Platform Upgrade: The Release of Ionic 4 App Builder!

Posted: November 12th, 2019Author:

We’re happy to announce that our Ionic 4 App builder is now a main production-ready solution for building mobile apps in Appery.io!

Roadmap: our team is working on documentation, templates and Apps samples which we’ll post shortly on our docs site here: https://docs.appery.io/

Meanwhile please check out our tutorials section: https://docs.appery.io/docs/samples-overview#section-trending

From now on we’re removing Ionic 3 from Appery.io but if you have created the App and published it you can still be able to use it. But we highly suggest re-build the App for Ionic 4 version in our platform.

Meet Our November 2019 Release

Posted: November 4th, 2019Author:

It’s only been a month since Ionic Angular was updated to the 4.10.0 version, but we are already out with an updated Appery.io Ionic 4 version!

Events

In our updated Ionic 4 apps, we now support more events for certain components.

Page component

  • The ionViewWillEnter event runs when the page is about to enter and become active

Image component

  • The ionImgWillLoad event is emitted when img src has been set
  • The ionError event is emitted when img fails to load

Also, support for these mouse events was added to the GoogleMapMarker, and GoogleMapWindow components:

  • Click
  • Mouse over
  • Mouse leave

Mapping

Now you can use mapping for your models defined within an app:

Storages

We have also added support for Storages. This will allow developers to define typed storage variables and use them in mapping.

Simpler Coding

And last but not least: There is no longer any need to add service include and service injection on a screen or in a custom code anymore. Just add a plug-in in App Settings under the Core Cordova plugins tab and use it from Apperyio.native helper.

Check Out Our New Ionic 4 Tutorials

Posted: October 21st, 2019Author:

Recently we rolled out a new Google Maps Tutorial for Appery.io’s Ionic 4 Builder. But, today, the Appery.io team can offer more help for our valued users to get the most out of Ionic 4! We have always tried to make developing with our platform as easy as possible, and, this time, we do so by presenting two more step-by-step tutorials on building with Ionic 4:

Ionic 4 ngx-translate Tutorial

The first tutorial will guide you through the process of creating an app using the ngx-translate third-party internationalization (i18n) library to build a spectacular multilingual application:

Ionic 4 SweetAlert2 Tutorial

The second tutorial will help you add the SweetAlert2 external module to display modal windows in your Ionic 4 app:


Both of these topics have often been requested as tutorial subjects, so we look forward to seeing a lot more implementations in Appery.io apps. We also hope our tutorials help you build up a broader understanding of how everything works with Appery.io backed up by Ionic 4 features.

Quick Note: Issues on iOS 13 Devices

Posted: October 18th, 2019Author:

Recently, we’ve noticed quite a few comments about appery.io apps not working properly on iOS 13 devices. The underlying reason is that we use Cordova APIs for apps developed for installation on native devices. And, iOS 13 isn’t officially supported by Cordova yet, so it’s possible appery.io apps on iOS 13 devices might have problems.

Rest assured, as soon as Cordova releases a version with iOS 13 support, we will take care of the necessary updating as soon as possible. (Or, if necessary, we will provide our own temporary fix.)

Thank you for your understanding!


Please check for more details in the Appery.io device and browser support policy.

Learn How to Use the Google Map Component in an Ionic 4 App

Posted: October 10th, 2019Author:

We have some good news for Appery.io users. Another tutorial on Ionic 4 has arrived!

You should have already seen that Appery.io offers an Ionic 4 Google Map component. In this new tutorial, follow step-by-step how to use this component in creating an Ionic 4 app with the Geolocation service to show current coordinates on a map. (Google Maps API key required.) Working with this component is easy. Simply drag it to the page, configure it via the PROPERTIES panel like any other UI component, and then use it with the Google Maps API via JavaScript.

An Introduction to Appery.io’s Ionic 4 App Builder

Posted: October 7th, 2019Author:

We have have prepared an introductory tutorial for our Ionic 4 app builder that shows how to create a simple todo list app that displays a list of data from a cloud database communicating with the database via a REST API. Hop on over now to the tutorial on our documentation site.

Example of screen from the tutorial

Codeless Ionic Support for Appery.io Available

Posted: September 23rd, 2019Author:

As promised, we have rolled out codeless support for Ionic 4 Appery.io by adding an Events panel and a Mapping service. This way Ionic 4 will be as simple to use in Appery.io as JQM!

 

 

Check out this tutorial on using the new features to build a to-do app.

A Brief Note on Updates to Cordova Versions

Posted: August 30th, 2019Author:

We have updated our Cordova versions for iOS 5.0.1 and Android 8.0.0. And we recommend that you update your App Libraries version to the higher version.

Libraries version

Also, for Android platform we highly recommend you use higher minimum and target SDK versionx for modern Android devices.

Android binary

A Quick General Guide to App Management

Posted: August 15th, 2019Author:

In this post, we cover some features for app management in Appery,io, Many new Appery.io customers will find the answers to frequently asked questions like:

Can I make sure that my application and data are saved securely?
Is it possible to keep my project/database/server code, etc. for future use?
How can I manage my apps/databases/Server Code/API Express data efficiently?

