Alpha Software Desktop Work Freelancer -Dave Mason

Alpha Software Desktop Work Freelancer -Dave Mason

I am one of the Freelance members that does Alpha Software on the Desktop.

Most of my business is for small businesses wishing to keep their data off the web and out of the cloud.  They wish an application that runs reliably and quickly with from one and up users without a hitch.  I have the latest A5 V12 developer and Runtime as well as a few older versions to be able to bring applicarions from A3, A4 and early A5 versions to where my client needs them.  I have a trove of already written functions to utilize as needed to cut time in development and lots of applications to go back to as needed. 

I also  create applications that I sell on the web as downloads where you buy, download and install. 

I offer a 90 day bug removal for all work and "optionally" a yearly maintenance program.  

Work is figured by the hour, but you get a real close estimate of final hours and cost up front.  All estimates for any work from anybody starts with a hourly rate.  After computing estimated cost, billing is done by an application built with Alpha.   An invoice is sent each Friday or as agreed.  Easy payment plans to get you as far as you want to go or to completion. 

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From Alpha Software to Instant Developer

Let me put my cards on the table - I am a long term Alpha Software user and have fully paid up versions from the old DOS days to version 11 - all Desk Top (DT) development. More recently I needed an RAD Webapp construction tool with the speed and flexibility of the Alpha DT environment, so Alpha Anywhere (AA) was my first port of call. As Alpha users will know, from V9 it was shipped with a local Web Application Server (WAS) to enable users to practise using Alpha as a Webapp development tool. It was OK and worked up to the point that you needed to do something which was not included in the box you kept your DT ideas in, and that meant learning a whole new way of using Alpha. Simple stuff is easy using the DBF file structure so for trial purposes it works and is pretty slick on your personal PC.

I would have stuck with Alpha for Webapps but for four things;

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