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Friday, October 28, 2011

Don't ask me, ask Dan Bricklin

I'm just as into social media as the next guy, but it wasn't until last week that 140 characters had me doing the happy dance.

After watching our new video showcasing the brand new image gallery component in Version 11, Dan Bricklin tweeted, "Alpha Software's upcoming V 11 handles both iPads and desktops in HTML like native apps. Way to go!"

 Dan Bricklin is a true pioneer and a guy who's managed to stay relevant for decades in an industry that can change overnight.

That's our goal with Alpha Five Version 11, to provide developers with a platform that will keep their apps relevant no matter how many other development languages come down the pike.

So Dan's stamp of approval means a lot. Thanks for watching and tweeting, Dan!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

The dog days of development

With the proliferation of OSes and programming languages, a lot of developers are saying that we are in the dog days of application development.

I couldn't agree more. Things have gotten so bad that I feel like I have 50 bones in the air at all times. That's the bad news. The good news is that Alpha Five Version 11 promises to simplify developers' lives by allowing us to build apps once and run them on all five of today's platforms.

In fact, one of our people was talking to a buddy of mine the other day about it, and I think you'd be interested in his response. Watch the video.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Alpha Five Version 11's image gallery component in action

We know you're excited about our new image gallery component in Alpha Five Version 11, which we showed you in feature peek # 29. Since then, we've gotten a lot of really great feedback on it. Here's a video we produced showcasing what it can do.

We hope that you'll share this with your clients and the decision-makers in your organization so they can see just how powerful this new feature in Version 11 is.

Give the video a click to see what I mean.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Do you think Google Dart will hit the bullseye?

Martin Heller, our own Vice President of Technology and Education, shared his opinions on InfoWorld about Google's new programming language, Dart, as compared to JavaScript and CoffeeScript. Note that this is not the official Alpha Five position on this. We don't have a position on Dart, other than it's yet another programming language.

Any reader on this blog knows our official position: we're concerned about language and OS proliferation leading to developer burnout. One of the core tenets of Alpha Five Version 11 is that it's one platform with a single language and single methodology to attack all of your application development requirements.

That being said, we thought you might be interested in checking out Martin's personal (and professional) opinion on Dart.

Hit InfoWorld to read the article.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Do I have to abandon the desktop for Version 11?

Despite all the hoopla about mobile, there are plenty of developers who are still building, maintaining, and supporting desktop applications that they built in Alpha Five. The applications are profitable, and in many cases, there are no specific requirements to take them to the web.

These developers often ask us, "Will Alpha Five Version 11 make our desktop apps obsolete?"

The answer is no. That's the beauty of Version 11 -- you'll be able to run your applications flawlessly on all of today's major platforms, including your user's primary desktop.

But don't think we didn't improve the desktop! Actually, we support more of our web functionality on the desktop in Version 11 than ever before.

For example, our reporting capabilities have been significantly reworked and  improved. You'll notice a new Quick Report Genie and layout table report for easy generation of reports in both HTML and Excel. You'll also have the ability to create Linked Reports, which are even more useful than your previously used sub-reports.

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Alpha Five Version 11 Feature Peek #29: Image gallery component

When you get your copy of Alpha Five Version 11, you'll notice something you haven't seen before -- our brand new image gallery component.  

Image galleries are an important part of many mobile and web applications, but they're also a royal pain to code. At least they used to be. We designed this new component to make it easy for you to provide image galleries in your apps that look and feel the same way on any desktop, laptop, and mobile device. 

For example, imagine a real estate app that displays a series of homes as you swipe through images on a tablet, smartphone, or any other device. When you find a home you like, you tap it and suddenly a GPS map pinpointing the home's location appears, along with pricing and other information. 

Now imagine you're on a desktop. The same exact experience is available to you using your mouse or any other pointing device (mouse, trackball, multi-gesture touchpad, etc.). You built the app once, but people can experience it consistently on any device.

That's just one of myriad ways the image gallery component can make your applications more visual, more interactive, and frankly, more fun to use. It can add visual value to almost any business-related app.

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