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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

ALPHA SOFTWARE DELIVERS SIGNIFICANT UPDATES TO ALPHA FIVE V11

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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ALPHA SOFTWARE DELIVERS SIGNIFICANT UPDATES TO ALPHA FIVE V11

Developers can now integrate sophisticated charts, graphs, analytics, and dashboards
into data-driven business applications

BURLINGTON, Mass. - July 11, 2012 -  Alpha Software, a leading innovator in development tools and platforms to create data-driven business web applications, today delivered a substantial update to its award-winning Alpha Five v11 development platform.  Developers can now integrate a wide array of sophisticated charts, graphs and analytics into business applications quickly and easily. The comprehensive dashboards that can now easily be built into Alpha Five v11 applications empower managers to summarize critical data trends, improving management decisions and the bottom line.
  
Alpha Five v11 enables developers to create the many diverse web and mobile business applications that organizations require today, without blowing the budget. Developers can build these applications once and then run them on any PC, tablet or smartphone, which dramatically improves time-to-market and significantly reduces the costs of developing, deploying and maintaining the applications.

“Alpha Software’s top priority is to provide developers with a platform to build robust business applications with the web and mobile functionality that their users demand,” explains Richard Rabins, Co-Chairman and Co-CEO of Alpha Software.  “Today’s update to Alpha Five v11 significantly increases developer productivity and also helps customers enhance their decision-making ability with charts and graphs, powerful analytics and comprehensive dashboards in their applications.  With our latest update the developer is the champion who helps the company be more competitive and profitable.”

“The latest Alpha Five release contains industry-changing features that will increase developer productivity and creativity,” says Thomas Ritter, IT Director of the Newark Group, a leader in paperboard manufacturing for every industry with dozens of locations throughout the US, Canada, and Western Europe.  “The new Chart Control feature solves a major requirement in building modern applications by enabling the developer to produce graphical dashboards from their data.  The Documentation Viewer built directly into the development tool allows developers to access documentation regardless of whether they are connected to the Internet or not, which is a huge time saver.  And as always, the beauty of Alpha Five is that a novice user can produce applications without any coding, and at the same time a more experienced user can get under the hood to write any custom code they want. At this point in time I see no limit to what can be done with Alpha Five.”

ABOUT THE CHART CONTROL
The new Alpha Five Chart Control allows developers to base any of ten types of charts on any of seven types of data series and display the charts in a dialog using customizable 2-D and 3-D styles. The charts, chart styles, and data series can easily be defined using graphical builders, and can be enhanced and animated through interfaces to JavaScript and Xbasic. Multiple charts can be displayed in a single dialog to create dashboards. A series of 20 tutorial videos located at http://ow.ly/caxo2 demonstrates how developers can use the charts and data series, and a single web page at http://ow.ly/caxsm demonstrates 100 different sample charts.

PRODUCT AVAILABILITY INFORMATION
In addition to the charting, graphing, analytical and dashboarding capabilities mentioned above, there are other significant enhancements that are included in this major update to Alpha Five v11. For all of the details, go to http://ow.ly/caxF2 .

ABOUT ALPHA SOFTWARE
Alpha Software empowers developers to quickly create and modify robust, data-driven business applications that run on any PC, Tablet, or Smartphone quickly, efficiently, and cost effectively.  Its flagship and award-winning product, Alpha Five, is a rapid application development platform that enables developers to build and modify any business application once and run it anywhere.   The product increases developer productivity with a shorter learning curve providing companies with a shorter time to market product cycle.   Alpha Five is used by millions of user.  Alpha Software, founded in 1982, is privately held and is based in Burlington, MA.  For more information go to http://www.alphasoftware.com and http://blog.alphasoftware.com.

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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Alpha Five takes Access developers to the web

It's no secret that Microsoft Access isn't the best tool to use when developing for the web and mobile. But the way we see it, that shouldn't mean that developers still working on the desktop should be abandoned.


With Alpha Five, Microsoft Access developers can take their soon-to-be-obsolete desktop apps and move them to the web and mobile. And Martin Heller, our Vice President of Education and Technology, is making sure Access developers know how to do just that with his latest publication, "Alpha Five Web Applications for Access Developers." 


For more details, take a look at the press release we distributed earlier today:


ALPHA AND ACCESS: Only one can get your desktop
apps to the web




To download "Alpha Five Web Applications for Access Developers," visit our free download page.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Another Microsoft Access shop adopts Alpha Five

When we last checked in with Alpha developer Robin Bennett, his U.K.-based IT software development and consulting business, Start Software, had just finished an Alpha app modeled after Microsoft's metro UI. You can take a look at our previous post to see just how much Robin's app looked like a Windows 8 app.

But Robin didn't stop there. Shortly after he completed that app, he announced Start Software's adoption of Alpha Five for web and mobile applications. Head over to our press release that has the details on Start Software's switch:

ADOPTING ALPHA: Start Software has seen an increase in proficiency and a decrease
in cost since choosing Alpha Five
 Thanks to Robin and everyone at Start Software for letting us share their story!

