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 Below is information on an educational series conducted recently by members of the Alpha Anywhere development team. This is a paid training series. If you would like to purchase these videos, please contact
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Building and Debugging PhoneGap Applications with Alpha Anywhere, Part 1

Hosted by Bob Moore, VP of Mobile Technology

Learn the fundamentals of how to wrap your Alpha Anywhere applications in PhoneGap, takes advantage of plugins, and more in this master class lead by Alpha Software's VP of Mobile Technology and lead PhoneGap integration architect Bob Moore.
  • Using the PhoneGap App Builder to go from UX component to PhoneGap App
  • Publishing to PhoneGap Build
  • Installing and testing apps on iOS and Android devices
  • Using native and third party PhoneGap plugins

Integrated Web Security

Jerry Brightbill, Senior Product Architect

Recent surveys of corporate executives from many different industries consistently indicate that their #1 concern is information security (or lack thereof) relating to the deployment of mobile devices. Learn how to build highly secure modern mobile and web applications using Alpha Anywhere's Integrated Web Security features. After attending this Master Class you'll understand:

    • What is Integrated Web Security?

    • How does it work?

    • Where can it be added?

    • How do I use it effectively?

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Advanced Techniques in Server-side Xbasic

Hosted by Selwyn Rabins, President and Co-founder

Alpha Anywhere's own language Xbasic provides for extremely powerful and flexible implementations on the server-side. Join Selwyn Rabins, Alpha Software's President and Co-founder, to learn more about:

    • Debugging server-side Xbasic using the Xbasic debugger

    • Working with SQL databases using Xbasic

    • Validating Data using Xbasic

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Using Your Own Data in AlphaRef Reader

Hosted by Dan Bricklin, CTO

Learn how to modify-for-resale our popular AlphaRef Reader example application so that it uses your clients' data.

    • Learn the details of the app's data format.

    • See which conversion programs were used to convert the original application's data.

    • See examples of how to take existing content from other formats and convert it for use in AlphaRef Reader.


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Building and Debugging PhoneGap Applications with Alpha Anywhere, Part 2

Hosted by Bob Moore, VP of Mobile Technology

Bob Moore continues his presentation with a deeper dive into what PhoneGap has to offer.

  • Understanding the PhoneGap Project File Structure
  • Adding support for any PhoneGap third party plugin
  • Debugging iOS and Android PhoneGap Apps
  • Apperian Integration, deploying apps to an Enterprise App Store
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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

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