Are You Proud of Your WaveMaker App?

July 24, 2014

We’d love to hear about it!

Please tell us about the application you have built using WaveMaker. We often get asked by analysts and press for customer stories. Whether you’d like your name “in lights” or prefer to remain anonymous, please share your story. We may use your story (in press, collateral, case studies, testimonials, webinars, etc.).

Submit your story.
https://docs.google.com/a/wavemaker.com/forms/d/1_y67AAhykrrVOan11Qy9Rgt8NZg7GXmgyoxSrl0ZSVE/viewform

WaveMaker Studio 7 Open Beta now available!

July 2, 2014

We are proud to announce the open Beta release of WaveMaker Studio 7.  Click on “Try 7.0 Beta Now!” button here.

This is one of the most significant releases of WaveMaker in the past few years, if not ever.  Following are some highlights of the major enhancements available in WaveMaker Studio 7.  Note that the Beta version is available as a service (SaaS) so we can provide you with instant releases, upgrades and bug fixes.  For GA, if not earlier, we will have a downloadable, installed version.  We continue to offer WaveMaker Studio 7 for FREE (both the downloadable and SaaS versions), and will make the downloadable version Open Source.

Updated architecture

Studio 7 is built from the ground up using new UI frameworks such as Angular JS and Bootstrap CSS. Even the underlying Hibernate and Spring frameworks have been upgraded to their newer versions. The entire Studio 7 backend has been re-architected with a RESTful interface.  Not only that, even the applications that you build with Studio 7 will be automatically API-enabled through RESTful interfaces.

Studio as a Service

Studio 7 is now available as SaaS (in addition to the downloadable version), making WaveMaker Studio a comprehensive cloud-based visual development tool, complemented by WaveMaker Cloud for instant deployment to public cloud or private cloud (with our on-prem version of our WaveMaker Cloud PaaS).

API Prefabs

Studio 7 introduces the concept of Prefabs – reusable API plugins for your applications. You will now be able to easily use APIs in your applications by using corresponding API Prefabs out-of-the-box.  You can build your own API Prefabs and share or market them to other WaveMaker developers.

Data visualization

In Studio 7, data visualization is a lot simpler with the help of a new set of interactive charting widgets. In fact, you can mash up external data from say, Salesforce, with existing data to create insightful dashboards.  We have implemented D3JS to enable a staggering set of eye-popping data visualizations such as these.

Database Designer

Studio 7 lets you can create your own data model by using the WYSIWYG Database Designer.  You can drag and drop tables, set column attributes and define relationships.

Smart Layouts

With Studio 7, we have taken a mobile-first approach to create applications. Responsive Smart Layouts ensure your application is mobile-ready by automatically altering the layout as per the device. You can now instantly preview how your application will be displayed on a tablet or a smartphone from the design mode itself.  No more designing multiple layouts to support various devices.

New Live Widgets

Studio 7 extends the concept of Live Widgets by providing two new widgets – Live Filter and Live List.  You can add a Live Filter to a live widget, a chart widget or any data-bound widget to show data based on filters. Live List lets you show a repeating group of items from a dataset.

Custom Project Templates

Studio 7 also gives you more control by letting you create your own Project Templates. You can now save any project as a template so you or others creating similar projects do not have to reinvent the wheel.

UI Editors

Power users of WaveMaker Studio will be happy to learn that it is now possible to edit HTML markup, JavaScript and CSS on the client side with a Code Editor.

We hope you will give WaveMaker Studio 7 a try.  Please keep in mind that this is a Beta version, so bugs may still exist.  We do not recommend development of production applications on pre-GA versions (GA is currently scheduled for early August).  Please do let us know what you think of Studio 7 on the forum.

Samir Adams Ghosh
CEO – WaveMaker, Inc.

WikiTweaks

June 24, 2014

At WaveMaker, one of the things we set out to do this year is modernizing the Community platform. As you might already be aware, we have upgraded majority of the infrastructure, platforms and websites. We would like to thank you for your support and patience during these (down)times.