Are you an Access developer looking to tackle web and mobile? Tell us in a comment, and the next story could be yours!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Alpha Five helps keep libraries current

When we released Alpha Five Version 11, one of our first orders of business was to use it to strengthen our relationship with Tech Soup.

Tech Soup is a global nonprofit organization that uses donated software to promote social change, and we've been donating our software for years. Now, Alpha Five Version 11 will be found in libraries throughout North America, giving libraries the technical support they need to stay current in a digital era.

Our latest donation of Version 11 topped out at a retail value of $365,000, and we issued a press release with all the details:

SUPER SOFTWARE: Alpha Five has helped 7,000 libraries

At Alpha Software, we're very aware of our social responsibility, and we love how Tech Soup gives us the ability to reach communities throughout the world.

Know of a library in your area that could use a boost? Leave it in a comment to have your community considered to be a recipient of Tech Soup's program.

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

11 feature packs for the 11th version of Alpha Five

You'll notice I'm posting this at 11:11 a.m. What can I say? I like a good theme! 

Today we announced the release of our 11th feature pack, "Power Search for Embedded Reports" for Alpha Five Version 11

No developer wants to buy bloatware that is loaded with features they will never need or use. That's why the core Alpha Five Version 11 platform focuses on the tools and technologies that are crucial to build web and mobile database-driven applications.

However, we get mail. Lots of it. It's from developers asking us about specific features. We weigh these requests, and when we see a number of developers needing a particular feature, we bake that into a feature pack. 

This way, those developers that need specific features can get them while we're not overloading the core platform with features that are unnecessary for the bulk of our developers. 

So far, we've produced 11 of these feature packs, and more are on the way as we continue to respond to the demands of our developers. And yes, if a certain feature pack takes off, it's entirely conceivable that that feature will find its way into the core platform at some point. 

There's more about our newest feature pack in the press release issues today:
11 IS THE MAGIC NUMBER: The 11th feature pack
is 'Power Search for Embedded Reports'

What would you like to see in Alpha Five Version 11's twelfth feature pack?   

Monday, February 13, 2012

Calling all African Alphaholics: Alpha Five Version 11 to be distributed throughout West Africa

We announced some Alpha Five news last week, but if you didn't catch the press release with all the details, I'll fill you in now: Petrodata Management Services Ltd, a West African IT data storage and management facility, is now officially our newest distribution partner, and our first exclusive distributor. Because of this partnership, Alpha products will be available to individuals, corporations, and government entities throughout Nigeria and other West African countries.

The use of technology in underdeveloped countries can help alleviate poverty and inspire societal change, and we know Petrodata can help us do that due to their long history of providing high-technology firsts to West Africa. In addition to marketing and promoting Alpha Five Version 11, they'll also be offering best-of-breed training courses, seminars, and application development services.

Selwyn and I were born in South Africa, and we feel a special connection to the people of any African country. We know that we're going to meet some talented new African developers thanks to this partnership, and we're excited to be adding more countries to the list of places that Version 11 is available!

Thursday, November 03, 2011

On the 11th month of the 11th year, Alpha created Version 11

Yes, it might have been a little catchier if we held off until 11/11/11, but we just couldn't wait any longer. Today, we announced the release of Alpha Five Version 11.

If you're a regular on our blog, then you know all about this. For months now, you've been reading about it, watching videos about it, and listening to what the beta testers have to say about it. But we thought we should let everyone else out there in on it, so we issued a press release with all the juicy details.

And because I'm not one to keep a secret, here's one more important announcement: After the sniff test, Clifton told me that he smells a feature pack in the future.

What will your first project in Version 11 be? Take a look at the press release below to help you decide.



Finally: One Development Tool for All Five of Today’s Platforms

Alpha Five Version 11 sets a new standard for integrated rapid HTML5 application development for the building of business apps simultaneously for smartphones, tablets, the web, laptops,
and desktops -- and whatever comes next

BURLINGTON, Mass. -- (BUSINESS WIRE) -- There are thousands of computer programming tools on the market today, but only one lets programmers build apps for all five of today’s computing platforms without having to use Java, Flash, Silverlight, or other plugins: the new Alpha Five Version 11, released today by Alpha Software. It uses the power of Microsoft .NET and HTML5 to help developers solve a business problem once, and make their app available to users wherever they are and however they like to work—whether that’s on a smartphone, tablet, the web, a laptop or netbook, or their trusty ol’ Windows PC. At last, developers can stop worrying about platform uncertainty, and focus on delivering apps that won’t become obsolete every few years.

“The iPhone, the iPad, and mobile computing have changed everything, but you might be surprised to learn that not all of those changes have been for the best,” says Richard Rabins, Co-Chairman of Alpha Software. “Mobile and tablet computing are great for users, but they’ve added cost, complexity, and uncertainty for companies. IT has been forced to choose between investing in apps for the desktop or laptop, the web, mobile, and new form factors such as tablets. Development teams are burning out. They’re understaffed and overworked, because they have to cope with budget cuts while learning new languages and reinventing apps for multiple platforms. Business leaders are holding back, because they’re worried how the platform wars will shake out -- and that’s compromising productivity and competitiveness. It’s a mess.”

