Why So Many MS Access Developers Are Flocking to Alpha For Rapid Web and Mobile Business Application Development

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Why So Many MS Access Developers Are Flocking to Alpha For Rapid Web and Mobile Business Application Development

Over the last two years, we have seen an ever increasing number of MS Access developers adopting Alpha Five for building Web applications.

We always ask them what is motivating the switch to Alpha and invariably the answer is they are not satisfied with MS Access for building web applications. We are now seeing this trend accelerating as Alpha's upcoming solution for mobile applications gets closer to release.

So it was with great interest that we came across a recent analysis by Luke Chung , one of the leading developers using MS Access and a respected source of information in the MS Access community.

Below is what Luke has to say about MS Access 2013 for building Web Applications - which makes it clear why Alpha is fast becoming the smart choice for MS Access developers who want to build powerful and robust web and mobile business applications with no limitations. More info for Access developers evaluating Alpha is at http://info.alphasoftware.com/bring-your-access-applications-to-web-and-mobile-devices

Microsoft Access 2013 web solutions let you create browser based sites that people with rights to your SharePoint 2013 server can run without having to install anything on their machine.


Deployment is very easy. This supports any browser that SharePoint supports including Windows, Mac, and mobile devices. Though running in SharePoint, the data is stored in SQL Server which was not the case for Access 2010. The significant limitations of this platform are the inability to separate the application from the database, which updates are made on the production platform and it can't be used to point to an existing SQL Server(or Access) database. The reliance on the macro language offers far fewer capabilities than VBA or .NET, and though JavaScript code is automatically generated, it's not possible to modify it. Because it's a web solution, it cannot interact with desktop files or perform Office automation. There also isn't a report generator and the user interface is limited to what's offered.

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About Author

Richard Rabins
Richard Rabins

Co-founder of Alpha Software, Richard Rabins focuses on strategy, sales, and marketing. Richard also served as CEO of SoftQuad International from 1997 to 2001, when it owned Alpha. In addition to his 30 years with the company, Richard played a key role as co-founder, and served as president and chairman of the Massachusetts Software Council (now the Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council), the largest technology trade organization in Massachusetts. Prior to founding Alpha, Richard was a project leader and consultant with Information Resources, Inc. (IRI), and a management consultant with Management Decision Systems, Inc. Richard holds a master's degree in system dynamics from the Sloan School at MIT, and a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering and master's degree in control engineering from University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. He has served on the boards of Silent Systems, Legacy Technology and O3B Networks, and is co-founder of Tubifi www.tubifi.com.

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