It feels really amazing to begin writing this blog post. We got caught in an unusually long release cycle, spent months iterating over the new features, improvements and bug fixes, but in the end it was well worth it. We did it! Backendless 2.0 is here and the product is as cool and powerful as ever. With this release we made several very firm steps towards establishing the Backendless Platform – a unified system for designing, developing, running and managing backend services.
The release brings four major new features and about a dozen at а smaller scale. All of the new features are distinct differentiators of our product making it the strongest mobile backend as a service offering on the market. So without any further ado, let me introduce the new additions to our feature line up:
The Summer of 2015 is going to be hot! There are many reasons for it, but the most important, as we’re concerned, is the new Backendless 2.0 release! Since this is just a heads-up, we will not go into too many details. Let me just tell you that is packed with goodness! It has been a long release cycle, and you will see why very soon. We’re still a few steps away from the formal launch. There will be an official announcement and if you’d like to be the first to know – subscribe to the Backendless blog or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
I am sure you’d like to know what’s in 2.0 and let this be a little teaser..
It is very deep, well-thought out, rounded up, it could be a product on its own. The feature is so cool and powerful, you cannot get enough of it. Practically with zero lines of code you can build intelligent location tracking systems, react to coordinates changes, create marketing campaigns, etc, etc.
Cross-platform, natively implemented in all SDKs, REST-compatible Backendless Logging API will make it trivially simple debug and diagnose app problems and analyze user behavior. Mega powerful and very easy to use.
Let us have that “one more thing moment”.. Of course there is something else, but we cannot talk about it yet. So stay tuned, you will love it!
GMO application cloud (GMO mBaaS) powered by Backendless – a mobile Backend-as-a-Service provided by Backendless Corp. and customized for the Japanese application development market is fully available as of today.
The service is a result of a successful partnership between Backendless Corp. and GMO Internet Group – one of the most comprehensive providers of industry-leading Internet Services in Japan. This partnership started last year just after completion of the Group’s precise exploration of mBaaS market offerings. Backendless surpassed the competitors’ proposals by the criteria of reliability, feature set, simplicity and flexibility as well as by various aspect of data security issues. The partnership gave birth to a new service by GMO Internet which has been already available in public free Beta version from January 2015 in Japan.
The official release of GMO mBaaS provides a broad set of the Mobile Application Development Platform features powered by the Backendless Platform. In conjunction with other features and services of GMO, the provider emphasizes multi-platform SDKs, a complete package of the backend functionality, powerful push notification capabilities and media streaming, custom logic functionality for customization of the mBaaS features.
Up until now the only way to experience and build apps with Backendless was our online service. Anyone can register with it for free, download client-side SDKs and build the best of the breed mobile apps. Things are going to change as we expand the reach of our platform so it can run right on your own machine, in your data center or a private cloud. So starting today Backendless is everywhere and Backendless is one. The standalone version of the Backendless Platform is also known as Backendless Enterprise comes in a variety of installers, virtual machines and cloud images available for free download today.
The Backendless Enterprise packaging and the free-to-download format allow on-premise or private cloud installation. Application developers and organizations can take full advantage of the Backendless Platform power with the total control of the application infrastructure, data, workflows and IT procedures. And all these benefits are obtained by Backendless Enterprise users without any dependency on the public cloud!
The Backendless Enterprise feature-set is identical to the Online version of Backendless. Your applications can rely on the powerful data persistence and app user management APIs, leverage file storage, deliver push notifications, exchange publish/subscribe messages and deploy custom business logic.
To get started with the product see the Backendless Enterprise Quick Start Guide.
For licensing inquiries, contact Backendless Sales.
In my previous post I described how data tables in Backendless map to the client-side classes whose instances contain persisted data objects. However, there are scenarios when the default mapping is undesirable. In that case, Backendless client libraries provide an API to override the mapping. For example, consider the following data table (Restaurant):
Previously I described how to save data objects using REST Console. The same interface allows to save objects with related data – it is strictly a matter of formatting the request body. Consider the following two data table schemas:
Backendless REST Console is a tool capable of driving REST queries against Data Service. It is useful when you need to validate a REST command or for testing and diagnostics purposes. REST Console is available in a dedicated tab on the Data screen of the Backendless Console. Previously I wrote how to load data objects using REST Console and how to save a new data object. In this post I will describe the API to delete a data object.
The custom business logic feature in Backendless lets you add your own server-side code to handle client API requests. In this post I am going to review how to add the Data Service API handlers.
With that type of handler you can intercept and add additional logic for the APIs which store data in Backendless, run queries, update or delete data objects.
The easiest way to start building server-side Backendless code is the developer console. Login to your account, select an app and click the Business Logic icon. I assume there are some data tables in your backend, if not, make sure to create a few. Since we are going to add an event handler which works with persistent data, click Data Tables from the list of available handler categories. Click Add Event Handler, the screen should look as shown below:
Previously I wrote how to generate custom business logic code for API event handlers and how to locally debug your custom code. Now your code is ready to be pushed to the Backendless servers. Once it is out there, the Backendless infrastructure automatically handles scaling the code execution and routing requests to an instance available to run your code. The process for deploying an API event handler is very similar to the one for timers (see deploying custom business logic in timers to Backendless).
The ZIP file you downloaded from the Backendless Console (when it generated the code for an event handler) includes the deploying utility located in the /bin directory. To deploy the code, open a command prompt window and run the Deploy script. There are two of them, one for Linux (Deploy.sh) and the other for Windows (Deploy.bat). When you run the utility, it inspects all the custom code, packages and deploys it to the Backendless servers. The utility output would look similar to the one below: