Alpha Anywhere vs. Oracle SQL Developer

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Alpha Anywhere
Score 9.9 out of 10
Mid-Size Companies (51-1,000 employees)
The Alpha platform is a unified mobile and web app development and deployment environment with distinct "no-code" and "low-code" components. The vendor says that using the Alpha TransForm no-code environment, business users and developers can take full advantage of all the capabilities of the smartphone to turn any form into a mobile app in minutes, and power users can add advanced app functionality with Alpha TransForm's built-in programming language. IT developers can use the…
$35
SQL Developer
Score 7.7 out of 10
N/A
Oracle SQL Developer is an integrated development environment (IDE) which provides editors for working with SQL, PL/SQL, Stored Java Procedures, and XML in Oracle databases.N/A
Pricing
Alpha AnywhereOracle SQL Developer
Editions & Modules
Alpha TransForm (no-code component)
35/month
Alpha Anywhere Business
$1,499/year
Alpha Anywhere
$1,499/year
Alpha Anywhere Business Pro
$2,499/year
Alpha Anywhere Enterprise
Call Us +1 781.850.4600
Volume Discounts
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
Alpha AnywhereSQL Developer
Free Trial
YesNo
Free/Freemium Version
YesYes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
YesNo
Entry-level Setup FeeOptionalNo setup fee
Additional DetailsQuestions? Call us: +1 781.229.4500
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Features
Alpha AnywhereOracle SQL Developer
Low-Code Development
Comparison of Low-Code Development features of Product A and Product B
Alpha Anywhere
8.4
4 Ratings
2% below category average
Oracle SQL Developer
-
Ratings
Visual Modeling8.53 Ratings00 Ratings
Drag-and-drop Interfaces6.52 Ratings00 Ratings
Platform Security8.84 Ratings00 Ratings
Platform User Management8.94 Ratings00 Ratings
Reusability9.24 Ratings00 Ratings
Platform Scalability8.54 Ratings00 Ratings
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User Ratings
Alpha AnywhereOracle SQL Developer
Likelihood to Recommend
8.9
(6 ratings)
7.5
(72 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
-
(0 ratings)
10.0
(4 ratings)
Usability
-
(0 ratings)
8.2
(2 ratings)
Support Rating
-
(0 ratings)
7.0
(2 ratings)
Implementation Rating
-
(0 ratings)
9.2
(2 ratings)
User Testimonials
Alpha AnywhereOracle SQL Developer
Likelihood to Recommend
Alpha Software
The speed of development from concept, through development and delivery of the end product is so impressive [with Alpha Anywhere]. There is an impressive array of genies and helper functions meaning that you can focus on what matters, the end user experience. It is not a "No code" solution but it is a very impressive "low code" solution which allows detailed access under the hood to tweak the applications to your own needs and the needs of your clients.
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Oracle
Almost all development activities (the tool is called "SQL Developer", not "DBA Toolset") can be done easily and quick with [Oracle] SQL Developer. From data model creation (tables, views) to development (creation of procedures, functions, packages) and then testing (SQL Developer includes an easy to use debugger), all tasks can be performed in a single tool.
It may not be as complete as other solutions for DBA tasks like instance monitoring, but it is usually OK for development and testing environments if you want to do some basic troubleshooting.
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Pros
Alpha Software
  • Our company had been creating small business applications since the 1980's, when we used DBase IV (don't laugh... that's what was available). Then, we got more "sophisticated" with Microsoft Access. Clearly, we would always be limited with what we can do with those two programs. By accident, during an Internet search, we saw and ad for Alpha Anywhere (back then, it was called Alpha V). After working with the 30 free trial for just two weeks, we retired Access, for good. The best part was Alpha's flexibility in its use of "back end" data tables. That allowed us to use existing Access tables as we redesigned the front-end program (Alpha ships with its own DBF system, but we prefer SQL-Based tables). You can choose, SQL Server, MySQL, Oracle, Access, Paradox (actually, too many to name) for your tables. You can even create links to Excel spreadsheets or QuickBooks Tables. It's outstanding!
  • Alpha allows developers to create very large and very complex programs. However, it's also a great choice for RAD (Rapid Application Development) for those who need to be up and running quickly or for less experienced programmers. Actually, the interface truly allows for "codeless" development of your application (more on that later). That means you can design a fully functional application, without typing a single line of code. They have some examples on their website.
  • My favorite part of Alpha is that it is constantly adding features and functions that allow us to do more with our applications. In fact, one of my biggest problems is that I need more time to learn and practice the added features as fast as they are introduced
  • Prior to Alpha Anywhere, we never considered creating/developing "mobile" applications (for tablets, smartphones, etc.). Alpha created a unique "panel" system that makes those application work great... and allows for the design of very sophisticated Apps.
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Oracle
  • Object Browser in SQL Developer allows you to explore the contents of your database using the connection tree.
  • The SQL Worksheet is an editor that allows for execution of SQL statements, scripts, and PL/SQL anonymous blocks. SELECT statements can be executed to return results in a spreadsheet-like 'grid' or can be executed as a script such to emulate SQL*Plus behavior and output
  • DBA Console allows users with administrative privileges to access DBA features such as database init file configuration, RMAN backup, storage, etc.
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Cons
Alpha Software
  • I really enjoyed product when the database was a part of it, less maintenance
  • Converting to the cloud has been challenging
  • Security setup should be simpler, like Softr or Stacker
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Oracle
  • Inability to run multiple queries on the same database. You can only run one query on a given database.
  • Analytical models created from complex tables isn't accurate, and needs work.
  • Inability to view multiple tables of a database side-by-side. When trying to find correlations between tables, it would help to be able to see them at once on the same page.
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Likelihood to Renew
Alpha Software
No answers on this topic
Oracle
We had already thought of changing to TOAD, but we decided to stick with Oracle SQL Developer until the end.
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Usability
Alpha Software
No answers on this topic
Oracle
At times, Oracle SQL Developer may experience freezing issues. However, despite this occasional inconvenience, the tool offers valuable features such as the ability to integrate plugins like utPLSQL, which greatly assists in debugging and testing our packages. Additionally, the usage of breakpoints and the flexibility to format text according to individual configurations enhance the debugging process.
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Support Rating
Alpha Software
No answers on this topic
Oracle
Large user community support
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Implementation Rating
Alpha Software
No answers on this topic
Oracle
Just download and uncompress!
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Alternatives Considered
Alpha Software
Alpha Anywhere is a full-stack IDE. It’s no code and low code, but you can also custom code if you need to. About 10% of our application is no code. 80% is low code and 10% is custom code.
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Oracle
I have started to use Toad for Oracle recently because it is easier to sort and filter results, due to their memory sort feature that puts the results from your query in memory so that you don't have to rerun your query. I have used SQL Developer to easily update records in tables that I need to fix. I haven't found an easy way to do this in Toad other than writing SQL insert statements.
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Return on Investment
Alpha Software
  • Allows for a great return on investment since you can quickly become very productive and complete more projects and applications in a shorter period of time with hand coding and the normal programming headaches of PHP, C#, Angular, etc.
  • You can afford to take on more and smaller projects since they will require far less time to complete than more traditional development environments.
  • Alpha Anywhere is continuously updated coming out with new features and capabilities on essentially a daily basis. Continuous improvement and frequent updates allows you to always stay ahead of the curve and competitors.
  • Alpha Anywhere allows you to offer lower cost solutions that will be completed in less time and that will be much easier to support and maintain.
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Oracle
  • It gives 100% return on investment as it is free of cost.
  • No need to have multiple tools for each database
  • Considering the employee training, so one can save money on training, as it is not very hard to use so still savings.
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ScreenShots

