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BLOG-WindowsOur vision for Backendless Platform is a system that lets anyone run Backendless-powered apps on any device while the backend can be hosted in any environment. The Standalone Backendless is a special packaging of the platform you can install on your own servers. The best part of it is that you can run Standalone Backendless on a single server without incurring any licensing fees, that’s right, single server/VM mode is free.

Initially we packaged Standalone Backendless for Linux and Mac OS X environments, as well as virtual machines for Amazon Web Services, Digital Ocean, VMWare vCloud Air, Google Cloud and Oracle Cloud Platforms. One of the missing pieces was Windows. And it is no more. Starting today you can install the Backendless Platform on a Windows workstation/server and get the entire stack of the Standalone Backendless distribution. This is very exciting for us and I am sure many of you will take advantage of the fantastic opportunities Backendless will bring for your apps. To get started, head on to the Backendless Downloads section on our website and download the Standalone Backendless for Windows installer.

BLOG-typescriptOne of the goals we have at Backendless is to make the platform uniformly available for different types of client technologies. The platform is truly cross-platform and it is a matter of time/effort to make it available to a new client environment.

Since we already have a super powerful SDK for JavaScript, creating a bridging technology for TypeScript was rather straight-forward. I am happy to announce that if you are building TypeScript apps, you can start taking advantage of everything Backendless has to offer. We put together a Quick Start Guide for integrating TypeScript with Backendless to make it easier for you to get started. Please give it a try and let us know how you liked it.

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angular2If you have been waiting for Angular 2 support in Backendless, the wait is over. We have finished the integration of the Backendless SDK for JS and now it is available for TypeScript. An important side effect of this integration is support for the Angular 2 framework. The integration enables complete support of all Backendless APIs from an Angular 2 application. To help you get started with Backendless and Angular 2, we put together a Quick Start guide. Please let us know what you think. If you run into any problems, please post to the Backendless support forum.

Posted in JavaScript

The recording of the “Push Notifications” webinar which we conducted earlier this month is now available in our YouTube channel. You watch the webinar below or on the Webinars page on our website. In the webinar we reviewed the process of setting up an Android and an iOS apps as well as the backend to be able to register device and receive push notifications.

We conducted a webinar titled “Backendless Core Concepts” for ex-Parses last week. A recording of the webinar is now available. The video should be helpful not only if you’re coming from Parse, but for anyone who is starting their journey with Backendless. The webinar reviewed the concepts of Backendless User and Data services. Specifically, we focused on:

  • user properties
  • setting up user relations
  • registering a user
  • registering a user with custom properties
  • configuring a data model
  • code-driven schema creation
  • data relations
  • a brief overview of Cloud Code

push-notificationCome join us for our “Backendless Push Notifications” webinar on March 1st, 2016 at 1:00pm Central time. You will get an overview as well as a technical deep-dive into Backendless push notifications. Topics of discussions include:

  • Push notifications overview
  • Supported platforms
  • Code generation
  • Push notification support for iOS
  • Push notification support for Android
  • Direct notifications
  • Group notifications

When: Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Time: 1:00pm (US Central time)
Duration: 1 hour

Register here

Posted in Webinar

Backendless API Engine is a service container enabling Backendless developers develop and run arbitrary Java, PHP and very soon JavaScript/Node.JS code as API services. With the service and CodeRunner update we deployed earlier this week, there is a awesome new feature which allows you to debug your services locally before publishing them into the cloud. The video below is an overview of the debugging process, it also briefly reviews the workflow for creating a new service. Enjoy!

WebinarWe just added a new page to our website with a list of past and upcoming webinars. You can access the page right from the main menu (look under the Developers and Support main menu drop-downs), or by visiting the page directly at https://backendless.com/webinars

Our current plan is to conduct at least two webinars a month. If there is a specific topic you would like us to explore in a future webinar, please let us know by sending an email to info@backendless.com

Posted in Webinar

Earlier this week we conducted a webinar on the topic of migration from Parse to Backendless. We recommend to watch this recording to anyone who is considering Backendless as their mBaaS backend. The video includes Backendlss overview and a demo of the migration process. There are a lot of answered questions during the Q&A part of the webinar which you might find helpful as well:

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If you are a Parse customer, this is a rather sad day. Getting the shocking news that the service you trusted and relied on is going to shut down can be rather nerve wrecking. Parse was a great competitor and I am honestly sad to see Parse go. However, as the title of their announcement said “moving on”, we should do just that and focus on the future. For anyone who runs an app on Parse, the future can be bright with Backendless. We welcome you to our developer community with open arms. We do hope you will find our service to be a solid replacement for your current backend.

What are we going to do to make it the migration easier:

Our goal is to make your transition as smooth as possible. We plan to provide the following in the immediate future:

  • Automate the process of migrating your apps from Parse to Backendless as much as algorithmically possible.
  • Post a migration guide on our website describing all the details of migration, including APIs, push notification configuration, Cloud Code, etc.
    UPDATE: this is done. The see the migration guide.
  • A professional services (consulting) team to assist you with app migration.

Meanwhile, if you have any questions, please post them to our support forum.

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