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Showing posts with label Action Scripting. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Action Scripting. Show all posts

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Dispatches from Alpha University Boston

Alpha University training courses kicked off this week in Boston at the DoubleTree Hotel. I was there on Monday to open the training at the one-day Learn Xbasic class. The room was full of Alpha Software enthusiasts ready to take Xbasic to the next level.

I welcomed everyone and then turned the floor over to veteran instructor and well-respected Alpha Five developer Jay Talbott. He gave outstanding training on manipulating forms and using Xbasic in applications. The rest of the morning was spent with Alpha Software's CTO, Selwyn Rabins, teaching variables, scripts, action scripting, and more.

Many hands went up, which is always a good sign of a class who is learning what they came to learn. After lunch, Jay once again took the spotlight and went into manipulating forms, using Xbasic in applications, Alpha functions, and more.

It was a great opening day for Alpha's first-ever dedicated Xbasic class. I think our attendees walked away with a new wealth of knowledge. I'll be back a little later with a recap of and photos from day two when I was hopping between the Advanced Web Applications and Advanced Desktop Applications class.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Alpha Five feature pack of the week: Grid Components for Desktop Applications

Desktop apps and Web apps each have their own strengths and weaknesses. But what if you could combine the strengths of both to create the most powerful application that the world has ever seen?! OK, maybe I'm taking it too far or have been watching too many horror flicks, but I have a point.

There is a way to extend a desktop application's functionality and make it richer. The Grid Components for Desktop Applications feature pack brings the powerful and flexible graphical user interfaces (GUIs) in Web components to the desktop.

Developers can embed a Grid component into a form or use Action Scripting to open a window that contains a Grid component. There are many advantages to this. One, the Grid component is easy to create. Second, it has features that would be difficult to implement in standard Alpha Five forms and Xdialogs. Third, the work you do in the Grid component is usable if you want to move your app to the cloud.

So kick back, click play, and learn how to put both methods in motion.

Embed a Grid component into a form

Action Scripting part one

Action Scripting part two

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Alpha Five Version 10 Feature Peek #39: Printing the currently selected records, or opening a grid showing currently selected records

Putting a button on a grid to open another grid or a report is easily accomplished using Alpha Five Version 10's Action Javascript. The video below shows how you can use the special Alpha Five functions, CurrentGridFilter and CurrentGridOrder, to print the records that are currently selected in the grid. You can also use these functions to open another grid showing the same selection of records in the current grid.

All the grid possibilities have you tongue tied? Have a look at the video to see it in action.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Alpha Five Version 10 Feature Peek #30: Action Javascript - lookup and fill-in action

The "Lookup and Fill-in" action in Alpha Five Version 10 lets you define a Javascript event that will automatically look up data in a lookup table and then fill in certain fields in the record you are editing.

Sound nice? This video shows how to do it.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Ground zero for Alpha Five documentation

We're working on a redesign of our Web site, to make it easier to find the information and resources you're after. I've just seen some of the mockups, and they look great.

While we're waiting for the new site to launch, it occurred to me that a good stop-gap measure would be to publish a section that addresses the most common issues. That section is now live at

Here's what you'll find there.

Alpha Five Help System

The help system built into Alpha Five, in an on-demand HTML flavor.

FREE Alpha Five Made Easy V8 Abridged Book
An abridged version of the book, Alpha Five Made Easy. The complete book is available for sale in our online shop, as well as from Liberty Manuals. This abridged version includes several chapters to help you get started using Alpha Five. It's an especially good resource if you are evaluating the software. It includes a PDF and sample files packaged as a self-extracting EXE.

Deploying the Alpha Five Application Server

Put your Alpha Five Web applications on the Internet using your office or home office PC.

Import from Microsoft Office Excel
There are a variety of methods to get your data from Excel to Alpha Five. This one is quick, easy, and reliable.

Barcoding Article 1
Barcoding Article 2
Barcoding Article 3
A series discussing the use of barcodes in Alpha Five.

Hidden Treasure of Action Scripting
A tutorial with tips and advice on how to use Action Scripting in your Alpha Five applications. (This PDF is also included in the bundle below.) Based on a tutorial given by Frances Peake at the Alpha Software Conference.

Hidden Treasure of Action Scripting (sample files)
This ZIP file contains the above PDF above, and the Alpha Five sample files used in the tutorial.

Alpha Five vs ASP/PHP
A white paper that compares Alpha Five Web development with ASP and PHP.

AlphaStore 2007 Web E-Commerce Appplication FAQ
Frequently Asked Questions (and answers) about AlphaStore 2007, the Alpha Five E-commerce application.

How to Update Data in an Alpha Five Web Application via a Desktop Application

If you have data on a remote Alpha Five Application Server and want to update it via a desktop application, this article shows you how.

Friday, July 13, 2007

Hidden treasures of Action Scripting

There are lots of things in life that get me really excited. If you get me talking about dogs, for example, it'll be hard for me to stop. I'm such a dog person, in fact, that I need a daily fix of puppy love. For some people, it takes coffee. For me, it takes puppies.

So it's hard for me to see my comrades' eyes glaze over when I launch into a doggie monologue. Then again, some people get a real kick out of the mating cycles of Australian insects. Or the latest Star Wars collectibles. Thrilling.

Then there are the script jockeys who watch "normal people" glaze over when they wax on about the joys of scripting. Well, scripters, have I got a treat for you!

Alpha developer Frances Peake delivered a presentation on Action Scripting with Alpha Five at the 2006 Alpha Conference.

Her tutorial included highlights from the Xdialog Action Script genie, when to convert Action Scripts to Xbasic, how to integrate Action Scripting and Xbasic, and more.

The goal: to help Alpha programmers of every level strengthen their Xbasic and Xdialog skills by leveraging some lesser known, but extremely powerful Action Script features.

Frances demonstrated that while you can do great things by coding in Xbasic and Xdialog, you don't have to be a professional programmer to create some pretty amazing applications with Alpha Five's Action Scripting.

Well, the other day a PDF of her presentation re-surfaced in e-mail, and I thought it would be great to share it here. If you're a true Alpha fan, and you're not fully up to speed on Action Script, then put the cup of joe aside -- because this document is all you'll need to rev up your day.

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