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New! Getting Started Tutorials for Alpha Anywhere

Alpha Anywhere is a powerful RMAD platform that enables you to build mobile, web, and desktop applications. Features such as offline access, data integration, and more, can be integrated seamlessly with our low-code builders and genies. To help new users be successful and help our existing users transition from building web or desktop applications to mobile, we've been working on some new tutorials to help get you started.


Two of our newest tutorials provide detailed, step-by-step instructions on building your first mobile or web application with Alpha Anywhere. In these tutorials, you will learn some of the basic skills you need to build mobile and web applications in Alpha Anywhere:

    • Interacting with a SQL Database

    • Working with some of the built-in genies that can vastly reduce the amount of time required to create controls and components

    • Testing apps as you build them using Alpha's built-in Preview tools

By the end of each tutorial, you will have a working mobile or web application that is ready to deploy.



mobileFinal1Building Your First Mobile App


In Build Your First Mobile App, you will create a mobile app that interacts with the Northwind database, an Access database that ships with Alpha Anywhere. You will learn how to build connection strings to interact with SQL databases and the basic building blocks of mobile applications in Alpha Anywhere. When you complete this tutorial, you will have a mobile application that is ready to deploy using PhoneGap Build.


Get started with your first mobile app!








Building Your First Web AppwebAppFinal2


In Build Your First Web App, you will build your first web application using Alpha Anywhere's Flying Start Genie. In this tutorial, you'll build a web application with a Tabbed UI interface that can be used to manage data in the Northwind database, an Access database that ships with Alpha Anywhere. You will learn how the Flying Start Genie can be used to quickly get started building web applications.


Get started with your first web app!



Get More Mileage out of Alpha Anywhere's Documentation


As some of you may know, we released our new Documentation system last month. We are actively creating new articles daily. Part of this system includes a reporting system for sending us feedback. If you find information is missing or incorrect or there is something you would like to learn more about, TELL US! Use the "Report an issue with this page" link - available at the bottom of every article - to send us an email describing what you're looking for or the issue you found. Our documentation team will be notified and will be sure to respond.

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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.