Building a mobile Todo app with Appery.io database and deploying to BitBalloon.com

Posted: February 19th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Database, HTML5 | Tags: , | Comments Off

This video shows how to build a mobile Todo app in Appery.io with cloud database and deploy the app to BitBalloon.com – a very nice and easy to use HTML5 hosting service.


What’s New in the Latest Appery.io Update

Posted: January 20th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: New release | Tags: | Comments Off

Update: Webinar on Wednesday, Jan. 29, to cover new features.

This past weekend we released a number of new features. This is a list of what’s new. We will be posting a lot more information on each feature later this week. This is a short list of all the new and awesome stuff:

  • Weinre remote debugging
  • Secure REST
  • Server code integration from inside the app builder — generate REST services for server code scripts
  • More information why the binary build might fail
  • Database batch operations
  • New UI components
  • iOS 7 theme and icons for binary build
  • Launch (splash screen) images for iOS and Android apps
  • Change account email address
  • Many bug fixes..

Stay tuned for a more detailed post coming later this week.


Webinar: Learn How To Build Mobile Apps with Appery.io

Posted: January 9th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Events, Webinar | Tags: , | Comments Off

Title: All about Appery.io – learn how to build mobile apps with Appery.io.

When: Wednesday, January 15, 2014 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

What: Max Katz introduces Appery.io in this comprehensive webinar. There will be plenty of time for questions, so bring lots of them! We will show you how to build the app UI, add database, add custom logic with server code and add send push messages.

Registerhttp://www.exadel.com/01152014Webinar


Appery.io in 2013

Posted: January 3rd, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: General | Tags: | Comments Off

2013 was a stellar year for the Appery.io platform!

The biggest event happened in April when we launched the Appery.io platform a (pronounced “Appery dot io”), as we transitioned from the Tiggzi app UI builder to a completely cloud-based mobile app platform for creating enterprise HTML5 and native mobile apps. The Appery.io platform provides both an app UI builder and integrated backend services (MBaaS)  including a cloud database, push notifications, and a server code facility.

Faster Mobile Development

To celebrate launching Appery.io, we participated in the famous TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon and Conference. The new Appery.io completely stole the show. Over 30 teams used the Appery.io platform to build mobile apps during the hackathon, the highest number for any platform or builder. Three teams, Bar Power (1st), Career Hound (2nd), and Waterlog (3rd), won Appery.io prizes. We were impressed with the innovation and quality of all the apps built in Appery.io. In fact,  other Appery.io apps won prizes from other sponsors, including prizes from Visa and AT&T!

After the amazing success at the TechCrunch Hackathon, we went on to add some really useful features. In addition to the already available cloud database and push notifications, we added the Server Code feature to Appery.io Backend Services. Server Code allows you to write any custom app logic and invoke it on the Appery.io server without the need to maintain any servers yourself. We also launched source-code editing right in the app builder and also app versioning — both features often requested by users.

In 2013, we partnered with three amazing companies: Salesforce, Heroku, and Mashery. In the summer, we published the Salesforce plug-in, which became the Salesforce Mobile Pack for Appery.io. The Mobile Pack makes it super fast and easy to build mobile apps with the Salesforce platform. While the Mobile Pack greatly simplifies app development, we wanted to make it even simpler. Just before the Salesforce Dreamforce conference in November, we launched Salesforce Integration. Right from inside the Appery.io app builder, you can browse all the Salesforce objects in your account and instantly generate services from them. (For more about the partnership with Salesforce, read this analysis.)

The Heroku partnership added a new HTML5 app publishing option. In addition to publishing the app to Appery.io’s own HTML5 app hosting, developers can now instantly publish their app to Heroku directly from the Appery.io dashboard.

As part of our partnership with the Mashery API network, we unveiled plug-ins for three Mashery-managed APIs: for ESPN, Aetna, and Best Buy (featured as a Mashery API Power Tool).  We followed this up with a joint webinar to discuss our partnership.

Other new features in 2013 were:

  • Simplified app collaboration
  • Push message filtering and scheduling
  • New UI themes
  • Appery.io Mobile Tester for iOS
  • New API plug-ins
  • Updates to jQuery Mobile and PhoneGap libraries
  • Ability to add any custom PhoneGap plug-in to your app

Appery.io = App UI Builder + Integrated MBaaS

2013 saw some consolidation in the MBaaS (Mobile Backend-as-a-Service) space. Parse was acquired by Facebook in April, and StackMob was acquired by PayPal in December. These were both pure MBaaS players. Over the same time, Appery.io emerged as a complete mobile platform that provides a visual app builder and integrated MBaaS. What’s important is the integration. While you can use any API-based backend, the integration between the app builder and Appery.io Backend Services is what makes Appery.io unique and delivers the most value. Probably the best summary of this was done by Ben Kepes. In his post Appery.io and More Mobile Development Democratization, he writes:

“Appery.io sees its point of difference from other MBaaS vendors in that it is offering a complete platform – core development tools, backend services and the ability to integrate third party services. In contrast the others, Kinvey, Parse and StackMob offer, in Appery.io’s view, a less complete offering. But unlike purely GUI based approaches, Appery.io also offers the ability to code in JavaScript to make more complex applications.”

