As you may already know, Oracle Mobile Cloud Service 2.0 was
released, and with this release we got a new capability known as Oracle Mobile
Application Accelerator (MAX). This tool was built to assist a nontechnical
staff to create cross-platform mobile applications for smartphones/tablets visually and declaratively using only a web
browser. Most of developers who love coding and reading this article will frown…
are right guys; this tool is definitely not for you, but primarily for business
users. Indeed, let’s imagine the situation in your organization when you have a
requirement for building some relatively simple mobile app, but IT staff is completely
busy and cannot be involved?! Here Oracle MAX can help you!
Oracle MAX enables anyone to build mobile apps without
any coding. MAX users, build business mobile apps using the intuitive MAX UI.
They don’t need to know platform-specific languages to build these apps, nor do
they need to know anything about MCS. Specifically, they don’t need to know
anything about custom code APIs. Although the mobile apps built with MAX are
created from custom code APIs, MAX users aren’t expected to know anything about
MAX helps you to build the first page of your mobile
app by stepping through a wizard. This wizard lets you name your app and pick
the basic layout for the first page, like a list view or a dashboard. By
completing this wizard, you’ve set the basic structure for your app. After that
you can use visual Designer to complete your app. At this point, your app is
viable even though it’s not yet displaying your data – you can run it on a
device and use its built-in navigation functions, like opening and closing the
main menu. Dashboards can give your users
a bird’s-eye view of the information they need by creating assembling metrics,
KPIs and data visualization tools into a single screen.
MAX provides you with set of UI components that
are optimized for mobile apps. They include layouts for forms and itemized
lists as well as data visualization tools like charts and, graphs. You drag
these components from the Component Palette and into the Preview. You can then
configure how they display and use data using the Properties Inspector. You can
arrange your data on the screen using the List and Layout components, and then
visualize your data as various charts and graphs, like pie charts, scatter
charts and bubble charts. Gauges can also be used and are measuring instruments
that indicate a quantity such as sales, stock levels, temperature, or speed.
Gauges identify thresholds using colors.
Without services, your app can’t display any
data at all, including the mock data that helps you build your screens.
Business objects represent data as real-world entities like people, places,
events, or business processes. They describe various aspects of the data and
how (or where) it can be used. The business objects represent items in the data
collection that support your mobile app.
You can preview your app in a hosted simulator
or on a device at any point after you’ve created its first screen. The Test
tool lets you use the simulator to see how your UI displays live data. You can
also test out screen navigation and the actions that you’ve configured for UI
components. Testing your app on an actual device gives you a better picture of
how your app functions on different platforms, operating systems, and device
models. Unlike an emulator, which approximates the user experience using a
mouse, you can use actual tap and swipe gestures to navigate through your app’s
screens when you run it on a real smartphone. You can also find out how your
app interacts with actual device services, like the phone or the contact list.
You need the MAX App to run your app on a device.
You can run your mobile app on an actual device
using the Oracle MAX App, a container that allows your app to not only display
its content and leverage device services, but also behave identically to other
apps that were developed specifically for iOS or Android devices. While the MAX
App provides a consistent user experience, it also allows users to install your
app. Because of this, all of your users need to install the MAX app on their
devices. You can install the MAX App from both the App
Store and from Google Play.
Do not forget to visit official Oracle Mobile
Platform YouTube Channel and see Oracle
MAX introduction and demo videos. Finally, check out this
interview, where lead product manager Denis Tyrell and UX designer Liza
Broadbent answer questions about Oracle MAX.
Stay tuned with us!