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Introducing The Generated Columns Feature
Backendless version 5.7.3 introduces generated columns, a new feature of the Backendless Database. Using this feature, you can declare a new type of column for which the database calculates the values based on a specified expression. These new columns function much like formulas in your favorite spreadsheet application. When you add a generated column, you…

Developing an API Service With JavaScript and Additional NPM Modules

This post describes the process of developing an API Service in Backendless with JavaScript. You will learn: how configure your development environment include NPM dependencies run the service in the debug mode and test it using the Backendless console deploy the service to Backendless The service you will develop in this guide will provide APIs for…

Developing an Alexa Skill Without Writing Any Code – Part 2 (Intents and Slots)

This is Part 2 of the article about developing an Amazon Alexa skill without any coding. In Part 1, you learned the following: How to create a Codeless API Service responsible for handling Amazon Alexa requests. The service completely removes the need for adding AWS Lambda functions and runs without any cost in the free plan of…

Backendless Pro Version 4 is Released

Backendless Pro, the standalone version of Backendless, is now officially released and is available for download. The new release includes the latest version of the Backendless Platform. Version 4, which was originally launched only for the Backendless Cloud product, is a major improvement over the previous version. The version 4 release includes: Completely redesigned Backendless…

Introducing Aggregate Functions – Average, Count, Sum, Max and Min

Performing a calculation on a group of database objects may be a complex task. For example, to calculate the sum of all orders for a customer would require retrieving all that customer’s orders then iterating over them to calculate the mathematical sum of all amounts. This was yesterday! As of Backendless 4.4.0, you can use aggregate functions…