Building Mobile Apps With the Appery.io Development Platform and Orchestrate Database

Posted: August 11th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: API, Database, Enterprise | Tags: , , | Comments Off

Gone are the days when you could afford to take months to build an enterprise mobile app. In today’s fast market, you need to be able to prototype the app in a few days (or even hours), release the first version in a few weeks, get feedback, fix bugs, release the second version. Repeat.

To help you meet this challenge, Appery.io and Orchestrate have collaborated to create this step-by-step tutorial on just how fast you can build a real mobile app. The app is built in the Appery.io visual development platform, connected to an Orchestrate database via REST APIs, tested, and deployed. (If you’re new to Appery.io you can start with the Building your first mobile app tutorial.)

In addition, Appery.io and Orchestrate will hold a joint webinar titled “Building Enterprise Mobile Apps Fast with the Orchestrate Database and Appery.io Development Platform” covering this material on September 11 at 10:00am Pacific time. Register now!

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Mobile first? Or, API first? Join our webinar with SOA Software.

Posted: August 6th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: API, Events, Partner, Webinar | Comments Off

Appery.io and SOA Software have collaborated on an end-to-end solution to the “mobile first” vs. “API first” question—an integrated experience that covers everything from exposing and managing APIs to building entire cross-platform apps.

This integrated platform streamlines development, decreasing time-to-market and increasing developer adoption.

Join Appery.io’s Max Katz, and SOA Software’s Ryan Bagnulo on Tuesday, August 26th at 10 AM Pacific for a joint webinar to learn more about the new integrated mobile development and API management solution.

In the webinar, you’ll learn about the real-world challenges and obstacles of creating and using APIs and cross-platform mobile apps and the benefits of using an integrated API management and mobile development environment.

You will also be introduced to the platform and see it’s benefits; the webinar will feature a live demonstration of from-scratch mobile app development using a cloud-based API management platform.

Register now!


Upcoming Pricing Update – Consider Subscribing at Today’s Price!

Posted: July 25th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: General, Subscription | Tags: | Comments Off

On August 10 we’re going to update our Standard plan pricing to make it more attractive for Standard plan customers to select an annual subscription. Although higher, the new pricing will offer a much increased discount when choosing an annual subscription over the monthly option. No other plan will be affected.  We are grandfathering all existing standard plan subscriptions, so if you are a current Standard plan customer before August 10, your price will not change, unless you make a change to your subscription. Read the rest of this entry »


Appery.io July Update: New Features in App Builder, Database, Server Code and Much More

Posted: July 22nd, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Features, New release | Tags: , | Comments Off

The Appery.io team just released a number of really nice features. Learn about what’s new in this post.

App Builder improvements

New jQuery Mobile Popup component

The new jQuery Mobile Popup component gives you more power to build app UI.  The component can be used to notify the user to confirm an action, or just display any important information.

ui_component

More List options

We added a number of properties to the list to simplify UI building. For instance, it is now easy to make the list read-only.

list_component

We also added the ability to manage the list items order. You can do this by using the Index property in the Properties panel:

list_items_order

A better way to select icons

Everyone likes icons, and there is now a better way to select one. If the component supports an icon (List, Button etc.), the Icon property will be available:

icon

By clicking “Choose,” the icons list will appear:

icon_list

This is much more fun as you can see the actual icon.

Cloud database improvements

The Appery.io cloud database got a number of very useful upgrades.

Indexes management

By adding the ability to manage database indexes, we allow you speed up the frequently used queries. It’s a good thing to use when transferring a lot of data between the devices and Appery.io backend:

collection_indexes

To reduce data transfer and speed up the app, use the MongoDB Projection concept that the Appery.io database now supports. By using Projection, you can selectively retrieve columns from the database without the need to transfer excess data (columns). This will decrease the data being sent to the client (app), and also increase app responsiveness.

New ACL editor – for simplified database access rights

User access control is  now more flexible with the new ACL editor. You can specify access rights for each user separately, for all users at once, or just for the user that created a specific collection entry:

users_acl

The Appery.io database now supports the Media Manager that helps manage files. You can upload and delete any sort of files directly from the database console by using it:

database_config_uploaded

API updates

It’s now possible to get a file list based on the Files collection content and provided ACL for every file (you can of course control user access rights for files too).

Database versioning for more peace of mind

It’s always a good idea to make a backup of your database. With the new database versioning features, you can create versions (backups) of the database and restore to a particular version instantly:

db_versions

Server Code improvements

To make development and testing faster, we combined the Script tab and Test tab into a single page. You can now quickly test the script and see the execution result without the need to switch tabs:

server_code

API update

The Server Code API was upgraded with a new service – multiUpdateObject. By using it, you can update multiple objects via a single REST service. See the Server Code API to learn what functionality can be used on the Appery.io server side.

