Brad Tilton

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App Engine Studio, originally delivered in the Quebec Release, is a development tool for creators of varying skill levels to build applications that meet the immediate needs of your organization.

Here is a brief overview of the version released in Quebec.

The Quebec version allowed developers of all skill levels to build apps fast by making it easy to spin up a data model, various experiences, and automate processes while applying security to the application. In Rome we took that a step further by adding more features for scaling and governance as well as making the mobile experience easier to build.

What’s New in Rome?

There are three main areas of enhancements to AES in the Rome release:

  1. Collaboration and delegated development

  2. Mobile Wizard / Mobile App Builder

  3. Source Control

We demoed each of them on this week’s Creator Toolbox episode embedded below.

Lets dive into each of those areas a little deeper, but if you want to get into the details yourself here are the App Engine Studio release notes.

Collaboration and delegated development

Collaboration and delegated development support is incredibly important when it comes to citizen development governance, and AES in Rome delivers some powerful functionality in that respect.

Mobile Wizard / Mobile App Builder

We covered the new Mobile App Builder last week on the blog and you can find more info in the Mobile App Builder in Rome post.

We’ve incorporated mobile into AES in two new ways.

  1. There is a new mobile wizard where you can configure some simple screens to build production ready mobile in minutes. Supporting both native clients (Agent & Mobile), create multiple lists with conditions or create browser screens for quick access to web pages.

  2. After going through the wizard you can open your mobile configuration in Mobile App Builder inside of App Engine Studio as MAB has been integrated into AES.

Source Control

All of the source control features from Studio are now available in App Engine Studio as long as the developer has source ontrol permissions for that app. This allows AES to take advantage of the source control collaboration features to better manage development across multiple developers.

Upgrading AES

If you’d like to try out the new version of App Engine Studio in your Personal Developer Instance, you may need to upgrade your version of AES. You can do this by:

  1. Go to System Definition > Plugins
  2. Filter on App Engine Studio
  3. Find the App Engine Studio bundle (with the light green background)
  4. If the Install/Update button is not greyed out you’ll need to upgrade to the latest version by clicking the button. As of the writing of this blog post the current version is 20.0.1.


We’ll also be using some of the new features on this week’s Live Coding Happy Hour, so join us on Friday at 3:30 PM CDT!