I recorded a 3-part video that shows how to build a mobile application without any code. I’m very passionate about Low Code/No Code platforms. I think there is a resurgence of Low Code/No Code tools. As demand for more applications is only going to grow, Low Code tooling can help technical people (and non-technical) to build applications much faster.
When you build HTML5 mobile app in Appery.io you can instantly publish (host) the app to a URL. You get a couple of options here. First, out of the box you can publish your app to Appery.io URL such as mycoolapp.app.appery.io or you can also use a custom domain:
Get hackathon ready. This video shows how to build a complete HTML5/hybrid mobile app. This video was recorded as part of AT&T Bootstrap Week in preparation for the AT&T Summit 2015 in Las Vegas. The video shows:
Building the app UI with Appery.io visual app builder
Integrating with Twilio API to send SMS messages from the app
Integrating with Appery.io backend services to save SMS messages into a cloud database
As I navigated the site I came across Government APIs page:
I always love trying new APIs and wanted to see what kind of API “We the People” provides. The API seemed to be pretty straight forward and next I figured let me try and build a mobile app that shows the petitions as well as details for each petition using Appery.io platform. I literally finished the app within 35 minutes or during my lunch.
Creating the pages
After creating a new app in Appery.io, I designed the Petition page:
A List component with a Label inside to display the petition name is used.
Next is Details page:
The Label at the top displays the petition name (only border is shown)
The Collapsible Block has three sections:
Details – petition texst
Signatures – signature threshold, signature cound, and signtaures needed
More Info – link to petition page
The last page is Settings (popup):
Allows to select how many petitions to show
Defining REST API services
Two services are used in this app:
Service to get a list of all petitions
Service to get petition details
The service to get all petitions:
The service has one request parameter to determine how many petitions to load:
Gone are the days when you had to spend days downloading and configuring dev. tools. Gone are the days when you had to spend days downloading and configure software. With a cloud platform such Appery.io you can quickly build a real HTML5 mobile app, connected to real API, and host the app.
A few months ago we have realized that Flash wasn’t helping us any more, in fact, it was slowing and complicating development. Adding new features became difficult. It was slow, loading the Flash player and the project could sometime take over one minute. Not to mention that Flash has been slowly reaching the end of life.
Here is a very (very) early version of the HTML5 app builder, most everything will change before it is released in the fall: