Responsive Design in Alpha Anywhere - Dynamically Resizing Controls based on Orientation or Window Size Change

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Responsive Design in Alpha Anywhere - Dynamically Resizing Controls based on Orientation or Window Size Change


As we detailed in a recent blog post, the tide has turned in favor of business apps built with HTML5, with an increasing number of companies turning to HTML5 development as the fastest way to become mobile capable. What is often neglected in the discussion, is that HTML5 mobile apps still require significant development skills. Enter the Alpha Anywhere development environment which enables rapid development of responsive design HTML5 apps that can be built once, and run on any device.

How Alpha Anywhere's new FlexLayout container enables responsive design of your app controls based on orientation change or window size

A common requirement when designing a UX component in Alpha Anywhere (What's a UX Component?) is to have a control dynamically re-size when the orientation of a mobile device changes or when the window size (in a desktop browser) changes. This responsive design is easily accomplished using the new FlexLayout container, recently released as part of a significant update to Alpha Anywhere.

Any of the controls in a FlexLayout container can have their width specified as a 'relative' size (relative to the size of the other controls in the FlexLayout container). This video shows how to use the FlexLayout container type.


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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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