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June 8, 2020

AWS Amplify: build mobile applications and integrate multiple functionalities

Libraries for Android and IOS. A service to integrate functionalities to your web and mobile applications.

Most mobile applications use some cloud-based functionality. Some require user authentication for example. The applications call APIs and REST services. Data synchronization is also a requirement for these applications. Well, AWS Amplify works to help the developer integrate all these functionalities into the application. 

With AWS Amplify you can build secure, robust, scalable applications. The components of the service are: an open-source library, UI components, a command line, and the Amplify console.

All of these components have different functionalities. The open-source libraries and the UI components work to add cloud functionalities. The command line creates and manages the backend cloud service, and the console manages the system.

Amplify has been running as a web application library. But now the service has extended its offer to Amplify IOS and Amplify Android. Until this release, the developed had to use separate tools and Developer to manage the backend. It worked based on an API and not an integrated service itself. This required the developer to understand and be able to manage API in detail.

Developers no longer have to do the majority of their work based on learning the system, but now they can focus on the application better. The time spent in understanding how the platform works is not invested In developing with provided software.

The release comes with native mobile libraries. Providing Authentication, Data storage among other functionalities including machine learning. The development can be directly integrated into your native IDE toolchain such as Xcode and Gradle.

Amplify´s Data Storage allows the developer to synchronize and store the data when the device is offline. You can query and write data using the service. The service provides a secure environment. You can set granular access controls for every user of the application. You can also set authentication protocols from Amazon, Facebook, and Google. Data can be controlled and authorized for each use case. Some users can access certain data and other data. Some users can access all data.

You can integrate data sources, relational and non-relational databases. You can use GraphQL to allow you to manage data. The applications built with GraphQL are fast and scalable. It allows the application to query and fetch information from multiple sources on a single request. It decreases CPU utilization so the application and network are more efficient.

With the service, you can execute server-side code without managing any server. The owner of the account only pays for the resources that are used. Following Amazon´s policy of "pay for what you use".

Features

Amplify works for web applications and now for mobile applications too. The features that are provided are many. Data Storage, Authentication, Data Analytics, API, Machine Learning Predictions, and Push Notifications.

  • Data Storage: Queryable data that synchronizes the data between the app and the cloud using GraphQL technology.
  • Authentication: User sign-up, sign-in, and access control to mobile and web applications.
  • Data Analytics: track user sessions, attributes, and in-app metrics.
  • API: Make HTTP requests using REST and GraphQL easily and securely.
  • Machine Learning Predictions: Add AI/ML capabilities to your app powered by cloud services.
  • Push Notifications: Integrate tailored push notifications with analytics and targeting built-in.

The process by which you can get started is four. Here I will document the 4 steps to implement the Amplify service into your mobile applications.                     

1-    Set up your project and add the dependencies. Add a couple of lines to your IOS profile. After doing this add the AWS Amplify build script to the build phase. On Android, you do the same but in your Gradle file.

2-    Add the plugins for each category at the application initialization. You can startup you Amplify at any point of development. Not necessarily in the beginning.

3-    Use your AWS Amplify command line to provision and configure your backend.

4-    Call Amplify´s library code in the runtime environment.

 

In conclusion, Amazon just released a mobile version for the AWS Amplify service. Brings good news to mobile developers, as web developers could use it from a long time ago.  It allows developers to develop with an entire mobile library for IOS and Android. With AWS Amplify you can build secure, robust, scalable applications. The service is based on some components.

The components of the service are: an open-source library, UI components, a command line, and the Amplify console. Each one has a different purpose. The service offers several features: Data storage, Authentication, Data analytics, API´s, Machine Learning, and Push Notifications. To set up your development you have to follow 4 steps previously mentioned. The service is easy to use and has a lot to offer. Before deciding whether to use it or not, make sure you find it suitable for your needs.

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Lucas Bonder
Technical Writer
Lucas is an Entrepreneur, Web Developer, and Article Writer about Technology.

