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  • How To Call AWS Lambda Functions from Amazon Alexa – Part 1
    By now, most of you are familiar with Alexa, the virtual assistant created by Amazon, and popularized through their line of Echo smart speakers and devices. Alexa gives users the capability to execute actions from a pre-defined set of functionality (called “skills”) using a voice interface. Alexa performs language processing, and converts the spoken words into […] The post How To Call AWS Lambda F...
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  • Incorpoating Backand in a Native Android App
    In this article we’ll look at how to connect a native Android application to a Backand back-end using HTTP calls. We’ll cover configuring the connection headers, authenticating with Backand, sending requests, receiving responses and other Backand SDK functionality. Configuring the Connection To integrate with Backand, you’ll need three pieces of information. The first is the […] The post Incorpoat...
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  • Introducing: Lambda Launcher
    We’re pleased to announce the release of Lambda Launcher! Lambda Launcher was built by Backand to make it easier and more productive for your organization to use  AWS Lambda functions. We built the Lambda Launcher after experiencing a number of pain points in our usage of AWS Lambda, and wanted to share our knowledge (and the […] The post Introducing: Lambda Launcher appeared first on The Backand ...
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  • Why Go Serverless?
    Most of the talk about serverless these days focuses on how to integrate with a function-as-a-service provider, how to orchestrate your calls, tools for troubleshooting in a serverless world, and so on. However, not much of it is focused on the most important question behind choosing serverless architectures over a more traditional approach: why? In this post, […] The post Why Go Serverless? appea...
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  • The Pros and Cons of AWS Lambda
    AWS Lambda revolutionized the serverless application landscape. Before, serverless implementations were limited to choosing a cloud provider for your application’s back-end functionality. With Lambda, Amazon pioneered a new development paradigm – Function-as-a-Service. In this post, we’ll give a brief overview of AWS Lambda, and then discuss advantages and disadvantages of using the service. AWS L...
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  • From Zero to Serverless With Backand, Part 1
    This post is the first in a series in which we’ll walk through creating a serverless app using AWS Lambda and Backand. This post will cover serverless app architecture, the project we’ll be building, and what Backand has to offer. Why Serverless? Traditional web apps give you a lot of flexibility but have high costs. From hosting, […] The post From Zero to Serverless With Backand, Part 1 appeared ...
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  • The 4 Serverless Conferences You Don’t Want to Miss
    The concept of serverless architecture has been gaining steam over the last year or so and this has led to a handful of conferences either completely dedicated to the topic or with a heavy focus on it. There’s no better way to learn more about the advantages and developments related to the serverless trend than […] The post The 4 Serverless Conferences You Don’t Want to Miss appeared first on The ...
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  • Accelerating Serverless Development: The New Backand UI
    We’re excited to announce our new serverless-focused user interface. It makes it easier to get what you need out of Backand – be that data storage, AWS Lambda management, user security, or any of our other features. In this post, we’ll walk through the concepts behind our new UI and offer a preview of a couple new […] The post Accelerating Serverless Development: The New Backand UI appeared first ...
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  • Integrate Your Backand App with SalesforceIQ
    Building and maintaining customer relationships is crucial for driving sales to your platform. However, it can also be a complex process requiring integrating data from multiple sources and, more importantly, ensuring that data is accessible when it is needed. In our last post we examined Integrating with Salesforce CRM. In this article, we’ll look at […] The post Integrate Your Backand App with S...
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  • Integrate Your Backand App with Salesforce to Leverage Customer Data
    Building and maintaining customer relationships is crucial for driving sales to your platform. However, it can also be a complex process requiring integrating data from multiple sources and, more importantly, ensuring that data is accessible when it is needed. In this article, we’ll look at integrating a Backand application with the popular Salesforce CRM platform, […] The post Integrate Your Back...
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  • Importing Large Datasets Into Backand with Bulk Processing
    While our SDK includes several methods to create and modify single records, many applications won’t be able to get by with just single-record edits. In this post, we’ll take a look at Backand’s Bulk API. Using our bulk functionality, you can perform up to 1,000 operations with a single API request. Instead of calling the […] The post Importing Large Datasets Into Backand with Bulk Processing appea...
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  • Webinar: How to Build an AWS Test Harness
    AWS Lambda is a powerful tool for federating your application architecture and reducing operational costs for web apps with sporadic activity. However, while many of the interfaces to work with AWS Lambda functions are intuitive, the process of debugging the code as it runs necessarily has some holes. In recognition of this, we’re hosting a […] The post Webinar: How to Build an AWS Test Harness ap...
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  • Integrating Backand with JQuery
    JQuery is the most widely-deployed JavaScript library. It provides a comprehensive set of responsive tools for dynamically working with an HTML page’s DOM, and is responsible for establishing and guiding a lot of the patterns that are the standard in web development. In this article, we’ll look at how you can integrate the Back& Vanilla […] The post Integrating Backand with JQuery appeared first o...
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  • Deeper Mandrill integration using AWS Lambda
    Mandrill is a transactional email API built by MailChimp to facilitate programmatic communications with your app’s users. While we already have some demonstration JavaScript for sending a plain message via Mandrill, supporting attachments needs a server-side Node.JS Action. Below, we’ll create a server-side Node JS action (powered by AWS Lambda) that imports the Mandrill SDK, […] The post Deeper M...