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Ruminations of mobile application development and more in extended interview with Dan Bricklin

Our video interview with Dan Bricklin generated quite a bit of buzz. I've received a few e-mails from long-time developers whose work was affected by Dan's early applications. It led to a lot of reminiscing in the Alpha Software offices last week about the influence VisiCalc had on the personal computing industry.

Then it hit me. Dan's thoughts on application development and the future of mobile application development needed to be seen and heard outside of our blog. So we distributed a press release today highlighting the points Dan makes about the industry.

Dan even discusses what impact he thinks Alpha Five Version 11's mobile development framework will have on developers building for mobile. That starts around minute 25 if you want to fast forward to it. The press release is below if you want to give it a gander. And if you haven't watched the interview, pop back now and hit play.




Pioneering industry developer talks about a wide range of topics including his new iPad app, the coming wave of developer burnout, the state of mobile application development, and more

BURLINGTON, Mass. -- (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Dan Bricklin, the developer who legitimized the personal computer and spawned the industry that we know today, is featured in an extended video interview on the Alpha Software blog. As a developer who has remained relevant for three generations, Bricklin discusses:

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

QuickBase, Caspio, Zoho, and other Web-based database developers: Free your database for $149

When I told you what the fundamental problem is with Web-based development tools such as QuickBase, Caspio, Zoho, and others, I promised a competitive upgrade to Alpha Five Version 10.5 for those developers. No need to wait any longer to find out what it is! We announced the upgrade today in a press release.

To get Alpha Five Version 10.5 for $149 -- a $200 savings -- developers simply have to send an e-mail to Marketing@AlphaSoftware.com with the words: “I’m a (insert name of product) developer who needs a secure home for my database” in the subject line. Read the press release below to get the rest of the details.




Competitive upgrade for Alpha Five Version 10.5 gives QuickBase, Caspio, Zoho, and other Web-based databases a reliable future in the cloud

BURLINGTON, Mass. -- (BUSINESS WIRE) -- The recent demise of Dabble DB follows on the heels of the earlier expiration of Microsoft Popfly and Coghead. These deceased applications confirm a fundamental problem with the Web-based development tool model: You don’t really own your business logic or your application’s future when you commit a database application to a Web-based development tool. And developers who have their databases locked in Intuit's QuickBase, Caspio, Zoho, or are considering making the move to another Web-based development tool, are at significant risk.

Thursday, January 06, 2011

Alpha Software goes to the dogs

We made the official announcement today in a press release that Clifton Rabins, my dog, is Alpha Software's newest hire. After accompanying me to the Alpha Software offices most days, we decided to put Clifton's natural talents on the books! Read on to find out what role Clifton will play as Director of Sniff Testing. Now Clifton can contribute to the bacon I bring home throughout the year. ;)




One-year-old male Irish Setter charged with evaluating each new version of Alpha Five and ensuring it passes the sniff test

BURLINGTON, Mass. -- (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Alpha Software is going to the dogs with its newest hire. Over the past year, the company has responded to increasing demand of its Alpha Five Web database development platform and changes in the marketplace with several strategic additions to its staff. Today Alpha Software is proud to announce a doggone good hire: Clifton Rabins has been brought on as Director of Sniff Testing.

Clifton joined the Alpha Software family in 2009 and became eligible for employment when he reached the one-year mark—or would that be the seven-year mark? Anyway, in his new role, Clifton will be the final step in Alpha Software’s rigorous quality testing process. Finished code will be presented to Clifton for a sniff test. If he wags his tail and licks the USB stick, the software will be ready to ship. However, if he pushes it away with his nose, it will be put back in the quality testing process for some serious debugging.

In addition to his sniff-testing responsibilities, Clifton will ensure that no competitors get near the development team while they’re working on proprietary Alpha Software intellectual property. He’ll also help sustain the company’s internal green initiative by making sure no pizza is wasted during meetings.

Up until now, the sniff testing program has been led by Dave McCormick, Director of Communications. However, in a blindfold test it was recently discovered that Dave could not smell the difference between a potato and an apple. Therefore the decision was made to remove sniff testing from the scope of his responsibilities and provide that to an actual canine. As most readers probably know, canines are ideal for sniff testing because their sense of smell is 100 times greater than a human being. Also, when the job opening was posted internally, Clifton was clearly panting for the job. We decided to throw him a bone and hire him.

“Woof,” says Clifton Rabins, when asked about his feelings on his new job.

Richard Rabin, Co-Chairman of Alpha Software, agrees: “We’re tail-wagging happy to bring Clifton on board. We look forward to him helping us maintain the utmost quality in Alpha Five. While other application development products might truly stink, our customers can rest assured that every version of Alpha Five will smell and perform great.”

