Over the past two years we’ve had the opportunity to pause a few times to consider the difference between the Foundation and Cloud editions of Instant Developer. The first is perfect for business applications in which development speed is a top priority, while the second is more focused on creating customer-facing apps in which immediacy and user experience are of primary importance.
In 2017, a number of you approached Cloud precisely in order to be able to pair a responsive new mobile app featuring eye-catching graphics with Foundation applications you have in production.
A need arose to simplify the link between the two editions of the development environment as quickly as possible. In just a few clicks, the way we like it.
The news I have to share in this post is that now, integrating Foundation Web APIs into a Cloud project is child’s play.
And it’s a cinch to try. Go to the dashboard of a Cloud project. To the left of the + button for adding libraries, you’ll find the button for importing a Web API. After you click it, simply specify the URL of the application that exposes the WebAPIs, select the classes to be imported, and you’re done.
The IDE will create the new classes in the application libraries for you. Simply use the classes like usual, and the data will be read and written using the web service automagically!
Now I’m curious to see which of you will be the first to use this new technology, and also to find out how you decide to apply it.
I’m looking forward to your feedback.
After having announced the updates in Instant Developer Cloud, now it’s time to share the content of the next version of Instant Developer Foundation, slated for 9 April 2018.
First of all I want to let you know that we work on Instant Developer Foundation nonstop throughout the year, just as we do for Instant Developer Cloud. Because their architectures differ, their release cycles have different deadlines. For Foundation in particular, they cluster around early spring and autumn, right after Apple updates its mobile operating system.
That’s why version 18.0 of Foundation will contain more than 130 improvements and fixes that will improve its usability and increase its capabilities.
So what are the most important updates?
- A new QBE filtering system for panel data, similar to Excel-style spreadsheet data filters.
- The option to specify panel field sizes as a percentage, to enable new resizing rules for forms.
- New graphic rules applied automatically to mandatory fields to help users fill out forms more quickly.
In addition to these updates, which can be applied to existing projects, we’re also preparing a new graphic theme based on Bootstrap that will make your projects based on this graphic framework even more attractive.
Finally, if you’re asking yourself why the number 18: we simply wanted to match the calendar year. We really have nothing against its predecessor 🙂
As of January 31st, version 18-001 of Instant Developer Cloud is available, and it’s brimming with important updates.
As always, your input has helped us come up with solutions, and some of them are pretty bold. So I want to thank all of you for all your continued support and encouragement.
This time we focused on the application debug, a critical step in software development, which is even more delicate when it’s done in the cloud. That’s why now there’s a real-time debug service for production servers that doesn’t alter their normal operation.
Here’s the list of the biggest changes:
- New debug bar that manages the watches and searches in the console.
- You can debug running sessions on production servers in real time.
- New management of the log for each individual session. You can open the console log for each active or ended session on the production servers.
- New graphic display of database schemas and individual tables.
- MySQL is now supported in both Cloud Connector and in your cloud servers managed through the console (My Cloud servers).
- New Swiper
- Mobile applications are now optimized for iPhoneX as well.
- New automatic connector between Instant Developer Foundation and Instant Developer Cloud Web APIs.
- New onProgress event to monitor the progress of the first sync process.
- Now you can also define a session timeout for browser sessions.
Version 18-001 also contains dozens of fixes in response to your reports to the support department, so we recommend that you update your servers if you don’t have automatic updates enabled.
And don’t forget to send us your feedback on the new features!
In our increasingly digitized world, images and videos are standing in for words more and more often: from applications that are mostly business-oriented, which have to have a photo catalog, to social sites where the function people use the most is sharing visual content.
That’s why we thought we’d integrate the swiper component into Instant Developer Cloud. It’s useful for developing just these sorts of functions.
Swiper will be available in version 18-001, slated for late January. In the meantime I’d like to give you a preview. It’s an example of what you can achieve with four lines of code: swiper-demo.
When moving from one photo to the next, it’s interesting to note the pinch-to-zoom function in the individual device and detect the click/tap independent of the zoom and the image positioning. For example, this allows you to select a single object in a catalog in which each page contains multiple items.
We’ve loaded the images directly from Bing’s daily stream, but it’s actually very easy to adapt the code for the slides from your vacation. If you’d like to see the project, you’ll find it here.
Enjoy the show!