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What’s an App? It Depends Who You Ask

I think an app doesn’t mean UI or backend services. An app is actually both.

What’s an app? It depends who you ask. If you asked me a few weeks ago, I’d say that Tiggzi app builder creates apps. You build an HTML5/jQuery Mobile app UI, plus you can export the app as PhoneGap. That’s an app.

Then there is Parse, an excellent mobile backend service company (we got a tutorial). You also create an app in Parse. But, it’s a different type of an app, there is no UI. You get a cloud database to store data, push, user management as well as social, location and file features. I think an app doesn’t mean UI or backend services. An app is actually both.



An app consists of the following:

  • UI (HTML5, JavaScript, CSS, libraries such as jQuery Mobile, PhoneGap, etc)
  • 3rd party REST API services
  • Backend services
    • Database
    • Push
    • File storage
    • Server-side code
    • Analytics
  • HTML5 app hosting
  • Binary build

We realized that an app should be all of the above (or have access to these features), that’s why in addition to mobile app builder (UI), 3rd party REST API’s, HTML5 app hosting and binary build, we just launched the first feature in Backend services – Tiggzi Database. We are now working on Push, File storage and Server-side code to make Tiggzi the complete mobile app platform.

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Max Katz heads Developer Relations for Appery.io, a cloud-based mobile app platform. He loves trying out new and cool REST APIs in mobile apps. Max is the author of two books “Practical RichFaces” (Apress 2008, 2011), DZone MVB (Most Valuable Blogger), and is a frequent speaker at developer conferences. You can find out what Max is up to on his blog: http://maxkatz.org and Twitter: @maxkatz.

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