The first in a four-part series looking at the new tools that are enabling application development and automated workflow construction completely in cloud environments, without developers having to manage backend servers or application architecture. Bill Appleton, CEO of open source API serverless platform DreamFactory, says APIs and backend complexity are “a big problem” that enterprise are looking to serverless to solve.
As a rapidly growing number of users demand access to enterprise apps, developers must think even harder about how they approach UI and UX. "Developing these apps requires more iterations through Agile development with frequent releases," Bill Appleton, President at DreamFactory Software, said. "For enterprise architects, it puts more pressure on providing a mobile-optimized back end that supports rapid app development that can leverage a growing variety of back-end data sources."
Cool APIs are the secret weapons behind today’s most successful companies -- Uber, Netflix, Airbnb, PayPal, NEST, Amazon, Facebook, Google, Twitter and many more. Editor Vance McCarthy profiles some inspirational examples powered by 3Scale, CA Technologies, DreamFactory, Mulesoft, WSO2, and others.
Some businesses are looking to a new generation of mobile backend as a service (MBaaS) tools to develop and deploy more fluid business process applications, according to Reale. MBaaS offerings, such as Backendless and DreamFactory, typically blend software development and API management together.
Application requirements have moved from the desktop, to the browser, to mobile devices and on to the Internet of Things (IoT). At each step of this transition, applications have become smarter, simpler and more widely distributed in an effort to keep up in the connected-everything world. "These changes are demanding that SOA systems become more transactional and capable of massive scalability,"said Bill Appleton, CEO of DreamFactory.
An early challenge for Noggle was how to control shared file access in a secure and extensible way. DreamFactory ended up being the perfect solution. It gave von Thienen a granular system of user creation and role control that’s secure and scalable. DreamFactory also served as a perfect bolt-on service to their existing Wordpress/Woocommerce portal. Von Thienen crafted a series of functions for integrating DreamFactory into Wordpress .and has generously shared them with us.
A Loch Ness monster hunter from Shipley believes he could finally have helped solve the mystery of what really lurks beneath the water. A computer expert in the US has used advanced techniques to analyse a night-time film Gordon Holmes shot from a layby almost a decade ago. The analyst has now concluded the creature side-winding across the 800ft deep Scottish loch at about 6mph might in fact be a giant eel. Mr Appleton has told leading Loch Ness investigators that Mr Holmes' footage had framed giant eels, concluding: "I believe they display a giant eel side-winding across the loch."
Coverage of the release of DreamFactory Enterprise by App Developer Magazine:
"DreamFactory has released DreamFactory Enterprise, a new commercial package of its REST API backend. It runs on a Linux server and includes the DreamFactory open source runtime for instant deployment allowing development teams to provision, govern and report on DreamFactory instances."
App Developer Magazine highlighted our recent partnership with AppGyver:
AppGyver has integrated DreamFactory's REST API backend with its Composer 2 drag-and-drop app builder, expanding the app building platform’s ability to create apps with a secure connection to existing backend data sources.
Adrian Bridgwater at Computer Weekly notes the future of DreamFactory Enterprise:
For 2016, DreamFactory sets its sights on taking its services platform deeper into the enterprise by following in the footsteps of other open source software vendors such as Docker, MongoDB, Elastic, NGINX -- all companies that have crossed the chasm from pure open source adoption to monetisation with an enterprise offering.
He also noticed that DreamFactory CEO Bill Appleton writes his own blogs. He sure does.