Building simple, rich web applications still takes some programming effort, but Alpha Software's Alpha Five promises to let non-programmers tackle the effort quickly and without writing a single line of code. "Codeless Ajax," Alpha calls it. We put this to the test, asking if one of Alpha's development partners could build us a quick application in five minutes.You can watch a ReviewCam demonstration of this by selecting the "Play" button directly below.
Granted, it was a developer we were watching, and some of the reports were pre-built, but everything was done using drag and drop functionality. It's a bit too much for a typical business user, but a power user with enough technical knowledge to be able to point to database fields or records and think through forms-based designs can get an app running in no time.
Alpha connects to dozens of back end systems. It has been used to build quick applications for Haitian relief efforts, police station hiring and hotel management. The software costs around $500.
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