Alpha Anywhere Screenshots

Screenshot of Inspection Solutions is a mobile business app designed for inspectors who need to inspect construction vehicles in the field, but showcases functionality relevant to many other field apps. The app includes the critical features now required in modern field services apps, such as offline capability, bar code scanning, voice annotation and digital ink. It is a native-quality hybrid app created using the Alpha Anywhere V4 rapid mobile application development and deployment platform.Screenshot of Pumpjack Pro is a sample application for Alpha Anywhere designed for inspecting pumpjacks - those machines that look like bobbing horse heads above oil wells. Features include: 
- Pass/fail buttons
- Photo capture
- GPS location capture
- Indicator meters
- A popup cheat sheet
- A popup video
- A signature capture control
- Offline operationScreenshot of DevCon 2016 is an offline-capable mobile/web application for navigating the Alpha Software Developers Conference. Although this is a real, working application it also makes a great sample application for anyone who wishes to build a Conference Schedule Application in Alpha Anywhere.This application was created using out-of-the-box Alpha Anywhere functionality with a minimum of custom JavaScript so it is easy to modify. Developers can make modifications to this sample inspection app directly from within the Alpha Anywhere IDE. 
- Updates Against Live SQL Data
- Works offline
- Can be Used as a Web or Mobile Application
- Can be Modified for Your Own UseScreenshot of Alpha TransForm Data Colleciton AppScreenshot of Alpha Anywhere Punch List appScreenshot of Alpha TransForm inspection app