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Alpha's Message Boards: The Best Way to Get the Best Help --- Fast

Every developer, no matter how experienced, needs advice every once in a while. It may be about how to use an API, handle a custom control, or integrate an app with a data source. Getting the best advice can be tough --- the Internet can sometimes be filled with as much misinformation as information. The best way to get help is directly from those who have struggled with the issues themselves. And that's where Alpha Software's message boards come in. They are filled with hundreds of thousands of posts from Alpha Software user community members that offer advice on everything under the sun when it comes to Alpha Anywhere, incorporating new mobile functionality, and programming in general. Think of it as Alpha Anywhere's force multiplier, because it lets you get so much more out of the Alpha Anywhere platform. Advice for Using the Alpha Message Boards [caption id="attachment_13658" align="alignleft" width="383"]image1 Sarah Mitchell, an Alpha message board community manager[/caption] Sarah Mitchell, a message board community manager, has advice for those who want to get the most out of the Alpha Software message boards. First, she says, jump right in, because the boards "are this giant, free support group that can help you solve any basic or complex issues you might have. And we have users from time zones all over the world on them, so no matter what time you go there, you'll find people who can help." Mitchell says that the boards can save developers a tremendous amount of time and work. "You can spend eight or ten hours banging your head on something, but you could have just done a quick search on Alpha Software's message boards and solved the problem in ten minutes," she says. When asking for advice, she says, be as specific as possible about the problem you're having. And, she adds, "Keep in mind that there's no such thing as a stupid question. You'll be surprised at how much help you get if you just ask." She also recommends browsing through the extensive list of topics already posted by user community members to see if your question has already been answered. There's a good reason to expect it might: The boards have more than 500,000 posts from nearly 18,000 members, with many more members joining each day. Mitchell also recommends searching for answers, either by using the search box on the upper right of the message board pages, or else by going to advanced search. And, she says, you should register for the boards here --- you'll need to do that in order to ask questions and answer them for others. In your travels in the boards, keep a lookout for Sarah. Her handle is "Beta Spark." We hope you'll take a minute and join our user community. Resources Alpha Software's message boards Advanced search for Alpha's message boards Register for the message boards
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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.

The Alpha platform is the only unified mobile and web app development and deployment environment with distinct “no-code” and “low-code” components. Using the Alpha TransForm no-code product, business users and developers can take full advantage of all the capabilities of the smartphone to turn any form into a mobile app in minutes, and power users can add advanced app functionality with Alpha TransForm's built-in programming language. IT developers can use the Alpha Anywhere low-code environment to develop complex web or mobile business apps from scratch, integrate data with existing systems of record and workflows (including data collected via Alpha TransForm), and add additional security or authentication requirements to protect corporate data.