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Tags: v11

What's New in Version 11

Welcome to Alpha Five Version 11! If you thought we added a ton of functionality in Versions 10 and 10.5 plus the Feature Packs, you may have to recalibrate your notion of what defines a "ton of functionality". :-)

The good news is that all that new functionality vastly expands what you can accomplish with Alpha Five, improves your developer productivity, improves the appearance and polish of your applications, and increases their run-time speed. The bad news is that all that new functionality is also new to you, so you'll have to spend some time exploring, learning, and practicing.

Meanwhile, to go with the ton of new functionality, we've written a ton of documentation, developed a ton of samples, and recorded a ton of videos. After you've been through all that, you'll find a ton of helpful notes and links right in the development environment.

Overview

All the functionality listed below in the Contents section is a lot to go through, so let's organize it for you a bit.

Videos

Master list of V11 SWF videos(external link)
Alpha Software YouTube Channel(external link)

Desktop

  • An improved Quick Report Genie and a new Layout Table report allow the easy generation of reports in HTML and Excel. This includes the ability to create Linked Reports, which are even more useful than subreports.
  • Xbasic is now more powerful. Among other improvements, it has support for the .NET Framework and a more powerful Class syntax that supports data hiding.
  • Xdialog has been improved, with the biggest changes being the ability to incorporate HTML, Tabbed UIs, and Page Layouts into Xdialog windows to make stunning looking dialogs.
  • We have integrated Charts and added a Chart API. You can create charts based on .NET Framework charting. You can use integrated charts as a Component that also runs on the desktop, in Reports, and on desktop Forms.
  • A new Excel API allows you to directly create Excel files from Xbasic. This facility is utilized by the new Layout Table report.
  • We now give you the ability to use more Web components on the desktop. You can use Tabbed UIs, Page Layouts, the new Dialog component, and several other components in Desktop applications, not just Grid components. See Web Components that run on the desktop V11.
  • We support Geographic databases in a portable way, and have added a Google Map component. You can link a Google Map to a row in a Grid, use it as a Geographic Search control for a Grid, and display the geographic and other information from many rows of a Grid on a Map Alternate View. All of this works on the desktop as well as the Web.

Web

  • Xbasic is now more powerful. Among other improvements, it has support for the .NET Framework and a more powerful Class syntax that supports data hiding.
  • The Application Server has been made faster and more robust, and the process of making it compatible with Microsoft IIS at the API level has begun.
  • We have a new, vastly improved Style Builder and new, attractive Web component styles that take full advantage of CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) 3.
  • We support Geographic databases in a portable way, and have added a Google Map component. You can link a Google Map to a row in a Grid, use it as a Geographic Search control for a Grid, and display the geographic and other information from many rows of a Grid on a Map Alternate View.
  • An improved Quick Report Genie and a new Layout Table report allow the easy generation of reports in HTML and Excel. This includes the ability to create Linked Reports, which are even more useful than subreports.
  • We have integrated Charts and added a Chart API. You can create charts based on .NET Framework charting. You can use integrated charts as a Component, in Reports, and on desktop Forms.
  • We have a powerful new high-performance Dialog Component that supports repeating sections and optional Genie-assisted data binding.
  • We have a Video Player Component for HTML 5 and YouTube videos, an HTML 5 Image Gallery Component and a Calendar component.
  • We have Custom and User-defined Components that allow anyone with HTML, JavaScript, and Xbasic skills to write a component within a pre-defined framework that can easily integrate with Grids, Tabbed UIs, and other Alpha Five Components.
  • Our components now support iPhones, iPads, some Android phones and tablets, and some other mobile hardware with HTML 5/CSS 3 web browsers. As of July 15, 2011, iPhones and iPads are fully tested; only a few Android phones and tablets with Android 2.2 and later have been tested; other devices will be tested later in the development cycle. In the case of the Grid, there is support for multiple named layouts, so that the designer can optimize the Grid's appearance for a PC, a smart phone, and a tablet separately as part of a single Grid definition. There is also support for various mobile device capabilities, such as touch interfaces and geolocation, with iOS devices fully tested and some late-model Android devices tested.

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Created by mheller. Last Modification: Wednesday 02 of November, 2011 11:26:41 EDT by mheller.

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