And who knows—this post might also be helpful for some users that have been with Appery.io for some time already. 🙂

Making Project Backups

So, good news. All of your Appery.io projects can be easily saved. You can create a backup of any existing app and restore it later or even transfer it to another account if necessary.

By making a backup of an app you can save all the created pages with their UI and services, enabled plugins, libraries versions, keys and binaries, themes, JavaScript, CSS, etc. The structure of the application also remains unchanged. Sounds great, doesn’t it?

And all you need to do is to select an app under the Apps tab, go to the General tab and click Backup:

 

 

A new window opens allowing you to select where you would like to save your backup.

IMPORTANT: If you need to create a backup of the database for further use together with your app, you will have to save it separately by exporting its data to JSON or CSV (check below for how to do it) and all of the databases connections will need to be recreated. The same applies to API Express projects and Server Code.

We also recommend saving all custom generated data like Apple provisioning profiles or those involving 3rd party Push notification providers like Firebase Cloud Messaging(FCM) and legacy Google Cloud Messaging (GCM) since it cannot be saved in backups either.

Under the Apps tab, you can also create backups of the plug-ins you have:

 

 

Creating App Versions

It’s a good idea as well to make app versions as you go along during your development so that you can more easily experimenting with your project.

Later, you will be able to go the General tab, scroll down to the Versions section, restore the necessary app version and create another backup if needed.

Working with Databases

Another piece of good news is that you are also free to copy the current database instance as saved version. To create a new database version, under the Databases tab, open the Versions tab and click New Version. The process will be initiated and when the version copy is ready, you will be notified with am “Appery DB operation completed” email signifying that your database version has been successfully created and can be accessed from the Databases list under your Appery.io account:

 

 

Moreover, when you switch to the Settings tab, you will be able to:

  • Rename the database
  • Delete the database
  • Clone the database
  • Export all database data to JSON or CSV.

The last two options can also be used to keep your database safe for future use which is a great option to take into consideration:

 

Managing Server Code Scripts

Working with server codes is organized under the corresponding Server Code tab. Select the code you would like to manage from the Scripts list in your App Builder and select the needed option. This would be Load from file to upload the previously saved or prepared script or Download to save the script for future use:

 

Similarly, you can organize your libraries: under the Server Code tab, scroll down to the Libraries section, select the library, and click Load from file (to upload the previously saved or prepared library) or Download (to save the library for future use):

 

You can also delete or clone Server Code scripts or libraries of your choice. To do this, go to the Server Code tab, open the Settings tab of the needed resource, and select the necessary option:

Exporting API Express backups

Similarly, the Settings tab under the API Express tab provides the option of exporting backups of your selected API Express projects along with the basic options of editing and deleting them:

 

Now, meet the last but not the least great backup feature: with Appery.io, not only creating API Express projects backups is possible: you can easily create a backup of any database connection you might need.

To make use of this feature, scroll down to the Database connections section under the API Express tab, select the connection to be exported, switch to the Settings tab, and click Export backup:

 

 

IMPORTANT: Please be aware that this option allows the creation of database connection backups independently, so, to run correctly, they will have to be recreated and linked to your new project from scratch!

Importing Backups or Saved Data Back

Importing backups and other saved data is even easier. Just select the appropriate tab (Apps, Databases, Server Code, or API Express) and click the green button Create new … In the new window, choose the previously saved backup file to be imported, name it, and hit Create. You will need to wait a bit and then… Congratulations! You’re done!

IMPORTANT: Please be aware that you will need to make backups under the corresponding tabs and import them back under the same tabs.

Check below how to create a new app from backup:

 

When creating a script you can select whether you would like to upload a previously saved file (click Load from file) or use one of the ready-to-go snippets created to simplify the development process (select the snippet you need and click insert to add it to the code). Then, save:

 

 

Now, if you switch to the Plugins tab, you will be able to create scripts from the out-of-the-box plug-ins list. All you need to do is to click import and check the plug-in added to the Scripts list:

 

 

That wasn’t hard, was it? But if it was …

We Are Here to Help

Please remember, if you experience problems with creating backups or saving your data or any other issues with your first (or second or third, etc.) app, you are always welcome to ask for help. Our friendly Appery.io email support (submit your ticket from inside the App Builder by clicking the Get Help button in the upper right corner) and Appery.io forum community are here to assist you. Find more information about how you can get help and advice about other great Appery.io services here.

A Great Platform Update Announcement for August!

Posted: August 13th, 2019Author:

In a few weeks, we are planning to roll out a new release with a couple of awesome features for Ionic 4! Code-less features to be exact. We will add an Events panel and a Mapping service. This means that Ionic 4 will be as simple to use in Appery.io as JQM!

 

 

 

Check out our documentation updates and new tutorials soon. Become a part of the most powerful framework, soon to be the most popular.