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Alpha Five and QODBC

Alpha Five is a preferred partner of FLEXquarters, and the Alpha Five software is an excellent choice for end users to develop web and desktop applications based on the QODBC Driver for QuickBooks. We believe you will be impressed by it’s ease of use and flexibility in creating applications without complicated coding.

Click to see how to create applications using QuickBooks data in Alpha Five Desktop.

Setup QODBC to work with Alpha Five Web

Alpha Five can offer smooth running attractive web documents containing live QuickBooks data when using the QODBC Driver. Install Alpha Five on your web server, along with QuickBooks and the QODBC Driver. Click to download a free trial of Alpha Five Web Edition.

Start and minimize QuickBooks. Make sure you have already followed the instructions on our first connection to QuickBooks page to setup data security settings.

Start Alpha Five and create a new database, it could be called QuickBooks.adb – it is a holder for the entire application. Make sure the web server component has a green light on the top, indicating that it is running. Click the Web Projects button, Click New and choose Alpha Five Web Component, then OK.

Choose the Component Type as Grid. Under the Grid Builder, we will be filling in each of the tree tabs on the left to complete the project. First click on Data Source, choose ADO/ODBC/Access.

Click Query ADO tab. Change connection type to ADO Connection String. Change Use Named Connection String to Specify Connection String. Click the Build button. The Data Link Properties will pop-up with the Connection tab selected. Use the Data Source Name QuickBooks Data, then click the Test Connection button. Do a small celebration dance when it works.

Click OK twice then click the Connect button, which will ask the QODBC Driver for the list of tables available from QuickBooks. This list will vary depending on which version of QuickBooks you are running.

When the choice appears, choose the table from QuickBooks you wish to use in the view, such as Customer.

Click the Fields tab on the tree, and then choose which fields from those available you would like to show in the grid/list of records by clicking the arrow buttons.

Click the Save button and name the web component, something like “cust”. Click the Save Page button, click Save Page, name it “cust”. At this point you should be ready to test your web application. Click the Live Preview tab on the bottom and you should see the data from QuickBooks in a grid.

Click the top menu option for Preview / Live Prevue in Browser.


You now have your first working web application with Alpha Five using live QuickBooks data via the QODBC Driver. Now add your own touches and launch it on the web, the possibilities are endless and the ease of use is unmatched.

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Setup QODBC to work with Alpha Five Desktop

Alpha Five has made importing QuickBooks® data into a database a breeze, even if you’re a novice to database design.  With Alpha Five and QODBC installed, just open QuickBooks and open the company file.

Select File/Import/ODBC Import Genie

The Import Genie walks you right through the process.

Select ODBC Data Source as the type to convert and then select the QuickBooks DSN as the source to use and voila, all the tables available through QODBC are listed. Click on  the >> button to convert all tables or select the ones you opt for by clicking ->.

Select the “SQL Dialect – No [ ] around table names” option if asked.

Click on the finish button and let the genie do its work!

Once the tables have been imported Alpha Five lists all the tables that you selected for import.

By highlighting a table name and clicking on the view button, Alpha Five gives you 2 separate views of the data both of which can be customized to fit your needs. It’s as easy as that!

Form view

Grid View

Where would you like to view your QuickBooks data today?…….Alpha Five is definitely a great solution!

So isn’t it time you unleashed the full power of QODBC?

Like our FREE QODBC Basic Edition, you can also try our OBLIGATION FREE 30 Day QODBC Pro Edition Evaluation to see and write to QuickBooks Transaction Tables from a Web Server! Here are just some of the exciting features of using QODBC Pro Edition:-

  • Access the Transaction Core of QuickBooks Accounting Data such as Invoices, Bills, Purchase Orders, Checks, Credit Memos, Estimates, Payments, Sales, Employee Time Tracking. Over 80 tables in all!*

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  • Get 30 days of telephone installation support.

  • Get Discounts on future upgrades to QODBC and our other exciting products.

  • Generate your own income by creating Access applications using the QODBC Pro Edition!

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