Today I have the pleasure of using this space – which we dedicate to talking with you about Instant Developer and technology – for something we consider to be a very important event: the arrival of our new website.

I want to tell you how we got here and why we made certain choices, in a process inspired by the idea of delivering benefits not just for ourselves, but also for everyone who has already chosen or will choose Instant Developer.

Pro Gamma is an Italian company that feels that expanding beyond its own borders is one of its primary objectives. This is one of the reasons we decided to build ourselves a new home, and we decided to do it with an international scope. So, we turned to web design and technology marketing professionals based in London, a strategically important city in global IT, in direct contact with the latest updates on the evolution and trends in our industry.

But this first step is just the foundation to get us started off on the right foot.

The second crucial step was deciding to make a space for our customers where they can tell their stories. Because we can only truly convey the real value of Instant Developer to people who haven’t chosen us yet, or even to people who still wonder if they’ve made the right choice, by presenting the successes of our customers.

I invite you to read all these stories, because many of them describe the three main advantages you get from using Instant Developer instead of traditional development tools, and they’re backed up with facts:

  • The reduction in TCO – total cost of ownership – for software projects.
  • The increase in how swiftly solutions get to market, a crucial requirement for staying one step ahead of the competition.
  • The creation of projects that would not otherwise be possible to execute due to a lack of money, time, adequate resources, know-how, or the right tools, resulting in losing the job or the client.

The customers sharing their stories with you are all Italian, but from this point of view Instant Developer is already international. Just look at how steadily our forum in English is growing and how lively it has become. Supporting and facilitating the development of this Community is one of the reasons why we’ve dreamed up a completely new offering for you. We’re convinced that the larger this Community is, including internationally, the greater the advantages will be for people working with Instant Developer.

 

The third step, and an essential reason for creating the new website, was working on the message, once again with a very precise goal in our sights: to convey the value of Instant Developer by describing why you should choose it over other tools on the same market:

  • Because we offer our clients a full range of training and support options.
  • Because extremely quickly you can truly handle any level of complexity, without needing to turn to other, outside tools.
  • Because yes, the fact that we’ve been on the market for 15 years and that we’ve always kept our promise to keep our clients in step with technology demonstrates that we’ll continue to do just that.

But we don’t stop there. I welcome you to look around our pages, even from your tablet or smartphone, because there’s plenty that’s new to see.

The doors of our new home are wide open – please come in!

If you had the chance to choose just one marketing tool, which would you go for?

  •    Website supported by AdWords campaign
  •    Social media management
  •    Telemarketing
  •    Advertising in traditional/online newspapers and magazines
  •    Blogging

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The new version of Instant Developer has just been released, and it’s ready for you to use in all your projects.

As usual, the fall version wraps up the release cycle for the current year, delivering more new features and improvements. Here are the top items:

  1. Compatibility with iOS8 and the latest versions of browsers. It might seem obvious, but it’s always a lot of work to stay compatible, and we’re pleased to have it all up to date.
  2. Mobile applications offline on Windows Phone 8.1 as well.
  3. Completion of OpenData support. Now the format used by SAP is also included, so it will be easier to connect your apps to this system, when the services you want to use are available via OpenData.
  4. Completion of the IDVoice module for Apple, Android, and Windows Phone offline mobile devices as well.
  5. Various improvements to the data synchronization system, including a performance measurement system.

The new version contains more than 60 fixes, working from reports received by the support service and our internal quality team.

We’re very pleased about this milestone, but we’re still hungry for innovation.

We’re already at work to prepare next year’s version, and once again we’re starting with the items that are most important to you, that you’ve reported in the roadmap. This time we’ll be focusing on the customization of graphic aspects and methods for writing relational code.

In my next article, in about a month, I’ll tell you more. In the meantime, I hope you’ll have the chance to capitalize on what Instant Developer 13.5 can do for you.

The release notes are available here.

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One of the new features in Instant Developer 13.5 is support for Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1, and today I am happy to report that the new version of Caravel is already available on the Windows Phone Store and will soon be available on the Windows Store as well.

If you’ve just started following us, I should explain that Caravel is a browser with evolved surfing features that allows you to easily test apps created with InDe, without the need to create an installation package. It’s a very useful tool because it greatly increases the speed of development and testing, also allowing you to debug an application directly on the target device. And this is very easy to do: after compiling the project, simply capture the QR Code with the device’s camera or manually enter the address of the application.

