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Alpha DevCon 2020 Sessions Announced

Dramatically Improve the User Experience, Security and Performance of Your Apps

DevCon 2020 is designed to help you meet rapidly evolving business needs & take advantage of opportunities in a COVID-19 world. Alpha Anywhere is continuously being enhanced to support the urgent need for digital transformation, and at this year's conference you'll learn about upcoming product features and how Alpha Cloud improves your Alpha Anywhere development results. 

Alpha DevCon 2020 BannerAlpha DevCon Virtual Conference - October 7, 8 and 9.

2 Full Days of Training • 1 Full Day of Conference Sessions
Alpha DevCon Back Channel 
• Virtual Networking 

Day 1*

Day 2*

Day 3*
Alpha TransForm Session
 Conference Sessions
In this session, we'll go over the logistics of our 3-day event, show where to get webinar and live stream links, and introduce you to the presenters and sessions you'll encounter in the next few days.
TransForm Advanced
Go beyond simple data applications with TPL programming and on device assets. Look up products from an on device databases, make AJAX callbacks, and refer to images, PDFs, and more. Presented by Greg Bohling, VP Sales & Customer Success.
Key New Features
A lot has been added to both Alpha Anywhere and Alpha TransForm since our last DevCon. In this session, President and Co-founder Selwyn Rabins reviews new Alpha Anywhere Features. He is joined by Dan Brickllin, CTO, who will review what's new in Alpha TransForm.
Alpha Anywhere Sessions
Alpha Anywhere Sessions
Product Roadmap
What's on the horizon? Find out what new features our development team are working on, and how they can benefit you. Selwyn Rabins covers upcoming Alpha Anywhere features, and Dan Bricklin covers upcoming TransForm features.
App Building from Scratch
This beginner's level session will show you a straightforward method to build a b2b e-commerce application that works on both web and mobile devices. Watch as we create a login, product catalog, shopping cart, and an interactive map. Hosted by Sarah Mitchell (Documentation Manager) and Scott Allen (Senior Visual Designer).
Working in Teams with GitHub
A big project goes faster when multiple people can work on the project at the same time. Thanks to Git integration, Alpha Anywhere makes this easier by tracking your project's source files. In this session, Sarah Mitchell shows you how to use Github and the Git integration in Alpha Anywhere to keep your source files accessible and up-to-date - so multiple people can work together at once without getting in each others' way. 
Debugging Your Applications
It can be maddening when your application throws cryptic errors or doesn't behave as you expect. In this session. Dion McCormick will show you how to keep your cool, and track down bugs using a variety of client and server methods. We'll also show you how to get help when you're really stuck.
Building PhoneGap/Cordova Applications
Adobe's PhoneGap Build service is all but defunct, but Phonegap (a.k.a. Cordova) is still a popular, actively developed open source project. In this session, our mobility experts Bob Moore and Chris Martin will show an alternative to PhoneGap Build for creating native running mobile applications that take advantage of Phonegap/Cordova plugins.
Customer Showcase
Developers Jamie-Ben David and Glen Schild demonstrate their apps and answer questions.
Designing and Styling Apps
In this session, Sarah and Scott are back to take the application they built to the next level by adding aesthetic design and styling. Using a combination of UX containers and and built-in styling tools, you'll see as the application goes from plain to Wow!
Step-by-step Cloud
Alpha Anywhere developers are choosing to deploy applications to the Alpha Cloud now more than ever before. In this session, Kurt Rayner (Sr VP Development) and Dave McCormick (VP Products and Services) will show you the best way to get your applications deployed, and how to adapt applications you already have so that they are cloud-compatible.
Dev Team Q&A
Ask us anything. Join the Alpha Software development team in a panel discussion.
Design for Multitenancy
You've built the perfect app for your industry and you're ready to sell it multiple customers/clients. How do you do it? Do you set up servers (or cloud accounts) for each customer and deploy a copy of your application? That's one way. But a powerful alternative is to instead deploy a multitenant application, where each customer gets an app that feels like their own, even though the hardware, codebase, and sometimes databases are shared. In this session, Solutions Engineer Dion McCormick will take you through the ins and out of building for multi-tenancy. 
UX Techniques for Prompting Users
Messages boxes, disclosures, popups, and JavaScript dialogs are just a few of the ways you can alert a user to an event or to prompt a user to take an action. In this session, solutions engineer Dion McCormick, Dion takes you through the various options in Alpha Anywhere, with an eye towards best UX practices. 
Customer Showcase
Developers Robin Bennet and Darol Harrison demonstrate their apps and answer questions.
Alpha TransForm Session
Review and Close of Training
Crazy Alpha Tricks, Final Remarks
TransForm Overview
Alpha Anywhere and Alpha TransForm are both powerful platforms for building offline-capable mobile applications. In this session, Solutions Engineer Nikos Kazantzis highlights the differences between these platforms, and shows you when to use one over the other.

*Schedule subject to change.

Click here to register for DevCon 2020.


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Amy Groden-Morrison
Amy Groden-Morrison

Amy Groden-Morrison has served more than 15 years in marketing communications leadership roles at companies such as TIBCO Software, RSA Security and Ziff-Davis. Most recently she was responsible for developing marketing programs that helped achieve 30%+ annual growth rate for analytics products at a $1Bil, NASDAQ-listed business integration Software Company. Her past accomplishments include establishing the first co-branded technology program with CNN, launching an events company on the NYSE, rebranding a NASDAQ-listed company amid a crisis, and positioning and marketing a Boston-area startup for successful acquisition. Amy currently serves as a Healthbox Accelerator Program Mentor, Marketing Committee Lead for the MIT Enterprise Forum of Cambridge Launch Smart Clinics, and on the organizing team for Boston TechJam. She holds an MBA from Northeastern University.

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