As you probably already know we launched Appery.io in April. One of the new things in this release is that our platform has been upgraded to jQuery Mobile version 1.3. You can always check the latest version by going to Project > App settings > External resources tab:
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.
Appery.io new HTML5 app builder has been the default builder for the past couple of weeks and we continue to update it with new features. One such feature is new Windows 8 support. In addition to jQuery Mobile/PhoneGap apps, you can now build Windows 8 apps with native support such as Snap View, Search Charm, Share Charm, and Live Tile.
To create a new Windows 8 app, click the “More create options” link from the Apps page and then select Windows 8 App as the app type. Try our Windows 8 app tutorial.
jQuery Mobile 1.2
We also upgraded to a much better jQuery Mobile version 1.2.
We also upgraded PhoneGap to version 2.2. This means Appery.io cloud build has also been upgraded to PhoneGap 1.2:
We are just a few weeks from official GA and want to get as much feedback as possible from you.
Any projects created before November 13, will continue to open in the old builder (Flash). You are probably wondering what’s going to happen to your old projects? At some point very soon they will be converted and will start opening in the new builder.
When creating a new app, click More create options:
then select Windows 8 project template:
this is how the new builder looks after creating a Windows 8 app (with some components on the screen):
Do keep in mind it’s still a beta so some features might now work yet.
We got some prety cool features and updates this week.
New Projects and Dashboard Pages
We got new Projects and Dashboard (old My Account) pages.
With the new Projects page, you got the list of projects and project details in one page. Project details are separated into different tabs — for easier navigation.
The new Dashboard page is informational dashboard into everything happening in Appery.io, your plan information, and more:
HTML5 app hosting in all plans, plus Standard plan gets unlimited pages
HTML5 app hosting is now included in every plan. Yes, even in the Free plan. Plus, the Standard plan now has unlimited pages (up from 10).
Appery.io Backend Services
Appery.io Backend Services are out of beta. You can check out the features and pricing. We got a pretty nice Free plan so definitely check it out. As for new features, we are working on Push and Server-side code.
Last month we released app builder-database integration. You can view the video how fast it is to add a database to your app:
We also upgraded to PhoneGap 2.0. All projects, old and new now get the new PhoneGap version 2.0.
Coming soon: new HTML5/JS builder beta
We have been working for the past couple of months on a really awesome new HTML5/JS builder. We are getting ready to launch the beta so you will be able to try it.
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:
We got some really cool stuff out this week. Check it out.
Better way to test your app
When you open the app builder you should see a new and very nice phone frame:
The old one was more Android-like. The new one is neither Android, iPhone or Windows Phone. Just a nice phone frame.
There is an upgraded test page:
You can use the new tool bar at the top to change the phone orientation as well as change the size:
That’s not all. We also now have an option to test the app without the mobile frame. In the Test pop-up, uncheck Show in mobile frame:
When you open the app, it won’t use the frame:
The frame looks nice in the browser, but technically speaking testing without the frame is better — as you are testing the actual app (just the app code, no frame). Of course when you run the app on your device, the frame is not there as well.
jQuery Mobile Multi-page Template
jQuery Mobile supports multi-page templates where two or more pages are placed inside the same file. You can now turn on this features in Appery.io app builder (it’s turn off by default). Go to Project > Project Profile:
Queries In Database Console
Appery.io Database comes with Queries support (docs) and now you can try the queries right from the collection console:
Showing products that cost more than $30 (or any other currency):
We upgraded to PhoneGap version 1.8.1. Every new and existing app will now use this new version of PhoneGap.