A Powerful Combination

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One of the best development tools I have found for designing a database is Alpha Five, by Alpha Software.  Alpha Five is a joy to work with.  A graphic user interface is provided that makes any database task user friendly.  The user supported message board is the best help tool around.

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If you need to use a SQL database, MySQL is the database of choice.  Their web site says it best:  The MySQL database server is the world's most popular open source database. With more than five million active installations, MySQL has quickly become the core of many high-volume, business-critical applications.

Customers such as Yahoo!, Google, Cisco, Sabre Holdings, HP and NASA are realizing significant cost savings by using MySQL's high performance, reliable database management software to power large Web sites, business-critical enterprise applications and packaged software applications.

The Combination

Alpha Software is bundling the MySQL database with its easy-to-use Alpha Five database front end for rapid application development. The integrated package lets MySQL users create robust Web database applications on the desktop and then publish them as sophisticated Web-enabled databases that work on top of the MySQL database engine.

“The combination of Alpha Five with MySQL databases offers a new way for enterprises to significantly lower development costs,” said Richard Rabins, co-chairman of Alpha Software Inc. “CIOs at large corporation are thrilled that they can now develop powerful Web-based apps using MySQL – in a small fraction of the time it would require to build the applications with programming tools like PHP or Perl.”