The current pre-release of Alpha Anywhere has PhoneGap integration built in. We received these comments (shown below) from David Kates (firstname.lastname@example.org) an experienced developer who runs a well respected software development company in Toronto, Ontario in Canada. (David has authored a number of blog posts.) We wanted to share the comments with you because, in many ways, they encapsulate the "secret sauce" of Alpha Anywhere - namely the ability of Alpha Anywhere to abstract what could otherwise be complicated and time consuming concepts and procedures into straight forward, understandable and highly productive choices in the Alpha Anywhere component system - which are the building blocks of Alpha Anywhere. This in turn is the core to Alpha Anywhere's unique “Coding Optional” design that provides the absolute flexibility and fine control of a code based development system but with development times that (according to customers,) are 5-10 times faster than code based approaches. Here are David's comments.
The Alpha/PhoneGap stuff is the difference between a small percentage of Alpha Anywhere users attempting to wrap their HTML5 applications in PhoneGap and ALL Alpha users thinking that this is another very cool, easily understood, easily used, well integrated part of Alpha Anywhere. Now...anyone can create a PhoneGap Build app. And the documentation couldn't be any clearer! PhoneGap Build with all its config.xml, plugins, settings, and not easily understood differences between platforms is not for the faint of heart. It’s like a progression:
Great stuff… Bob Moore (Alpha's VP of Mobile Technology) has done an amazing job of shielding us from PhoneGap.
- PhoneGap: Not something I would probably succeed at.
- PhoneGap Build: With help I get it and I can work with it…but it’s tough slogging.
- Alpha Anywhere with PhoneGap Build integrated right in: As easy as working with any other aspect of Alpha Anywhere. Alpha Anywhere with PhoneGap Build integrated right in is so easy to deal with that it’s not something you need to think about in order to proceed.