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21. FileMaker Pro 6
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22. RoboHelp Office X5
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23. Borland C++ Builder 6 Personal
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24. Microsoft Visual Studio Tools
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25. Microsoft Visual Studio .NET Enterprise
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26. Microsoft MSDN Operating Systems
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27. Microsoft Visual Basic Professional
28. Microsoft MS Visual FoxPro Professional
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29. Microsoft Technet 2005 Single
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30. FileMaker Pro 6.0 - Mac
$1,299.99 $179.99
31. FileMaker Pro 7 (5-User Pack)
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35. Microsoft Visual Studio .NET Enterprise
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40. Borland Codewright 7.5 for Win

21. FileMaker Pro 6
list price: $299.00
our price: $299.00
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Asin: B00006A6X8
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Filemaker Inc.
Sales Rank: 1198
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

FileMaker Pro 6.0 makes data management for individuals and small groups engaging and almost fun. Installation and setup are both surprisingly quick and easy, and the templates and wizards will have most users frolicking with their new or imported databases in just a couple of hours. The interface and design tools are comfortable for Windows users of all levels of experience. The software is not designed for the lowest common denominator, though--advanced users will find FileMaker Pro's scripting language for queries and other tasks handy, if not all-powerful.

Data entry couldn't be easier. For some formats, it's as simple as dragging and dropping folder contents, so multimedia management, for example, becomes almost trivial. FileMaker Pro's data manipulation tools are more powerful than before, which means administrators would do well to limit users or train them carefully. Searches, the meat of the package, are simple enough for beginners but offer enough complexity to keep power users happy. One new timesaving search feature is the extend/constrain function: if a search returns too few or too many results, it takes just one step to expand or contract search parameters.

Web-style integration in FileMaker Pro 6.0 has taken a huge step forward from version 5.5; the look and feel of the desktop is almost seamlessly translated to intranet application. However, those with more than 10 potential FileMaker users should pick up the unlimited-use version of the software. FileMaker can import and export XML, so data can be manipulated and then easily shared with non-users via a Web browser.

While there might be more powerful data management packages available, for a wide range of uses and users, FileMaker Pro 6.0 is tough to beat. --Rob Lightner ... Read more

Reviews (8)

5-0 out of 5 stars Filemaker Pro 6 is great!
This versatile program is easy to use and yet makes the tech types happy. For the price there is no comparison!

Tanya Milligan

5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastically Versatile Program!
To even compare FileMaker Pro with Access is absurd.

While FileMaker is not on the order of MySQL or Oracle in terms of speed and power, it is far more flexible and far less expensive than anything else available in this workgroup class of applications for any Windows or Mac environment.

You can start small, with just one or two computers and grow your solution into a fully server-based and remotely managed application. And if you should happen to need to migrate to a "big iron" type Database someday, such as MySql, conversion tools are available that will automate large parts of such a migration - including scripting. There are also a large number of third-party plugins should any other functionality be required down the road.

Importing and exporting data is a snap in just about any format. As for sharing data, FileMaker is unmatched and even includes a small-scale web server function in addition to the "instant web publishing" function.

It's an absolutely wonderful tool for any serious IT person that isn't threatened by a program that most non-IT people can understand.

5-0 out of 5 stars Outstanding. More than most people need.
I have worked with very large databses (greater than 500 tables in Oracle and SyBase) and very small ones. If you are looking for a db implementation for less than $50,000, your first product to evaluate should be Filemaker. It will probably do all (and more) than you need. Anyone who says that MS Access is easier or more reliable than Filemaker either works for Microsoft or has some other unhelpful bias. Ask users and/or developers to show you databases built in the two products and you will see an enormous difference. The Access ones are likely to be crude and require frequent redevelopment work. The Filemaker ones are likely to be clean, reliable and flexible.

If you don't need the huge power of the big guns (Oracle, SyBase, IBM), ignore Filemaker at your own risk.

5-0 out of 5 stars Outstanding product that empowers users and designers alike!
Greetings Amazon reviewers..

Now that you've read the Microsoft commercial below from:
"Reviewer: A software user from Stratford, CT USA"
Who probably, "needs a kick in the pants!"

Here's the truth, this product has the capabilities for implementing a client / server database network easier than anything currently on the market! And the client / server capabilities are built in! And it doesn't matter if it's based on the PC OR the MAC. Further, once designed and implemented, will work seamlessly with both platforms on the network. Additionally, after extensive research for an insurance client that I just completed designing a Relational Database Management System (RDBMS) for, it was BY FAR the least expensive alternative, ESPECIALLY relative to Microsoft. In addition, it has the lowest overhead (computing hardware/software requirements) relative to anything of its capabilities on the market. You can reference these system requirements (along with features) at their web site that really gives a good deal of information. Note these minimum requirements below that most systems/owners can easily handle these days:
(compare these minimum requirements to the latest version of Microsoft's Access or any other database for that matter)

