Rapid Mobile App Development With Appery.io – Web, Mobile and Backend Developers Meetup, Stamford, CT

I will be at Web, Mobile and Backend Developers Meetup in Stamford, CT on Tuesday, October 14 showing how to rapidly build mobile apps with Appery.io. Hope you can be there.

What

Gone are the days where you can afford to take months to build an enterprise mobile app. In today’s fast market, you need to be able to prototype the app in a few days, release the first version in a few weeks, get feedback, fix bugs, release the second version. Repeat. In this session you will learn how to use APIs and a cloud platform for rapid mobile development. We will use the Appery.io mobile platform to build a real app. This is a live coding session where you will be able to test the app on your phone, and we will package the app for iOS/Android.

When

Tuesday, October 14, 2014, 7:00 PM

Attend

Yes, I want to go.

Pressure to Deliver Enterprise Mobile Apps Fast

Darryl Taft from eWeek published a great article: No-Code Platforms, Cloud Services Offer Options for Mobile App Dev. The article talks about pressure enterprises face today to deliver mobile apps fast.  The article also covers Appery.io. An excerpt is below and full article here.

Mobile app development environment provider Exadel’s Appery.io offers a cloud-based rapid development environment with integrated back-end services and a catalog of API plug-ins that simplify integration with cloud services and enterprise systems.

As part of its solution, Appery.io also features a no-code, RAD environment.

“Our cloud-based mobile platform requires no coding, but it’s unique in that it also supports the needs of professional programmers,” Francisco Kattan, vice president of marketing at Exadel, told eWEEK. “It’s not like codeless tools are replacing coding tools; it’s about empowering a much broader base of developers to innovate. The number of Java, C++ and C# programmers is limited and we can’t keep up with demand.”

Kattan said Exadel expects that 25 percent of all apps that will be developed for the enterprise by 2015 will be built using codeless tools. He also cited a Gartner report that predicts that by 2018 more than half of all apps will be built with codeless tools.

“We have a graphical development environment, but we don’t limit you to the GUI,” he said.

Appery.io recently announced it has reached more than 150,000 developers that are using the platform.

Getting into the specifics of the platform, Max Katz, head of developer relations for Appery.io, said, “We always start with HTML5. Then we can take that HTML5/JavaScript app and package it for mobile. We use PhoneGap/Apache Cordova. We can build mobile, web apps or hybrid apps.”

Among the system’s underlying technology is HTML5, JavaScript, CSS, jQuery Mobile, PhoneGap, Bootstrap and MongoDB, among other things, Katz said.

“We researched all the leading mobile app platforms and, chose Appery.io for its intuitive visual development environment, integrated backend services and its catalog of API plug-ins,” said JC Lin, CEO of Zagama, an app development company in Asia that has partnered with Appery.io. “Appery.io’s intuitive visual environment assists customers in overcoming the barriers affiliated with cross-platforms so developers can work on a project remotely and simultaneously.”

Exadel’s Kattan says Appery.io offers a complete mobile app development platform—not just tools but complete backend services in the form of an MBaaS.

“MBaaS environments are essentially cloud-based collections of fine-grained services intended to support mobile developers,” Hilwa told eWEEK. “Mobile developers tend to be front-end focused and love the handholding they get for setting up back-ends which is usually challenging for their skill-sets. The majority of MBaaS companies were born three to four years ago to target consumer environments, but some have recently started targeting enterprises.”

Read the entire article.

Exposing a Relational Database and a Web Service via REST API Using RESTXpress [Video]

This webinar shows how to expose legacy enterprise systems via REST APIs using RESTXpress. The video covers:

  • How to expose a relational database via REST API
  • How to expose a web service via REST API
  • How to build a mobile app in Appery.io with the exposed REST APIs

Creating Enterprise Mobile App with Orchestrate Database and Appery.io Dev. Platform [Video]

This is a recording of the webinar we did with our friends from Orchestrate. This video shows how to build a Contacts mobile app in Appery.io connected to Orchestrate database.

Here’s what’s covered:

  • An overview of Orchestrate features and dashboard
  • Inserting sample data into the Orchestrate database from the dashboard
  • Appery.io platform overview
  • Creating app UI using the visual drag and drop editor
  • Connecting to the Orchestrate database via REST APIs
  • Binding the REST API services to pages using the visual binding editor
  • Testing the app
  • Publishing as a mobile web and building a binary for Android
  • Q&A

Sample Mobile App With Weather Underground API and Geolocation

We know developers love examples, we’ve just added one more example to Appery.io platform. When you create a new app, you can base it on the new Weather API and Geolocation Example. When you create a new app, click “More Create Options” to see the list of available examples:

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The example app demonstrates a number of features:

  1. How to use a 3rd part API – Weather Underground. You do need go sign up for a free developer account and set the API key.
  2. How to use the Geolocation service.
  3. How to handle different service responses (when an airport is found or not).
  4. How to show UI components on page based on a condition.

The app works in two modes. First, you can enter any 3-letter airport code to show the weather information:

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Second, instead of using the airport code, you can also use the Geolocation service. It will determine your location and use that to show the weather information (for this to work in a web browser, make sure to allow location tracking for the domain appery.io):

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Try this yourself at Appery.io.

Creating a Mobile App With Edmunds Dealer Search API [Video]

This video shows how to build a mobile app that uses Edmunds Dealer Search API to search for dealers in a particular area code:

Mobile App Development with Appery.io

Want to develop mobile apps, but don’t know how?

With the proliferation of mobile devices and increased demand for mobile apps in the enterprise, many developers have switched their interests to mobile development. Even those who are not familiar with the craft of mobile development have considered or tried to create a mobile app at some point. But to be perfectly honest, mobile development is challenging. If it was easy, everyone would be building apps and experienced developers wouldn’t enjoy such high demand. In reality, you need to have pretty strong background using technologies such as HTML, JavaScript, and CSS to build even the simplest mobile app. This is not even considering the various frameworks you would need to learn, on top of everything else. 

If you are not a traditional developer but want to a build a mobile app, you have to follow a challenging routine of learning endless set of information, libraries, frameworks and other tools. Of course, such an approach gives your more low-level control over your code, but the chance that you will lose interest before you build something is rather high.

The Appery.io approach

That’s where Appery.io comes to the rescue.  We’ve built a platform with visual app builder and a set of ready-to-use components, pre-installed themes and swatches and a convenient way to use REST services. This approach shortens the learning curve significantly and increases overall developer productivity. Here is how the Appery.io visual app builder looks:

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Even though you have full access to the app source, we’re not showing it to you to demonstrate that the visual approach in Appery.io greatly simplifies mobile app development. By using intuitive drag and drop controls, you can place components on the page- be it a button, a list, or a Google Maps component. With the Properties panel (on the right) you can control component settings: its padding and margins, text values, size or whatever else.

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