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DevelopersJune 8, 2020
AWS Amplify: build mobile applications and integrate multiple functionalities
Libraries for Android and IOS. A service to integrate functionalities to your web and mobile applications.

Most mobile applications use some cloud-based functionality. Some require user authentication for example. The applications call APIs and REST services. Data synchronization is also a requirement for these applications. Well, AWS Amplify works to help the developer integrate all these functionalities into the application. 

With AWS Amplify you can build secure, robust, scalable applications. The components of the service are: an open-source library, UI components, a command line, and the Amplify console.

All of these components have different functionalities. The open-source libraries and the UI components work to add cloud functionalities. The command line creates and manages the backend cloud service, and the console manages the system.

Amplify has been running as a web application library. But now the service has extended its offer to Amplify IOS and Amplify Android. Until this release, the developed had to use separate tools and Developer to manage the backend. It worked based on an API and not an integrated service itself. This required the developer to understand and be able to manage API in detail.

Developers no longer have to do the majority of their work based on learning the system, but now they can focus on the application better. The time spent in understanding how the platform works is not invested In developing with provided software.

The release comes with native mobile libraries. Providing Authentication, Data storage among other functionalities including machine learning. The development can be directly integrated into your native IDE toolchain such as Xcode and Gradle.

Amplify´s Data Storage allows the developer to synchronize and store the data when the device is offline. You can query and write data using the service. The service provides a secure environment. You can set granular access controls for every user of the application. You can also set authentication protocols from Amazon, Facebook, and Google. Data can be controlled and authorized for each use case. Some users can access certain data and other data. Some users can access all data.

You can integrate data sources, relational and non-relational databases. You can use GraphQL to allow you to manage data. The applications built with GraphQL are fast and scalable. It allows the application to query and fetch information from multiple sources on a single request. It decreases CPU utilization so the application and network are more efficient.

With the service, you can execute server-side code without managing any server. The owner of the account only pays for the resources that are used. Following Amazon´s policy of "pay for what you use".

Features

Amplify works for web applications and now for mobile applications too. The features that are provided are many. Data Storage, Authentication, Data Analytics, API, Machine Learning Predictions, and Push Notifications.

  • Data Storage: Queryable data that synchronizes the data between the app and the cloud using GraphQL technology.
  • Authentication: User sign-up, sign-in, and access control to mobile and web applications.
  • Data Analytics: track user sessions, attributes, and in-app metrics.
  • API: Make HTTP requests using REST and GraphQL easily and securely.
  • Machine Learning Predictions: Add AI/ML capabilities to your app powered by cloud services.
  • Push Notifications: Integrate tailored push notifications with analytics and targeting built-in.

The process by which you can get started is four. Here I will document the 4 steps to implement the Amplify service into your mobile applications.                     

1-    Set up your project and add the dependencies. Add a couple of lines to your IOS profile. After doing this add the AWS Amplify build script to the build phase. On Android, you do the same but in your Gradle file.

2-    Add the plugins for each category at the application initialization. You can startup you Amplify at any point of development. Not necessarily in the beginning.

3-    Use your AWS Amplify command line to provision and configure your backend.

4-    Call Amplify´s library code in the runtime environment.

 

In conclusion, Amazon just released a mobile version for the AWS Amplify service. Brings good news to mobile developers, as web developers could use it from a long time ago.  It allows developers to develop with an entire mobile library for IOS and Android. With AWS Amplify you can build secure, robust, scalable applications. The service is based on some components.

The components of the service are: an open-source library, UI components, a command line, and the Amplify console. Each one has a different purpose. The service offers several features: Data storage, Authentication, Data analytics, API´s, Machine Learning, and Push Notifications. To set up your development you have to follow 4 steps previously mentioned. The service is easy to use and has a lot to offer. Before deciding whether to use it or not, make sure you find it suitable for your needs.

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Lucas Bonder -Technical Writer
Lucas is an Entrepreneur, Web Developer, and Article Writer about Technology.

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