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Thursday, January 25, 2018PrintSubscribe
Cloud On Time User Guide: Universal Windows Platform

Cloud On Time app runs cloud applications created with Code On Time products directly on your device with an optional offline mode. Integrated access to device camera and sensors contributes to enhanced user experience.

This user guide explains how to connect, install, run, and manage the front-ends of the connected cloud applications in Cloud On Time app.

The home screen of Cloud On Time app displays Connect button if there are no connected clouds.

Home page of native Universal Windows Platform app Cloud On Time when no clouds are connected.

Tap “Connect” to connect to an application running in the cloud. When prompted, enter either the application name or the URL provided by your administrator.

Adding a cloud to native Universal Windows Platform app Cloud On Time.

Tap “Save” to connect to the application in the cloud. The name, icon, and description of the compatible application will be displayed. If the information is correct, then tap OK.

Cloud is found in native Universal Windows Platform app Cloud On Time.

Cloud On Time app will redirect to the application in the cloud to confirm your identity. Enter the username and password for your account to authorize access on the device.

Entering credentials to add a cloud in native Universal Windows Platform app Cloud On Time.

After receiving confirmation of user identity, Cloud On Time app will download the files of cloud application front-end and store them on the device. If the cloud application is configured to work in offline mode, then the data matched with the user identity is also downloaded.

The application is launched automatically after successful installation.

Cloud running locally in native Universal Windows Platform app Cloud On Time.

If you close the Code On Time app and start it again, then the installed cloud is automatically displayed with the same identity that was confirmed during the front-end installation process.

Cloud On Time app will also perform a brief verification of application files by comparing them with those reported by the application in the cloud. Any changes are automatically downloaded before the front-end is displayed.

File verification with the server is skipped if the app front-end is working with local data in offline mode. The process will be performed when the local data is synchronized and successfully committed to the cloud.

Cloud running locally in native Universal Windows Platform app Cloud On Time.

If you need more than one identity to work with the same app, then add another account by choosing “Add Account” option in the user menu.

Using Add Account option in cloud running in native Universal Windows Platform app Cloud On Time.

Confirm the new identity and the Cloud On Time app will install any required unique files on the device.

Adding an identity to a cloud running in native Universal Windows Platform app Cloud On Time.

A local version of the front-end specific to the identity is launched.

Using second identity in a cloud running in native Universal Windows Platform app Cloud On Time.

Use account manager to switch between identities.

If the Cloud On Time app is restarted, then the last used front-end with the last selected identity is launched automatically.

Choose “Exit” option in the user menu to exit the front-end and return to the home screen of Cloud On Time app.

Exiting a cloud running in native Universal Windows Platform app Cloud On Time.

You will see a tile representing the application front-end on the home screen. Tap the tile to launch the front-end of the cloud application.

Home page showing one cloud in native Universal Windows Platform app Cloud On Time.

Use “more” button on the right side of the toolbar and press “Connect a Cloud” to connect another cloud to the home screen.

Connecting additional clouds in native Universal Windows Platform app Cloud On Time.

Enter the name or URL of the cloud application when prompted. Connect the app and proceed to confirm your identity.

Cloud Employee Registry is found and ready to be added in native Universal Windows Platform app Cloud On Time.

Cloud On Time app will display the front-end of the connected cloud application.

Employee Registry front-end is running in native Universal Windows Platform app Cloud On Time.

Use “Exit” command in the user menu to return to the home screen of Cloud On Time app.

Each tile on the home screen provides “more” button with options to run the front-end or to delete the connected app.

Use the more button to remove registered clouds in native Universal Windows Platform app Cloud On Time.

List of registered clouds in native Universal Windows Platform app Cloud On Time.

To prevent unauthorized access to the application, use Logout option in the user menu.

Activating the Logout option in the front-end running in Universal Windows Platform edition of Cloud On Time app.

You will return to the home screen of Cloud On Time app. The tile of the cloud application will remain on the home screen.

