As announced a few weeks ago, this Monday we released Instant Developer Foundation 18.0. It’s an interesting version, and first and foremost we have to thank you for the suggestions we received through the community and our direct relationship with you.

In this version we aimed to focus principally on your improvement requests to give you a tool that consistently meets your needs and delivers what your clients are asking for.

In addition to releasing more than 130 improvements and fixes in response to reports sent to tech support, the tech department team was amazingly productive and created a long list of interesting innovations for us.

In particular I’d like to point out:

  • The new BootstrapZen graphic theme.
  • The advanced filters in list view.
  • The new visual styles for required fields.
  • The option to specify field size as a percentage.

If you’d like to see the new theme in action right now, check out the example application. As you can see, the new graphics based on Bootstrap picks up on the theme of its predecessor, stepping even farther away from the visual elements like the Seattle theme to deliver an even cleaner and more modern interface.

The example lets you get a feel right away for the effect of advanced filters in list view. Simply mouse over a column heading and you’ll see the button appear that opens the popup for filtering the data without needing switch to search mode. Click it to test these functionalities now – the effect is really very interesting.

With the new search mode you can make your applications even more intuitive, especially for users who are accustomed to tools like Excel or Google Sheets that have no equivalent to the QBE search mode.

The visual styles for required fields allow you to instantly give your users a graphic clue of which fields to populate, without needing to go through the validation events, and finally, the field sizes as a percentage let you design even more flexible interfaces.

I encourage you to try the new version today.

Obviously we’ve tested the new functionalities carefully, but sometimes test cases can be far different from real cases. If you find anything that doesn’t line up, the support department is always here for you.

Have fun, and enjoy your improved implementations with Instant Developer Foundation 18.0.

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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.

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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?

  1. A new QBE filtering system for panel data, similar to Excel-style spreadsheet data filters.
  2. The option to specify panel field sizes as a percentage, to enable new resizing rules for forms.
  3. 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 🙂

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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:

  1. New debug bar that manages the watches and searches in the console.
  2. You can debug running sessions on production servers in real time.
  3. 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.
  4. New graphic display of database schemas and individual tables.
  5. MySQL is now supported in both Cloud Connector and in your cloud servers managed through the console (My Cloud servers).
  6. New Swiper
  7. Mobile applications are now optimized for iPhoneX as well.
  8. New automatic connector between Instant Developer Foundation and Instant Developer Cloud Web APIs.
  9. New onProgress event to monitor the progress of the first sync process.
  10. 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!

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Slides from your vacation

02.02.2018

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 […]

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Bootstrap: the editable list is here

26.10.2017

Exactly a year ago (give or take a week), we made it possible for you to use Bootstrap in web applications developed with Instant Developer Foundation. We’ve received a great deal of feedback since then, and we’re grateful for it as always. One of the features that has been requested most often is the ability […]

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Support: here is the autumn report

13.10.2017

Autumn is here, and as the first leaves start to fall, the time has come to take stock of support here at Instant Developer. This is an important time, especially for evaluating the effectiveness of the most recent changes to the procedure that was created to help us take on requests more quickly. Here’s a […]

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Instant Developer Foundation version 16.5 is here

05.10.2017

Instant Developer continues to deliver updates to make sure that you are always able to create state-of-the-art software solutions. The most significant aspect of this new version 16.5 involves mobile app development, with the introduction of a new graphic engine based on one of the most interesting frameworks of recent years, namely Ionic. Diego has […]

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WebRTC: collaboration without borders

28.09.2017

Web-based collaboration is increasingly more common, and many of us want to be able to work with our colleagues from our own daily environments as easily as we can using tools such Google Documents. And to be honest, sometimes we even want more. In fact we can say that remote collaboration requires two things: working […]

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Cancel changes?

21.09.2017

Today my inspiration comes from this amusing popup that appeared in an app made in China for a gadget purchased online. My aim is to stress the importance of linguistic translations for international applications. We’re often concerned with the technical side of the problem, and looking for systems that allow programmers to easily manage the […]

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