Coding Optional Development: The Best Recipe for Mobile and Web App Development

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Coding Optional Development: The Best Recipe for Mobile and Web App Development


Developers no longer have to choose - coding optional development combines the best of no-code with the strength of traditional coding.

To code or not to code?  Why not both?

In today's fast one is often forced to make a selection between two flawed options.

1) Pick a (MADP) mobile application development platform that promises productivity but requires some coding.

This appears to be a great option because it assures companies that the platform has all the rich features they need to build complex modern business apps, but that's only half the story. The downside is that although MADPs will eventually deliver the app, they require deeper development knowledge, cost more and take more time to craft. In today's fast-past business world, where citizen developers want to build their own apps, there there are urgent needs, developer shortages and limited funds. If you can't get apps out the door because you're waiting for more experienced development talent to code, you failed the mission.

2) Pick a Rapid Mobile Application Development (RMAD) or no/low code platform that requires virtually no coding.

This sounds compelling, but there is a serious catch. Traditionally most RMAD products let you get 90 or 95% of the job done but then you “hit the wall” because the app you are building needs to solve a very specific and often highly custom business requirement: data integration, security, analytics, and more.  If you cannot complete the mission because your organization cannot code critical enterprise requirements into the app, you have failed the mission.  

It is with all of this in mind, that Alpha Software came up it's unique “coding optional” development approach. Coding optional development is the secret sauce of our high customer satisfaction scores.

Alpha Software offers a complete, coding-optional development environment -- Alpha Anywhere -- that uses a single code base to speed development and deployment of responsive applications for any form factor. In Alpha Anywhere, you can hand code pages, but there is no reason to do so. Users can build a sophisticated application without any coding, using the built-in genies. But, our coding optional approach does not restrict a user to the built-in methods. There are many special features to allow a developer to use their own processes and do optional coding if they wish to extend the capabilities of the data operations. Alpha Anywhere provides a rich foundation on which an experienced developer can extend the capabilities as desired -- wherever needed.

The Alpha Anywhere coding-optional development environment makes it much easier to build responsive HTML5 applications once, and deploy them on any device with a native-like experience. This coding-optional development environment that uses a single code base to speed development and deployment of responsive applications for any form factor.

Click here for a free trial of Alpha Anywhere

Robin Bennet, Start Software: "So how and why have I ended up with “code optional” Alpha Anywhere, and why do I think almost every software developer should give it a try?"

Robin Bennet, Start Software: "So how and why have I ended up with “code optional” Alpha Anywhere, and why do I think almost every software developer should give it a try?"


Further reading: 

Click here to read why Robin Bennet of Start Software believes Alpha Anywhere's “coding optional” development approach is actually a code-loving developer’s best friend.

Click to read why customers, analysts and press rate Alpha Anywhere's coding optional development approach so highly in industry reviews.

Click here and here for a deeper dives into Alpha Anywhere's coding optional approach.
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About Author

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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