Building an App John 8 Jul 2013
Building a Developer app involves the same process as with the other two versions: you select building blocks and design your mobile app the way you want it. The main difference is that you can add building blocks designed especially for developers. This means you have a thousand and one possibilities at your fingertips for linking data and adding your own features. The Developer version is still under construction, but we are so enthusiastic about our progress that we would like to give you a sneak preview.
The Developer version lets you import data from Excel, XML and JSON feeds. The video shows how to do this with a couple of simple clicks. AppMachine’s software will automatically create an internal database for storing the external data and offers the possibility of creating relations between tables. A good example is the app for The Next Web Conference. The data in the app contains a list of speakers from a document in Google Docs, including their job titles, biographies and a link to their profile pictures. The app also included a feed with the conference agenda. These two tables were linked so visitors could check who was speaking. The app presents a neatly-aligned overview of all the data for each speaker: their name, job title, photo, tweets and the time they will deliver their presentation. You can see exactly how this works in the demo video. All data lists are updated automatically. Should there be any changes to the agenda, the data update is pushed to the app immediately, as in the Next Web example. This requires no intervention on your part.
You can present users of your app with the imported data any way you want. As usual with AppMachine, this is relatively easy using drag and drop. You have considerable control over the design and functionality of the buttons. If you are a highly skilled developer, you could do it all by yourself in XML. The feature lets you modify the layout down to the smallest pixel. All screens are added to the app as native items, so that they work quickly and conveniently.
Would you like to know when the Developer version is ready? Then register, and we will keep you posted.