Altova MobileTogether Designer 4.1 SP1
MobileTogether Designer is free to use by as many developers as your organization requires. It provides easy-to-use functionality for building amazing apps for any mobile – or desktop – device.
Easily build sophisticated data-centric apps
Build one solution and deploy for any mobile or desktop device
Develop native apps for all platforms with one design
Connects to all back-end data sources
Built-in simulator lets you test your solution on all OSes
Automated app testing
Build the app front-end & back-end server logic at once
Use your own in-house developers or IT power users
No Java, .NET, or Objective-C experience necessary
Build native apps for:
iOS (iPhone, iPad)
All other platforms with browser-based client
Build a Mobile App
Finally – thereвЂ™s no need to hire or contract specialized mobile developers to build a five-star app. With MobileTogether Designer, your in-house team can create native apps in record time, thanks to a unique combination of visual, drag-and-drop UI design and powerful functional programming (using the standardized XPath/XQuery expression languages).
The majority of the typical event handling in the user interface of your app is easily accomplished by dragging and dropping actions into Action Trees, which provide a visual programming flow for the most common tasks.
For the evaluation of expressions, as well as for the manipulation of data, XQuery and XPath can be used, and MobileTogether includes a powerful expression builder and evaluator that makes it easy to build and debug these expressions.
Most developers are already familiar with XPath and XQuery. We even offer a free intro to XPath as well as complete XPath and XQuery tutorials to get up to speed quickly.
Typical event handling in your app is easily defined by adding Actions and Action Groups into Action Trees, which define the programming flow and error handling.
The Actions Dialog lets you easily define actions for controls or pages by selecting one or more actions from the left-hand pane and dragging them to the editing window on the right, where the control flow is defined in tree-form and any necessary details are configured.
Because Action Trees built with MobileTogether are independent of any particular device-specific programming language, they let you create sophisticated event handlers, control flow, and operations that work the same on any device, without worrying about the unique details of the API or SDK for each mobile operating system.
What Can I Do with Action Trees?
Drag and drop to define sophisticated page and control actions
Define advanced error handling scenarios
Access all device functionality (telephony, camera, geolocation, etc.)
Define loops, if-then-else structures, and database transactions
Define Action Groups that can be reused and nested
Define Action Groups that accept parameters and return results
Though working with ActionTrees is easy, it is a full programming language for building complex programming logic and is powerful enough to build any data-centric app imaginable – with no restrictions on complexity of the final product.
Automated App Testing
Robust and repeatable testing is an integral part of any successful app development project.
The Simulator in MobileTogether also includes sophisticated automated testing features that let you:
Record a series of user actions as a test case
Replay the test case in the MobileTogether Designer Simulator environment
Deploy test cases to the MobileTogether Server for replay on a variety of client devices
Retrieve Test Run results from the server and compare differences
You can even modify the app to fix a bug and run the test case again to validate the results of changes, which makes this an indispensable QA tool for your mobile app development process.
The Manage Test Cases and Runs dialog shown above lets you control playback speed, collect snapshots of client views and page sources after each step, and compare test run results. You can deploy test cases to your MobileTogether Server with your app and select them to run from a special Automated Tests dialog on the server.
Then, any client device connected to the server can then execute the automated app test at the speed specified in the Automated Tests dialog. Additional columns in the dialog let you set logging details for each test run to capture snapshots of infosets, client views, and styles, which are recorded in test run files.
The log files of MobileTogether Server test runs can then be downloaded back to the MobileTogether Designer for analysis and comparison.
The Generate Program Code Wizard will walk you through the set up process, and then MobileTogether Designer will generate complete projects ready to be compiled into native iOS, Android, and Windows apps.
After compiling your apps, you can submit them to the app stores for publication.
You can get complete details on compiling code for Android, iOS, Windows Phone, and Windows 8/10 devices in the MobileTogether Designer Manual.
Benefits of App Code Generation:
You have full flexibility to customize your app branding
Generate native apps for all platforms from a single design
You get full-featured apps without manual coding
Deliver native apps in under a week (subsequent app store approval times vary)
Advanced App Features
Apps you build in MobileTogether can include all the sophisticated features and functionality todayвЂ™s users expect, including:
Seamless integration of device functionality (camera, messaging, etc.)
Localization in numerous languages
Rich charts, graphs, and dashboards
Real-time data entry forms / enterprise mobile forms
Bar code scanning
Support for NFC (near field communication) messages
Options for per-platform customization
The MobileTogether framework includes the backend server for the mobile apps, so when you design and build your mobile app with MobileTogether, youвЂ™re developing the app front-end and the back-end server logic at the same time, and in one environment.
MobileTogether Server benefits:
Install on premises or in the cloud
Provides connectivity to back end data sources
Delivers high-performance data processing
Sophisticated cache control options
Integrates seamlessly with other Altova automation servers
High Performance Features
MobileTogether Server increases the speed and performance of mobile devices running your app by doing all of the heavy lifting for complex queries and calculations on the server itself – meaning that the results are displayed on the mobile app much faster.
This allows the end user’s device to devote resources to other processes, decreasing load time and saving memory space.
Apps powered by MobileTogether Server are super-fast thanks to:
Granular caching options
Utilizing XQuery to reduce amount of data transferred
Persistent data storage on client devices
Keep-Data-on-Server setting (e.g., calculating a chart on the server but only sending an image of the results to the client)
Caching behavior for all data sources is highly customizable based on the needs of your app. As pioneered in Altova MapForce Server and FlowForce Server, MobileTogether contains more than just the usual caching parameters such as expiry and refresh time.
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