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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Tip: Make HTML Do New Tricks with AngularJS Directives

Posted: September 16th, 2015Author:

Icon for a tip AngularJS provides many useful tools for easy app development, including the concept of directives. When building an AngularJS mobile app with, you can easily write any custom directive you want to extend the behavior of HTML. even provides two of it’s own built-in directives you can use: navigateTo and backButton. The first one helps navigate between app pages; the second one helps manage your browser history including making the back button behave more intuitively.

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New Webinars and Office Hours Coming Your Way

Posted: September 16th, 2015Author:

An image of being "webinared" is the best mobile app development platform out there, but, with so much in, it’s important you get the help you need to take full advantage of the platform. One way we do this is through frequent webinars and now with our office hours. We’ve lined up a bunch into into December. Next office hours: this Thursday; next webinar (Testing and App Sharing Using the Tester App): September 23rd.

Check out (and bookmark) our events page to find out more.
What time? All webinars start at 11am US Pacific time. Where are recordings of previous webinars? On this YouTube playlist. More questions? E-mail me.

Display Images from a Cloud Database Using Generated REST APIs

Posted: September 15th, 2015Author:

UI-image-componentIn this post you are going to learn how to access images uploaded to a cloud database via REST APIs and display the images in the app. This is the second post about working with images. You can read the first post here:

Quickly Upload, Display, and Customize Images from the Database with the Built-in Files Collection.

Let’s say you have a list of images, icons, or avatars that you have uploaded to a database. Maybe you are building a contacts app and would like to display employee head shot or just a list of products. Now you would like to display them in your app. In this tutorial we are going to show you how to do that — it’s fast and simple.

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Enterprise Solutions: MEAPs or DIY Tools?

Posted: September 11th, 2015Author:

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Today, many companies looking to enter the world of enterprise mobile app development seemingly face a difficult development strategy choice: DIY tools vs. traditional enterprise mobile app development platforms (MEAPs). Choosing the right strategy for your enterprise can be a daunting task, especially when complicated by the influx of many business users within enterprises that want to participate in mobile development. In that case,  the lowered skills barrier would make DIY tools an attractive choice, but the results of such tools are not typically enterprise grade, due to their lack of flexibility.

With that in mind, let’s take a look at the two options. It’s important to remember that both options have pros and cons, and either choice requires compromise. The options become largely a choice between flexibility and efficiency.

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Learn How to Quickly Upload, Display, and Customize Images from the Database with the Built-in Files Collection

Posted: September 10th, 2015Author: and

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Virtually any mobile app needs to store data. The platform offers an integrated cloud-based database for storing any app data. Every database that you create comes with a number of collections predefined. The collections are:

  • Users – for user management.
  • Files – for storing binary data such as images and other files.
  • Devices – for sending targeted push messages.
  • Customer collection – any number of custom collections that you need in your app.

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Tip: Easily Keep Your App Synchronized Despite Intermittent Connectivity

Posted: September 9th, 2015Author:

Icon for a tip Most popular modern apps require an internet connection to a server to operate fully. Sometimes, though, devices are going  to be disconnected, so an app needs to be able to “catch up” with the server when it’s reconnected. Incorporating this synchronization into your app is important for attracting more users. With the help of API Express and its offline mode, you can do exactly that! As part of this feature, there are a variety of different methods available to handle all the details like switching between online and offline modes, triggering the synchronization, and resetting data that fails to synchronize.

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Posted: September 4th, 2015Author: has reached over 250K developers! is now 250k Developers Strong!

As you may have heard, has hit another milestone! We’re thrilled that our platform now has over a quarter of a million developers.

Check out these two articles to learn more about this important milestone (and more!):

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How to Set a Page Header in an Ionic/AngularJS App

Posted: September 3rd, 2015Author:

When you create a new Ionic/AngularJS app in, every app has two pages out-of-the-box. index is the main template page and Screen1 is a page that uses the template. Any other pages that you create will use the index template page. Most pages in your app will have a header. If you open Screen1 or any other page, you will see that it doesn’t have a header area. That’s how it supposed to be since the index template has the common header. You can set a static page title in the index page but then you will have the same page header on all other pages. Most likely you want to the page header to change on different pages. We are going to show you how to do that in an AngularJS app.

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Tip: Get Quicker Screen Loading with AngularJS Minification

Posted: September 2nd, 2015Author:

Icon for a tip Slowness is the ultimate user experience killer for apps. A good way to make your apps faster is to boost screen loading speed. “Minification” helps this by removing all unnecessary characters from screen code without changing the functionality. You can easily add minification to your AngularJS apps in with the Grunt JS Task Runner. Then, you can easily customize the minification process through configuration or by adding third-party modules.

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