An attempt to launch the “logged out” cloud application front-end will require confirmation of user identity in the cloud. When confirmed, the required files will be re-installed from the local cache on the device. The front-end will be launched with a minimal delay.

The cloud application can be configured by administrator to always confirm the user identity on the device when the front-end is started and to log the user out when the app is closed.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018PrintSubscribe
Cloud On Time App

Cloud On Time app runs cloud applications created with Code On Time products directly on your device with an optional offline mode. Integrated access to device camera and sensors contributes to enhanced user experience.

Employee Registry cloud running hosted in the native Universal Windows Platform app Cloud On Time.

The entire front-end of the cloud application is downloaded and installed on the device for a smooth and responsive user experience.

Installed cloud application front-end is automatically updated whenever the cloud is changed. You can maintain multiple accounts for each installed app with automatic secure sign-in.

If you are installing a cloud application with Offline Sync enabled, then the relevant data is also downloaded on your device. You will work with the local data in offline mode whether your device is online or disconnected. Synchronize data with the cloud when online connection becomes available.

Connect to a compatible application in the Cloud On Time app by specifying the name or URL. If the cloud application can be connected, then its name, icon, and description are displayed in the prompt to install.

Adding Order Management cloud to native Universal Windows Platform app Cloud On Time.

Cloud On Time app will redirect to the application in the cloud and prompt to sign in to authorize access on the device. Enter username and password to confirm your identity.

Logging in to add Order Management cloud to native Universal Windows Platform app Cloud On Time.

If your identity has been confirmed by the application in the cloud, then Cloud On Time app will download a manifest of files required to run the application front-end. Files listed in the manifest are downloaded to the device.

Optionally, the data that you can access in the cloud is download to the device during the last step of installation. This requires the cloud application to be configured for offline mode.

A list of cloud applications installed on the device is displayed on the home screen of Cloud On Time app.

List of clouds displayed in native Universal Windows Platform app Cloud On Time.

List of clouds displayed in native Universal Windows Platform app Cloud On Time.

Tap the application name or select “Launch” in the “more” menu to start the app. Choose “Delete” option to remove the app from the device.

Removing a cloud from native Universal Windows Platform app Cloud On Time.

Cloud On Time app will compare the local manifest of files with the one available in the cloud when the installed application is launched from the home screen. Any missing or changed files are downloaded before the front-end of the selected Cloud is displayed.

If the launched app is working with the local data in offline mode, then the manifest verification is skipped. The manifest will be processed when you initiate data synchronization and successfully commit local changes to the cloud.

If the Cloud On Time app is closed and started again, then the last used front-end is started automatically.

Use “Exit” option in the application front-end to get back to the home screen of Cloud On Time app.

Exiting a cloud in native Universal Windows Platform app Cloud On Time.

The cloud app launched from the home screen will operate under the same identity that was confirmed by the cloud application during installation. If you need to use multiple identities on the same device, then launch the installed application front-end and add an account. Cloud On Time app will redirect you to the cloud to confirm the new identity.

Adding an identity to a cloud in native Universal Windows Platform app Cloud On Time.

Unique files of the front-end specific to the confirmed identity are downloaded and the application is launched on the device. Use the account manager of the installed front-end to switch between identities. Cloud On Time app will use the last selected identity when the application is launched from the home screen.

Log out of all identities of the installed front-end to uninstall the application. It will remain to be listed on the home screen of Cloud On Time app until explicitly deleted. User identity will need to be confirmed to run the front-end of the uninstalled cloud application.

Use Cloud On Time app for instant access to applications deployed in the cloud on your native device. Work with your data offline, online, and on-premises.

Cloud On Time app is perfect for enterprise environment. An administrator can compose a simple text file listing names or URLs of custom enterprise business apps in the cloud. The entire collection of the apps is installed when Cloud On Time app is connected to the text file. Cloud On Time app will automatically check for the revisions of the file and update the contents of its home screen. Administrator can optionally disable ability of users to connect to apps manually or delete from the home screen.

Monday, December 25, 2017PrintSubscribe
Offline Data Processor, Native Apps, Code On Time v9 – Coming Soon!

