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August, 2017

We believe that Backendless is great. We know that many of developers building with Backendless think so too. This is why we added support for referrals. It is built right into the Backendless console and every Backendless developer got his/her own invite code. There is a convenient way to access the “Invites” page by clicking the “Send an Invite” link:

send an invite - Introducing Invites and Referrals

The Invites and Referrals page is self-explanatory. It shows your own personal invite code and lets you send out an invite to anyone. You do not have to use the invite form, simply share the invite code and ask your developer friends use it when they create a Backendless app:

invite page - Introducing Invites and Referrals

The referral system follows the rules below:

  1. You cannot send out an invite while your app is on the free trial for the Cloud99 plan. Keep in mind that every app starts with a 14 days trial on the Cloud99 plan.
  2. The developer you invite may already have an account with Backendless. If they do not, they would need to register.
  3. An invite code can be entered only at the time when an app is being created. The “New App” popup has been modified to allow an invite code.
  4. Invite codes apply only to new apps. You cannot apply an invite code to an existing app.
  5. When a developer you invited upgrades their app to a billing plan, they get 25% off the plan’s price for the first 6 months. At the same time, you will get a $10.00 credit for your app, even if you are on the free plan.
  6. The referral discount does not apply to the Marketplace purchases.
  7. You (the inviting developer) can accumulate an unlimited number of credits and they will be automatically applied when you upgrade to a paid plan or make a purchase.

That’s all, it is a pretty simple system. Spread the Backendless love!

Codeless Programming is a general approach for creating programs without writing any code. When combined with the power of the Backendess mBaaS, Codeless becomes a powerful and super-efficient tool. In this post, I will describe how to use Codeless to create a custom Amazon Alexa skill. In the first part, you will develop a basic Alexa skill which replies with a static greeting to a voice command. The second post will delve into a more complex implementation.

You can see a demo of what you will build over the course of both posts in the video below:

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Webinar 150x150 - Register for Codeless WebinarMark your calendars, we will be conducting a webinar to talk about Codeless. Get all the information about this exciting technology straight from the source. There will be a technical walkthrough and demos showing how to build with Codeless.

When: Aug 22, 2017, 1:00pm US Central Time
Host: Mark Piller, Backendless founder and CEO

Registration is required. Register now.

Posted in Webinar

The core of the Codeless technology we released last week is the Codeless Logic Designer. It is a visual environment for composing logic of your API/IoT services, Event Handlers, and Timers. The system uses “blocks”, a jigsaw puzzle-like UI components placed into categories. When you create a codeless service, you snap blocks to create the logic. As you do it, Backendless automatically generates the source code which will be executed once the logic is deployed. Check out the video below for an overview of the Codeless user interface:

codeless 300x200 - Announcing Codeless ProgrammingWith the release of Backendless Cloud v4.1.0 we added an amazing new feature called Codeless Programming. Using Codeless anyone can develop in Backendless without any knowledge of a programming language. The environment is fully visual and lets you create API/IoT Services, Backendless API Event Handlers and Timers. The system can be used to create programs of any complexity. Created logic can be deployed to become an instant API service accessible via REST API as well as dynamically generated native SDKs.  Codeless programs can be either independently standing services or can extend and enhance a Backendless application.

With the recent update of the Backendless service (version 4.0.8) you can now add your app’s icon and the appstores links in Backendless console. This is done so we can make it easier for you to identify the app and also to help us build a gallery of apps powered by Backendless. We are also planning to provide templates for your app’s web-based home page to help you market your Backendless apps.

When you login to console, you will see a form where you can upload the icon and enter the URLs for Apple’s and Google app stores.

app icon in backendless - Add your app icon and appstore links in Backendless Console

Quite often you need to run a test query or send an API request to see the server response. Our REST docs show examples using curl , but at times it may be inconvenient. You may need to play with the API request arguments, change the body, etc and modifying your curl  command is not as straightforward. To make it easier, we create a collection of our APIs for Postman. If you are not familiar with Postman, it is a desktop tool that lets you run API requests, see the server responses, you can easily change the endpoint URLs, request headers and body. Adding our APIs collection into Postman is now as simple as a click of a button because that button is integrated directly into Backendless Console. Check out the video below for an overview of the integration.

Posted in REST