See, Greg's not a full-time developer. He's a music teacher who is part of the Ohio Music Education Association (OMEA). It's the principal organization in Ohio promoting music education in elementary and secondary schools as well as colleges and universities.
Greg started developing because OMEA's process for registering students for Solo and Ensemble Adjudicated Events was outdated. Everything was entered or searched manually, or on a desktop app. This lead to information being out-of-date, duplication of registrants, and many other headaches experienced when putting together music events for thousands of students across the state of Ohio.
Greg took it upon himself to find a solution where music teachers, parents, and administrators could go to register their students anytime, anywhere. And on top of that, to get access to the most up-to-date database of performers instantly. He knew these requirements were only going to be fulfilled in a Web app.
Greg had experience in FileMaker, but was disappointed in its Web support, or lack there of. Then he gave FMStudio a whirl, but its poor print support lead him to look for something else. After a few searches on Google, Greg found Alpha Five Version 10.5 and downloaded the free trial.
The Codeless Ajax, along with the video tutorials and community support, especially from Clive Swanepol at ZebraHost, helped Greg get building quickly. After it was all said and done, Greg's Web application has served over 65,000 performers in the short time it's been available.
Give a listen to how Greg built the app, the advantages Alpha Five gave him, the road bumps he hit along the way, how he overcame those bumps, and the benefits teachers, students, and parents are getting from the app. It's an insightful podcast for anyone who has never built a Web application to listen to.
If you want to poke around Greg's app, head to omea-ohio3.org. You can log in as a guest to get a deeper feel for the app. Here are the guest log in credentials.
- ID: 012345678
- Password: alphauser
And look for updates from Greg here, on the blog. He's just as excited as we are about the mobile development framework being released in Alpha Five Version 11. He has some big plans in store to take his Web app to the mobile space.