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Showing posts with label Singapore. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Singapore. Show all posts

Friday, July 08, 2011

Alpha Five Version 11 Feature Peek #15: Customizing the grid builder for international developers

With international offices in Singapore, South Africa, the U.S., the U.K., Poland, and Abu Dhabi, it's safe to say that Alpha Five has developers all over the world.

In fact, back in January I noticed that our website traffic came from all over the world! So while we were working on Alpha Five Version 11, we kept in mind that many of our developers spoke different languages.

Although our grid builder has always allowed our users to set their own default properties, those properties were only activated when creating a new grid. In Version 11, the default properties will always be used -- even if you use a template. This makes it much, much easier to customize the grid builder for our developers whose native language is not English.

To change the language of a grid, head to the grid builder and click on "options," just like always. But this time, you'll see a new choice in the drop-down menu labeled, "set default properties." When it's selected, you'll get a full window showing the default property values, and have the option of either defining the default property values yourself, or making changes to the predetermined system default property values.

Once you've laid out the properties in whatever language you've chosen, head over to make your grid, and activate it with your customized properties. Make sure to turn on the working preview so that you know the language has been changed.

And voila! Successone! Ai caramba! Wunderbar! Click on the video below to find out how you can create a new grid that speaks a brand new language.

Grid component builder for international developers 

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Alpha Five's multilingual support is paying off

It's that time of the year when we at look stats, reports, pie charts, you name it, to see what worked well for Alpha Software in 2010. Some people might feel overwhelmed by this data, but I love picking it apart and diving into what the numbers really mean.

By doing this, I discovered an interesting fact about Alpha Five customers -- they're all over the place! When I was reviewing where traffic was coming from on Alpha Software's website, I was happy to see that a lot of developers overseas were finding their way to our home page.

Out of all the visitors to our website, 66.8 percent are from the U.S., while 10.2 percent are from the U.K. The remaining 23 percent came from Canada, Australia, India, South Africa, Philippines, Netherlands, and Italy.

I was pleasantly surprised at how diverse our users are, yet I can't say I was shocked. Alpha Software does have offices in the U.K., Abu Dhabi, Singapore, Poland, and South Africa. So our reach has always extended far beyond our Burlington, Mass. office. However, maybe this uptick in international users is due to our enhanced multilingual support. ;)

Thanks to our home and international customer base! Salamat, grazie, dankie, and dank u!

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