Improved IDE/Debugger, PWA, New components...
Today (24th of June), we released version 2.2. In addition to the documentation we have sent to our customers, here is a summary of solutions if you run into issues:
Bugfixes: see bug tracker.
Full release notes: see this post
Note about PWA
All visual applications built in PHsPeed can be migrated into a PWA, using the PWA setup module found under projects. There are some misunderstandings about what a PWA is and how you can use them.
First of all, Apple is not fully compliant with the PWA standards. If you want to 'install' a PWA configured application on IOS, you must manually add the application to the homepage. That has nothing to do with PHsPeed.
If you create your application with a desktop in mind, you might need to redesign your forms so that they will look good on a mobile phone. For instance, a mobile is not quite capable of showing massive data grids. This doesn't mean that you cannot use PWA for these types of applications, but for the best usability, you must design your forms so that Bootstrap can resize them properly to display them right on smaller mobile screens.
PWA applications build in PHsPeed are still web-based applications that will only run when there is an active internet connection. If there is no connection, the home screen will notify and the application will continue to run once the connection is established.
As of now ...
Hi, and great to see you here! We are proud of our new website, and in the upcoming weeks, we will reveal a lot of new features that will be in our release 2.2. If you haven't already, we would advise you to subscribe to our newsletter to be informed when new releases come out or when there is something to announce. And no, we do not share your email with others, nor will we spam you with useless 'offers'. As you might know, we like to simplify things. No difficult license models, no 'special' promotions. Just a great product for a very fair price. No sudden 'huge' increase in pricing or other unpleasant surprises!
Talking about the pricing is not a nice subject, but we will increase our license price for new licenses as of July 2022. As every company, we too suffer from increased costs. We kept our pricing low for early adaptors, but currently, PHsPeed is competing with all the products out there, which means that we will drop our early-bird discount.
If you are already a customer, then you will not be touched by the new pricing. We keep our promises! But if you are new and want to save a few bucks, then this might be the right time to step in. But if you can't, PHsPeed will still be very affordable.
Then some good news. I will give you detailed information about the new features in the following blogs. But to mention a few:
What are they and why are they important?
PWA's become more and more important lately. That is understandable because they have a lot to offer. But what are they?
If you are a developer and writing applications in PHP or another scripting language, you probably will have dreamed that it would be nice if you could run your application just as an 'app' on your mobile device. Building native apps for Android and IOS is not that simple. Some tools allow you to use only one code-base, but you need a subscription to the app store and need to share a high fee on your sales.
PWAs allow you to install your browser-based applications as a traditional web app on a mobile device, including a nice icon on the mobile desktop.
So what are PWAs?
First of all, let's start with the definition that you can find on Wikipedia:
Since a progressive web app is a type of webpage or website known as a web application, they do not require separate bundling or distribution. Developers can just publish the web application online, ensure that it meets baseline "installability requirements," and users will be able to add the application to their home screen. Publishing the app to digital distribution systems like Apple App Store or Google Play is optional.
As of 2021, PWA features are supported by Google Chrome, Apple Safari, Firefox for Android, and Microsoft Edge but not by Firefox for desktop.
Creating PWAs in PHsPeed will be supported in Q2/Q3
In terms of PHsPeed, we implement a PWA solution that allows you to enable all your PHsPeed applications into a qualified PWA. Suppose you start the application from a PWA-aware device (Android, IOS, Windows), then a splash screen will appear with two options: one to start the application and one to install the application as an app. If the user decides to install it, the application will be installed on the mobile device with the predefined icon. From that moment on, the install option will not be available anymore. The user can now start the app from his home screen.
If the internet connection is gone, the PWA will detect this, and the splash screen will reappear with the error message that there is no internet connection. There is an option to restart the application, which will work as soon as the internet connection is restored.
As a small disclaimer, we are currently developing this option so that the real implementation might be a bit different. And of course, if you already know how PWAs work, you can already deploy the PHsPeed application as a PWA. Using the PHsPeed implementation makes the feature available to anyone using PHsPeed.