Clifton is the most recent in a string of hires recently made by Alpha Software. For example, Martin McSweeney was hired in October to lead Alpha Software’s business development efforts in the U.K. He’s been providing support and resources to developers in the U.K. and Europe who are migrating from alternative database system to Alpha Five. Dr. Martin Heller joined the company in February as VP of Technology and Education. Since then, he has expanded the level and quality of resources available to Alpha developers with innovations such as “Alpha Five Version 10 Web Applications: The Tutorial,” several white papers, Alphapedia, and more. Jeff Kalwerisky joined Alpha Software in 2008 as Chief Security Evangelist and has been counseling Alpha Software’s customers, VARs, and partners worldwide on application security, compliance, privacy, and governance.

For reporters interested in interviewing Clifton, please contact Richard Rabins at Richard@AlphaSoftware.com. We can set up video or in-person interviews at any dog park in the Boston area.

ABOUT ALPHA SOFTWARE

Since 1982, Alpha Software has been providing developers with award-winning tools that make it easy to build business applications. Today over 1 million developers and tens of millions of users rely on Alpha Software’s Alpha Five. The company is privately held, and based in Burlington, Mass. Alpha Software can be found on the Web at http://www.AlphaSoftware.com. The company’s blog is located at http://blog.AlphaSoftware.com.

Contacts
for Alpha Software
Alicia Buonanno, 610-228-2096
Alicia@GregoryFCA.com

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Software industry veteran Joseph Alsop joins Alpha Software’s Board of Directors

I would like you all to join me in welcoming Joesph Alsop to Alpha Software's Board of Directors. He's the co-founder and former CEO of Progress Software Corporation, and led the company from a startup to a global software industry leader with over $500 million in annual revenue.

Now he'll be advising Alpha Software on business and growth strategies. To learn more about what he'll be working on at Alpha, read our press release below announcing his addition to our team.




Co-Founder and former CEO of largest independent software company in Massachusetts will advise Alpha Software on business and growth strategies for Alpha Five

BURLINGTON, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Joseph Alsop, co-founder and former CEO of Progress Software Corporation (Nasdaq: PRGS), has joined the Board of Directors of Alpha Software, maker of the acclaimed Alpha Five platform for rapidly building secure Ajax database applications. With over 30 years of experience growing the largest independent software company in Massachusetts, Alsop will play an important role in helping Alpha Software build on its reputation for excellence in creating tools for the rapid development of database-driven Ajax Web applications. He will also be advising the company on extending its technology assets to let developers build mobile database applications that run across all smart phones and tablets.

“Alsop’s impressive track record will add to our board’s breadth of expertise in areas such as strategy, managing growth, and innovation,” says Richard Rabins, Co-Chairman of Alpha Software. “We are confident that he will provide a unique perspective to the company as we continue to expand with more cutting-edge development tools especially in the emerging business mobile database application space.”

Alsop co-founded Progress Software Corporation in 1981 and served as CEO until 2009. He led the company from a startup to a global software industry leader with over $500 million in annual revenue. Alsop graduated from MIT in 1967 with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering.

For more information on Alpha Software, visit the Alpha Software blog, website, or contact Richard@AlphaSoftware.com.

ABOUT ALPHA SOFTWARE

Since 1982, Alpha Software has been providing developers with award-winning tools that make it easy to build business applications. Today over a million users rely on Alpha Software’s Alpha Five. The company is privately held, and based in Burlington, Mass. Alpha Software can be found on the Web at http://www.AlphaSoftware.com. The company’s blog is located at http://blog.AlphaSoftware.com.

PRESS RESOURCES

Review copies, reviewer’s guide, and training available to press and bloggers.

Press kit: http://www.AlphaPressKit.com

Website: www.AlphaSoftware.com

Blog: http://blog.AlphaSoftware.com/

Contacts
for Alpha Software
Alicia Buonanno, 610-228-2096
Alicia@GregoryFCA.com

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Alpha Software gets you loaded

With uploads and downloads, that is! Today we officially introduced the new File Upload, Image Upload, and File and Image Download feature packs for Alpha Five Version 10.5. Below is the press release we issued with the full story. Read on to get the scoop.




Or Maybe We Should Ask, How Many Developers Does It Take to Write the Code That Lets You Download the E-Mail with a Click?

BURLINGTON, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Some of the simplest things in life hide great complexity. Think of the click that downloads an e-mail. Or the simple swipe gesture you use to unlock your iPhone. Or even the remote keyless entry device that’s probably on your key ring right now. How much engineering is required to bring these simple conveniences to you?

Let’s look at your remote keyless entry device as an example. First, a battery-powered, wireless radio transmitter on a circuit board is activated when you push the button. Two codes generated by a chip inside the device are sent to a radio receiver in your car. One code sends instructions for the car’s doors to unlock. The other must match the receiver’s code. Once a match is made, an electrical charge energizes all manner of machinery to pop open the doors and generate that satisfying beep. And that’s just the algorithm. Let’s not forget the electronic and mechanical engineering that was required to take this process from concept to concrete product.

