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Instant GraphQL API on Back4App

Instant GraphQL API on Back4App

After a lot of coffee and code, we are excited to announce the GraphQL support on Back4App!

Since version 3.5, Parse Server automatically provides a GraphQL API in addition to the REST API. Version 3.6 is already available as a beta at Back4App, and you can now enjoy a powerful, also instantly, generated GraphQL API, for your new or existing apps.


How to make a ToDo List App with React Native, Expo and Back4App

How to make a ToDo List App with React Native, Expo and Back4App

React Native is one of the most popular frameworks used in mobile development. It was created by Facebook based on Javascript. It can be used to build apps to iOS or Android with native platform capabilities.

Expo is a tool that helps you speed up development time and testing.

This article explains how you can integrate a React Native app with Back4App. After completing this step-by-step tutorial, you will have built a project to manipulate a To-Do List.

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How to make an app? A successful mobile app in 13 steps

How to make an app? A successful mobile app in 13 steps

You got it! Do you want to do something big? Have an excellent idea for the next billion-dollar app?

But how to create an app?

This article will detail the lessons learned during our 13-year entrepreneur journey running a software development company and creating hundreds of mobile apps. We’ll reveal the hidden secrets of how to bring your ideas to life. We will provide practical steps based on our own experience making mobile apps and share some tips that worked well for us. Here are the 13 steps to building a mobile app. 

  1. Write down your high-level idea
  2. Choose either Android or iOS, but do not develop both at the same time
  3. Wireframe, mockup, and prototype your app
  4. Collect feedback from customers
  5. Create your app backend
  6. Code your app frontend
  7. Create your app landing page
  8. Implement your app analytics dashboard
  9. Optimize your app for SEO
  10. Beta test your app with real users
  11. Publish your app
  12. Promote your app to reach the right users
  13. Improve your app with customer feedback


Migrating from SQL(MySQL) to NoSQL(MongoDB) with the help of Parse – [Part 1]

Migrating from SQL(MySQL) to NoSQL(MongoDB) with the help of Parse – [Part 1]

When faced with the challenge to migrate from RDBMS to NoSQL, specifically MySQL to MongoDB, many programmers and/or people who don’t have deep experience with Databases end up cornered between expensive commercial ETL tools or free community tools.

Usually the latter is the option of choice for its obvious pricing advantage and, while MongoDB has a great import tool (a.k.a. mongoimport) which can successfully import CSV and JSON files, that can be easily generated with MySQL, a few times the complexity of the Database structure makes this process quite challenging, as conversion of values might not always match for both databases.

This article is intended to give you another option to help developers with migrating such data.


How to optimize your AWS costs? 10 ways to reduce your AWS bill

How to optimize your AWS costs? 10 ways to reduce your AWS bill

Back4App is a heavy Amazon Web Services user and we run most of our infrastructure on this cloud provider. We will show you how we delivered $500,000 in yearly Amazon Web Services savings. Software development companies, startups, and enterprises can benefit from this article because:

  • It provides effective and proved ways to reduce AWS spending;
  • We show how to have short-term and low hanging fruit gains;
  • Most of the procedures are simple and demand only planning and hard work.

The actions described in this article are based on our own experience managing cloud infrastructure and translated in successful cost reductions. Here is a brief checklist of what you will find reading this report.


Migrate your Parse App from Buddy to Back4App

Migrate your Parse App from Buddy to Back4App

As you have probably heard, the Buddy.com platform is turning off its Parse hosting service. We are glad to offer our assistance to help Buddy users to migrate to Back4App. We’ve developed a CLI Migration tool especially for migrating Parse Apps to Back4App. The tool is so straightforward that it can help Buddy users to migrate their apps in minutes. In this post, I describe in detail how to use this CLI Migration tool to move your database and files from Buddy. Also, I suggest an approach to migrate other features such as cloud code and integrations.


How Software Development Agencies can become more efficient

How Software Development Agencies can become more efficient

 

The challenges of making software are so varied. It is an empirical process, non-replicable, and sometimes unpredictable with constant changes. Small-Medium Size Software agencies (< 50 Developers) not only wholeheartedly feel these problems, they will constantly find further conundrums of standing out from competitors who are either “more experienced” in taking on enterprise-only projects starting from 100K, or “more extensive” for including a “full package” of UX / UI design, marketing strategy and more for all web, mobile, IoT and gaming needs.


Admin App updates: Custom Layout and All datatypes

Admin App updates: Custom Layout and All datatypes

In the last few weeks, we launched an excellent, robust feature called Admin App for our users and also upgraded its capabilities to a great extent so as to amplify the productivity, competence, and readability of developers and even non-technical users at all levels. The best part? To enhance your experience with Back4App, we persistently worked to release some of our most requested functionalities, which make the admin tool even constructive and better than ever. This post is arranged to announce the succinct summaries of what has changed.


The Clone App Power

The Clone App Power

When you key in ‘How to Clone Apps’ on the internet, a bucket of resources, blog posts, whitepapers, articles, and video tutorials can be discovered on SERPs.

As a developer, at some time, you might have worked in a team that utilizes a shared database for development, User Acceptance Testing (UAT) or deployment. If so, you must also be familiar with many overlaps between projects, contentions for resources, erratic environment stages, and high-level of dependency on other team members to get the end product deployed.


The API reference tool

The API reference tool

Back4App has long provided the tools necessary to build software applications. This past week, we released an API Documentation tool to further augment the development experience. The platform automatically generates docs for any objects saved in your database. This includes code snippets for each of the supported programming languages, as well as example requests and responses:

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