How Alpha Anywhere Easily Handles Orientation Changes When Designing Mobile Apps

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How Alpha Anywhere Easily Handles Orientation Changes When Designing Mobile Apps


One of the key differences between desktop/laptop computers and mobile devices is the ability of  smartphones and tablets to have the orientation of their screen's switched - just try flipping your desktop or laptop screen on its side :- ).

For those of you who have worked with Alpha in the past, you know that our mission is to simplify and speed up the process of building business applications through Alpha's system of "declarative" programming - primarily making choices among properties in a component. The videos below show how, when designing mobile apps, orientation changes are handled easily by our upcoming release Alpha Anywhere-Powered by Alpha Five v12.

Powerful new onOrientation change events in the UX Component

List Control - Automatically Changing the List Layout on an Device Orientation Change Event The List control allows multiple layouts to be created when designing mobile apps. For example, you might have one layout design that you would like to show when the device in in landscape mode and another when the device is in portrait mode.In this video we show how you can automatically switch from one List layout to another when the device orientation is changed.

Conditionally Showing Content Based on the Device Orientation A common requirement for developers who are designing mobile apps is to automatically show or hide certain control based on the orientation of the device.Typically in in the UX component, controls are shown or hidden automatically by defining client-side show/hide expression. In this video we show how the special system field - 'dialog.orientation' can be use to automatically show/hide controls when the device orientation is changes.We also show how the onOrientationChange client side event can be used.

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Richard Rabins
Richard Rabins

Co-founder of Alpha Software, Richard Rabins focuses on strategy, sales, and marketing. Richard also served as CEO of SoftQuad International from 1997 to 2001, when it owned Alpha. In addition to his 30 years with the company, Richard played a key role as co-founder, and served as president and chairman of the Massachusetts Software Council (now the Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council), the largest technology trade organization in Massachusetts. Prior to founding Alpha, Richard was a project leader and consultant with Information Resources, Inc. (IRI), and a management consultant with Management Decision Systems, Inc. Richard holds a master's degree in system dynamics from the Sloan School at MIT, and a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering and master's degree in control engineering from University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. He has served on the boards of Silent Systems, Legacy Technology and O3B Networks, and is co-founder of Tubifi www.tubifi.com.

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