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Enhancements to the code editors in Alpha Anywhere 2.0

 

Highlighting Opening and Closing 'Pair' Delimiters


If you are you using or evaluating Alpha Anywhere, you will soon realize that one of Alpha's strengths is the ability to get a huge amount of your app built without writing code, but at the same time, it does allow you to code on both the client and the server side when and if you want to.

As such we are always looking to improve productivity for developers in both the non-coding and the coding areas of the product

Below you will see a good example of recent enhancements in Alpha Anywhere 2.0 in terms of the code editors

 

When editing Xbasic or Javascript code, html, JSON etc. it is often helpful to be able to see the start and end of different 'pairs'.


For example in an Xbasic function call, highlighting the opening an closing parentheses. Or in a Javascript function, highlighting the opening and closing curly braces. In some HTML text, the opening and closing tags (e.g. <div>, <body>, <p> , etc.)

In addition, once a 'pair' has been identified, keyboard shortcuts (Control  ] and Control-Shift ] )  allow you to quickly move focus from the start of the 'pair' to the end of the 'pair' or to select all of the text inside the 'pair'.

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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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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.

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