About the Authors
Later, she began the search for a relational database that did not require programming skills. Alpha Four, a DOS product, met those requirements. When Alpha Five was released, she moved to the Windows version. After expending considerable effort learning the program and designing on her laptop, it was stolen. The only copy of the database was gone and a serious setback resulted. The good news is that by the time she started over, Alpha Five version 3, with significant improvements over the earlier versions, had been released.
The development of a database for her government bidding company, Liberty Food Marketers Co., then began in earnest - this time with backups! Today, that application contains more than 60 tables and 75 sets. As a non-programmer, Susan has set up 100 saved operations to import, reformat and export data. She has since sold the business to her son, Dave, who continues to use Alpha Five to stay current with the demands of government bidding and to offer customers outstanding service.
Many versions later, she is excited about the latest developments, including the name change to Alpha Anywhere because it so suits the range of desktop, web and mobile applications that are essential to today’s markets.
Dr. Peter Wayne
Liberty Manuals is honored to distribute Dr. Wayne's book, Alpha Five: Xbasic for Everyone. One of the foremost authorities on Alpha Five, he has worked with Xbasic since the early days of Alpha Five version 1.
Peter is a gastroenterologist in Yonkers, New York. He has regularly appeared in Castle-Connolly, Westchester Magazine and New York Magazine's "Best Doctors" lists, but we like him for his encyclopedic knowledge of Xbasic and his clear, often humorous, expository style. Both novice and experienced programmers will find nuggets scattered through the volume, which is amply illustrated with code samples. Some reader comments on this book:
It doesn't take much to figure out that many spoonfuls of sugar make the medicine go down! We love working with Peter because his writings take a serious subject like programming and lighten it with laughter.
Hank and Sophie