That’s just one example of the simplicity we take for granted. Here’s another: uploads and downloads. Behind each click for an upload or download is a developer who devised a complex system of data transfer, validation, storage, error detection and correction, and visualization that must be coded, tested, debugged, and deployed. At least, that’s how it used to be. Starting today, Alpha Software has made integrating file upload, image upload, and file and image download easy for developers to bake into their applications. Frankly, it’s as easy as remotely opening your car door with the push of a button. It’s all tucked away in three new Alpha Five Version 10.5 feature packs:


  • File Upload for Action JavaScript lets developers add file upload functions to applications in addition to letting end users upload files into their databases. It automatically hyperlinks those resources so they can be shared with other users.

  • Image Upload for Action JavaScript allows developers to upload an image to the server for it to be displayed in an image field in the Grid. The image can then be either directly embedded into a record in the table that the Grid is based on, or it can be saved in a file that is referenced by the Image Field.


“In today’s business environment, users have come to expect this type integration, and now developers can deliver it in less time with less complexity,” says Richard Rabins, Co-Chairman of Alpha Software. “Developers no longer have to cobble together their own solutions time and again for every application they build. And novice developers who once shied away from including upload and download functions because of the extensive coding, can now incorporate them thanks to these feature packs.”

For more information on Alpha Five Version 10.5 and its new feature packs, visit the Alpha Software blog, website, or contact Richard@AlphaSoftware.com.

ABOUT ALPHA SOFTWARE

Since 1982, Alpha Software has been providing developers with award-winning tools that make it easy to build business applications. Today over 1 million developers and tens of millions of users rely on Alpha Software’s Alpha Five. The company is privately held, and based in Burlington, Mass. Alpha Software can be found on the Web at http://www.AlphaSoftware.com. The company’s blog is located at http://blog.AlphaSoftware.com.

PRESS RESOURCES

Review copies, reviewer’s guide, and training available to press and bloggers.

Press kit: http://www.AlphaPressKit.com

Website: www.AlphaSoftware.com

Blog: http://blog.AlphaSoftware.com/

Contacts
for Alpha Software
Alicia Buonanno, 610-228-2096
Alicia@GregoryFCA.com

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Martin McSweeney will head Alpha Five business development efforts in the UK

If you're at all familiar with Twitter, then you know about Follow Friday. And you might have heard about Terrible Tuesday and "Manic Monday." Well it occurred to me that there's just nothing out there for Wednesday. So I'm officially declaring today as Welcome Wednesday, the day that we will announce new people and partnerships going forward. To start off -- Martin McSweeney.

We opened a new office in the U.K. and appointed Martin to lead our business development efforts. If you're a frequent reader of the blog you know that Martin is the Head of Development at CMITS.net and has contributed plenty of guest posts, including the series, "A developer's thoughts on Microsoft Access 2010." Here's the press release we put out today detailing Alpha Software's new partnership with Martin. I hope you join me in welcoming him!




Martin McSweeney, Founder of CMITS.net, Will Head Business Development Efforts in the UK

BURLINGTON, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Alpha Software announced today that it has opened an office in the U.K. to respond to strong growth and demand for consulting services around its Alpha Five Version 10 development platform. The company has appointed Martin McSweeney, Founder and Head of Development at CMITS.net, a data management solutions company, to lead its business development efforts. McSweeney will provide support and resources to developers in the U.K. and Europe who are migrating from another database system to Alpha Five, who are already using Alpha Five, or who have enterprise application requirements for Web-based, high-performance applications.

“Martin has proven experience in helping developers migrate complex business applications from obsolete platforms, such as Microsoft Access, to contemporary Web, cloud, and mobile applications powered by Alpha Five,” says Richard Rabins, Co-Chairman of Alpha Software. “Martin’s belief in the Alpha Five development platform is backed up by the migration of his own successful Parliamentary Case Management Solution, which is used by many senior political figures, from Access to Alpha Five. It’s an excellent example of mission-critical legacy database application that is being moved from MS Access to the cloud using the power of Alpha Five.”

McSweeney’s partnership with Alpha Software began when he downloaded the free 30-day Alpha Five Version 10 trial and was viewing content from an Access back end database on the Web within hours. He was impressed with the platform’s ease of use, performance, and desktop-application feel that Alpha Five’s Codeless AJAX delivered. McSweeney contacted Alpha Software expressing his desire to migrate an application to the Web using Alpha Five.

Coinciding with that was the growing momentum of developers embracing Alpha Five Version 10 as a preeminent development platform for building Web, cloud, and mobile database applications rapidly and easily. In fact, Alpha Five Version 10 was recently ranked as the #1 rapid Web development tool by InfoWorld and a PC Magazine review awarded it four out of five stars.

“I’m very excited to be joining Alpha Software to share what I’ve learned about migrating Access and other platforms to the Web seamlessly using Alpha Software’s world-class technology,” says McSweeney. “My role will ensure that this ground-breaking development platform becomes an instinctive choice for U.K. developers and to have businesses understand that taking their data to the Web does not have to be a long and stressful process.”