PC
· Intel Compatible 90 MHz Pentium or higher
· 32 MB of RAM (or more)
· Windows 98, Me, NT4 (SP6), 2000, XP

Mac
· Power Mac or higher
· 32 MB of RAM
· OS 8.6 - 9.22

Mac OS X
· Apple G3 or higher
· 128 MB of RAM
· OS X 10.1

The client I was designing for had older PCs using Windows 98SE. Obviously, I used the PC version of the software, which is very similar to the Mac version. If I had decided to implement a Microsoft "solution" it would have involved upgrading not only the hardware but the operating systems too. Then, the cost of the Access copies (licenses) certainly doesn't come cheap either if you haven't compared lately. FoxPro didn't fair any better, SQL Server worse. Especially in a client <==> server design paradigm!

Bottom line, a fully customized relational database designed, developed and deployed on a network in record time with minimal cost to the owner (no new hardware or operating systems) and working from initial installation to this day with minimal database administration. FULLY compatible with either PC or MACs on the network and future operating system upgrades on either platform. Personally, I'm pleased and I know a business that is extremely happy. Win-win situation..

One thing I found rather nice is you can download a 30-day free trial of the basic Filemaker Pro software at their web site to see if it meets your needs - certainly a nice gesture. (filemaker.com)

5-0 out of 5 stars Filemaker for productivity
We happen to develop Filemaker database systems for our customers. This product focuses on the productivity and you can in fact have a system working for you benefit in a couple of days. if you have a clear understanding of your bussines no matter what it is , Filemaker gives you the power to gather your data and transform it easily in information. You will soon be making better decisions and at the same time getting yourself in the process of improving your database. Only filemaker allows this. Another point is that Filemaker Customers are happy customers. They are in charge of their Bussineses informations system without having to rely in external , costly "access" consultants..... ... Read more


22. RoboHelp Office X5
list price: $999.99
our price: $999.99
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Asin: B0001EKE6U
Catlog: Software
Publisher: eHelp Corp
Sales Rank: 4701
Average Customer Review: 3.67 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Create professional Help systems and documentation
  • Work with built-in or popular HTML editor or Microsoft Word
  • Create Help systems that run on any browser or platform
  • Easy to use; automated wizards and project templates
  • For desktop and Web-based applications

Reviews (3)

5-0 out of 5 stars Don't listen to the naysayers
For those of us who were three versions behind, RoboHelp X5 makes my job a lot easier. You can purchase just what you need but I recommend getting this version or you may regret getting "just" this or "just" that & may end up having to get the whole enchilada anyway. Makes no sense. Older versions of RoboHelp, for me, caused topics to get overwritten. Also, this version has conditional text built in. Thanks for those of you who wrote reviews & provided tips, but don't throw the baby out with the bathwater. I highly suggest the RoboHelp author forum at http://www.helpcommunity.ehelp.com/forums/wbpx.dll/~robohelp.

I also like the Flash Help feature very much. You can easily go to Project Manager and set your preference for the type of Help output you want. Flash Help makes the Help for our product look very slick. My coworkers agree. I highly suggest that you upgrade if you haven't already.

Another reason you should purchase this product (and no, I don't work for Macromedia) is that eHelp no longer "owns" the product. Macromedia supports it. Sure, you may not get a break on the price but guess what? Unless you're a registered user, you won't be able to access free skins online anymore. Macromedia has made the product more proprietary than ever. So, with improvements formerly via eHelp Corp. comes disappointments. They want you to upgrade, yes. You will have to pay, yes. Pirated software? If we all did that, you'd probably be paying an even bigger price for the prized software.

Good luck, & if you want to create your own Help project by hand, then don't buy the product. RoboHelp X5 literally saves weeks of work and if it has a few bugs, what software product doesn't? I personally would not want to be slaving over Help files all weekend doing them manually.

That's MY six hundred or so bucks' worth...but I got my company to pay for my version. So what are you griping about? Cut a purchase order and get reimbursed or use your company's credit card!

1-0 out of 5 stars Overpriced and very disappointing.
There is very little that is "robo" (i.e., automated) about RoboHelp. Sure, it will auto-generate things when you ask it to, but its output is so erratic and incomplete you might as well do it all by hand.

As a manual Help creation tool, it's got a nice complement of features, but let me tell you about a couple of little quirks or bugs...

You're supposed to be able to switch the type of output you get from RoboHelp at any point in your project. We started out with the goal of producing WebHelp, then switched to MS HTML help. Well, the part where you define what's available in your final output (Window definitions) did not come along for the switch. It took some time to realize that we had to delete the window definitions and define new ones in order for RoboHelp to actually produce the output we wanted.

Another little quirk is that when you add a hyperlink to existing text in a bulleted list, RoboHelp throws in a bunch of space characters (from 3 to 10) between the bullet and the text. And the WYSIWYG editor is not really WYSIWYG, not that that's any surprise, but it won't allow you to do everything you want to do. There is a TrueCode editor to let you get around that, if you know your way around HTML.

