April 1st is Easter this year on the Western Christian calendar and April Fools’ Day in many countries, but it’s also the day we roll out another release of the Appery.io mobile app platfom. Here are some of the “Easter eggs” you’ll find in this release.
Ability to Use One’s Own SSL Certificates with Custom Domains for a Hosting Service
In Appery.io Builder you can create not only mobile apps but web apps too. You can easily publish them on our domain, but you might prefer to publish them on your own server. Before, this required advanced IT knowledge, but now it’s getting easier to upload your app to your custom domain because we’ve added the ability to upload SSL certificates directly in the Builder.
New Cordova Push Plug-in 2.x
Most of our users send push notifications in their apps. And since this release, we support the new version of the push plug-in with more advanced features!
Detailed documentation and examples will be available once we’ve rolled out this release.
Launch Storyboard Images for iOS
New features for iOS appear all the time. It’s great when they become available, but then Apple requires them to be in the apps uploaded to the AppStore. The launch image set, also known as splash screens, supported by the Appery.io platform has become outdated. So, in this release, we have introduced a new approach called launch storyboard images. You should get fewer issues with uploading your app to the AppStore, which is where they should be!
More Plan Information
Now you can get more information about your plan (Server Code Script Execution Interval, Burst Rate API, etc.) on your Account tab. Just click on the information button near your plan!
Creating a Database Connection Using a Custom JDBC URL
The is a new feature for our API Express! Now our users can create a database connection and specify only username, password, and JDBC URL. It’s a very useful option, for example, in some cases where you need to create a connection with an Oracle database. You will find out more in our documentation as soon as we roll out the release.
Only PNG Files for Splash Screens Available
New Cordova libraries require only .png images for the splash screen, so we have added this ability to avoid this issue.
Bugs (Less of Them)
No update is complete without bug fixes. So, yes, we fixed a great number of large and small bugs to make the platform better.