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Speeding Development:Address Autocomplete Built into Alpha Anywhere

There are "big deal" things like the  Alpha Cloud, easy support of external services, increased support for Rest and SOAP services, easy building of mobile optimized forms which have been added (or are in test mode). At the same time, we've adding smaller capabilities that speed development for users of all levels.
The capability shown below -- Google Address Auto-Complete -- is an example of how we broaden the base of "developers" in corporations who can build mobile and web apps and how we dramatically cut the time required to build apps. Any skilled developer can do this kind of thing, but it would still consume a chunk of time to understand the Google Maps API and then to write a non trivial amount of Javascript code. In this case, we do the hard work for you.
This example reflects our basic philosophy which is to look for patterns of what people want to do commonly in building apps, and see if we can encapsulate these patterns in our coding-optional approach. Of course many apps will also have totally unique requirements, and that's where  Alpha Anywhere front end AND back end control, which allow you to inject code (JavaScript on the front end and Node.JS, .Net assemblies or XBasic on the backend), ensures you always get the last piece of the app built without running out of power.
As a result of this approach, Alpha is able to achieve the best of both worlds: productivity and confidence that you can always get the job done.
This feature was suggested by Jeff Benson.

A commonly seen feature in many web and mobile applications is address auto-complete.
As the user starts typing an address into a textbox, a list of suggested address is shown and the user can select from the list.
This feature is powered by Google Maps.In this video we show how you can turn on the Address Suggest feature for any textbox control on a UX.
NOTE: Textbox controls in Repeating Sections are not supported.

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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.