In continuing with the upgrade process, we set out to update the xWiki platform, which hosts the WaveMaker 6.x documentation. The old version of xWiki platform has memory issues which hamper performance. Hence, you might be facing intermittent documentation(Wiki) downtimes. We are upgrading the Wiki platform to xWiki 6.0.1 from xWiki 1.7.2, which was released in Feb 2009 – back when WaveMaker 5.0 was yet to be released and when there was no Instagram. So you can imagine what our Engineering and DevOps team are dealing with here. The teams are working hard to resolve these issues on priority.

The good news is that we are hoping to complete the upgrade in a day or two and we will post an update on that when we are done.

Thanks for your patience and support!

UPDATE 27 June 2014:

We are currently running 2 instance of wiki server for the maximum availability. Temporarily we will disable the export to pdf feature from wiki as we have seen that it is adding significant load to the server. We are working on migrating to the one of the newer Wiki versions, which claims to be a super stable version and will resolve the connection and memory leaks issues. We’ll keep you posted on any new updates.

We are not bleeding from the “heartbleed”!

April 10, 2014

As you must be aware, this week there was a lot of buzz around the discovery of a major security vulnerability in Open SSL known as “heartbleed”. Most of the hosting providers, website operators, IaaS, PaaS and SaaS vendors are going though a grippling phase upgrading their servers, websites, and communicating to their users and community. Two-thirds of the Internet’s web servers are compromised.  This is possibly the worst vulnerability discovered so far, which leaves no trace of what has been compromised, by whom and since when. Bruce Schneier the security expert, rates this vulnerability at 11 on a scale of 1-10.

We are fortunate enough to watch the action closely and none of our products are affected due to “heartbleed”, as we do not use Open SSL. Our own Load Balancer and Web Server implementations, which are bundled as part of WaveMaker Gateway use Java SSL and this is a life-saver at the moment.

We have built our own HTTPS layer, which is a closed source component using Java SSL libraries. We always believed having a closed-source security implementation, is the first step to provide enterprise-grade security and it really turned out to be true with this SSL vulnerability being unearthed.

What is the vulnerability?
To give a little insight into the security loophole, this is a programmer’s error in the Open SSL implementation combined with the C language’s inherent power of providing access to any unbounded memory data. Websites and hosted software that are vulnerable to this attack, would have their TLS/SSL secret keys, private keys, names and passwords of the users exposed.

Security experts have advocated to use TLS/SSL for encrypting data and secure communications for years, but this is very unfortunate to find SSL vulnerable.

Deepak Anupalli,
Head of Engineering,
WaveMaker, Inc.

Suite New Site!

March 24, 2014

Greetings WaveMaker community!

We’re proud to announce to the WaveMaker community that we are releasing a new website.  Even larger news than the new website, however, is the exciting expansion of our WaveMaker product family.

We have merged our CloudJee platform and our enterprise application server technology stack with WaveMaker to deliver an end-to-end “App Enablement Suite”.  This suite not only provides full API Management.  The Suite goes beyond other API Management solutions by helping deliver on the ultimate business objective of APIs – to get apps built — by leveraging WaveMaker Studio’s strength at enabling a much larger audience (e.g,. citizen and user developers) to build apps.  Please check out the new WaveMaker.com for more info.

None of this changes the plans or directions we’ve stated for WaveMaker Studio – e.g., Studio will remain open source.  We will be releasing access to the Beta SaaS version of our major new release 7 shortly.  And we will continue investing in WaveMaker Studio as a strategic product in our suite.

We hope you will be as excited as we are about the game changing potential of our Suite and the greater opportunities this provides for our partners.  Please contact us for any needs in building and managing APIs, or populating an API App Store.

Samir Ghosh
CEO – WaveMaker, Inc.

WaveMaker Websites Upgrade

March 6, 2014

Hi All,

We are in the process of upgrading WaveMaker Websites and its Infrastructure. We expect a downtime of Forums on March 11th, Tuesday starting from 1 AM PDT to 5 AM PDT.

