Feature peek: New ways to display pop-up windows/overlays in your web and mobile apps

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Feature peek: New ways to display pop-up windows/overlays in your web and mobile apps


Being able to display content in pop-up windows (also called 'overlays') is a common requirement in web and mobile application development.  In the upcoming version of Alpha Five, this can be easily accomplished by wrapping the content you want to show in the pop-up window in a container, with a sub-type of 'Window'.

Powerful new tools for web and mobile application development: Displaying pop-up windows using the 'Window' container sub-type

In the video, Alpha Software's Selwyn Rabins demonstrates various ways of displaying content in pop-up windows including:

  • Displaying a map in a fully animated action sheet (a window docked to the bottom of the screen)
  • A dropdown list connected to a SQL Server back-end
  • An animated dropdown map centered on a given location
  • A left-hand fly-in menu
  • A dropdown form
Extremely useful in a wide variety of mobile application development scenarios, these controls provide the end-user with a rich, interactive user experience. And you can get it done fast. Moving through each control's settings and parameters, Selwyn clearly demonstrates how with the upcoming version of Alpha, sophisticated mobile application development tasks are reduced to a series of simple builders--enabling you to develop robust business apps quickly and easily! And, using, the predefined list templates, giving your apps gorgeous styling can literally be accomplished with the click of a check-box.

Note: In addition to the techniques shown in this video, you can also use the  'Open a Pop-Up Ajax Window/Overlay' action in Action JavaScript to display content in pop-up windows.
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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 www.tubifi.com.

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