InfoWorld review: Tools for rapid Web development
With WYSIWYG prototyping environments and preconfigured graphical components, rapid Web development tools can help you build applications faster -- but with less flexibility
Alpha Five 10
First released way back in 1982, Alpha Five at first blush appears to be just a database management tool, capable of talking to MySQL, Oracle, SQL Server, or any RDBMs with an ODBC or ADO interface. Were those its only functions, it would still be an admirable product. Although building database applications -- desktop and Web-based -- are Alpha Five's forte, it is nevertheless flexible enough for developing general Web applications. However, there's likely no advantage to using Alpha Five for the latter as opposed to, say, ASP.Net.
Alpha Five includes its own Web application server, referred to as WAS (Web Application Server). Neither an IIS nor Apache variant, WAS recognizes A5W pages -- files that include HTML with embedded Xbasic, the company's proprietary language that is in no way related to the open source language of the same name. Other than the ability to run A5W pages, WAS behaves much like other Web servers. It has its own root directory (C:\A5Webroot on a development system) from which applications are deployed.