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 »
The ability to quickly add payments to a mobile app is frequently requested by users. Today, we’re happy to announce an update to our existing PayPal plug-in that lets you quickly and conveniently add secure payments into an app.
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.
Recently, the Appery.io App Builder was updated with several significant features. One of the most important and fundamental changes was the introduction of Model and Storage notions. To show the best practices of using these features, we created a MusicShop app and step-by-step tutorial which describes in detail how to build such an app from scratch. This tutorial also has a MusicShop app backup attached to allow you to pay more attention to Model and Storage usage (you shouldn’t create the app step-by-step in this case, just create it from the backup).
Working with mapping has been improved to provide you with a more efficient and user-friendly way of binding your data. Now, with the upgraded Mapping feature binding your data is more intuitive; it also provides more features and flexibility. This tutorial uses old mapping, and will be updated shortly. The new mapping uses the same concepts. The following page shows how to migrate the old mapping to the new mapping.
Tropo also provides a great REST API that lets you configure and control Tropo applications through the use of RESTful methods. This includes the ability to create new Tropo apps, add phone numbers to them, delete applications, and much more. And as Appery.io provides a very comfortable way to work with REST API’s, it’s unbelievably easy to add Tropo communication features to your Appery.io app.
But before you begin, the Tropo application should be created by using the Scripting or Web API. Lets start with creating a simple Tropo app!
Sign up on the Tropo website, and create a new app:
Type a Tropo application name, and choose Scripting API:
Now you should create script. Click “New script” to create it:
The text editor will appear. Lets add some simple code:
say('Hello from Appery.io!');
say("Hello, " + customerName + "! There is a message for you: " + msg + "!");
Function say will pronounce “Hello from Appery.io!” text by using the Tropo’s Text-To-Speech engine. After that, the phone number that was passed as a REST parameter will be dialed. Once the call is accepted, a second phrase will be pronounced. Note that the second phrase contains REST parameters too.
Enter the script name, and click “Save.” Don’t forget to specify the script file extension as “.js”:
Click “CREATE APP,” and you’re done with the Tropo side. You can test your Tropo app directly from the browser by using Phono. Click “Call App from browser” and then click the phone icon in the bottom left corner:
Note that you can’t test the call function directly from the browser.
Now you can launch your Tropo app via REST services from Appery.io.
Copy the voice API key to your clipboard:
In your Appery.io app, create the following UI:
If you not familiar with Appery.io yet, we recommend looking at this very simple beginners tutorial.
All the application magic will be kept in a single REST service that will start the Tropo session. Create the REST service and specify the following settings:
As you can see, there is the Appery.io Proxy provided for this REST service. Click “New channel,” enter a new proxy name for this REST, and then click “Create” to create a new proxy channel directly from the Appery.io builder.
Note: Read about the Appery.io proxy via the link.
In the Request tab, you can specify parameters and their values that can be passed to the Tropo app. In our case, the Request parameters are the following:
Go to the Test tab and click “Test.” If everything was done correctly, you’ll see a “Test successful” message, and a REST service response that contains both token and id:
Note that you should obtain phone number to make calls, otherwise the script will fail. You also need to link the UI and REST service parameters.
Switch to Data tab, and create a new datasource based on this REST service. Click “Edit Mapping”:
Create the following mapping for REST service Request:
This will map data from the UI components to the REST parameters. If it’s difficult to understand, read about REST services and mapping.
Unlike the Request parameters, we will print the REST service response without mapping to print all its data. Open the Events tab, and create the following event:
Note that session_response in this case is the name of your Text Area component.
The last thing to do is to launch our REST service by clicking the button. Switch back to Design view, select the “Start session” button and add the following event:
start_session > Click > Invoke service > start_tropo_session.
Now you can test your app by clicking the “Test” button in the top right corner of the screen.
Click “Start session” and you’ll see the result:
Go ahead and create apps using Tropo documentation and the power of Appery.io!
When building a mobile app in Appery.io, it’s very easy to use and connect to any APIs. Facebook provides one of the most popular and widely used APIs that you can as easily use in the app you build in Appery.io.
Appery.io provides a really simple out-of-box approach to pass the OAuth protocol and connect with Facebook. Before building the Appery.io app you need to register as developer with Facebook and create an app. Once it’s done, go to Appery.io builder and import the Facebook API plug-in:
Once the plug-in is imported you need to specify Appery.io app ID and Facebook app ID in the Facebook_Setting file that listed under the Services folder:
One more thing to do is change the Start Page in App settings to Facebook_Login. After that you can test the app. You’ll see the Login to Facebook button, clicking on which will dial the OAuth log-in dialog, where you should enter your Facebook login and password. After successful authentication, information about you will be displayed at the Facebook_Me page:
That’s it, you can now invoke any available Facebook API. Go ahead and see how to post a wall message in our detailed Facebook tutorial.
Try our new tutorials:
- Building a simple ToDo app with Appery.io Backend Services
- Building a search app with Appery.io Backend Services
Appery.io Updates its New HTML5 App Builder with Windows 8 Support, plus jQuery Mobile 1.2, PhoneGap 2.2, and Push NotificationsPosted: December 19th, 2012 | Author: Max Katz | Filed under: API, Database, jQuery Mobile, New release, PhoneGap, Tutorials, Windows Phone | Tags: Database, jQuery Mobile, PhoneGap, release, tutorials, Windows 8
Windows 8 Support
Appery.io new HTML5 app builder has been the default builder for the past couple of weeks and we continue to update it with new features. One such feature is new Windows 8 support. In addition to jQuery Mobile/PhoneGap apps, you can now build Windows 8 apps with native support such as Snap View, Search Charm, Share Charm, and Live Tile.
To create a new Windows 8 app, click the “More create options” link from the Apps page and then select Windows 8 App as the app type. Try our Windows 8 app tutorial.
jQuery Mobile 1.2
We also upgraded to a much better jQuery Mobile version 1.2.
We also upgraded PhoneGap to version 2.2. This means Appery.io cloud build has also been upgraded to PhoneGap 1.2:
If you use Appery.io Mobile App Tester for Android – go and grab an update so it also uses the latest PhoneGap version.
A long requested feature – Push Notifications feature has been added to Appery.io Backend Services.
Want to try it? Try our new Push tutorial.
New Tutorial: Building a ToDo App with Appery.io Backend Services
Build this app and learn how the app builder is fully integrated with backend services.