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Deep Dive Series: Integrating Backand with Ionic Creator, Mandrill & More

Posted by on Mar 14, 2017

Over the next several days, we’ll be running a set of deep-dive blog posts. Each post will cover a different topic in-depth, providing a deeper look at integrating Backand into a number of different application development scenarios. The posts will cover three differing topics, showing a range of functionality that can be implemented into a serverless app. A brief overview of each topic is provided below, to serve as a reading guide.

Integrating Backand with Ionic Creator

Ionic Creator is a powerful online development environment for Ionic apps. While it provides a convenient, UI-focused means for implementing a multi-platform application, it can make some tasks – such as integrating with a third-party service provider like Backand – challenging. In the article on integrating with Ionic Creator, we’ll cover the steps necessary to get Ionic Creator working with our new SDK. By following the steps in this article, you’ll be able to make your apps truly portable through the use of our serverless platform and Ionic’s core offering of cross-platform capable and consistent user interfaces.
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Sending Email Attachments with Mandrill

While we can easily send email messages over MailChimp’s Mandrill API with simple HTTP calls, any message that includes an attachment needs to be created on the server side. In the Mandrill Attachments article, we’ll cover the process for creating a Node.JS Server-Side JavaScript action that can add an attachment to a transactional email sent via Mandrill. We’ll cover the JavaScript code you need to fetch a file from the web, convert it to a format Mandrill can accept, and then initiate the message send.
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Batch and Bulk Processing in Backand

Backand’s automated REST API generation provides developers with a significant amount of functionality right off the bat, allowing your app to quickly begin working with the objects represented in your application’s database. However, these APIs are limited to working with a single record or retrieving a list of records. If you wish to create multiple records at once or update several objects across multiple database tables in a single API call, then you’ll want to make use of our bulk processing API. We’ll provide all of the details you need to create bulk processing requests, allowing you to easily update large numbers of records in your application’s Backand database.
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Other topics

We’re always looking to help developers understand how to better work with the Backand platform. Our goal is to make developing your app easier, and we’d love to hear from you if you have an idea that would help us achieve that goal. Simply contact us via social media, or using our contact form to start a conversation!

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Functional Testing with Mocha & Chai

Posted by on Aug 26, 2015

Full Stack JavaScript Code

In full stack JavaScript development involving JavaScript on either or both the client-side and the server-side, we would like to test function input-output behavior. In its simplest form, function input-output behavior specifies the output of the function in terms of its input.

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A Day in the Life of a Coder

Posted by on Dec 04, 2014

Whether you are a Chief Hacking Officer, Code Magician, Engineering Ninja or Software Craftsman your day may look a little or a lot like the one below.  It could be that you swap the Red Bull for coffee or other caffeinated drinks or maybe you ride a scooter to work – but  one thing’s for sure a good portion of your day is spent coding.  And it may be that you are coding in Angular, JavaScript or any other frontend language or perhaps in Node.js or PHP on the backend.

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How to Build a GitHub Webhook with node.js

Posted by on Nov 18, 2014

GitHub Webhooks

Every GitHub repository can easily communicate with a web server whenever the repository is pushed. This communication is called a webhook.  Webhooks are used for many reasons, including updating an external issue tracker, creating a backup mirror or triggering a continuous integration build.

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MEAN vs LAMP – How Do They Stack Up?

Posted by on Aug 26, 2014

Understanding the role each technology plays in the stack is crucial when moving from LAMP to MEAN for web development. Whether you’re looking for consolidation of technologies or to leverage in-house JavaScript expertise, the MEAN stack can offer a lot to a flexible web development organization. The team here at Back& wanted to try and help sort out the pros and cons of each stack. So below I’ll detail the MEAN stack, how it compares to the LAMP stack, and offer a few tips for optimizing your choices.

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