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Announcing the Onsen UI 2.0 Beta

Announcing Onsen UI 2.0 Beta

After several months of hard work we are happy to announce the release of the Onsen UI 2.0 beta version. This release comes packed with new features and beautiful UI components. We have created a webpage solely dedicated to the Onsen UI 2.0 beta, complete with documentation and design patterns.

One of the new features we are most excited about is the introduction of Material Design into Onsen UI. Material Design lets you easily create a native-like experience for Android users. Of course, the original flat theme is still included so you can now easily create apps that look good and native on both iOS and Android.

Although this is a completely new version of Onsen UI, we realize that a lot of users have apps made using Onsen UI 1.x and want to upgrade. For this reason we want to make migration as easy and painless as humanly possible. We provide a binding library for AngularJS that is almost 100% backwards compatible.


Create your Kintone app using Monaca

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Kintone by Cybozu lets you quickly and easily build your own customized business applications such as daily reports, minutes, time-card, and surveys. It also lets you create applications using Excel or CSV files to satisfy your own needs.

Kintone provides a lot of features in the web browser but here we focus on developing using Kintone API and Monaca to transform your custom business application into a hybrid mobile application.


Build a Hacker News Mobile App with Firebase

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Firebase provides a realtime Backend as a Service (or BaaS) that allows the developer to sync data instantly between the backend and all connected devices. In addition to being a database that’s accessible from anywhere, they also have a very useful JavaScript API that let’s you listen for events for when items are changed, added or removed from the database. The company was recently acquired by Google.

I’m very excited by the possibilities Firebase has for mobile apps. Using Onsen UI, AngularJS and Firebase I’ve made a simple app to illustrate how it can be used. Instead of creating my own database, I’ve used the Hacker News API since it already has a lot of data and new items are added frequently so we can try out the live syncing functionality in Firebase.