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July 22, 2013 kevin nickels

FatFractal Console 2.0

As you may have noticed, the FatFractal Console recently underwent a major upgrade, and we’d like to talk a little bit about what’s new.

The most obvious change is the look and feel. Following in the footsteps of the Data Browser and the rest of the internet, the new Console now uses Bootstrap for a nice, consistent and functional interface. As you probably know, Bootstrap makes web development a lot simpler, giving you a lot of good-looking styles for basic interface elements and layout for free.

A less obvious but more important change is the frontend framework. We are now using AngularJS, and were really impressed with the ease of development. Angular also encourages a very maintainable code organization and separation of concerns, which will make future updates a lot easier (and thus more frequent). Overall, we were really impressed with Angular and very glad to have made the leap for this Console upgrade. The new interface is clean and fast, and we think you’ll like it a lot.

Major new functionality has been added as well. Now that we have left public beta, the new Console lets you manage your accounts and subscriptions. Subscriptions are the way you choose the service level for your applications; everyone gets free Sandbox subscriptions when they sign up. When you’re ready for production, subscriptions are the way to choose your limits for things such as API calls, how many domains and applications you need, backup settings, etc. The Console is also your destination for app analytics. Wonder how many API calls you’ve used this month, or what your app’s average response time is? The Console is the place to find out.

Finally, it’s worth mentioning something that hasn’t changed: The FatFractal Console is a NoServer application: all of the Console business logic, including accounts and billing, is implemented as event handlers, server extensions, and scheduled code. In other words, the Console is running atop the same FatFractal backend available to you. Can Parse or StackMob say the same? I sincerely doubt it.

We’re very excited about the new Console, and there’s more yet to come! We will be continuously rolling out new features and improvements to make your development work even easier.


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