For more information on Alpha Software or Alpha Five Version 10.5, visit the Alpha Software blog, website, or contact Richard@AlphaSoftware.com.

ABOUT ALPHA SOFTWARE

Since 1982, Alpha Software has been providing developers with award-winning tools that make it easy to build business applications. Today over 1 million developers and tens of millions of users rely on Alpha Software’s Alpha Five. The company is privately held, and based in Burlington, Mass. Alpha Software can be found on the Web at http://www.AlphaSoftware.com. The company’s blog is located at http://blog.AlphaSoftware.com.

PRESS RESOURCES

Review copies, reviewer’s guide, and training available to press and bloggers.

Press kit: http://www.AlphaPressKit.com

Website: www.AlphaSoftware.com

Blog: http://blog.AlphaSoftware.com/

Contacts
for Alpha Software
Alicia Buonanno, 610-228-2096
Alicia@GregoryFCA.com

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Introducing Alphapedia: The first wiki-based, context-sensitive help system

Back in February when we welcomed Martin Heller to Alpha Software, we mentioned that he would be working on the development of the Alpha Software wiki, Alphapedia. Guess what? He did it! And we think the tool he designed will be very useful.

When you're working in Alpha Five on your desktop, laptop, or netbook, just select the relevant text or component you have a question about, and press F1. You'll be sent to the Alphapedia entry online where you can find the answers you're looking for. And if you're an expert user, you can actually log in and edit or expand the information contained in any entry.

We distributed a press release today announcing that Alphapedia is open for business. I hope this new functionality will be helpful! Read on for all the details.

Alpha Software Unveils First Wiki-Based, Context-Sensitive Help System

Company replaces Alpha Five's traditional Windows help system with wiki

BURLINGTON, Mass. -- (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Today Alpha Software announced that its Alpha Five Version 10.5 development platform is the first application to integrate a desktop help system with a context-sensitive wiki. The system, dubbed Alphapedia, is now Alpha Software's central resource for all Alpha Five documentation. Alphapedia is continuously updated by Alpha Software staff and independent developers, ensuring users get the most current and helpful support information available.

Getting help from the Alphapedia wiki couldn't be easier. When a user is working in Alpha Five on their desktop, laptop, or netbook they simply select the relevant text or component that they have a question about, and press F1. But instead of the old Windows help system firing up on their desktop, they are whisked to the precise Alphapedia entry online and get the information they need. Better still, if they are an expert user, they can log in to Alphapedia and edit or expand the information contained in any entry.

"Bringing a cloud-based wiki together with a desktop help system is a true industry milestone, and we're proud to be the organization that brought this innovation to the market," says Richard Rabins, Co-Chairman of Alpha Software. "We were the first company to ship Codeless Ajax, which lets people develop high-performance, interactive Ajax database applications without any programming. We were the first to ship portable SQL, which lets developers code once and database anywhere. And now we're the first to recognize the power and importance of wikis as a support mechanism, and to integrate that with a desktop application's help system. I'm sure many other companies will follow this model. And I hope they do, because wikis have obvious benefits for improving help systems and helping users."

Alpha Five developers everywhere are welcomed to sign in to the Alphapedia wiki and share their domain expertise with their fellow Alpha developers worldwide. A free 30-day trial of Alpha Five Version 10.5 with Codeless Ajax can be downloaded at Alpha Software's website. The Alpha Software help wiki is located at http://wiki.alphasoftware.com/HomePage.

ABOUT ALPHA SOFTWARE

Since 1982, Alpha Software has been providing developers with award-winning tools that make it easy to build business applications. Today over 1 million developers and tens of millions of users rely on Alpha Software's Alpha Five. The company is privately held, and based in Burlington, Mass. Alpha Software can be found on the Web at http://www.alphasoftware.com. The company's blog is located at http://blog.alphasoftware.com.

Review copies, reviewer’s guide, and training available to press and bloggers.
Press kit @ http://www.alphapresskit.com

Contacts
for Alpha Software
Alicia Buonanno, 610-228-2096
Alicia@GregoryFCA.com

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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

New white paper explores ROI of Microsoft Access 2010 for Web applications

I recently told you about a new white paper that is available for download called, "Web-enabling Microsoft Access: A cost/benefit analysis for developers considering Access 2010." It looks at the two options developers have to port an existing Microsoft Access application to the Web.

We sent out a press release on the wire today to announce it. But in case you're keeping tabs on our press releases, I'm posting it here as well. Give it a read or download the white paper if you haven't flipped its pages yet.




White Paper Will Help Database Developers Decide Whether Migrating to Access 2010 is the Right Choice for Their Organization

BURLINGTON, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Today Alpha Software released a new white paper titled, “Web-enabling Microsoft Access: A cost/benefit analysis for developers considering Access 2010.” Microsoft Access developers are at a turning point. The new version, MS Access 2010, finally lets them build Web applications. But at what cost? This white paper explores that question in clear, understandable terms for database developers and business executives. It is now available to download at the following URL http://www.alphasoftware.com:81/20100609WhitePaper.a5w. For more details, visit the Alpha Software website or the blog.