Customer Console improvements

Customer Console is a great way to create a development process where a customer can manage databases and push notifications without the developer attention. The Customer Console adds the following new features:

  • Export/import database data in JSON or CSV formats.
  • Schedule push notifications.

customer_console

Push improvements

To simplify working with Push, we have moved the Push tab together with the app. So now it’s a lot simpler; with every app, you can enable its own push capability: 

pn_app_console

If you new to Appery.io Push Notifications, we recommend starting with this tutorial.

App exporting improvements

Now, when the app is exported from the Appery.io with “Release” checkbox checked, JavaScript files will be minified. This option works for all binary exports and reduces the final binary size. Head to the Exporting the app section if you want to know more about Appery.io app exporting possibilities.

With every new Appery.io update, our goal is to make app development faster and simpler in the cloud.

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July Update Release Notes

Posted: July 21st, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Features, General, New release | Tags: , , | Comments Off

We pushed a number of really nice features over the weekend. Check out the release notes and what’s new. A full blog post is coming up shortly.


Maintenance on Sunday July 20

Posted: July 18th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: General, Maintenance | Comments Off

Please note that we will be upgrading Appery.io with new features on Sunday July 20, starting at 12:00 AM PST (midnight on Saturday night).  The following services will be temporarily unavailable:

  • The App Builder (development environment) will be unavailable for about 6 hours, from 12:00 AM until about 6 AM PST.
  • The Backend Services (Cloud Database, Push Notifications, Server Code) service will be unavailable for about 3 hours, from 12:00 AM until about 3:00 AM PST)

We apologize for the inconvenience.  If you have questions, please contact us at support@appery.io via the support forum.


Video: Appery.io Complete Feature Overview

Posted: July 11th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Events, Video, Webinar | Tags: , , | Comments Off

This video shows all the major and minor Appery.io features. The video covers:

  • App Builder
  • Database
  • Push
  • Server Code
  • Creating mobile app UI
  • Setting up a REST service
  • Binding REST service to a page
  • Packaging for iOS, Android, or Windows Phone
  • Publishing as HTML5
  • Creating plugins
  • and much more


AT&T Bootstrap Live Tutorial: Building a Complete Mobile App in Appery.io Development Platform

Posted: July 11th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Events, Webinar | Tags: , | Comments Off

What

Join us for this Bootstrap Tutorial to learn about Appery.io Cloud Development Platform. Appery.io is the only cloud-based platform with visual development tools and integrated backend services. In this live coding session you will learn how to build a complete mobile app with Appery.io. We will create the app UI, add a cloud database, push notifications, and use REST APIs. We will then package the app for iOS, Android, or Windows Phone.

When

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 11:00 am, Pacific Daylight Time

Attend

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Learn How to Build a Complete HTML5/PhoneGap App with the Appery.io in Atlanta

Posted: July 11th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Events | Tags: | Comments Off

Appery.io will be in Atlanta to show how to build a complete HTML5/PhoneGap App with Appery.io. The event is sponsored by Atlanta HTML5 User Group and Atlanta Mobile Developers Group. Hope to see you there.

What

Learn how to build a complete mobile app with the Appery.io cloud platform. We will build the mobile app UI with HTML5/jQuery Mobile using visual drag and drop builder. Connect to backend services, and to 3rd party APIs. Use Apache Cordova (PhoneGap) for native device features, build/deploy the app. This is a live coding session where attendees will be able to test the app as it’s being built.

When

July 16, 6:30pm

Where

AT&T Foundry Innovation Center (map)
75 5th St. NW, Suite 110, Atlanta, GA

Win prizes

We’ll be doing a couple of raffles at this meetup:
1) Google Chromecast
2) 3 X Appery.io premium subscriptions


Appery.io and Auth0 Join Forces To Simplify Mobile App Development With Identity Management

Posted: July 2nd, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: API, Articles, Events, Features, Partner, Plugin | Tags: , , , , , , | Comments Off

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Building mobile apps with identity management wasn’t simple, until now. Auth0, a cloud service that eliminates the friction of identity for your app, and Appery.io, the only cloud platform with visual development tools and integrated backend services, are collaborating to make this happen. With the jointly created Appery.io Auth0 plugin, you can simplify identity management integration for your app, and this post will show you how.

Register for the Appery.io and Auth0 joint webinar on August 6, 2014 at 11:00 AM PT

Building Secure Mobile Apps in the Cloud with Appery.io and Auth0 Identity Management

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Appery.io Platform

Appery.io is the only cloud-based platform with visual development tools and integrated backend services. Appery.io provides a powerful visual environment to build HTML5 and hybrid mobile apps connected to any API.

The Appery.io platform provides the following core features:

  • Build HTML5 mobile apps and hybrid apps for iOS, Android, and Windows Phone.
  • Drag and drop visual app builder for quickly building the app UI, with Source view for customizing the UI with any code.
  • Connect to any cloud API service, and bind the service to the page via a visual binding editor.
  • Integrated backend services that include: cloud database, push notifications, and server code.
  • HTML5 app hosting.
  • Fast testing in-browser, and on device via Appery.io Mobile Tester app.
  • Collection of plugins that provide fast integration with popular API providers.

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