Over the last two weeks, the Appery.io team has updated a number of docs related to the Database, Server Code and Push Notifications APIs. The new format is more user-friendly, making it easier to read and find information. The overview docs and API reference are now separated. This post summarizes what Appery.io Backend Services APIs are available and how to use them.
Appey.io Server Code is a powerful tool that allows you to write custom server-side business logic for your app. These are the benefits you get when you use Server Code:
- Write and implement any business logic for an app. For example, you can write a script that checks inventory (Database), then sends a push notification, and then sends an e-mail using the SendGrid API
- Quickly test the script during development
- A Server Code script is instantly exposed via a REST API. This means you can quickly build a custom API
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:
- 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)
- The API keys and tokens are secure
- Script is exposed via REST API (to be invoked from the app)
- Script has API to access Appery.io Database, Push
- A script can be saved as a library and used in other scripts
- Script changes can be made without updating the client (app)
- It’s tool to write code
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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.
Wondering how to access your SQL database from a mobile app? We’ve got the answer. API Express, recently released by Appery.io, can make your existing SQL database RESTful in minutes, allowing you to perform CRUD operations from any external source, whether it’s a mobile app or a web page.
Twilio just published a tutorial on how to build a mobile app with Appery.io to send SMS messages with the Twilio API. Try the tutorial and quickly add SMS capability to any app. Read the rest of this entry »
Appery.io and Bright Pattern have partnered to improve the simplicity of implementing live in-app customer service for enterprises and their customers. The partnership’s result is a plug-in for the Appery.io platform that helps companies to quickly add contact center functionality to their mobile apps. Read the rest of this entry »
Most mobile malware is downloaded when end users click on malicious links inside legitimate apps. The MetaCert Security API adds a thin, but very powerful, layer of security to your app.
The API allows you to check the reputation of web links in real time, providing an invisibly secure experience. It can be used to block phishing sites from loading or navigating to. You can also stop end-users from sharing links that are NSFW.
To make it even simpler to use the MetaCert Security API, we have published a MetaCert plug-in. Appery.io developers can quickly add the plug-in to any new or existing app and check for the reputation of any web links in the app. Read the rest of this entry »
Instant API is a true API-as-a-Service which makes it easy and cost-effective to build an API. Instant API has simplified all of the key areas of an API’s lifecycle, covering API creation, hosting, management, discovery, monetization, and documentation.
For example, let’s say you have information and services or data and services you want to expose through an API that can be used internally for BYOD initiatives or externally by developers or your business partners. With the API deployed, you still don’t have a mobile app. That’s where the Appery.io platform comes in. Appery.io makes it very easy to build mobile apps with any API. Combine the Instant API exposed APIs with the Appery.io cloud-based development platform, and you get a fast way to build a complete solution and deploy the mobile app.
In this post, we are going to show you an example of how to do that, but first here’s the info for an upcoming webinar in which Appery.io and Instant API will demo this process in action. Read the rest of this entry »
Adding a map to your mobile app can provide great value to users. Maps used together with a smartphone can solve a wide range of tasks, whether it’s a pizza delivery app, GPS navigation, or travel guide with attractions. One of the most popular online maps is Google Maps.
Appery.io provides a convenient way to work with Google Maps for mobile apps – a Google Map component with a set of configurable properties and a preinstalled marker. All you need to add the Google Map into your app is to drag and drop the component on the page. That’s all: Google Maps will be loaded when the page is displayed.