A new quirk that I've been wrestling with this morning is that any edit to an existing topic changes the style for that topic, and RoboHelp will not allow me to change it back, even when I edit the HTML directly!

Workarounds, more workarounds, and living with things you can't work around--expect to spend a lot of time developing your project's Help file with RoboHelp.

5-0 out of 5 stars Highway Robbery
This is nothing more than the basic RoboHelp with many more bells and whistles. It's not worth a grand; not now, not ever.

Reminds me of automobiles: they're all the same, four wheels and a horn. They all do the same thing. But start adding features and the price starts climbing.

I think it's the height of arrogance to charge a grand for this software. Just so long as this type of arrogance marks the software industry, then just so long will I in my secret heart cheer on the software pirates. ... Read more


23. Borland C++ Builder 6 Personal
list price: $79.99
our price: $72.99
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Asin: B00006347Y
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Borland International
Sales Rank: 514
Average Customer Review: 3.47 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Learn C++ development for the Windows platform with Borland C++ Builder 6 Personal. Its drag-and-drop visual development environment, easy-to-use wizards, sample applications, and tutorial simplify development. Real ANSI/ISO C++ gives you the performance needed to implement cross-platform-ready e-business applications that support Web services. Borland's C++ Builder 6 also increases the speed of Web application development, lets you build Web services-enabled middleware, and boosts productivity with its 32-bit native code compiler. Plus, you can take full advantage of the software's industry-standard compliance with SOAP, XML, WSDL, and XSL protocols. ... Read more

Reviews (17)

5-0 out of 5 stars C++ Builder 6 is great!
I am very dissapointed of the reviews that this written to this application. C++ Builder is much easier to learn than f.ex. Visual C++. If you are looking for A RAD (Rapid Application Development) solution, then this is your solution.

The RAD environment inside this product is great, and very productive. The producer of this software, Borland also let you choose from several editions based on your needs: Personal, Professional and Enterprise / Client server.

I you are looking for a RAD environment to produce high-performance applications using the C++ language, then go for it!

5-0 out of 5 stars Amazing Product for Serious Development
Although I cannot comment on this version of Borland C++ Builder, the company I work at switched from Visual Studio to Borland C++ Builder Enterprise about 6 months ago. I have to say that I am extremely impressed with the Enterprise version. Have never seen anything like it before (well, VB was kind of like it, only nowhere near as good).

Our company has increased it's turnover thanks to this product, as we're now completing projects in a fraction of the time.

The only thing that concerns me is the 'head architect' dude who left Borland and went to Microsoft. You can really see his work shining through the new Microsoft Visual Studio .NET environment, and I dare say that VS .NET is much easier to use than VS6.

I am also a little concerned about the lack of support there is when it concerns the use of Borland's MIDAS (now called DataSnap) 3-tier technology (not available in the Personal release). In terms of 3-tier architectures, Borland (IMHO) wins hands down. DataSnap is brilliant and easy to use. Just need more help on DataSnap for BCB6 (there is plenty for Delphi).

A very satisfied customer...

1-0 out of 5 stars I agree - BUGGY & BORDERLINE USELESS
I have used versions 3, 4, & 5 over time. I just updated to 6 and what a mess. I can not get complex numbers to work at all. It is a simple thing to do - include and declare the variable complex a. Just adding these two lines to a new application fails to compile under version 6.

If you want support, it is $225 per case/question unless you pay for a support contract (didn't ask what that cost). Your other options include checking the FAQ database or posting to the newsgroup. If you post to the newsgroup, someone else (not from borland) must feel like replying with an answer - good luck on that happening.

1-0 out of 5 stars BUGGY....borderline useless
I have been a developer for a number of years. I have used visual c++, as well as borland's c++ builder. I have to say, that even though vc++ has its problems, none of them hold a candle to the kind of bugs bcb has. I cant count the number of times, borland has thrown an assertion, or an access violation just from selecting a break point! There are even bugs in the vcl code that prevent compiling! Here is a typical scenario:

I boot up bcb. I open my project. I build it. I run it. It decides i havent built it yet so it rebuilds it, then shows me an error in some vcl file. ???? I rebuild it manually (after shutting down builder and restarting). No error, runs fine.

Another scenario:

Same as above, but borland randomly decides to throw an assertion while debugging, forcing a shut down of borland from the task manager (thus losing all my breakpoints, and if i havent saved, all my save info).

All i can say is GRRRRRRRRR!

2-0 out of 5 stars Not for Beginners
I bought this to update an old engineering program I'd written a decade ago. It came with minimal documentation, nothing that a beginner programmer can understand - not even on the CD. I checked their web site, which was not helpful, and after three attempts at installing the program (the installation program politely asked me if I wanted it to mangle Office 97 or Office 2000, neither of which I had on that computer), finally got it installed. I asked their customer support about the Office thing, and they send me a correct but not helpful email. I did manage to figure it out myself.

