What Drives Us to Make Alpha Anywhere the Fastest Way to Build Business Apps With One Code Base That Can Produce Native Experiences on Phones, Tablets and Desktops

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What Drives Us to Make Alpha Anywhere the Fastest Way to Build Business Apps With One Code Base That Can Produce Native Experiences on Phones, Tablets and Desktops

If you have been reading this blog, you  know that Alpha is fanatical about a few themes regarding Alpha Anywhere:

  1. Speed of development (achieved through a high-level – coding-optional approach to app development and modification) - see this link for videos that illustrate this and this video for a mobile real estate app created in one hour

  2. Using one code base to develop business apps that can deliver a native user-experience on smartphones, tablets, phablets and of course the desktop web - go to videos.alphasoftware.com and see how the user experience is different depending on whether you access the app from the desktop web, a phone or a tablet

  3. Relative ease-of-learning (compared to the alternatives) so that developers and power users can quickly become “mobile capable” developers - check this link out

  4. Completeness in terms of handling the client &  server sides of  apps, strong connectivity to data sources and a broad set of tightly integrated features such as reporting, charting, data mapping, video/image handling, etc.

  5. Leveraging standards such as HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript, SQL, Web Services, etc.


A crucial dimension at the core of Alpha Anywhere’s design is that we now live in a complex and ever changing world of hardware that must be able to run all types of business software. This includes desktops, laptops and all major mobile devices.

It is also clear that there is massive and rapid change and innovation taking place as hardware vendors compete for market share. The implications of this is that developers and business need a software development platform that is designed to rapidly build applications that work on all these major new hardware devices while at the same time providing a user experience that is appropriate for each device (web apps on the desktop should look and behave like web apps, phone apps should look and behave like native phone apps and tablet apps should look and behave like tablet apps).

A recent example of this change is the challenges that Blackberry is facing, as well as the increasing acceptance of Microsoft tablets and even phones.

These market dynamics further support our thinking that is it critically important to be able to build applications once with one codebase and then run them on ALL major desktop/laptop and mobile platforms, delivering native-like performance.

To illustrate this changing marketplace and some of the exciting new hardware that is arriving on the scene check out some of the videos promoting new  devices from Dell:
A New Addition to Action JavaScript - One of Alpha Anywhere's Powerful Ways of Building Mobile and Desktop Web Apps Easily
No Interest Student Loan Management System Built with Alpha Anywhere and MS SQL server

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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