In this new version, the user interface of Pro Gamma’s browser was adapted to the guidelines for the two systems from the Redmond company, differentiating it from the versions for iOS and Android. The changes introduced by version 8.1 have allowed us to create a Universal App (in other words, usable both on smartphones/tablets and on PCs) with improved user interface responsiveness.

This is a useful feature and one that you too can enjoy, because with the new template your apps can be universal as well.

As with previous new versions, the changes to Caravel have corresponding changes in the template for creating installation packages, but starting with Instant Developer 13.5, they are now compatible with Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1. Check out the release notes for more information on how to compile and publish these apps on the stores.

If you have a Windows 8.1 or Windows Phone 8.1 device, I recommend trying the beta release of version 13.5 right now and, as always, would be glad to hear your impressions.

Compatibility is important, but if you had to target only one system, which would you choose?

  •    iOS
  •    Android 4.1+
  •    Windows 8.1 / Windows Phone 8.1
  •    Other (Blackberry / FireFox OS / Ubuntu Touch / Jolla / etc)

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In today’s post I can finally reveal the mysterious feature that Andrea mentioned to you a while ago. It has to be said though, that saying “We also want to connect another popular ERP. Want to know which one? The name has three letters and starts with S.” didn’t leave much to the imagination. It’s my great pleasure today to announce integration with SAP, made possible thanks to the SAP NetWeaver Gateway technology, which allows for exporting of APIs based on OData architecture.

OData is a communications protocol introduced by Microsoft as part of Microsoft Open Specification Promise and then standardized by OASIS in March of this year. In addition to Microsoft Dynamics CRM, many Web services have adopted it, and one of these is SAP. That’s why in version 13.5 of Instant Developer we’ve extended WebAPI support to OData services as well.

To integrate SAP, or any OData service, in your InDe 13.5 application, simply:

  • open the project in which you want the service to interact;
  • open the import wizard from the Tools -> WebAPI Importer menu item;
  • enter the service URL (such as http://services.odata.org/V4/OData/OData.svc);
  • click Import to get the list of entities exposed by the service;
  • select the entities you want and click Create.

Then, all you have to do is create the panels, the trees, and the books on the imported classes to implement CRUD operations in your applications directly on SAP.

If you’re interested in SAP integration and OData services, have you already tried Instant Developer 13.5 Beta?

Do you have OData services waiting to be integrated into your project?

  •    Definitely! I can't wait to try 13.5 to integrate an OData service like SAP.
  •    Most services I need to integrate do not use the OData standard.
  •    I don't think that integrating Web services is really the future.

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The time factor

03.10.2014

Autumn began about ten days ago, and once again it’s time for us to turn our attention to the Instant Developer technical support service. I’ll get the formalities out of the way by mentioning that last quarter the average score rose again from 4.28 to 4.38, and that 58% of sessions received a score. These [...]

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Tips & Tricks: document lock in a few steps

26.09.2014

I have to admit that I wasn’t expecting this kind of success, but it appears that the Tips & Tricks post was hugely popular with many readers. That’s why once again today I’m writing to answer a question I get asked a lot, and one that many of you voted for: is there a practical [...]

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Infinite report and beyond

19.09.2014

One of the functionalities of Instant Developer 13.1 we haven’t talked about yet is that now you can create reports of infinite length. I’d like to dedicate this post to describing it to you. It’s not the first time I’ve talked to you about the InDe reporting system. As many of you know, this module [...]

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Still in the clouds

12.09.2014

About a year ago I wrote my first post on this blog to announce the release of IDCloud, the Instant Developer component designed to integrate cloud-based services like Gmail, Google Calendar, and Dropbox into your applications, as well as web functionalities like PayPal payments and logins using Facebook/Google. There are many projects in which IDCloud [...]

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Tips & Tricks: synchronizing external changes

05.09.2014

By way of greeting you all as we return from our summer break, I’d like to start up the blog again by discussing the Tips & Tricks subject you’ve been the most interested in: synchronizing changes to the database made by external software. As you know, the Document Orientation sync service uses two different methods [...]

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Shall we talk?

01.08.2014

In recent months we’ve seen growing confirmation of the importance that voice interfaces will have in the applications of the future. Just consider how many wearable devices have come to market, and the extent to which Google is still continuing to add voice functions to its browser. We are increasingly certain that our applications will [...]

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