Sure 'nuff, it was a pain to use.

They did agree to take it back.

I downloaded a free copy of Lcc-Win32, a free C compiler, that includes decent documentation and seems plenty powerful. It's at http://www.cs.virginia.edu/~lcc-win32/. ... Read more


24. Microsoft Visual Studio Tools for Office 2003
list price: $499.00
our price: $434.99
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Asin: B0000BZO90
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Microsoft
Sales Rank: 1033
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Features

  • Bring .NET Framework-based development to Word- and Excel-based business solutions
  • Build Microsoft Office solutions in the familiar Visual Studio environment
  • Simplify deployment and maintenance of secure Microsoft Office solutions
  • Distribute royalty-free Access 2003 solutions
  • Get started building applications with Visual Basic .NET

25. Microsoft Visual Studio .NET Enterprise Architect 2003
list price: $2,499.99
our price: $2,349.99
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Asin: B000089GKU
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Microsoft
Sales Rank: 4630
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

Visual Studio .NET is Microsoft’s multi-faceted development tool, targeting both Windows and Web applications. This 2003 edition includes numerous small improvements as well as major new features like the Compact Framework, for applications that run on Pocket PC and other smart devices. It supports multiple languages, with the main ones being Visual Basic, C#, and C++. There is also a Java-like language called J#, although J# applications only work on Windows so this is not a true Java development tool. The Visual Studio .NET environment is truly integrated. It makes extensive use of docking and tabbed windows, and there are plenty of project wizards along with huge amounts of online help. Auto-completion and pop-up help eases the business of editing code.

Microsoft’s .NET tools are very different from their predecessors. Visual C++ can still compile standard Windows executables, but the other languages all target the .NET Framework, a runtime engine and class library that manages memory and enforces security. Framework applications perform well, since they are compiled to native code at runtime, but there is an overhead in terms of memory usage and the Framework runtime must be installed. In compensation, .NET brings many advantages. All the languages are fully object-oriented, the class library is rich, and XML support is fully integrated. ASP.NET is for web applications, and represents a large advance on the old ASP. Instead of script, ASP.NET supports any of the .NET languages, running on the server and just-in-time compiled to native code. There is a visual web page designer, and carefully designed applications support a wide range of browsers. New in this version of Visual Studio is Mobile Web Forms, which use adaptive rendering to support the browsers in mobile phones and PDAs. The database technology in Visual Studio is called ADO.NET, and uses a disconnected model that is ideal for laptops, smart devices, and wide area networks.

Visual Studio .NET Enterprise Architect 2003 is the top of the range. It’s the only version to include Visio, a drawing and modelling tool with integrated reverse-engineering and code-generation, though sadly not full round-tripping. There are also developer licenses for the key Microsoft server platforms, including Windows Server 2003, Exchange 2000 Server, Biztalk Server and SQL Server 2000. Another key component is the Visual SourceSafe code management system, which is especially important for team development, Application Center Test, for stress-testing web applications, and Enterprise Templates which let architects design and deploy best practices for project development. For those wondering whether to make the jump to .NET, this release is probably the right moment to go ahead. The technology is maturing, and the inclusion of the Compact Framework makes the package more compelling. The deep XML support on offer is essential for many enterprise applications and enables integration with other platforms. It’s still important to note the heavy system requirements, and that .NET applications do not run on Windows 95. In most cases, the higher productivity of .NET languages soon pays for any additional resources. --Tim Anderson, Amazon.co.uk ... Read more

Reviews (1)

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Programming Suite
Microsoft Visual Studio.NET Enterprise Architecht enables programmers to take full advantage of the .NET platform. Visual Studio.NET allows programmers to utilize the newer .NET framework 1.1, which contains enhancements in security and performance.

This version of Visual Studio includes: Visual Basic.NET 2003, Visual C++.NET 2003, Visual C#.NET 2003, and Visual J#.NET 2003. Having access to all of the .NET languages means that you have the ability to code in whichever language is most appropriate to your project.

A few language enhancements have also been included in this version. One of the most useful is the ability to declare a variable inside a loop using VB.NET 2003. For example:

For each var1 as string in varArray
'Do action
Next

Microsoft also bundles a handful of useful utilities with this package. These utilities will enable you to monitor your applications, benchmark web services, obfuscate your code, and much more.

.NET has a slightly different syntax than earlier versions of the languages (ie version 6), so if you are new to .NET a reference book would be handy.

Visual Studio.NET 2003 is worth the upgrade.

