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Alpha Anywhere Tip: Using Javascript to Add Dynamic Bubble Help to a Field in a UX List Control

People often ask, "How do you come up with new features in Alpha Anywhere?" As you may expect, the answer is the ideas come from two primary sources.

  1. Ideas that we generate internally

  2. Ideas that come from customer requests.


The video below is an example of a the first category, an idea where the request came today from an Alpha consultant in Brussels. It shows how you can add dynamic bubble help to a field in a List control using some JavaScript in the onItemDraw event.

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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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