We regret the inconvenience caused to you. We’ll resume the services back as they were after the upgrade is complete.

Thanks
Vevek Pandian
WaveMaker Community Manager

WaveMaker Updates – The New Year so far

February 28, 2014

Hello WaveMaker Community,

With this post, we’d like to update you on what has kept us occupied since the New Year.

Community Platform

We are working towards modernizing our community platform. This includes migrating Community Forum from Drupal 5.7 to Drupal 6.3, upgrading WordPress to the latest version (3.8.1) by the end of March 2014.

Recently we enabled “Skip CAPTCHA” in the forum for trusted Community members. Community members will now be able to report spam posts using a new ‘Report Spam’ feature. We upgraded our Mail Delivery system so that user registrations and subscription emails will be delivered faster than before to your inbox.

WaveMaker 6.7

We’ve had some great feedback on our 6.7 Beta and “WaveMaker Cloud™” to create and deploy powerful Cloud-ready web apps with a single click. We would like to thank the 650+ beta developers across 70 countries for trying WaveMaker Cloud and providing us with valuable feedback. Check out the below infographic about how the WaveMaker Cloud has gone so far. Also, WaveMaker 6.7 GA has just been released.


WaveMaker Professional Services

We have been providing WaveMaker Services like Support, Training, Application Development and Professional Services. Recently we worked with clients to build their Test Management Systems and Asset Management Systems using WaveMaker 6.x. If interested in these services, please email us at sales@wavemaker.com.

WaveMaker offered by AWS Marketplace

We are glad to share that AWS now offers WaveMaker on its marketplace. Marketplaces such as AWS widen WaveMaker’s reach via their large customer base and simplify delivery via pre-built machine images. Here’s the WaveMaker listing on AWS Marketplace.

WaveMaker 7.0

We’ve devoted dozens of developers to work on WaveMaker 7.0. Internal preview was seen in December, even with examples of our new Prefabs, including Prefabs for posting to eBay and Facebook. In days, we will start our alpha testing, and will open up beta testing to select users in April. We are striving to make sure replacing Dojo with AngularJS does not impact the user experience with the WaveMaker Studio. In fact, we hope WaveMaker 7.0 enables user to create and deploy applications faster than ever before.

With the planned revamp of the website next month, we will also unveil our expansion of the WaveMaker brand and product line. Stay tuned for more updates.

Vevek Pandian
WaveMaker Community Manager

Announcing the release of WaveMaker 6.7.0

February 25, 2014

The WaveMaker team is pleased to announce the release of WaveMaker 6.7.0 RELEASE, the latest release to the WaveMaker 6.7.x family.

The release branch is 6.7.0_RELEASE. Check out the WaveMaker 6.7.0 RELEASE Release Notes for further details and then download WaveMaker 6.7.0 RELEASE.

WaveMaker Forum – Service Disruption

February 4, 2014

Hi All,

I want to post a quick update and apologize for the inconvenience caused. We had some issues with the WaveMaker production server. A technical issue in the Cache module caused service disruption from yesterday afternoon (Feb 3 2014). Our Engineering team fixed the issue and appropriate measures are taken to prevent this from happening in the future.

IMPACT
Due to this issue we have lost 6 posts with comments. We would like you to check your posts and comments you made between Feb-3-2014:1.30pm UTC and Feb-3-2014:6.30am UTC. Please recreate your missing posts and comments made during the above time period.

Thanks
Vevek Pandian
WaveMaker Community Manager

Happy New Year WaveMaker Community!

January 8, 2014

First, thanks to everyone who has been patient with us while we assumed stewardship of WaveMaker.  I’ll admit that community communications has not been our strong suit.  However, we are increasing our communications efforts with the goal of improving in 2014.  In particular, I think we have not conveyed our commitment to WaveMaker clearly enough.  To give some perspective, we have a development team working just on WaveMaker that is larger than I believe WaveMaker has ever had and literally at least 10 times the size of VMware’s WaveMaker team.  We’ve taken on some lofty goals, big enough perhaps to worry some folks.  But we took on WaveMaker because we see big potential.  And we did make very good progress with the product last year, which I believe will poise WaveMaker and its large community of partners and customers for bigger things this year.