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  • Integrating Backand with Ionic Creator
    Ionic Creator is an online IDE for Ionic apps that can greatly speed the development of your cross-platform mobile and web application. However, like any IDE, it can pose problems when integrating with some external service providers like Backand. Below, we’ll look at the steps needed to get your Ionic Creator app up and running […] The post Integrating Backand with Ionic Creator appeared first on...
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  • Deep Dive Series: Integrating Backand with Ionic Creator, Mandrill & More
    Over the next several days, we’ll be running a set of deep-dive blog posts. Each post will cover a different topic in-depth, providing a deeper look at integrating Backand into a number of different application development scenarios. The posts will cover three differing topics, showing a range of functionality that can be implemented into a […] The post Deep Dive Series: Integrating Backand with I...
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  • Integrating Backand with Vue.js
    Vue.js is a progressive framework designed to provide an intuitive means by which a front-end developer can build their application. It is designed to be incrementally adaptable, allowing you to use it as often as you like, and provides a lightweight set of tools for adding dynamic functionality to a web app. By providing dynamic […] The post Integrating Backand with Vue.js appeared first on The B...
  • Upgrade Your Apps to Work with Our New Serverless SDK
    This post is a quick guide to upgrading your existing Backand-powered applications to work with the new Backand Serverless SDK we announced a couple of weeks ago. We’ll cover the changes made in the SDK, and explore the steps you need to take to get your Backand application up and running with the new API. What’s changed? […] The post Upgrade Your Apps to Work with Our New Serverless SDK appeared ...
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  • Protecting Your Apps Against the Next AWS Outage
    On February 28th, Amazon Web Services had several issues that led to global outages in the AWS stack. This started at around 9:40 AM Pacific time, and was resolved by 2:00 PM Pacific. During this outage, many popular websites faced availability and functionality issues, as more than 30% of the web relies upon AWS for […] The post Protecting Your Apps Against the Next AWS Outage appeared first on T...
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  • Meet Backand’s New Serverless SDK
    Backand is proud to announce our new Serverless SDK. With the launch of this SDK, we offer super-easy access to all core functionality of our powerful backend-as-a-service. We also have compartmentalized our SDK to allow for easy integration on multiple major serverless app development platforms. In this post, we’ll walk through the new Serverless SDK structure. […]
  • Authentication-as-a-Service: Auth0 vs. Backand
    Authentication-as-a-Service (or AaaS) is focused on encapsulating the business functionality around user authentication. Using a AaaS provider, such as Backand or Auth0, lets you easily integrate with an authentication system, and focusing your efforts on the unique aspects of your app that deliver the most value to your users. Auth0 is one of the most popular Authentication-as-a-Service (sometime...
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  • Single Sign-On with Azure Active Directory and Backand
    Most internet users have accounts with many different service providers. As these providers have grown, they have also opened up their authentication systems to third-party developers. By leveraging these authentication systems, third party apps can reduce their scope and complexity, offloading user registration, verification, and authentication to a package solution like Google Plus, Github, Face...
  • Free Hosting and 30% Off All Plans
    As 2016 draws to a close, we at Backand —  the super-powerful backend-as-a-service — are delighted to offer you some holiday gifts. We hope you like them. 2017 Annual Plans Now there’s a new way to save on your Backand plan. Choose any of our plans, billed as a one-time payment for 12 months, and enjoy 20% […]
  • Platforms for ChatBots in a Post-App World
    As the Internet moves towards a post-app world, a world where content is delivered via bots, many different types of content providers are rising to prominence. The most popular of these providers will be  the basis for the continued growth of the post-app Internet, and as such it makes sense to get a feel for […]
  • New Feature: Facebook Graph API Support
    We’re pleased to announce Backand support for the Facebook Graph API. The Graph API gives your application access to user’s Facebook profiles (with their permission, of course). With it, you can retrieve data such as birthdays, friends list and profile photos and enrich the data of your app running on the Backand, backend-as-a-service (BaaS). Retrieving […]
  • Announcing Backand SDK for Angular2
    We’re pleased to announce the recent release of the the Backand Angular 2 SDK. Fully compatible with AngularJS 2.0.x, it provides methods for easily communicating with the Backand server and performing common tasks, such as managing users. Read the full docs or get the SDK on Github. Backand is a powerful backend-as-a-service for AngularJS, React […]
  • Are Progressive Web Apps the Future or Just a Fad?
    The industry has been talking about progressive web apps (PWAs) for some time now – Google introduced them in 2015, but they’ve taken some time to come mainstream. In case you’re a bit late to the game, PWAs tap into the modern capabilities of the web yet offers a native app-like experience for the user. […]
  • Authenticate Angular with Azure Active Directory Using Backand
    Last week, we discussed at a high level using Azure Active Directory for SSO with Backand. This week, we’re taking a deeper dive into how to do it. Most apps of a non-trivial nature will, at some point, need to tackle user authentication. While a custom user management system can be a good option, usually […]
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  • How to Build a Facebook Messenger Chatbot in 10 Minutes
    The new Facebook Messenger platform, announced back in April, lets developers write bots, or automated chat programs, that drive user engagement and provide value in an intelligent and interactive way. In this series of articles, we’re going to take a look at what it takes to build out a Facebook Messenger chat bot, with Backand serving as the […]
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  • Bots, BaaS and the Death of Apps
    The release of the first iPhone in 2008 gave developers an entirely new medium in which to provide content – the mobile app. While mobile apps had existed prior to the launch of Apple’s AppStore, it was the iPhone that truly pushed smartphone apps into the public consciousness. Apps have advantages over their mobile web app […]

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