If you are a developer using several Microsoft technologies, a MSDN subscription is very helpful. MSDN Universal subscriptions include Visual Studio Enterprise Architect, developer licenses for all Microsoft operating systems, developer licenses for all Microsoft server systems, Microsoft Office Professional Enterprise edition, and more. MSDN subscribers have access to support via managed newsgroups and phone support. ... Read more


26. Microsoft MSDN Operating Systems 7.0 Revised - 1 Year
list price: $699.00
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Asin: B0006NMPPO
Catlog: Software
Manufacturer: Microsoft Software
Sales Rank: 5067
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Product Description

Microsoft MSDN Operating Systems Subscription 7.0 Rev.1 (1-year Subscription) .MSDN Operating Systems provides priority access to essential resources for developers, including timely delivery of everything you need to build XML Web services and applications. Through MSDN Subscriber Downloads and automatic shipments, you receive the latest Microsoft technologies and information as soon as they release. With developer-licensed versions of Microsoft operating systems you can fully test a wide range of applications. ... Read more


27. Microsoft Visual Basic Professional 6.0 with Plus Pack
list price: $549.99
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Asin: B00002S7HR
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Microsoft
Sales Rank: 3193
Average Customer Review: 4.64 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

Microsoft Visual Basic 6.0 is the single fastest way to developapplications for any of the modern Microsoft Windows environments, period. Thisis the world's best-known Rapid Application Development (RAD) environment, quitestable at this point in its long career. By making extensive use ofdrag-and-drop component assembly, boilerplate wizards, form-based graphical userinterface (GUI) design, and dozens of less obvious laborsaving features, thisIntegrated Development Environment (IDE) is almost certainly the fastest way toget your custom Windows software off the design team's whiteboard and intooperation.

True, you can use C++ (written in Microsoft Visual C++ or some otherenvironment) to write programs that execute faster. You can use Visual J++ or aJava IDE if you like that style of object-oriented programming. But there'slittle debate that Visual Basic offers the best balance of feature richness,ease of use, and performance. Furthermore, if you have a bit of familiarity withfundamental programming concepts (you know something about control structures,have a handle on data structures, and have some idea of what object orientationis all about), you'll find that Visual Basic has a relatively flat learningcurve. It rewards experimentation, and plenty of fine documentation exists.

Visual Basic supports all of Microsoft's solutions for database access,distributed computing, componentized software, and half a dozen other majorsoftware applications. You can use Visual Basic to write Component Object Model(COM) objects, ActiveX Controls, ActiveX Data Objects (ADO) for database access,and WebClasses to provide customized responses to events that occur during Websessions. The professional edition supplements the standard Visual Basicfeatures with visual tools for creating database schema on Oracle and MicrosoftSQL Server databases. The Professional Edition also integrates with MicrosoftVisual SourceSafe and the rest of Microsoft's tools for development of softwareby teams. --David Wall ... Read more

Reviews (11)

5-0 out of 5 stars The best second programming language to learn
If you are getting into programming, I would absolutely recommend Visual Basic be the second language you learn. Before this, though, buy the book "SAMS Teach Yourself Beginning Programming in 24 Hours." You will learn a LOT from this book, and you will attain a mastery of the QBASIC programming language. QBASIC is the base of Visual Basic, so VB will come surprisingly easy to you. I'm going to be starting to learn C++ soon, and polish my JavaScript soon after. How old am I? Why, I just turned 14. (I told you this was easy!) With VB6, you will be making professional-looking Windows applications in no time!

5-0 out of 5 stars Great MS Developmental tool
This is a great tool! I have use it with numberous MS office apps, created games, software from Db and Dna 2k utilization. Going from Quick Basic to VB3 to VB5. VB6 has the better libray and the ultilization of COM+ and DirectX the horizon is virtually endless.

3-0 out of 5 stars Good for end-user interface but not much else
VB is probably the best language Microsoft has spit up so far. This latest edition adds some nice features for doing tasks with minimal thought. It's really worthless for trying to do anything beyond simple programs(Meaning not much code) created using pre-done libraries and controls(*.OCX). But that's what's so nice about it. Let's say you developed foo program for bar OS (Foo and Bar are standard variables used commonly in programming groups), and wanted to bring it over to windows, making all of foo's features excessible through GUI. Simple enough, just copy the source not associated with bar's GUI and compile it into a DLL or OCX then use VB to associate methods and with the Windows GUI. Very handy especially when doing cross platform development. The main reason it lost points with me is due to the price...truly insane! I could see even $100 being tolerable but $500 is ludicrous, but I guess this price just reminds us that Micro$oft is behind this, otherwise decent, tool.

Note: Any kiddies out their wanting to learn a language, DON'T start with this(Try Perl instead). It teaches terrible habits that are hard to grow out of, making it difficult to learn other languages, and will get you reamed by your college professors. The major things are:

1)Everything is shown while typeing. So typing in "foobar." shows everything associated with foobar.

2)Case errors are automatically corrected.

3)Variable types are too easy to work with. There are very few real languages that let you call a 'variant' type (Although Perl handles most of it's types of variables in a similar manner).

Hope this helped anyone considering spending the $500.

