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Announcing Backand SDK for Angular2

Posted by on Nov 16, 2016

We’re pleased to announce the recent release of the the Backand Angular 2 SDK. Fully compatible with AngularJS 2.0.x, it provides methods for easily communicating with the Backand server and performing common tasks, such as managing users.

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How to Build a Facebook Messenger Chatbot in 10 Minutes

Posted by on Sep 20, 2016

The new Facebook Messenger platform, announced back in April, lets developers write bots, or automated chat programs, that drive user engagement and provide value in an intelligent and interactive way.

In this series of articles, we’re going to take a look at what it takes to build out a Facebook Messenger chat bot, with Backand serving as the back-end. This article will cover creating the Facebook app, tying it to a Backand, then testing the pairing. Future articles will cover what is happening on the back-end in greater depth, as well as integrating with third-party providers to create even more interesting content for your users.

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Bots, BaaS and the Death of Apps

Posted by on Sep 14, 2016

The release of the first iPhone in 2008 gave developers an entirely new medium in which to provide content – the mobile app. While mobile apps had existed prior to the launch of Apple’s AppStore, it was the iPhone that truly pushed smartphone apps into the public consciousness.

Apps have advantages over their mobile web app counterparts – they are fast, they can operate in an environment with minimal connectivity, they allow app developers to provide a cohesive mobile-first experience – but they are not without their drawbacks. Take music apps as an example. At the moment, your average Android phone will have, at a minimum, the built-in music player and the Google Play store. This allows you to access and purchase music from Google Play, but if you want to include any music from Amazon Prime, you need to install the Amazon Music app. These walled gardens are frustrating for users, and as a result many prognosticators are looking for what a post-app world might look like. In this post, we’ll take a look at what a post-app world is, and how a Backend-as-a-Service, such as Backand, can enable it.

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New Feature: Analytics & Reporting

Posted by on Jul 28, 2016

We’re excited to announce that we just released one of our most requested features: analytics and reporting.

You can now view detailed tables and charts about your Backand application activity (such as active users) and application performance and resource consumption (such as cache memory usage or requests per second).

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How to use Ionic 2 with Backand

Posted by on May 31, 2016

This is a guest post by Simon Reimler, Author and Developer of Devdactic. Simon helps mobile application developers to be successful and build hybrid apps without native skills.

Ionic 2 is rising and will be stable towards the end of this year. This means, we can use our Backand inside an Angular 2 application, which changes the way we do things a bit. Additionally, we are now able to use Typescript which also brings some changes to our code. Have no fear, all those changes are for the better!
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Mobile App Development: Native vs. Hybrid

Posted by on May 23, 2016

Developing your mobile application for multiple platforms is a process involving many trade-offs. While writing your application as a pure web app using HTML5 or similar technology is a quick-and-easy way to gain superficial cross-platform support, it doesn’t allow you to leverage native functionality to create a device-consistent user experience. Below we’ll look at two ways of adding native support to your application – hybrid and native development – and evaluate how to choose which is right for your application.

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Angular 2 NativeScript Vs. React Native

Posted by on May 20, 2016

Cross-platform apps face a crucial choice in their development planning phase – should the application be developed as a native app, or should it be developed as a hybrid or web-based application? This question used to impact the amount of work to be done – namely, until recently, choosing to pursue a native approach for your application meant consigning your development team to simultaneously developing functionality in Objective C/Swift (for iOS) or Java (for Android). However, this is no longer a consideration when it comes to creating a native app experience. Below we’ll look at using JavaScript to create a cross-platform native app experience by examining React Native and the combination of AngularJS 2 and NativeScript. We’ll look at what each has to offer, then compare the two to provide a heuristic for making the right choice for your application.

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