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Have your cake and eat it too—without programming!

We maintan that you can create highly sophisticated Alpha Five databases without programming and this is the set that will prove it.

This collection is for those who want to set up databases for both the desktop and the web, but do not have an interest in learning Xbasic, Alpha Five's programming language.

This bundle includes all the books you see above! Each comes with:

  • A full color printed copy of the book, filled with clear, concise instructions and color screen shots plus Table of Contents and Index.
    • Your choice of Spiral Binding or loose pages, 3-Hole Punched, ready for insertion in your own 3-Ring Binders.
  • CD(s) containing the full contents of the books in PDF format. The PDFs are searchable, printable and each has a Table of Contents and Index. Great for hitting the road.
  • The working databases for the exercises in the books.
  • PLUS free copies of the Electronic Download Editions so you can get started immediately. Automatically added to your order.

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Alpha Five Functions Handbook

Functions and Expressions Made Easy

Fully compatible with Alpha Anywhere and Alpha Five

What's inside . . .

Ch 1: The Basics
Once understood, most common functions are easy to use. Expressions can define calculations or combine fields with text, always following a consistent format throughout the program.

Ch 2: Character Functions
From changing the case of a letter to creating expressions for importing data, character type functions can manipulate both simple and complex data.

Ch 3: Date and Time Functions
Dates can be formatted in a variety of styles. One date subtracted from another, results in the number of days between the two. You can also calculate the time worked by an employee or show the duration of time of sporting event.

Ch 4: Numeric Functions
From simple arithmetic to advanced calculations, numeric functions give superior results.

Ch 5: Functions for Filtering and Ordering Records
Whether locating a single record within tens of thousands or printing a monthly sales report, filtering is at the heart of your application design.

Ch 6: Summary and Report Functions
Totals, averages, counts and other summaries will have your reports telling the whole story for you and your clients.

Ch 7: Lookup Function
The Lookup function requires more documentation than other functions because the syntax can be hard to understand. After doing the exercise and reading the principles behind its setup, just use the worksheet at the end of the chapter and you'll easily add lookups to your application!

Many thanks to Frances Peake for her assistance with this chapter.

Ch 8: Table Information
You can return the name of the table, the record number and other information about fields and tables.

Ch 9: Master Chart
When you know the name of the function, come here for quick reference to the syntax.

Check out the Table of Contentsand List of Syntax Charts and then take a look at some sample pages . . .

Ch 2: Character Functions and sample syntax chart

Book Specifications:
Size: 8 1/2 X 11
No of pages: 196
Cover: Heavy duty laminate.
Binding: Spiral Binding


There's even more in Alpha Five Made Easy, The Basics and More for Version 10.5.

Here's what's inside the Bonus Pages:

  • Chapter 14: Color and Style.
    • Take a few extra minutes and get a handle on choosing the right color.
    • Then create your own Stylesheet that will give your application a distinct look and maintain consistency.
  • Chapter 15:Email and Fax with Alpha Five:
    • Create a template and then just click a button to send your customer an email thanking them for their order.
    • All about using either your default email client or the Alpha Five built-in client.
    • You can even fax directly from Alpha Five and we tell you how to set it up.
    • Learn how to use AlphaMailer with your Alpha Five tables to create contact lists and send mass emails.
  • Chapter 15: Alpha Four to Alpha Five: The Transition.
    • This chapter is for those of you who are still using Alpha Four, the original DOS database from Alpha Software.
    • Frances Peake guides you through the process, step-by-step.

Check out the Table of Contents.

Book Specifications:

Size: 8 1/2 X 11
No of pages: 107 with its own Table of Contents and Index.
Cover: Heavy duty laminate.
Binding: Spiral Binding

Alpha Five Web Applications Made Easy

The Basics and More for Version 10.5


What's inside . . .

  • Ch 1: Sensational System: How designing for the web with Alpha Five is unique.
  • Ch 2: Marvelous Moves: Introduction to Web Components, the heart of the Alpha Five Application Server.
  • Ch 3: Solid Security: Keep the bad guys out with the Application Server's security system.
  • Ch 4: Amazing Attributes: The Web Application Control Panel is packed with feature after feature after feature.
  • Ch 5: Setup Settings: Templates, types of grids, tables and views. Learn all you need to know!
  • Ch 6: Fun with Fields: Forms and frames and links and lookups lead to great grids!
  • Ch 7: Sweet Searches: It's all about the data, so show your users how to find it!
  • Ch 8: Component Compadres: Package your project perfectly!
  • Ch 9: Graphic Goodies: Tips on making your grids and pages look lovely!
  • Ch 10: Sexy SQL Secrets: Connect to your remote database and use Alpha Five's user friendly features at the same time.
  • Ch 11: Internet Installation: What you need to do to take the final steps of putting your application on-line.
  • Ch 13: Helpful Hints: More morsels of interesting information!

Appendix: A pictorial review of components so you can choose just the right one while you are working on your application!

Check out the Table of Contents and then take a look at some sample pages . . .

Chapter 5: Setup Settings: Understanding the Grid component features.

Chapter 7: Sweet Searches: Explore the many ways to find the data.

Chapter 9: Graphic Goodies:Enhance your grids and pages with graphics.

Book Specifications:

Size: 8 1/2 X 11
No of pages: 554
Cover: Heavy duty laminate.
Binding: Spiral Binding

Electronic Download Ediltion: Download book in PDF format.

Note: All formats contain working databases for exercises in the book.


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Alpha Five Made Easy

The Basics and More for Version 10.5


What's inside . . .

  • Everything you need to know about Databases and Tables
  • How to set up Field Rules and Data Entry
  • The principles of Sets and Mapped Tables
  • How to create outstanding Forms and Browses
  • How to wow your customers with Reports, Letters and Labels
  • What you need to know about Operations
  • Creating fancy and simple Buttons, Hyperlinks and Bubble Help
  • How to Find, Sort and Filter your data
  • Enhance your application with Checkboxes, Radio Buttons, Listboxes and Tree Controls
  • Add outstanding Graphics to your database
  • Use Action Scripting to point and click your way to Xbasic
  • Get user input with Xdialog and create Custom Menus
  • Use Alpha Five’s easy design features with SQL databases
  • Get just the right Color and maintain a consistant look with Stylesheets
  • Use Alpha Five to E-Mail and Fax and send a mass email to your contact list with AlphaMailer
  • Move from Alpha Four to Alpha Five with Frances Peake

Check out the Table of Contents and then take a look at some sample pages . . .

Lesson 4: Forms & Browses
Lesson 5:
Lesson 10:

Book Specifications:

Size: 8 1/2 X 11
No of pages: 659 (552 in the main book and 107 in the Bonus Pages)
Cover: Heavy duty laminate.
Binding: Spiral Binding