The roadmap at https://codeontime.com/roadmap provides an overview, direction, and status of product development. The projected delivery dates are estimates and may change at any time.

Release 8.x.x.x Features

The major milestones in the near future are:

Offline Data Processor

The new client-side application feature in Touch UI apps will enable transactional data input. ODP is automatically engaged when DataView fields are modified. Changes begin to accumulate on the client and CRUD operations are simulated creating an illusion that data has been persisted. If the master record is saved then the entire log of server-side requests is submitted at once to the server. The server-side framework will start a database transaction, execute all requests, and commit them if there are no errors.

Offline Sync Add-On turns a an app with database backend in a fully-offline app.

ODP makes possible

  • Entering child rows without submitting the master record.
  • Creating complex wizard forms with child data view fields.
  • Building surveys with the DataView fields.
  • Confirmation controllers collecting complex parameters for business rules. Child DataView fields are accessible in business rules in JSON format.
  • “Always-offline” execution mode of apps.
  • Built-in Project Explorer configuration forms in the upcoming Code On Time v9.

ODP is expected in Release 8.8.0.0.

Native Apps

Native apps for Windows 7, Window 10 (Microsoft App Store), iOS (Apple App Store), and Android (Google Play Store) will become available to run applications created with Code On Time directly on native devices without using a web browser. Native App is a collection of HTML, JavaScript, CSS files integrated with a platform-specific code, interacting with your web server via HTTP to read-write data.

We will offer pre-made native apps available in the corresponding app stores. It will also be possible to create a native branded app that developers can deploy to the app stores on their own.

Native Apps are expected in Release 8.7.0.0.

Offline Sync Add-On

This is a new product that makes possible for Native Apps to run in a always-offline mode by extending ODP (Offline Data Processor) with the pre-emptive downloading of data from the server-side code deployed to a web server.

In essence you are building an app that works with a traditional database engine (SQL Server, Oracle, MySql, etc) or REST backend and turn it in a fully offline app without writing a single line of code with the help of Offline Sync Add-On,

Offline Sync Add-On is expected in Release 8.8.0.0.

Release 9.x.x.x

Our  next major goal is a new development environment named Code On Time v9.

Today Code On Time is a Windows Application that combines a hierarchical Project Explorer implemented as TreeView component available natively in Windows and built-in Web Browser. Developer navigates the trees of pages and controllers to access project configuration elements loaded in the web view. There is no web server involved. All settings are loaded from the local file system of the development machine. Configuration changes are persisted back to the local file system.

Code On Time v9 drops TreeView+WebBrowser development environment and replaces it with a JavaScript implementation embedded directly into the apps.

JavaScript equivalent of the Project Explorer will activate directly from the generated app and display alongside of the live pages. The new Project Explorer will synchronize with the application as user navigates through the app and activates screens/forms. Drag & drop operations from the Project Explorer to the app will  cause the live app to change. Modal Forms will be used to change properties. A new Object Inspector will simplify learning and change the app configuration with instant live preview.

The new Project Explorer needs a backend to discover the project configuration elements and to persist project changes.

We will offer three different backends.

Code on Time v9 - a Windows application that performs many of the functions of the current Code On Time v8, but does not have any user interface. Apps created with Code On Time v9 will detect its presence on the local computer and provide end users logged in as Administrators/Developers with an access to Project Explorer if the app is running as "localhost".

This backend is an equivalent of current Code On Time and will have exactly the same pricing model available at https://codeontime.com/buy.

Cloud On Time - a hosted application running in the cloud. It will have a built-in Database Designer that will allow creating tables/views in the cloud database. Programming will be possible with SQL business rules. This hosted app is being created with Code On Time v9.

This new backend will have a subscription-based pricing and let creating apps with Unlimited Edition features without installing anything on a development machine.

Cloud On Time Private Edition - a  version of Cloud On Time that can be privately deployed on premises.

The pricing for this backend is per-core of the deployment machine.

Code On Time v9 is a single development environment with 3 different backends. Development environment of v9 integrates directly in the apps.