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Quickly Build High Performing Apps with New JSONForm in Alpha Anywhere

Last week, Alpha Software released a new type of UX control into the beta of Alpha Anywhere. It's called the JSONForm control, and makes designing and updating applications faster and easier. The JSONForm control also makes applications more performative, giving application end-users quick response times even when working with very large forms.

New JSONForm builder for building JSONForm controls.

This new feature is inspired by the design of Alpha TransForm, which relies on this same underlying technique. Instead of laying our individual controls on a form, one for each field, the developer instead can add a single JSONForm control that contains all of the fields in it. The result is a UX that's easier for the designer to work with, while producing much lighter weight code, making the UX load very quickly, and providing a better end user experience.

JSONForm controls work with text fields, date fields, images, and other controls. They also include containers for laying out responsive forms, similar to what you find today in the UX. Creating and configuring is a simple point-and-click process for the developer, while behind the scenes the controls definition is actually stored in JSON, allowing the developer to make tweaks - or create a system that automatically generates forms based on existing data.

The feature also includes built-in genies, allowing you to build out a working form in a matter of a few minutes.


You can try this feature right now in the prerelease, and Alpha anticipates it being released into production within the next two weeks.

For more information, refer to the Demo and Q&A video featuring Alpha's President and Co-Founder, Selwyn Rabins.

There are a collection of short explainer videos available in the prerelease notes. 

If you build UX controls in Alpha Anywhere, this is a feature you'll want to check out.

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Dave McCormick
Dave McCormick

Dave has a long history with Alpha and has a deep understanding of developers and the information they need to make informed decisions. He has developed numerous videos, print tutorials and other materials that make the developer's job easier. Dave joined the company in 1992, and served as support engineer, technical writer, and documentation department manager. Between 1998 and 2005, Dave was at Stumpworld Systems and was product manager for Online Merchant/Online Merchant Gold, which became the best-selling e-commerce application in the U.S. retail market. Prior to rejoining Alpha in In 2006, Dave started A5-Online, a hosting provider for Alpha Five Web applications. Dave received an Award of Achievement from the Society for Technical Communication for the Alpha Five User's Guide in 1995. He holds a bachelor's degree in management information systems from the University of Arizona.

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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.