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  • Alpha Anywhere Documentation

    I'm just starting to develop in version 12, after having done a bunch of development in 11 over the last few years. I was, and am, excited about all of the new features and capabilities of v. 12, but when I start looking for updated documentation I found out that there doesn't appear to be any. There are some videos, which are great for getting an overview, but terrible for learning (due to their serial, non-random-access nature and lack of bookmarks.) Documentation Wiki doesn't appear to have anything about 12, not even a "what's new" -section.

    How do you propose someone like me to start developing mobile apps with version 12 under these circumstances?

    Thanks!

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    Re: Alpha Anywhere Documentation

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RI_60Tyi08A

    Hope that helps.

    -Mike
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    • #3
      Re: Alpha Anywhere Documentation

      Excellent, thanks! This is a great video to get one started.

      As much as I like A5 as a development environment, I'm still rather astonished that there is no thorough documentation and a well organized help system. The Wiki is a poor substitute and leaves a LOT to be desired. Without a searchable, "random access" help system there is way too much trial and error going on in my development. Videos can never substitute for a good help system/documentation, no matter how good they are, because stuff flies by too fast in a video, and trying to find something later on that was explained in the middle of a video is an aggravating and a very time consuming task. Having bookmarks in a video could help, but it still wouldn't replace written documentation because videos, individually or together, don't have a searchable index or table of contents.

      I sure hope Alpha will pay attention to this glaring omission and assign somebody to write up a decent help system with topic hierarchies, entries for each function, command, and PEM, full XBASIC documentation, full sections covering PhoneGap integration from A to Z, continuous integration topics, most important JavaScript topics for A5 developers, NodeJS integration tutorials, development tutorials, examples, best practices, etc. Documentation covering a dynamically evolving system like A5 is not a one-shot deal, so the person/persons responsible for documentation would need to stay on top of new features, deprecated items, etc. and integrate those topics into each new version. This would finally round out this otherwise excellent development system.

      Just sayin'.


      Originally posted by mikeallenbrown View Post

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        Re: Alpha Anywhere Documentation

        Originally posted by nlights View Post
        Excellent, thanks! This is a great video to get one started.

        As much as I like A5 as a development environment, I'm still rather astonished that there is no thorough documentation and a well organized help system. The Wiki is a poor substitute and leaves a LOT to be desired. Without a searchable, "random access" help system there is way too much trial and error going on in my development. Videos can never substitute for a good help system/documentation, no matter how good they are, because stuff flies by too fast in a video, and trying to find something later on that was explained in the middle of a video is an aggravating and a very time consuming task. Having bookmarks in a video could help, but it still wouldn't replace written documentation because videos, individually or together, don't have a searchable index or table of contents.

        I sure hope Alpha will pay attention to this glaring omission and assign somebody to write up a decent help system with topic hierarchies, entries for each function, command, and PEM, full XBASIC documentation, full sections covering PhoneGap integration from A to Z, continuous integration topics, most important JavaScript topics for A5 developers, NodeJS integration tutorials, development tutorials, examples, best practices, etc. Documentation covering a dynamically evolving system like A5 is not a one-shot deal, so the person/persons responsible for documentation would need to stay on top of new features, deprecated items, etc. and integrate those topics into each new version. This would finally round out this otherwise excellent development system.

        Just sayin'.
        This is an area that we are working on!

        I understand the distinction between videos and written doc

        but are you aware of videos.alphasoftware.com which is fast way to access video documenation and also recordings of the webinars we have done and will continue to do for Alpha Anywhere
        Richard Rabins
        Co Chairman
        Alpha Software

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          Re: Alpha Anywhere Documentation

          I am very glad to watch those webinars - and glad to see them posted. I got confused the first time I wanted to attend by the fact that I am in the Central time zone so I showed up late instead of early as I had wished - BUT was glad to know they were available - thank you.
          NOW, if you guys would just post a video tutorial on some ways to do some record level security, that would be GREAT!
          I know in some PHP apps that interact with a mysql all you have to do is check a box to filter records by user, meaning whoever entered them as well as by groups.

          So if I had a user that was part of company A, he could see only records belonging to company A filtered by group permissions as well - and another user belonging to company B would only see records pertaining to company B - ad etc.

          - wish list -

          At any rate - having fun and glad you guys at Alpha do what you do, look forward to the next release...
          NWCOPRO: Nuisance Wildlife Control Software My Application: http://www.nwcopro.com "Without forgetting, we would have no memory at all...now what was I saying?"

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            Re: Alpha Anywhere Documentation

            Glad to hear it. I've been compl... I mean, talking about this for a few years already. Hopefully you'll get a proper documentation done sooner rather than later.

            I'll check the videos and webinars for sure. And like I said, the videos are, by and large, very well done and quite helpful.

            Pertti

            Originally posted by Richard Rabins View Post
            This is an area that we are working on!

            I understand the distinction between videos and written doc

            but are you aware of videos.alphasoftware.com which is fast way to access video documenation and also recordings of the webinars we have done and will continue to do for Alpha Anywhere

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