Video: Everything You Need to Know to Run and Test Your Hybrid App Fast

Posted: September 29th, 2015Author:

This short video shows how to run and test your hybrid app without going through the app store.

In this video you will learn:

  • How to extend your app with plugins
  • How to add a plugin that uploads a photo to a database
  • How to run and test the app using the Tester app for iOS or Android
  • How to do remote debugging with Weinre
  • How to share your app with anyone without the app store — even if they don’t have an account

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Upcoming Changes to the Old App Builder Only

Posted: September 25th, 2015Author:

If you signed up for before September 2014, you might have used our old App Builder. If your app uses the old App Builder, then you will see a message like this:

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Upgrade message if your app uses the old App Builder

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Here Is a Super Fast Way to Test Your Mobile App

Posted: September 25th, 2015Author:

When you are building a mobile app in, you are starting with HTML/JavaScript app which then can be packaged as a Cordova (PhoneGap) app, published and installed on a device. You can also use any Cordova APIs in your app and add any 3rd party Cordova plugins.

Everyone knows that testing is one of the most important steps when building a mobile app and also the part that usually takes the most time. Luckily there is a very fast way you can test your app, and I’ll show you how to do it.

When you are working on an app inside the App Builder, you are seconds away from testing your app. Simply click the “Test” button in the toolbar:


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When you click the “Test” button, a new browser tab will open where the app will be loaded. It looks like this:

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Quickly Fix the AngularJS WebView iOS 9 Issue with a New Plug-in

Posted: September 22nd, 2015Author:

Last week we blogged about an AngularJS issue that breaks some APIs when you upgrade to iOS 9. We showed you how to create a patch. Today, we have added a plug-in that makes fixing this even faster and simpler. Import the plug-in, and you’re done. I’ll show you how to do that.

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How to Fix the iOS 9 AngularJS UIWebView Issue

Posted: September 18th, 2015Author:

If your users upgrade their Apple device to iOS 9, you could run into a problem when working with the window.location API. The Ionic team found this issue (thank you) and posted a workaround with this patch. Adding this patch to an Ionic (or Bootstrap) app is very simple. Let me show you how.

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Upcoming Changes to App Versioning

Posted: August 14th, 2015Author:


We told you about upcoming versioning changes in our July 2015 newsletter. We want to make sure everyone is aware of the upcoming changes so we are posting them on our blog as well. We want every plan to enjoy this feature, but, at the same time, we want to make sure platform resources are used optimally. To balance these two goals, we are introducing a limit to the number of versions for an app, a limit that will vary depending on your plan. This change will happen on September 7, 2015.

The following version limits will be used:

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Building a Native App with Ionic, AngularJS, and

Posted: August 6th, 2015Author:

For years, developers had to make a choice: build a single hybrid app with a so-so user experience, or build a native app for each platform with a great user experience. Developers don’t have to make this choice anymore. By integrating the Ionic SDK into, developers can build enterprise HTML5/hybrid apps on a single code base that offer a native experience across all platforms. The platform’s visual tooling lowers the skills barrier, empowering a broader base of developers and business analysts to create effective and intuitive mobile applications.

In this tutorial, you will use the platform to build a mobile app. The tool set includes:

  • Ionic – native-like UI components
  • AngularJS – UI logic/binding
  • App Builder – cloud-based drag and drop designer
  • Backend Services – API backend for the app

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Learn How to Create a Server Code Script to Invoke a REST API in 5 Minutes

Posted: July 1st, 2015Author:

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In this 5-minute video you will learn how to invoke a REST API from the server (instead of directly from the client. There are a number of benefits to invoke an API from the server:

  1. JavaScript is the language used to write the script (and you already know JavaScript!)
  2. Additional business logic can be added around the API. For example, in addition to sending an SMS, you can also send an email (SendGrid API)
  3. The API keys and tokens are secure
  4. Script is exposed via REST API (to be invoked from the app)
  5. Script has API to access Database, Push
  6. A script can be saved as a library and used in other scripts
  7. Script changes can be made without updating the client (app)
  8. It’s tool to write code :)

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How to Add Barcode Scanner with Database Search to Your App

Posted: June 29th, 2015Author:

We know that developers love examples. One of the most requested example is how to build an app with barcode scanner and search the database. We created an app example that does exactly that.

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Video: Exposing SQL Database via REST APIs Using API Express

Posted: June 4th, 2015Author:

This video shows how to connect to a SQL database using API Express and expose the database via REST APIs. The video then shows how to build a mobile app with the exposed APIs.