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Feature Peek: Custom List Controls for Navigating through the current record


In the upcoming version of our web and mobile database application development platform, when a UX component has been 'Data Bound' you can navigate from record to record by clicking on navigation buttons, by moving the pointer in a slider control, or by clicking on a row in a special List control that shows the primary keys that were retrieved in the server-side 'Load Primary Keys' action.

When you configure the server-side action to load the primary keys for the table to which the UX has been bound, you can optionally specify that a List control should be shown where the user can see the primary key values and then click on a row in the list to fetch a particular record. This List control is a special 'system generated' list and it does not offer the full range of features that the standard List control offers. But, in the videos below, we show how a custom List control can be configured to act as a record navigator and how this custom List can be used in place of the system generated 'record navigation list'.

Powerful new database application development tools: Custom list controls for navigating the current record

Part 1:
Database application development in Alpha Anywhere.

Part 2:
How to create custom list controls in the next version of Alpha Software's database application development platform.

Part 3:
Database application development tips: Powerful tools for navigating through a single record


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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 www.tubifi.com.

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