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Ice Report App: The power of Crowdsourcing

Posted by Alex Bowen

Thu, Dec 15, 2016

Andrew Jenkins, engineer at Split Rock Software and DreamFactory Community member developed an app called Ice Report. He was looking for a prebuilt system to make information in a database easy to access and handle users in secure way and found DreamFactory. DreamFactory allowed him to build a basic user system with a minimal interface, as well as allow users to submit data for others to view in a quick and easy way.

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AppGyver upgrades Composer 2 with DreamFactory to build apps from any data source

Posted by Joshua Curry

Thu, Dec 17, 2015

App development platform AppGyver now includes the DreamFactory REST API platform right out of the box. AppGyver's newest drag-and-drop app builder, Composer 2, provides a visual development tool that now empowers businesses to build apps with an instant, secure connection to existing backend data sources -- in just minutes.

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SOA is Not a Mobile Backend

Posted by Bill Appleton

Mon, Jun 22, 2015

The rise of mobile devices finally pushed the adoption of RESTful web services into the mainstream of application development. But years before this, companies used web services to build sophisticated service-oriented architectures for application development and integration. Some of the enterprise service bus (ESB) and API management vendors have even tried to adapt SOA systems to the brave new world of mobile devices—with limited effectiveness. I'd like to examine some of the similarities and differences between SOA and mobile backend integration platforms.

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Why DreamFactory Embraces Open Source

Posted by Bill Appleton

Tue, Jun 2, 2015

 

The engineering team here at DreamFactory Software designed and built some of the very first rich applications that use web services. We learned the hard way that building apps for demanding enterprise customers can be daunting. Server-side page generation doesn’t work. Delivering a high performance experience on network-limited, performance-constrained devices is non-trivial. Managing security is especially challenging. And you have to build your own API to access the backend.

We thought: “there must be a better way!” So in 2012 we set out to perfect the design and implementation of a mobile backend platform that would meet the needs of our development team. These efforts led us to develop the DreamFactory Services Platform — a RESTful backend integration platform that allows mobile, web, and IoT developers to connect any data source and expose it with a secure, comprehensive palette of REST APIs for use by any client device.

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Band Aids Don’t Solve REST API Complexity (Part 2 of 4)

Posted by Bill Appleton

Thu, Apr 2, 2015

In my previous blog post, I examined the problem of REST API complexity in the enterprise. In short, as a company builds more and more web services, the situation server-side becomes increasingly complex, which can reduce portability, scalability, efficiency, and security. It also slows down development, just at a time when enterprises are scaling up development of mobile applications. In this blog post, I discuss some of the solutions that companies use to address this problem, and assess their effectiveness.

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Don't Build Your Own REST APIs (Part 1 of 4)

Posted by Bill Appleton

Fri, Mar 27, 2015

The engineering team at DreamFactory designed and built some of the very first applications that use web services. Over the years, we made many mistakes trying to create the perfect API backend for these applications.

In our experience working with customers, we’ve learned that many companies face the same challenges we had to think about and tackle over the years. One of the biggest challenges is figuring out a winning API strategy. This blog post lays out some of the traps and pitfalls that companies often experience when they decide to build their own REST APIs.

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Componentized services come to the foreground at Gartner’s AADI conference

Posted by Bryan Stewart

Wed, Feb 4, 2015

I recently attended Gartner’s Application Architecture, Development & Integration (AADI) Summit in Las Vegas. It was an excellent event, attended by more than one thousand IT and application development leaders and enterprise architects, who had gathered to learn, network with peers, and prepare for what’s next. 

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The Authenticated App With AngularJS + DreamFactory User Management

Posted by Michael Mandato

Wed, Apr 9, 2014

This is part one of a three part tutorial. In this tutorial we will setup an AngularJS application on our local machine, install the DreamFactory AngularJS User Management Module, and connect to a DSP that lives on the DreamFactory Hosted System. Then we'll show you how to implement Authentication using the DreamFactory User Management Module. All the files for this tutorial can be downloaded from here. Let's get started!

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Announcing Our iPad Winner Sam Pretorius!

Posted by Ben Busse

Thu, Dec 19, 2013

 A few weeks ago we sent out a survey to our developer community to learn what types of mobile technologies developers are using and to get feedback on the DreamFactory Services Platform. You can see the survey results here.

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DreamFactory Developer Survey - Enterprise Mobile Development in 2013

Posted by Ben Busse

Mon, Dec 9, 2013

 We sent out a survey to our registered users last week to get feedback on the DreamFactory Services Platform and to learn about mobile app usage and the technologies that our users are adopting. We thought it would be helpful to share some of the results with our community and with anyone interested in how mobile technologies are evolving.

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Mobile App Development with CORs and Pub/Sub

Posted by Jason Sykes

Mon, Jun 10, 2013

JasonSykesThe ability to build apps from your desktop or local server is a huge plus for developers using their own debug tools, test suites, etc. With our latest Version 1.0.4 release, we now support these use cases plus the ability to run apps from outside of your DSP and still enjoy the flexibility of our REST API.

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Why We Like Swagger for API Docs

Posted by Lee Hicks

Tue, Jun 4, 2013

LeeHicksNothing makes a REST API easier to use than good documentation. Well, nothing except maybe a live test environment right there in the documentation. And help with generating client side code to use your API would be awesome too. Come to think of it, having the documentation and test environment dynamic enough to update as you on-board more services would be a major plus. Well, you get all that and more with the latest DreamFactory DSP REST API with Swagger.

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Securing the Mobile Enterprise

Posted by Bill Appleton

Fri, May 17, 2013

The DreamFactory Services Platform (DSP) was designed from the beginning to be a very secure way for an enterprise customer to host mobile applications. This blog post covers security benefits on the server side and at the client, and towards the end we discuss the advantages of our user roles and permissions system.

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Shedding Development Pounds

Posted by Ben Busse

Tue, May 7, 2013

BenBusseMuch has been written about how cloud computing, open source software, and programming frameworks have reduced software development costs exponentially in the last decade. As more than a few pundits have said, “anyone with a good idea and an Amazon Web Services account can now create the next Facebook!” Sure, the hyperbole is for dramatic effect, but the underlying point is true: anyone with programming skills can now create a web or mobile application faster and more cheaply than ever before.

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Getting Started: DSP Account Setup Screencast

Posted by Ben Busse

Tue, Apr 23, 2013

BenBusseWe’ll be posting many screencasts to help you quickly learn how to use DreamFactory to build great apps. The first one to watch is how to sign up and get started building apps with your free trial of the DSP.

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The Rise of the Front-End Developer Part II

Posted by Ben Busse

Tue, Apr 9, 2013

BenBusseWhat is the DreamFactory Services Platform? In a nutshell it’s a pre-built, open source back-end that you can install on any cloud infrastructure (AWS, Azure, RackSpace, etc.) or in your own data center. Released under the Apache license, the DSP is designed with the power, security, and flexibility to deploy a world-class mobile application. It includes a palette of secure services that you can access with REST (or SOAP) to fetch and return JSON (or XML) documents to your client app. You get a fully dedicated SQL database, standard BLOB storage, an external services interface, and highly configurable user management functions.

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The Rise of the Front-End Developer Part 1

Posted by Ben Busse

Mon, Apr 8, 2013

BenBusseBuilding and deploying data-driven applications, both web and mobile, typically requires a handful of development resources. Consider an enterprise application team consisting of a DBA, server-side team, client-side team, mobile team, and IT resources. Coordinating the work among team members and piecing together the front-end and back-end components of even a basic data-driven application is hard. But it shouldn’t be.

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