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General Assembly & Alpha to Offer Mobile App Development Course

General Assembly - a leading national education company has teamed up with Alpha to offer a course on building mobile apps.

Below is more info on the course. More info on General Assembly is here


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About This App Development Workshop

This workshop will teach you about the components and steps that go into designing a mobile app. You will learn how to use services like PhoneGap Build. We will also discuss the simplicity and ease that HTML5 offers to those who are looking to create a working prototype to get feedback from investors, customers and other stakeholders. You will be introduced to using Alpha Anywhere, a software tool that allows you to very rapidly build database web/mobile applications.The workshop will start with the creation of a simple prototype and then will move into a more complex one to explore the possibilities in terms of mobile features. By the end of the day, you will have a quick and dirty working app in your hand. You will also have the knowledge required to use Alpha Anywhere to your advantage and continue to learn how to build more complex prototypes in the future.

Mobile Takeaways

  • Understand how to use HTML5 and accompanying technologies for prototyping
  • Gain basic knowledge of the components that go into building a mobile application
  • Set up secure connections to databases for your apps
  • Work with grids and UX components like charts, maps and reports
  • Students will receive a complimentary 120-day software license for Alpha Anywhere

Prereqs & Preparation for Mobile Development Course

A basic background in HTML and JS is strongly recommended. Students are required to complete the task list that will be sent to them after they register. The list consists of simple tasks like watching a few videos, reading an essay on HTML5, and downloading and installing the necessary toolkit for the course.

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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

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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.