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Alpha Five Platinum Brings AJAX to the Enterprise

Alpha Five Platinum Is A Development Tool That Can Visually Build AJAX-Powered Applications

Alpha Software is now shipping Alpha Five Platinum Edition, the ninth release of the company’s flagship Web database development platform. It’s a development tool that can visually build AJAX-powered applications, integrate SQL databases with drag+drop simplicity, and deliver enterprise-scale availability, without having to write pages of computer code.

And while coding is optional, Alpha Five’s integrated development environment (IDE) still gives developers full access to forms, interactive reports, browsers, Web components, APIs, XML, and more. It’s packed with 200 reusable ActionScripts, “Supercontrols,” HTML and CSS builders, the full Xbasic/Xdialog language, Portable SQL, and “Genies” that generate editable code for any custom requirement.

There’s also a full-featured custom report generator (with drill-down support), a role-based Web security framework, and native SQL support for every major database—including Oracle, Microsoft SQL Server, MySQL, IBM DB2, and EnterpriseDB/Postgres Plus.

“Building state-of-the-art business applications for the Web just got faster and easier,” says Richard Rabins, Co-Chairman of Alpha Software. “With Alpha Five Platinum, you can build 100 percent pure Internet and intranet apps that look, feel, and perform like desktop applications. And with Alpha, you can build them up to 10 times faster than .Net, Java, PHP, Perl, Python, or Ruby. We think developers will agree that Alpha Five Platinum is the ultimate front-end for their enterprise data.”

Alpha Five Platinum boasts 85 new features, key among them:

  • AJAX for everyone
  • Application Server Improvements
  • Interactive Reporting
  • Mapped Tables
  • Heterogeneous Joins, which allow developers to join tables from multiple SQL database servers, or a server and a local table, within the same query
  • Intelligent Query Optimizer
  • Optimistic Record Locking
  • Supercontrols that let developers embed hyperlinks, Web content, clocks, calendars, PDFs, live reports, and more in their database forms, with point and click ease
  • HTML forms that include regular HTML tags as well as customized Alpha Five tags: accordion, tab, conditional, dynamic content, and image)
  • XML Parser
  • HTML Memo Fields
  • Enhanced Field Rules

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brian smith 05/17/08 03:13:08 PM EDT

I have been using Alpha Five platinum and have been pleasantly surprised how robust it is and how quickly I can built build AJAX enabled apps versus the time it takes in .NET