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Why Microsoft Access Developers Are Choosing Alpha Anywhere

Over the last two years, we have seen an increasing number of Microsoft Access developers adopting Alpha Anywhere.

When asked why they're switching to Alpha Anywhere, these developers explain that they're unsatisfied with Microsoft Access for building web applications. This trend is accelerating with the urgent business need for mobile apps.

You'd be surprised to learn just how many large and regional companies still rely on Microsoft Access as their database solution. Microsoft Access software developers with years of experience are left high and dry. Microsoft failed to offer a solution for taking MS Access databases to mobile devices.

Microsoft Access Developers like Luke Chung are frustrated by the software's limitations around web and mobile apps.Luke Chung is a 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

"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."

Many developers face Luke's frustration: they've built Microsoft access applications that they cannot easily extend.

Now there's a solution for Professional Access Database Developers

Alpha Anywhere is the smart choice for MS Access developers who want to build powerful web and mobile business applications.

There is a free trial for MS Access developers interested in taking their MS Access programming to the next level. We also offer a tutorial on how to do this for anyone evaluating Alpha Anywhere. 

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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

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The Alpha platform is the only unified mobile and web app development and deployment environment with distinct “no-code” and “low-code” components. Using the Alpha TransForm no-code product, business users and developers can take full advantage of all the capabilities of the smartphone to turn any form into a mobile app in minutes, and power users can add advanced app functionality with Alpha TransForm's built-in programming language. IT developers can use the Alpha Anywhere low-code environment to develop complex web or mobile business apps from scratch, integrate data with existing systems of record and workflows (including data collected via Alpha TransForm), and add additional security or authentication requirements to protect corporate data.