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HTML5 Report Magazine Features AlphaRef built in Alpha Anywhere

The debate has been raging for some time.

"What is better HTML5 or Native"

What we are demonstrating with Alpha Anywhere (which is a rapid HTML5 development and deployment environment that has PhoneGap Build integration built in, for creating Hybrid apps) is that for the vast majority of business apps, the benefits of HTML5 outweigh the benefits of Native development.

Accordingly we were happy to see this article today in HTML5 Report magazine which highlights an App built in Alpha Anywhere that demonstrates the power of HTML5 (and of course Alpha Anywhere :))

The article is linked to below and a short excerpt is provided as well.  Let us know what you think by emailing

"AlphaRef KJV was built using the Alpha Anywhere system, which is what's called a “low-code development environment.” With Alpha Anywhere, users can quickly make apps for multiple platforms at the same time using PhoneGap-wrapped HTML5.  More and more companies have been looking to low-code environments in a bid to boost the rate at which apps are developed, allowing companies to go beyond individually hand-coding pieces and take better advantage of concurrent development mechanisms.

But in this case, Alpha Anywhere was used to generate AlphaRef KJV, which is already landing a lot of praise for the way it allows users to handle large documents even from mobile devices. It includes a variety of tools to help users move through the text rapidly, including standard drag scrolling and a set of menus that allow for organization by table of contents, book and chapter. There's a scrollbar system that can adjust its sensitivity to move quickly or slowly through text, and a full-text search to help find specific points. A frequently viewed list and recently viewed list allows for quick reference to points that have been regularly referred to, and a set of bookmarks complete with visual organization allows users to quickly refer back to specific points."
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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.