, the latter is the most natural approach, as the organization can continue developing within Access. However, the introduction of SharePoint into the equation substantially increases the costs and introduces some other complications.

In this white paper, we consider the costs of both possibilities, and then we provide an alternative.

Whitepaper: Moving an MS Access Database Application to the Web with Alpha Five Version 9

by Alpha SoftwareFeb 12, 2009

Alpha Software�s latest white paper details how businesses can smoothly transition their Microsoft Access database applications to the Web using Alpha Five Version 9. Alpha Five is an all-in-one integrated tool that allows users to build secure and highly customized database applications with full reporting for the desktop or the Web quickly and easily.

Whitepaper: Why Software Projects Fail

by Alpha SoftwareFeb 01, 2008

Software projects fail. That is not new news. There isn�t a magic bullet to prevent all software projects from failure. However, it might be possible, with some adjustments to internal processes to mitigate some of the problems.

The information in this paper draws on the author�s 30-plus years of actual experience with all aspects of the complete software development lifecycle.