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Experimenting with Mobile App offline Data Synchronization



Experimenting With Offline Data Synchronization Using jQuery And ColdFusion

As a reader of this blog you will know that we have become very interested in the issue of mobile business apps and how they can be designed to work without an internet connection or cell signal.
We came across the article "Experimenting With Offline Data Synchronization Using jQuery And ColdFusion" on Ben Nadel's blog. Ben is a very well respected developer in New York City. It is worth checking out the article that Ben wrote and his related code on GitHub. Itt does lay out some of the challenges involved in solving the issues of building mobile apps that can keep on working when the device does not have good connectivity.

Ben concludes his article by saying:

"This was my first exploration of this concept and all in all, I found this whole process to be very complicated. But, at the same time, I cannot really think of ways to make offline data synchronization all that much easier. I know that FLEX uses LCDS for this kind of stuff, but is that what people are using for Javascript-based synchronization?"

Alpha Software has written a lot about offline apps and data synchronization. Some related articles you might enjoy reading include:

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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

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.