Buzz

In other industry news, Appery.io was selected as one of the 10 best mobile platforms (Mashable). And, our CEO had this article published in Slashdot, Software-Development Tools Belong in the Browser. TechCrunch, Mashable, CIO, Forbes… The word has certainly been getting around about Appery.io. Hop over to our news page to keep up on all the latest media buzz over Appery.io.

Developer Outreach and Community

We attended quite a few developer events, such as conferences, hackathons, and trainings this year. We attended API Strategy and Practice conferences in New York and San Francisco, TechCrunch Distrupt in New York, jQuery Conference in Toronto, SXSW in Austin with Mashery, MobiCon, MoDev, and, of course, the very big Dreamforce. We participated in quite a few hackathons, too, with the AT&T Developer Program. We used Appery.io at AT&T DevLab trainings to build complete mobile apps with the AT&T SMS API. We also visited a good number of meetups and user groups from Los Angeles to New York.

Webinars

We hosted 12 live webinars in 2013. Simply go to our YouTube channel to view the webinars. We are planning many more in 2014.

Awards

We placed for two awards. We won a Mobile Merit Award for best Enterprise Product or Service. We were a finalist for a MobITs award in the category of “Applications and Platforms for Enterprise Extensions to Mobile.”

Appery.io 2014

No year in review would be complete without mentioning what’s planned for this year. Expect a lot more integration between the app UI builder and the backend services: database, push, server code. We are also adding a Secure REST feature to our back end. This will allow you to keep all the API keys on the server for privacy. Expect a new feature where you can generate app pages based on your database schema. This will allow you to create a simple app within seconds. And, of course, there will be new UI components such as Panel, and there will be upgrades to jQuery Mobile and PhoneGap. If there are any features you have in mind, please share your ideas with us on our forum.

Happy New Year from the Appery.io team and awesome mobile app building in 2014!


Test Your Mobile Apps Faster With Appery.io Tester for iOS (and Android)

Posted: December 20th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Android, Features, iOS, Testing | Tags: , , | Comments Off

One of the best ways to test your mobile app is on the device. This is a must if your app uses native (PhoneGap) API such as the Camera or the Barcode scanner. Installing the app on the device after every small update is very time consuming. That’s exactly why we built the Appery.io Tester app. It’s a very simple app that allows you to launch your native app and test any native APIs without needing to install it each time. We had the Android version for some time now and now we have also launched the iOS version.

Install the app on your device:

Install the iOS version.
Install the Android version

Once the app is installed, sign in with the same credentials as you use for http://appery.io and you will see a list of all your apps. Simply select the app you want to launch and start testing! This allows you quicly to test any native APIs used in the app. If you make any changes to the app (in Appery.io builder), simply relaunch the app to get the latest version. It’s that simple.

Appery_io_tester_ios

 

For more information about testing your app, please visit Testing your app in documentation.


Appery.io Adds Salesforce Integration and Much More – Check Out the Details

Posted: November 13th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Features, New release | Tags: , | Comments Off

The latest Appery.io update packs some really awesome updates and features. Check them out here.

Fast

Everything now runs much faster. You will see major speed improvements when you open pages, services or any other editors in the app builder. It’s simply much faster. And, we are not done. We have plans to make the platform a lot more faster. Read the rest of this entry »


1-Day Mobile Training: Learn How To Build HTML5/jQuery Mobile/PhoneGap Mobile App with AT&T APIs And Appery.io

Posted: September 13th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Events | Tags: | Comments Off

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Coming on the heels of a very successful DevLab by AT&T in Seattle, and DevLab AT&T Palo Alto, we will be heading to Plano, TX for another 1-day mobile training.

You are invited to attend the AT&T DevLab in Plano, Texas. The event, to be held at the AT&T Foundry, will be a day of hands-on learning, coding, and education focused on AT&T’s messaging and speech APIs. You will get in-depth experience with app building: learning how to add speech and messaging APIs to your own apps and how to use the Appery.io cloud-based rapid development platform to build an HTML5/jQuery Mobile/PhoneGap mobile app.

