Using Backendless as a primary platform, a Backendless user named Josh created the Tacoma Japantown Walking Tour app. Built to facilitate visits to the historic Nihonmachi (Japantown) of Tacoma, WA, this app offers practical, and creative help. Maps indicate major points of interest for tourists with both historic and modern images to add value to every location. Essay links that have been compiled by noted historian Michael Sullivan and writer Tamiko Nimura provide additional historical information for visitors.
Josh had been searching for a product that would offer a flexible backend with intelligent push notifications support for his projects. Using an awkward process of taking images and loading these onto Josh’s iPad Pro, Michael and Tamiko shared these with visitors when guiding them around the site. After several tours using this method, Josh decided to find a solution by creating an app where visitors could access images for themselves. After the app grew in popularity they realized that the tour could be self-guided, leading to the creation of current, comprehensive changes to the app.
Prior to discovering Backendless, Josh had used up a lot of unnecessary time with other backend developers to create APIs and suitable data backends. This method proved to be time-consuming with the boilerplate code requiring repeated refinements.
Backendless does away with the slog involved in this type of project. Our platform encompasses a flexible database and APIs while providing extensive storage for data since the product incorporates a scalable cloud-based solution. All of this means that developers can concentrate on the integration of front-end data interaction. These features are predominantly useful when cooperating with groups who have limited resources. ‘Backendless further includes a sandbox as a flexible deployable solution when the product is ready to be tested,’ – says Joshua.
The technology stack supporting this app consists of Backendless, Swift (iOS), Java (Android) and WordPress. The functional set on which this app is based includes :
The Backendless program continuously checks for new data and updates all new posts via the WordPress API. Immediately new posts are detected, the post data is retrieved by Backendless, triggering a notification for transfer of new information. Once the application begins, new posts will be queried through Backendless, which then feature in the Japantown app.
Josh was excited by the convenience offered by Backendless, saying ‘push notifications that are managed through Backendless are really helpful for our tours. Other apps just don’t give us what we need without needing substantial changes, but I still need to build a function into the app that will allow Michael and Tamiko to add their own images for new signs and boundaries to add interesting facts about Japantown. That is just one thing that currently needs to be changed. Understanding of Tacoma’s vibrant Japanese-American history gives me a stronger sense of the cultural value of this service. Even the brief messages announcing that, “You’ve arrived” drive my passion to create new memories for visitors to remind them of their time spent at Japantown.’
‘These have been just some of the convenient benefits I experienced with Backendless after a long search for the perfect match to my needs, and those of my customers.’