5-0 out of 5 stars No need to compare VC++ wiyh VB
Which Development tool should I use it is purely based on you requrirements. For Ex:If I need to write Lotus API or Device Drivers or some communication programs or DLLS we dont have many choices only thing is VC++/C++. VB can't do all these things. VB is a very good development tool to develop application very fast. In my view VC++ is a great tool which has reduced lots of my time in developing better software.

5-0 out of 5 stars Used By More Developers Worldwide Than Any Other Language
Basic has been maligned by developers for many years, and in the early days it deserved it.

However in version Visual Basic 6.0, Microsoft's has created a very capable platform for building robust and mission critical enterprise level software systems. Not only is Visual Basic relatively easy to learn when compared to C++, Java, Perl, etc, you create serious software with Visual Basic.

What's more, Visual Basic has spawned a *huge* third party market for software components that can greatly reduce the time it takes to build software. How do I know? In 1994 I founded VBxtras, "The #1 Source of Tools for Visual Basic Developer's Worldwide."...

With its ease of learning, its robust architecture, and its tremendous number of available third party components, you can easily see why Visual Basic is one of *the* best choices for building software solutions in the new millennia. ... Read more


28. Microsoft MS Visual FoxPro Professional Edition - ( v. 9.0 ) - complete package ( 340-01231 )

Asin: B00066FHR4
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Microsoft Corporation
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29. Microsoft Technet 2005 Single Server
list price: $859.00
our price: $809.99
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Asin: B0006HJASK
Catlog: Software
Manufacturer: Microsoft Software
Sales Rank: 5985
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30. FileMaker Pro 6.0 - Mac
list price: $299.99
our price: $279.99
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Asin: B00006A6X7
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Filemaker Inc.
Sales Rank: 1875
Average Customer Review: 4.33 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

FileMaker Pro 6.0 makes data management for individuals and small groups engaging and almost fun. Installation and setup are both surprisingly quick and easy, and the templates and wizards will have most users frolicking with their new or imported databases in just a couple of hours. The interface and design tools are comfortable for Windows users of all levels of experience. The software is not designed for the lowest common denominator, though--advanced users will find FileMaker Pro's scripting language for queries and other tasks handy, if not all-powerful.

Data entry couldn't be easier. For some formats, it's as simple as dragging and dropping folder contents, so multimedia management, for example, becomes almost trivial. FileMaker Pro's data manipulation tools are more powerful than before, which means administrators would do well to limit users or train them carefully. Searches, the meat of the package, are simple enough for beginners but offer enough complexity to keep power users happy. One new timesaving search feature is the extend/constrain function: if a search returns too few or too many results, it takes just one step to expand or contract search parameters.

Web-style integration in FileMaker Pro 6.0 has taken a huge step forward from version 5.5; the look and feel of the desktop is almost seamlessly translated to intranet application. However, those with more than 10 potential FileMaker users should pick up the unlimited-use version of the software. FileMaker can import and export XML, so data can be manipulated and then easily shared with non-users via a Web browser.

While there might be more powerful data management packages available, for a wide range of uses and users, FileMaker Pro 6.0 is tough to beat. --Rob Lightner

Note: This review refers to theWindows version. ... Read more

Reviews (6)

5-0 out of 5 stars Great product but why not the same discount as for the PC
Amazon continues to charge more for the Mac version of products which also appear for the PC. I wish they would tell us why this is so.

5-0 out of 5 stars My most important software package
Our company has been using FileMaker since 1989. As it is the only database Ive ever used (other than a brief experiment with 4D) I really can't compare it with anything else. I'm here to tell you it will do the job you want to do.

I won't use technospeak in my review, as I am here for the novice users (and anyone who is reading a review to determine if this software is for them is probably a novice). FileMaker will keep track of all your company info. Even if you are a one-person company it will work for you. When you have 100 employees on the payroll, it will still work for you. If you have never designed a database before, you can do it.

Now, you WILL have to devote some time to learn the software, but if you are to be administrating a database, youre going to have to be doing some maintenance anyway. With FileMaker, you can begin using your database the first day, then add more features later on as you add more records and more users. I recommend learning FileMaker as opposed to hiring your project out to a developer for the simple fact that YOU know your business best and you will constantly be making changes as your business changes. My philosophy is that it is better for YOU to learn FileMaker than for a developer to learn your business.

Go ahead and get it. You will be able to make beautiful, efficient databases if you take the time to learn it. This product will do the job. I guarantee it. Contact me and I will help you.

5-0 out of 5 stars Outstanding product that empowers users and designers alike!
Greetings Amazon reviewers..

Now that you've read the Microsoft commercial below from:

"Reviewer: Andre Da Costa (see more about me) from Jamaica W.I."