Register for this free event here. Space is limited and is for app developers currently working independently or with app-based companies. You will receive confirmation of your registration one week prior to the event with full details and an agenda.

Here is what you can expect from the day:

  • API Lab exercises & coding – (Speech API, SMS, In-App Messaging, Appery.io rapid app development)
  • AT&T Subject Matter Experts
    • Michael Pacholec, Developer and Platform Evangelism, AT&T
    • Richard Harrington, Architect AT&T API Realization
    • Max Katz, Developer Evangelism, Appery.io
  • Food and beverages provided
  • Networking with AT&T decision makers and your fellow developers

EVENT DETAILS
Date: Sept. 26th
Time: 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Place: AT&T Foundry – Plano, TX ( 2900 W. Plano Pkwy)
Registerhttps://attdevlabplano.eventbrite.com/


Appery.io Upgrades With Improved Collaboration, New Carousel Component, Instant Publishing to Heroku and More

Posted: September 4th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: New release | Tags: | Comments Off

We recently updated Appery.io with a number of new features and update. We would like to tell you what’s new in this post.

Before we start, don’t forget to register for our joint webinar with Salesforce: Rapid Mobile Application Development using the Appery.io Mobile Pack and Salesforce.com

Simplified platform UI and navigation

The moment you sign you, you will see a much simpler way to navigate between core platform components: apps, databases, push notifications, server code, and plugins:

platform_ui

Once you select an app, all app actions such as editing, versioning, sharing and hosting are now on the same page:

platform_ui_app

New and simplified database page. The built-in Users and Files collections together with custom collections are shown on the same page:

platform_ui_database

Inside the builder you will find simple and easy access to backend services:

platform_ui_builder

Improved collaboration

Improved collaboration features now make it even simpler to work on an app with remote developers. A new panel inside the builder shows the current developers working on the app:

share_active_users

The Notifications panels display actions performed by developers currently editing the app:

share_notifications

You can also now easily know how is currently editing the app without opening it:

share_app_page

Instant Heroku publishing

Appery.io supported HTML5 app hosting (on Appery.io domain or custom domain) for along time and now you get even more options. You can now instantly deploy your app HTML5 mobile app to Heroku. Simpley select Heroku hosting tab, sign in and publish the current Appery.io to any existing Heroku app. You can also create a new Heroku app right from Appery.io:

heroku_hosting

One app type to simplify development

To simplify development, we now have only one app type. You can decide to publish the app as mobile web app or use native APIs and build for Android or iOS You no longer need switch app types.

Better access to device APIs

To allow more robust access to native device APIs, we have upgraded to PhoneGap version 2.9.

New Carousel component and updated HTML component

We rebuilt the Carousel component from the ground up. It is now better and works faster.

The updated HTML component is the old Panel component. The new name makes it easier to understand that you can write any custom HTML/JavaScript/CSS. This gives you power and allows to customize the app as much as you need.

Appery.io is now running faster

We didn’t like it either but once or twice things got really slow in the past month. We made a number of significant infrastructure updates, including database upgrade to make things run much faster. We are not done. We are working on other ways to make the platform run even faster.

As always, if you have any questions, feedback or just want to say hello email us at support@appery.io, post something on our forum or ping us on Twitter.

 


Webinar: Rapid Mobile Application Development Using the Appery.io Mobile Pack and Salesforce.com

Posted: September 4th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Events | Tags: | Comments Off

Dave Carroll (Director of Developer Evangelism, Salesforce.com) and Max Katz (Head of Appery.io Developer Relations, Exadel) explain how the Appery.io Mobile Pack enables you to rapidly create mobile apps integrated with the Salesforce Platform and show how you can build your own apps like this.

What:
Rapid Mobile App Development Using the Appery.io Mobile Pack and Salesforce.com

When:
Tuesday, September 10, 11:00AM Pacific Time

Register
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6003395412672898816


We Are Adding New Features – Note Maintenance Period Tonight [Completed]

Posted: August 21st, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: New release | Tags: | Comments Off

Update: we have completed the upgrade. Stay tuned for a blog post on new features. 

We’re excited to be releasing some key enhancements to Appery.io tomorrow and want you to be aware of the required down time.  The new features include:

  • New collaboration features
  • Automatic publishing to Heroku
  • Improved performance
  • PhoneGap update
  • One project type – to simplify development
  • Simplified and unified platform UI updates

Please stay tuned for a new post with more detail on these.

Please Note:

Because of a required emergency database upgrade, this update will require a longer than usual downtime.   We anticipate that the system will be unavailable for 3 to 4 hours starting at 01:30 Pacific Time, August 22, 2013.  We apologize in advance for this unplanned outage.

If you have any questions, as usual, please contact us at support@appery.io