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Become a Mobile App Developer - Alpha Helps A Mechanic Learn

You don't have to have a degree in computer science, work as a software engineer or have experience as an Android developer to build apps. Alpha Software offers free mobile app development software and learning materials to help anyone understand "what is mobile app development?" and become a mobile app developer.

With outstanding mobile app development In our fast-changing economy, old jobs die, and people who are laid off frequently need to turn to entirely new fields. It can be a daunting task to retrain yourself for the new economy after years at a previous job. But that’s exactly what Mike Brown did, with the help of Alpha Software. 

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During the Great Recession, in 2007, Mike Brown was laid off from his job as a maintenance mechanic. Rather than look for a similar job, he decided to learn programming, feeling that would lead him to a better future.

To help reach that goal, he chose to learn how to program with Alpha Software. After gaining app development skills, Brown hasn’t looked back.

“At first, I didn’t know anything about database programming, I didn’t know what JavaScript was, I had no formal education in it. I didn’t have a clue. But with Alpha Software and good mentoring along the way I achieved my goal.”

App Templates, Sample Code, Videos and Mentoring To Develop New Skills

At first, he says, learning to program and develop user interfaces was like “learning a foreign language.” But he cites Alpha’s excellent documentation as being a tremendous help. With an active community of 17,000 software developers, Alpha Software’s forum, he says, “is a great resource. No matter what kind of problem you’re facing, or what you need to solve, you can always find help there.”

He says that Alpha’s sample programs and code were a great aid as well, and not just in the beginning. He still turns to them, and to Alpha’s forum whenever he runs into roadblocks.

Alpha Software, he says, gives him all the tools he needs to write any program for any job he’s asked to tackle.

“Alpha does everything I need, and I feel like I’m just scratching the surface,” even though he’s been programming with it for more than a dozen years, he says.

Knowledge to Build a Thriving Mobile App Development Business

Thanks to Alpha, he now has a thriving business, Programmatic Technologies, writing applications for a wide range of companies, from healthcare to the food industry, located across the United States and in the U.K.

His jobs range from the simple to the extremely complex. Some, such as developing an order management system for a small business providing local restaurants and food retail outlets with farm-fresh fish and produce, take him only a few months. He can write complete applications quickly by using out-of-the-box prewritten Alpha components or templates.

But others, such as building a medical records and scheduling system including generating Medicare claims, can take upwards of a year because it requires so much complex, customized programming. Alpha Software, he says, gives him the flexibility to do that customized development work.

Whether writing simple applications or sophisticated ones, he says, he can’t imagine using any other development tool.

“Alpha Software has been really a key to my success,” he says. “I can’t imagine ever leaving it. I’d recommend it to anyone just starting out how to learn to program, as well as for professional developers with years of experience behind them.”

Learn How to Build a Mobile App with Alpha Software

Learn mobile app developmentAlpha Software has tools and programs to help you learn mobile development. This step-by-step mobile application development guide for beginners offers tips and resources on how to build an Android app for iOS app. No matter your background or previous career, you can become an app builder. In fact, many people are using the current market environment as the perfect time to establish a new SaaS app business.

App builders can use a free development platform to build an app or do web development that runs on Android and iOS devices. Want to improve your software development or change your career path? Get free app development software and practice your skills.

Try a powerful mobile app builder for free.

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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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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.