Here's the truth, this product has the capabilities for implementing a client / server database network easier than anything currently on the market! And the client / server capabilities are built in! And it doesn't matter if it's based on the PC OR the MAC. Further, once designed and implemented, will work seamlessly with both platforms on the network. Additionally, after extensive research for an insurance client that I just completed designing a Relational Database Management System (RDBMS) for, it was BY FAR the least expensive alternative, ESPECIALLY relative to Microsoft. In addition, it has the lowest overhead (computing hardware/software requirements) relative to anything of its capabilities on the market. You can reference these system requirements (along with features) at their web site that really gives a good deal of information. Note these minimum requirements that most systems can easily handle these days:
(compare these minimum requirements to the latest version of Microsoft's Access or any other database for that matter)

PC
· Intel Compatible 90 MHz Pentium or higher
· 32 MB of RAM (or more)
· Windows 98, Me, NT4 (SP6), 2000, XP

Mac
· Power Mac or higher
· 32 MB of RAM
· OS 8.6 - 9.22

Mac OS X
· Apple G3 or higher
· 128 MB of RAM
· OS X 10.1

The client had older PCs using Windows 98SE. Obviously, I used the PC version of the software which is very similar to the Mac version. If I had decided to implement a Microsoft "solution" it would have involved upgrading not only the hardware but the operating systems too. Then, the cost of the Access copy doesn't come cheap if you haven't compared lately. FoxPro didn't fair any better, SQL Server worse. Especially in a clent <==> server design paradigm!

Bottom line, a fully customized relational database designed, developed and deployed in record time with minimal cost to the owner (no new hardware or operating systems) and working from initial installation to this day with minimal database administration. FULLY compatible with either PC or MACs on the network and future operating system upgrades on either platform. Personally, I'm pleased and I know a business that is extremely happy. Win-win situation..

One thing I found rather nice is you can download a 30-day free trial of the basic Filemaker Pro software at their web site to see if it meets your needs - certainly a nice gesture. (filemaker.com)

4-0 out of 5 stars And it works with fine with Excel
An update to my earlier review: Filemaker works great with Excel (contrary to what an earlier reviewer guessed, apparently without testing). Last week I built a small Filemaker database to track contributors and potential contributors to a charitable group with which I work. Yesterday, I received an Excel spreadsheet from another member of the group, and it contained nearly 1,000 names, addresses, and phone numbers. Importing it was a snap: I simply used the "Import" function, choosing Excel as the file-type I wanted to import. Filemaker gave me a nice graphical interface to match Excel columns to fields in my database; it also gave me the chance to add a new field if necessary. Then a button click and the data imported cleanly and quickly, without any problems.

2-0 out of 5 stars Mac Users Yes, PC Users NO!!!!
First of all for Mac, users this is your only option for a good reliable, well known database, so I recommend it to them most of all. For PC users however, stay very far away, Microsoft Access has all the tools you need already. Based upon user experience, I think Microsoft Access is much easier, (read carefully now, before you judge my review). People say that FileMaker is the easiest database ever created, but they are dead wrong, they have never tried Access. Entering information into the database in FileMaker is like thorns in your finger, it is so difficult. I tried to enter the date for my music collection and it kept on giving me an error message that it should be done a particular way, I followed its instructions and still ended up with the same error. Creating reports is also painful, unlike Microsoft Access which uses a simple tabed interface you can immediately switch from tables to creating quries and beautiful reports. In FileMaker, the database uses some sort of Visual Basic interface to create reports, Access uses simple wizards to get you where you are going. Access is also more powerful in terms of integration with SQL, ODBC, other database server products so there is no conflict with your data. FileMaker is simple and too weak for users to spend upto $..., buy Access and you will never regret it. And with the integration between other MS Office products, you will be amazed. One of the features I love the most is the ability to create mail merge documents using database information from Access into Microsoft Word. Your able to easily convert a database from Access to Excel, vice versa easily. All of this would be a head ache in FileMaker. If you are on the Windows platform, certainly Access is the best way to go! ... Read more


31. FileMaker Pro 7 (5-User Pack)
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Asin: B0001LUHE2
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Filemaker Inc.
Sales Rank: 3292
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  • Track and manage people, projects, images, and data
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32. FileMaker Pro 7 Upgrade (Mac)
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33. Microsoft Visual Studio .NET Professional 2003 English
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Amazon.com Review

Visual Studio .NET Professional 2003 is Microsoft’s multi-faceted development tool, targeting both Windows and Web applications. This 2003 edition includes numerous small improvements as well as major new features like the Compact Framework, for applications that run on Pocket PC and other smart devices. It supports multiple languages, with the main ones being Visual Basic, C#, and C++. There is also a Java-like language called J#, although J# applications only work on Windows so this is not a true Java development tool. The Visual Studio .NET environment is truly integrated. It makes extensive use of docking and tabbed windows, and there are plenty of project wizards along with huge amounts of online help. Auto-completion and pop-up help eases the business of editing code.