ABOUT ALPHA SOFTWARE

Since 1982, Alpha Software has been providing developers with award-winning tools that make it easy to build business applications. Today over 1 million developers and tens of millions of users rely on Alpha Software’s Alpha Five. The company is privately held, and based in Burlington, Mass. Alpha Software can be found on the Web at http://www.AlphaSoftware.com. The company’s blog is located at http://blog.AlphaSoftware.com.

Review copies, reviewer’s guide, and training available to press and bloggers.

PRESS RESOURCES

Contact: Alicia Buonanno, Alicia@GregoryFCA.com, 610-228-2096

Press kit: http://www.AlphaPressKit.com

Web site: www.AlphaSoftware.com

Blog: http://blog.AlphaSoftware.com/

Contacts
for Alpha Software
Alicia Buonanno, 610-228-2096
Alicia@GregoryFCA.com

Friday, July 16, 2010

Redmond Developer News says Alpha is 'Doing The News Right'

It's not every day that a press release makes more noise than the product it was announcing. But I was pleasantly surprised to see Redmond Developer News' David Ramel write an article about an Alpha Software press release.

David wrote the article, "Doing The News Right, And A Cool Dev Tool" to express his frustration with, well, let's say, formulaic, boring, and corporate-style press releases. In it, he uses the Alpha Five Version 10.5 press release as an example "from a company that actually knows how to do it right."

For anyone who has to market technology products -- or market anything for that matter -- the lesson here is that very few companies are important enough to put out a formulaic press release that is meaningful to the press. Now if you're the White House, you're important enough to distribute a formulaic press release.

But if you're a small development tool vendor in Burlington, Mass., that approach won't tell your story. What we tried to accomplish with the Alpha Five Version 10.5 launch release was to help the media understand the connection between Alpha Five's features and the capabilities they bring to users.

We could have done that in a formulaic style ("Alpha Software Announces Alpha Five Version 10.5"), or we could have tried to tell the story the same way we would explain it to our significant other. We chose the latter. Clearly that was appreciated, and for that we thank David.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

What would the Web look like if everyone could build their own Web 2.0 data-driven apps?

You've been reading about it here for weeks, but we made the official announcement to the press today. Alpha Five Version 10.5 has been released! Take a gander at the press release we distributed. For members of the media, a full press kit is available at AlphaPressKit.com.




Newest Release of Alpha Five Bridges the Gap Between Professional Programming Power and Approachability by the Average User

BURLINGTON, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Imagine how different the world would be if only skilled developers could build a blog. But instead, building a blog is as easy as logging on to WordPress or Blogger, getting your head around some basic concepts, and before you know it, you’re blogging. That approachability coupled with the incredible power embodied by blogging software has transformed our world. Now anyone can become a publisher. In the technology industry alone, publishing titans have been overtaken by upstarts such as TechCrunch, Engadget, and Scobleizer, all of which were made possible by the ease of blogging software.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Alpha Software donates $270,000 to support the nonprofit community through TechSoup Global

About two years ago, we donated a truckload of copies of Alpha Five to TechSoup to help nonprofit organizations. I'm happy to tell you that we're continuing our partnership with them. We announced it to the world today via a press release.

Monday, February 22, 2010

InfoWorld's Martin Heller joins Alpha Software

It's no longer a secret. I'm thrilled to tell you that Dr. Martin Heller has officially joined Alpha Software as Vice President of Technology and Education. He'll continue to blog for InfoWorld, but just not about us. :) Yes, he's a bona fide journalist. And we were willing to make that trade to bring his valuable knowledge and skills to Alpha Software.

We distributed a press release detailing his new role. I hope you join me in welcoming Martin, and congratulating him on his new position. Here's the release we put on the wire today.

Dr. Martin Heller Joins Alpha Software as VP of Technology and Education

Veteran InfoWorld journalist is now part of Alpha’s executive team

BURLINGTON, Mass. -- (BUSINESS WIRE) -- From editor and columnist at BYTE.com to the Strategic Developer at InfoWorld, Martin Heller is a voice that developers around the globe trust. Now this respected technology journalist has joined Alpha Software’s executive team as Vice President of Technology and Education. In this new role, Dr. Heller will be responsible for the ongoing development of the Alpha Software wiki, Alphapedia; authoring and delivering Alpha Software training courses; directing development of Alpha Five’s documentation, help, and online support systems; and producing other content crucial to the success of Alpha developers, including white papers, blog posts, and more.

Dr. Heller will also serve as a strategic advisor to the development team building Alpha Five Version 11, the next generation of the company’s industry leading Ajax Web database development tool. As a result of joining Alpha Software, Dr. Heller will no longer cover the company’s products or directly competing products in his InfoWorld blog.

