Archive for the tag 'RESTXpress'

What Happened to RESTXpress (Our All-purpose REST API Gateway)?

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RESTXpress has been rein­vented as a part of the Appery​.io mo­bile app plat­form called API Express. RESTXpress pro­vided an easy-to-in­stall REST API gate­way that al­lowed quick “RESTification” of cor­po­rate as­sets — such as­sets as SQL data­bases, SOAP ser­vices, ex­ist­ing REST ser­vices, Salesforce data, and in­ter­nal work­flows.

Now, these fea­tures (and more to come) have been rolled into Appery​.io. We de­cided to do this be­cause it made more sense to treat RESTXpress as a mo­bile app en­abler that would be a nat­ural part of Appery​.io as part of a mo­bile app “suite.” It also en­ables us to pool re­sources (de­vel­op­ers, sup­port en­gi­neers, etc.) to make more ef­fi­cient use of them. Finally, be­cause of the com­mon plat­form ef­fort, it en­ables the de­vel­op­ment of sym­bi­otic hooks be­tween API Express and the rest of the Appery​.io plat­form to pro­vide greater value for our users.

As we close the book on RESTXpress, we thought it might be time for some re­flec­tion. Alex Antsypov has been with the project from the be­gin­ning as the de­vel­op­ment lead. Recently, I asked him some ques­tions about the past, present, and fu­ture of RESTXpress/​API Express.

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RESTXpress Comes Out with a New Version 3.1

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RESTXpress is our REST API gate­way that’s been mak­ing a lot of en­ter­prise IT de­part­ments happy through it’s ca­pa­bil­ity to quickly REST-ify cor­po­rate as­sets — such as­sets as SQL data­bases, SOAP ser­vices, ex­ist­ing REST ser­vices, Salesforce data, and in­ter­nal work­flows. In our lat­est ver­sion of RESTXpress, 3.1 (just re­leased), we’ve added more fea­tures to the ca­pa­bil­ity to rep­re­sent in­ter­nal work­flows as REST ser­vices. Now, you can in­clude “If” and “Fork” nodes in the flows to rep­re­sent even richer busi­ness logic.

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RESTXpress Turns 3.0

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RESTXpress con­tin­ues to get bet­ter and bet­ter. We’ve just re­leased a new ver­sion with sev­eral great im­prove­ments. But, first, let me quickly ex­plain what it is, in case you’re new to RESTXpress. Then, we’ll go through the new fea­tures.

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More Security and Administrative Management Features for RESTXpress!

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New fea­tures: OpenID Support • OAuth Support • History • Snapshots

RESTXpress, our in­cred­i­bly easy-to-use and pow­er­ful “REST-en­able­ment” en­gine, has jumped up to an­other level again. In the new ver­sion 2.3, we’ve bol­stered our se­cu­rity sup­port for REST re­sources and our ad­min­is­tra­tive ca­pa­bil­i­ties. There are two new au­then­ti­ca­tion op­tions for adding se­cu­rity to RESTXpress-gen­er­ated REST ser­vice,  OpenID and OAuth. We’ve also added new tools for track­ing ad­min­is­tra­tive his­tory and tak­ing snap­shots for backup and re­store.

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Revised Schedule for RESTXpress Webinars

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Updated: Changed to re­flect 2d we­bi­nar on SQL to REST.

In a pre­vi­ous post, we dis­cussed our se­ries of up­com­ing we­bi­nars on RESTXpress. The first one, An Overview of RESTXpress, went quite well (record­ing). For the oth­ers, we had to read­just our orig­i­nal sched­ule. The next we­bi­nar will be:

Abbacadabra: SQL Database Queries into REST Services!
Friday, March 21, 10:00AM Pacific Time
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Got 20 Minutes? Join Us for a RESTXpress Webinar Overview Tomorrow

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To bet­ter ed­u­cate and sup­port our com­mu­nity of in­ter­est around RESTXpress, we’re go­ing to try some­thing a lit­tle dif­fer­ent for we­bi­nars. Instead of go­ing for a whole hour, we’ll have more we­bi­nars, but re­duce them to 20 (30 at the most) min­utes each. This should al­low at least 15 min­utes for the demo and 5 min­utes for Q & A. The first one will of course be a quick overview of the most cur­rent ver­sion:

An Overview of RESTXpress
Thursday, February 6, 10:00AM Pacific Time
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Here is our cur­rent sched­ule for all of our up­com­ing we­bi­nars: Read more »

Spotlight on Exadel Products for Enterprise Development

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Exadel’s Appery​.io and RESTXpress prod­ucts pro­vide com­ple­men­tary sup­port for en­ter­prise mo­bi­liza­tion that con­tin­ues to get more no­tice.

Appery​.io pro­vides a com­plete mo­bile app de­vel­op­ment, de­vel­op­ment, and sup­port plat­form, while RESTXpress pro­vides a REST ser­vice gate­way to a grow­ing va­ri­ety of en­ter­prise as­sets. One dra­mat­i­cally eases the de­vel­op­ment of apps to con­sume REST ser­vices; the other makes it rel­a­tively sim­ple to pro­duce REST ser­vices out of ex­ist­ing en­ter­prise as­sets to be con­sumed. Together, they cover both ends of any en­ter­prise mo­bi­liza­tion strat­egy, al­low­ing the best in­te­grated so­lu­tion. And, the word con­tin­ues to spread… Read more »

RESTXpress Moves Forward into 2014

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As the year comes to a close, RESTXpress is about to get some sig­nif­i­cant im­prove­ments. (RESTXpress is an en­ter­prise gate­way to cre­ate and de­ploy REST proxy ser­vices that rep­re­sent ex­ist­ing assets—databases and ser­vices, al­low­ing easy and se­cure ac­cess from mo­bile apps.) In the next re­lease due out this week, we’ll be adding two main new fea­tures:

  1. Using ex­ist­ing REST ser­vices as a ba­sis for RESTXpress-gen­er­ated REST ser­vices
  2. Making in-con­sole JavaScript the way to code cus­tom val­ida­tors, fil­ters, and se­cu­rity con­fig­u­ra­tions Read more »

RESTXpress Moves Forward into Commercial Availability — Webinar Coming Up

We came up with RESTXpress based on a sim­ple idea: Don’t rein­vent the wheel.

Although there isn’t quite as much buzz about it any­more, the grow­ing API econ­omy is real. Businesses need to be able to se­curely ex­pose more of their ex­ist­ing data and op­er­a­tions as REST ser­vices; how­ever, re­sources and time to do so are al­ways scarce.

And, you al­ready have the func­tion­al­ity. You don’t want to re­build it from scratch as a REST ser­vice.

The Answer

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3 Enterprise Mobility Concerns: Timing, Integration, Security

As a re­sult of con­ver­sa­tions with our cus­tomers, we can tell that the biggest is­sues in en­ter­prise mo­bil­ity are:

  • Time-to-mar­ket
  • Back-end in­te­gra­tion
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REST4Enterprise Is Now RESTXpress

REST4Enterprise has only been out for a month or so and is al­ready mak­ing a big splash with its sim­ple, yet very sig­nif­i­cant, premise: You want to make your data avail­able as an API (REST) ser­vice. You want this done quickly and cost-ef­fec­tively. REST4Enterprise fills the gap. 

Except now it’s RESTXpress. We wanted a bet­ter name for the prod­uct while it was still in its be­gin­ning stages, so we have set­tled on RESTXpress as the name go­ing for­ward. Visit the RESTXpress page for all the lat­est in­for­ma­tion.