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Showing posts with label Liberty Manuals. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Liberty Manuals. Show all posts

Monday, December 15, 2008

Shopping for a new shopping cart?

I've been doing some new things to my Web site with the help of Alpha Five, and wanted to share experience with you.

Recently, I created an updated shopping cart feature for my site, Liberty Manuals. The new shopping cart uses a MySQL database. For years, we entered orders into Alpha Five manually. The new cart gives us the capability of exporting the data to a .csv file.

I then developed a series of operations that imports, appends, and posts. I then attached those operations onto a button using Action Scripting.

Now, the daily office routine is a piece of cake, and that's what I think databases are all about. But be careful. Import first into a separate table, and then append to your main table. And check to be sure that the field types are the same in both tables.

For example, you might want the item ID to be a character field, but the import genie creates a numeric field. Then, when you go to append it to the main table, you get an error that the field types don't match.

Yuck. I hate that message! The problem is easily fixed, but I like it better when things work the first time around. (Okay, call me a dreamer.) The reward is pressing the final button that makes everything work. Heaven!

With Alpha's packaged e-commerce application, you can create a complete, fully functioning, "ready for business" online catalog, shopping cart, and e-commerce system. Or, it can be used as a framework for your own Web application. In either case, all you need is a copy of Alpha Five to edit the application, and the Alpha Five Application Server to deploy it.

Now, I must get to those gifts I was telling you about this weekend. From my home in the beautiful mountains of North Carolina to wherever this finds you, I wish you a very happy holiday. And happy shopping!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Alpha Five by the book (or should I say "buy the books?")

I was on the phone with a client who complained that there weren't any good books for learning Alpha Five. That was painful for me to hear, because there's actually a complete library of titles focused specifically on helping novices and professionals alike learn Alpha Five. Apparently we haven't done an optimal job making sure everyone knows this.

One of our big initiatives this year is training. We've held a number of tutorials and webinars, and more are on the way. And we also have a number of hard copy and electronic books available, covering everything you could possibly want to know about Alpha Five.

Our newest PDF package, Alpha Five Version 9 Made Easy and Alpha Five Web Applications Made Easy, is part of our push to empower people to create desktop and AJAX-enabled Web database applications. The two-volume set from Liberty Manuals is authored by Susan Bush, a experienced Alpha Five user and writer, and an active member of the Alpha Five community.

Her books divide the process of using Alpha Five to build applications into manageable segments. Everything is thoroughly explained and illustrated. Together these PDF volumes comprise over 1,000 illustrated pages.

The complete table of contents for Alpha Five Version 9 Made Easy and Alpha Five Web Applications Made Easy are available for you to get a better idea of everything that's included inside.

All electronic and hard copy books are available at the Liberty Manuals Web site. Prices start at $19.99.

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