Community Platform

Picking up some of the operational pieces (code, web site, forum, doc, download repositories, ticket tracking system, training materials, wiki, etc.) took a bit more effort than you might think.  And we are looking to modernize some of the community technologies this year.

Version 6.6

In about half a year, we completed several 6.6 releases, including milestone releases and final GA in November.  We’ve provided example apps for session and login management, and we’ve been delivering support and training for WaveMaker users.

Version 6.7

We also released public beta of 6.7, or what we call “WaveMaker Cloud™” (wavemakercloud.com).  With WaveMaker Cloud, we added the second “D” to RADD (Rapid Application Development and Deployment).  We made it super-simple to deploy your WaveMaker app right from Studio to the cloud with a single-click.  Via the CloudJee platform, we also give you a year free hosting (running on AWS) to try it out!   Note: 6.7 continues to be open source, and you can still use 6.7 to develop offline just as you do with 6.6; our goal is not to lock you in, but to provide the easiest, self-service, no-ops way to build and deliver great cloud and mobile apps.  We can provide a number of optional services for hosting WaveMaker applications such as choice of cloud providers, increased resources, SLA, etc.

In a little over a month last year, WaveMaker Cloud (6.7) has had thousands of downloads with hundreds of deployed instances from over 70 countries!

If you have not yet tried it out, sign up at WaveMakerCloud.com.

Version 7.0

With several years in the market, WaveMaker has been able to build a strong loyal following.  However, WaveMaker is also due for some modernization.  It’s our intent with our version 7 to:

a)      modernize the Studio user experience,

b)      modernize the framework to current popular technologies; this will also facilitate faster development of new features,

c)       do so without losing the power that makes WaveMaker so popular – including but not limited to back-end services integration, extensibility, browser-based, local/on-prem dev, open source, etc.

In our July webinar, we announced our intent to replace Dojo with AngularJS as a step towards these goals.  We did not take this decision lightly; we understood that this is not a trivial undertaking.  And we understand that some, particularly those with big investments in Dojo, might be less happy with this move.  Someone even suggested that we made this decision because our skillsets lie in AngularJS, not Dojo.  Actually, we have a lot of experience with Dojo, having built a previous product on Dojo.  However, we recognize that market demand is moving in a different direction.  Just search for “Top Javascript frameworks”.  AngularJS is a front runner on just about every list.  We’ve put dozens of engineers on this task, and I’ve already seen an internal preview.  We expect a release by Q2.

We expect the 7.0 platform to take us into the future.  Just as airlines tell parents to ensure they put their oxygen masks on first in an emergency, we find the community generally understands that WaveMaker has to be commercially viable for WaveMaker to not only survive, but thrive.  Thus, 7.0 will continue to have an open source version, but will also have an enterprise version.  Features for the enterprise version are yet to be determined, but team development, collaboration, deeper security seem like obvious areas.

One of the features in 7.0 that I am most excited about is what we are currently calling API “Prefabs”.  These are components specific to an API that can be easily used and reused in WaveMaker apps.  A simple example might be a login Prefab for WorkDay (HR SaaS application) that can not only provide a consistent UI, but can perform all the required backend authentication handshaking.  Developers and non-developers can then drag and drop this login Prefab into their WaveMaker apps.  Then, the community will be able to build and share Prefabs for various APIs and platforms.  We would like to hear from you which Prefabs you would like to see.

We will continue to support 6.6 for the foreseeable future.  Version 6.7 functionality (auto cloud deployment) will merge with 7.0.  Our goal is to provide migration tools for moving as much of 6.6 apps to 7.0 as feasible.

Special thanks to the loyal WaveMaker community and welcome to all the new users who discover WaveMaker each day and send us their praises for WaveMaker.  Together, let’s make some waves in 2014!  :)

Best regards,
Samir Ghosh
CEO, CloudJee