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Coming soon. Sample Mobile app built against Northwind DB in Alpha Anywhere

Northwind Example Application

See a Range of Features and Capabilities With This Application Built Against the Northwind Sample Database.

Northwind Example Overview

The popular Northwind database has been a standard example for demonstrating database and application concepts. The sample data contains customers, suppliers, orders, items, products, and more - to represent a fictitious gourmet food store called Northwind.

In this sample mobile application - you'll see a wide range of Alpha Anywhere features, including offline data access and synchronization, hierarchical data representations, and special UI features, like custom keyboards and coarse and fine scroll controls.


This application was created using out-of-the-box Alpha Anywhere functionality and a some custom JavaScript. It can be used as a template for a real application - or you can use it to see how certain features are implemented. In particular, you can see the following:

Offline Data CRUD (Create, Reade, Update) Functions

Data Synchronization

How to use Parent->Child->Grandchild Relationships

How Custom Keyboards Work

How to Sort Data

Mobile Optimized Forms Technology

Fine and Coarse Scroll Controls

How to Search - Including Search as You Type

Child Summary on Parent Records

Responsive Design for Horizontal and Vertical Orientation

Custom Headers and Footers

Summary Calculations With a Report-like Display

Data Grouping

Layout Containers


This application requires the latest version of Alpha Anywhere, Alpha Anywhere V4.

Included with an Alpha Anywhere Subscription

All Alpha Anywhere subscribers have full access to The Northwind Examples Application for modification and deployment. Become a subscriber or renew your expired subscription to gain access.

Note: During your 30 day trial period, you will also be able to test and modify this application.
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About Author

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

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.