Alpha Anywhere gaining momentum in the MS Access Community -- Register for our Webinar to see why

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Alpha Anywhere gaining momentum in the MS Access Community -- Register for our Webinar to see why


The world of business application development is changing rapidly based on demands from customers driven by an "information anywhere" mindset. Alpha Anywhere provides a path to MS Access web development.

Gone are the days that you could build for one target platform (such as Windows or the Web) and be done. Today, modern business applications increasingly need to run on the web and on a whole variety of mobile devices of varying sizes and from different manufacturers. In addition, these applications have to respond and adapt to the various screen sizes to provide an optimal user experience .
It's for this new era that Alpha Anywhere was built.

Microsoft Access on the other hand has largely ignored the accelerating demand for full web business applications and completely ignored the demand for mobile business applications (you can build web apps if you have SharePoint and you publish to it from Access but there is no reporting and there is limited programmabilty). As a result, we are seeing an increasing demand from Access Developers to add Alpha Anywhere to their development arsenal for MS Access web development, and from companies using Access applications who are anxious to have their employees and partners work with their data from Anywhere on any device.

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Take a look at this exchange from the UK Access Forum shown below, which is representative of the growing "buzz" around Alpha Anywhere in the MS Access world to accomplish MS Access web development. And, register for our upcoming webinar --"Got MS Access?"--on October 2nd designed for Access developers looking to get up to speed with Alpha Anywhere.
From: Timothy Coe
Sent: 11 September 2013 21:23
Subject: Re: Access, Alpha Five or what?

1. Today I watched a video about Visual Studio 2013 (release candidate).  It turns out that the new features are cool, really cool, or some other kind of cool.  That aside, it makes clear that it's designed for a team of developers.  For instance it keeps track of who made changes to a module and how many changes.  This confirms my view that it's designed for a medium or large sized software house that can develop it own library of objects, skeleton applications and everything in between. A RAD system it is not.

2. Office 365 has the weaknesses already mentioned plus the obvious problem that the customer must decide to adopt Office 365.  I believe that the product is doing well and the prices seem reasonable.  Still, I got off to a bad start with it and cannot shake off the impression that it's half baked.

3. Alpha Anywhere scores best as a RAD if you want to get at your data via a web browser.  I believe that a desktop version is still available.  Robin Bennett's figures, for the low amount of coding necessary, are startlingly good.  I enjoy coding in a procedural language, but surely it's better business sense to avoid it 80% of the time if you can.  XBasic seems extraordinarily powerful.  Alpha may be so good because it just newer in conception and also seems to have been developed by a small team with a coherent vision.  The possible need for more controls, mentioned by John, would not worry me.  To my mind the ability to do a task by any reasonable means suffices.  Alpha will doubtless increase the range of controls if there is a demand.  I've only played with Alpha Five 11 (the previous release); the aspect that impressed me most was the excellent standard of the tutorials.  The quality of the tutorials and other aids to the beginner are a decisive advantage; I could find nothing for Office 365 that came anywhere near.

Tim Coe
Robin Bennett replied:

Hi John,

Great summary overall but you’ve done Alpha a bit of an injustice there – genuinely you can extend what it does as it exposes everything down to the Javascript/HTML/CSS/XBasic level… If you want toget your hands dirty you can, and you really aren’t limited by the controls and templates they provide.  We tend to do 80% of a new build system without coding at all, 10% with some server-side coding (generally Xbasic or TSQL) and 10% with client-side Javascript/JQuery.

Cheers,
Robin
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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 www.tubifi.com.

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