Appery.io is Now the Fastest Way to Build Mobile Apps for the Salesforce Platform
Beginning on November 18th, our team will be in attendance at Dreamforce ’13, the year’s biggest cloud computing event. Today, ahead of the event, we’re pleased to unveil key enhancements to our Appery.io platform, especially new capabilities that accelerate the development of mobile apps integrated with the Salesforce Platform. Today’s news significantly impacts the future of mobile app development as it further establishes Appery.io as the most complete and preferred solution for accelerating mobile innovation in the enterprise.
In a recent interview with CIO.com, Salesforce’s VP of Developer Relations, Adam Seligman, stated, “Our customers have embraced the cloud and social, and now they’re racing forward with mobile. We check our phones and use them 150 times a day, but the business apps haven’t shown up for the party. With Appery.io, everyone from business users to English majors – “citizen developers” – can build business apps quickly. In order to do this, business managers need more control over the development and management of mobile apps.” Read the rest of this entry »
The latest Appery.io update packs some really awesome updates and features. Check them out here.
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 »
We just released a number of really awesome features. Check them out!
Source Code Editing
Ever since we launched Appery.io our users have been asking if the generated app source can be edited without leaving the platform. Now the answer is yes. Any app files can be edited in the cloud without leaving the platform. Simple switch to the Source tab to start using this new features. We are planning to add more features to source editing. For now, once you start editing the source files, the changes will not be reflected in the visual view yet.
Source code editor for the same page:
Did you ever want to save a particular app version or roll back to a previous working version?? Now you can. We have introduced a new version feature. At any point you can quickly create an app version and continue development. At any point you can quickly roll back to any previous version of your app.
Salesforce API Plug-ins
We made it very simple to build mobile apps with Salesforce API with two new plug-ins:
Salesforce Contacts API Sample App
Salesforce oAuth API
Both plug-ins take care of connecting to Salesforce via oAuth2 so you can start using the API immediately. . The Contacts API Sample plug-in includes a ready-to-run app that allows viewing, and editing Salesforce contacts. Use the plug-ins to learn how to use Salesforce API or a starting point for your mobile app. View detailed documentation on how to import and use the plug-ins.
If you are building a mobile web app in Appery.io, you can instantly host the app (give it a URL). Here is how. When you create an app, the default type is Mobile App (hybrid app with Apache Cordova). To host the app, first switch its type to Mobile Web by clicking on Hosting tab:
Click Change project type to mobile web button. You will now be able to use an Appery.io domain (app_name.app.appery.io) or a custom domain that you already registered.
Click Publish and your app will be published on the URL specified in 2-4 minutes. It’s that simple.
We just added some really cool features to Appery.io Platform. Check them out!
New Source view
As we continue to make Appery.io Platform enterprise-level, just just added a Source view where you can see and open the actual files behind your app. Right now the files are opened as read-only but we are working on allowing you to modify them as well.
jQuery Mobile themes
We got all our custom themes back and you can also create new themes using the jQuery Mobile ThemeRoller tool. Simply create your theme in the tool, download and then upload to Appery.io. It’s that simple.
A very nice feature in Appery.io app builder is the ability to quickly build (package) your app for Android or iOS:
You can also easily export the app source for Android, iOS, and Windows Phone 7.
When you a get a binary (.ipa) file form Appery.io build service, it’s targeting iPhone 4 (we are working on complete iPhone 5/iOS 6 support). However, you can still build for iPhone 5/iOS 6 if you export the app source and build the app in xCode. Here is how to do it.
Export xCode project
Open the downloaded project in xCode 4.5
Change PhoneGapTemplate target settings: “Deployment Target” to 4.3
Change CordovaLib project settings: “Deployment Target” to 4.3
Change PhoneGapTemplate project settings: ”Architectures” to armv7
Change CordovaLib project settings: ”Architectures” to armv7
Build the project
Run it on the device or iPhone 6 simulator
You still need to manually create image Defaultfirstname.lastname@example.org (640 x 1136 pixels) and link it in XCode settings to your project. Thanks to Eric for this update.
When you build an HTML5/jQuery Mobile app in Appery.io, you can instantly host the app. Every plan gets hosting. Yes, even the Free plan.
Simply go to Hosting tab. You can use app-name.appery.io domain or a complete custom URL if you own a domain.
You can also publish the app right form the builder. If you don’t see that option, go to Hosting tab and convert the app to mobile web type (the default new app comes with PhoneGap. Such app cannot be published as it might be using native device features).
We just released some really awesome features in Appery.io!
App Builder Database Integration
In early July we launched Appery.io Database where you can store app data. Now we have launched database integration in our app builder. This means you can point to a specific database, select the collection(s) you want to use and automatically generate all the REST services. To create a services from database, select Create New > Database Services:
Next select the database:
Once the database is selected, you can select the services for which you want to generate REST services.
The first section creates REST services for User management.
The second section lists all the collections you have in current database. You can then select which actions (Create, Delete, etc) you would like to create for a particular collection:
When you click Import selected services button, the following REST services will be generated:
For example opening the service for creating a new message looks like this:
The request and response parameters are also generated. Here is a screen shot of request parameters to create a new messsage:
Isn’t this awesome?
We continue to add new features to Appery.io Backend Services by adding File API. You can now easily store files in the database. When you open any database, you will see a new Files tab:
Integration with Appery.io Database inside the app builder. When creating a new service, you will be able to point to any existing database collection that you created and auto-generate REST API services such as to display data, create data, or delete data.
Database: File storage API will allow to store files in the database.
Export/import of projects – our users have been asking for this for a long time.
Easier testing and installing: QR code on test page and on Android build page. Having the QR code on Android build page will allow you to install the app on your phone by simple scanning the code.
Easier project creation: create new app right from Apps page
Lastly, our very big new feature is our new HTML5 app builder we have been working on for a few months now. I’ll be posting information on it soon.