Microsoft’s .NET tools are very different from their predecessors. Visual C++ can still compile standard Windows executables, but the other languages all target the .NET Framework, a runtime engine and class library that manages memory and enforces security. Framework applications perform well, since they are compiled to native code at runtime, but there is an overhead in terms of memory usage and the Framework runtime must be installed. In compensation, .NET brings many advantages. All the languages are fully object-oriented, the class library is rich, and XML support is deeply integrated. ASP.NET is for web applications, and represents a large advance on the old ASP. Instead of script, ASP.NET supports any of the .NET languages, running on the server and just-in-time compiled to native code. There is a visual web page designer, and carefully designed applications support a wide range of browsers. A new feature in this version of Visual Studio is Mobile Web Forms, which use adaptive rendering to support the browsers in mobile phones and PDAs.

The database technology in Visual Studio is called ADO.NET. It uses a disconnected model, which means that applications work with data locally, only contacting the server for data transfer or update. It’s a good model for laptops, smart devices, and wide area networks, but there’s a lot to learn for those skilled in older database APIs.

The Visual Studio .NET Professional 2003 edition represents the best value in the range. There’s no Visual SourceSafe or Visio diagramming, and it lacks the server licences found in the high-end Enterprise editions, but it’s otherwise a fully comprehensive package.

For those wondering whether to make the jump to .NET, this release is probably the right moment to go ahead. The technology is maturing, and the inclusion of the Compact Framework makes the package more compelling. Students and newcomers to programming will welcome the clean object-orientation in C#, and the deep XML support on offer is essential for enterprise applications or integrating with other platforms. It’s still important to note the heavy system requirements, and that .NET applications do not run on Windows 95. In most cases, the higher productivity of .NET languages soon pays for any additional resources. --Tim Anderson, Amazon.co.uk ... Read more

Reviews (5)

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Peice of kit
I've been working as a web develop for over 5 years, and I've tried hundreds of different editors and IDE. Visual Studio.NET is by far the most complete I have ever used. My boss' at first weren't too happy about forking out so much for one peice of software, but on the first project we used it for, we made the money back on a short development time and testing time.

Because everything can be developed in more or less the same way as an ASP.NET app, we were able to offer clients more solutions for their buck. We now offer desktop and mobile solutions as well as what we offered before!

The learning curve can be somewhat steep, but once you learn to do most things, everything will become a breeze.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good, but not Great
To put simple, this product is good, but it's not great. The true biggest problem is the complexity and learning curve. If your migrating from DevStudio, then you'll have a heck of a time learning the new environment and set up. But once you learn how to use it (which will take a while), it's much better than DevStudio, and the new languages are definately worth it.

1-0 out of 5 stars Why would I buy this?
Can someone please explain why I would buy .Net Pro when the MSDN Pro subscription is cheaper and comes with much more? Frankly, both of them see highly overpriced. They should pay me to develop for their platform.

1-0 out of 5 stars It's Microsoft ...
Just like Crawford Leitch wrote above. Microsoft products are trash. The company should be split-up and managed by monkeys. Name withheld

2-0 out of 5 stars STEP BACKWARDS but has bells and whistles
I used Visual Studio 6 / Visual Interdev a lot and found it very good. I'm a decent VB programmer so I created several apps and managed our corporate website /sub webs with it too. I could do all that my business group needed. VS.NET 2003 has just made all that a lot, lot harder for not much gain. Aside from learning the new languages VB.NET and C# which I don't really mind the new asp.net and web site development is horrendous for people who do it all themselves. It was a lot simpler before. First time you try to delete a test project you won't find a delete option or anything in the help about it. It turns out you need to use explorer to delete the files and IIS to remove the virtual site. Why would they do that? In short the gains are mainly for the big enterprise users with 2003 servers running IIS6. $$$. Very disappointing really and I really like Microsoft stuff. Microsoft SQL server is fantastic for instance. Good luck and be prepared to study... ... Read more


34. Extensis PORTFOLIO 7 1-USER ( FCE-18707 )

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35. Microsoft Visual Studio .NET Enterprise Architect 2003 Upgrade
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36. Microsoft Visual Studio .NET Professional 2003 Version & Competitive Upgrade
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5-0 out of 5 stars AMAZING
Just got my hands on the beta of the new version & I'm exceedingly excited by v2 of VS.NET Really cool tools for mobility stuff & J# is pretty sweet. ... Read more


37. FileMaker Mobile 7
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38. Microsoft Visual Studio .NET Enterprise Developer 2003
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  • Work with a complete set of development languages Visual Basic.NET, Visual C++.NET, Visual C#.NET and more
  • Set up and test your applications and XML Web Services more easily, with the Application Center Test (ACT)
  • Share your source code and design documents more easily with Visual SourceSafe
  • Use the. NET connected reference applications to structure end-to-end. NET applications

39. Microsoft Visual Studio .NET Enterprise Developer 2003 Upgrade
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40. Borland Codewright 7.5 for Win

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