The other day I received this note from Larry Bee
It's great to know that doing what I love is helping other people do what they love. Thanks again to Larry for taking the time to let us know about your success with Alpha Five Version 10.
I started a small national business called LunchWorks.
LunchWorks is a business to business networking organization.
LunchWorks sends out 4 business people at a time to lunch together.
If the group has 100 people in it, there would be 25 groups of 4 eating lunch in 25 different restaurants.
Every week the business members and restaurants are rotated thereby allowing the members to meet new members and different restaurants. The idea of having members spending time with fellow members breaking bread, low stress and getting to know each other on a deeper level is very good for business.
While I am in the computer consulting business, I am not a programmer by trade.
The last time I programmed was in the early 90's using your product.
I started this endeavor May of 2010 and learned everything from scratch.
The great thing about A5v10 is that it allows me to create a whole interactive web application from soup to nuts myself.
Yes, I did spend a whole lot of time learning how to use it, but I did expect there would be a learning curve for software completely new to me.
Given that I had special back office processing needs learning XBasic was also necessary.
Again, I am an example that if one is willing to put in the time to learn the product (Susan Bush's book), learn Xbasic (Dr. Wayne's book) buy the framework (Steve Woods - Alpha2go) and spend time on the forum for answers, then creating the web application of your dreams is possible. The application is web based and automates the whole process of managing the members, restaurants, network groups, performing the member/restaurant rotations, sending out the emails, the member/leader accounting and more.
It's pretty cool and I am quite proud of it. While it is not as slick as some of what the other developers do professionally I am very proud to say that I have created a commercial product being used now allowing me to move forward in growing my business. You may be wondering if there is something for you to look at, well since it is a back office application there is no open public web page. One must log in to use the application. If you want to see what I have done I would be happy to share it with you.
All in all, I am quite excited about A5V10 and without it, I would never have gotten this business venture off the ground without having to spend 10's of thousands of dollars in ongoing development cost.
Thanks for writing a great database development program.