“We’re thrilled to have someone of Martin’s background, experience, and reputation in this new position,” says Richard Rabins, Co-Chairman of Alpha Software. “World-class technology needs world-class documentation. With Martin’s unique blend of programming and editorial talent, we know we made the right choice to ensure all of Alpha’s content will give our customers everything they need to be successful.”

For the last 24 years, Dr. Heller has been a Web and Windows programming consultant. He has served as Senior Contributing Editor and the Programming Windows and Web Dev columnist for WINDOWS Magazine. He was a frequent reviewer at PC Week (now eWeek) and GCN, and a writer for Developer Pipeline, ComputerWorld, and DevX. Dr. Heller has authored or co-authored almost a dozen PC software packages and half a dozen Web applications.

He holds bachelor degrees in physics and music from Haverford College as well as a master’s and doctorate degree in experimental high-energy physics from Brown University. Dr. Heller currently resides in Andover, Mass.

ABOUT ALPHA SOFTWARE

Since 1982, Alpha Software has been providing developers with award-winning tools that make it easy to build business applications. Today over 1 million developers and tens of millions of users rely on Alpha Software’s Alpha Five. The company is privately held, and based in Burlington, Mass. Alpha Software can be found on the Web at http://www.alphasoftware.com. The company’s blog is located at http://blog.alphasoftware.com.

Contacts
Alpha Software
Press contact:
Kate Ritchie, 610-642-8253, ext. 162
KateR@GregoryFCA.com

or

Company contact:
Richard Rabins
Richard@AlphaSoftware.com

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Alpha Software launches Alpha Five Version 10 with Codeless Ajax technology

WOOHOO! The day has finally come! We officially launched Alpha Five Version 10 today. It might not be news to you, since you've been reading about it here for so long, but it is news to the rest of the world.

Check out the official press release making the announcement. For members of the media, a full press kit is available at AlphaPressKit.com.

Alpha Software Launches Alpha Five Version 10 with Codeless Ajax Technology

Be amazed at how fast you can build Ajax database apps that perform like desktop apps,
and run entirely in the cloud

BURLINGTON, Mass. -- (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Every day, companies announce new products and call them revolutionary, breakthrough, innovative, and game changing. It’s not often that a new product actually lives up to that kind of billing. Today is one of those days, with the official launch of Alpha Five Version 10, from Alpha Software. Featuring the company’s patent-pending “Codeless Ajax™” technology, Alpha Five V10 is the first programming tool that allows developers to visually build rich Internet database applications powered by Ajax—without having to write one line of code.

That said, developers who like to get their hands dirty can work swiftly using Alpha’s Codeless Ajax™, then optionally craft custom code using popular SQL dialects, JavaScript, REST Services, and Xbasic. Developers can also plug in open source or their own JavaScript code, components, and frameworks to extend the development platform in any way they need. Best of all, the resulting applications support every major SQL database, including the newest: Microsoft SQL Azure databases residing in the Microsoft cloud.

“Alpha Five Version 10 with Codeless Ajax™ is like having an entire development team at your fingertips,” says Richard Rabins, Co-Chairman of Alpha Software. “Just one developer can produce the output of five to 10 coders with Codeless Ajax™. The calculus is simple. If you’re a consultant or ISV, you produce more solutions in less time. If you’re a corporate developer, you solve more business problems faster, and slash your budget for custom application development. There’s no faster way to design and build contemporary Web applications.”

Over 70 New Features Help Developers Do More in Less Time

Alpha Five Version 10 is the most significant upgrade in the platform’s 20-year history, with over 70 new features spanning Web development, desktop development, the Xbasic language, Xdialog, and the Alpha Application Server. Key among all the new features is Alpha’s Codeless Ajax™ technology, Alpha’s Core JavaScript Library, and the Alpha AjaxForm Framework. Specifically:


Borland’s Turbo Pascal revolutionized programming in the 1980s with the first RAD IDE. Microsoft’s Visual Basic raised the bar in the 1990s, with the first visual RAD IDE for event-driven applications. Now Alpha Five Version 10 transforms programming again, with an Ajax-centered RAD IDE perfectly suited for today’s developer. Try it for yourself, and you’ll agree it deserves to be called “revolutionary, breakthrough, innovative, and game changing.”

For more information on Alpha Five Version 10, visit the Alpha Software blog, Web site, or contact Richard@AlphaSoftware.com.

ABOUT ALPHA SOFTWARE

Since 1982, Alpha Software has been providing developers with award-winning tools that make it easy to build business applications. Today over 1 million developers and tens of millions of users rely on Alpha Software’s Alpha Five. The company is privately held, and based in Burlington, Mass. Alpha Software can be found on the Web at http://www.AlphaSoftware.com. The company’s blog is located at http://blog.AlphaSoftware.com.

PRESS RESOURCES

Review copies, reviewer’s guide, and training available to press and bloggers.
Press kit: http://www.AlphaPressKit.com

Web site: www.AlphaSoftware.com

Blog: http://blog.AlphaSoftware.com/

Contacts
Alpha Software
Press Contact:
Kate Ritchie, 610-642-8253, ext. 162
KateR@GregoryFCA.com

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