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Sep 25

Introducing WaveMaker 8

A new WaveMaker is here! If WaveMaker 7 was about APIs, WaveMaker 7.6 was about templates, WaveMaker 8 is about mobile apps and modern UI. This reaffirms our commitment to integration, usability and mobility, which we believe are the key pillars of modern application delivery. Along with WaveMaker 8, we are also releasing WaveMaker Online so that you can create web and mobile apps on the cloud, without any infrastructure or setup hassles.

What’s new in WaveMaker 8?

Here’s the list of some of the major new features in WaveMaker 8. You can find the full list of features and improvements on the Releases Notes page.

Hybrid Mobile Apps

You can now build hybrid mobile apps using WaveMaker. Hybrid mobile apps are an easy way to create apps that can take advantage of device features like camera, geo-location etc., and creating a platform specific installer using Apache Cordova. WaveMaker for Hybrid Mobile apps is in its alpha version with support for building Android based apps and will be enhanced in the upcoming releases.

New UI and collaboration

WaveMaker 8 brings you an improved Studio with a modern UI without compromising the familiar feeling of Studio 7. Existing users will instantly notice the increased real estate for the canvas. Also, previewing your apps for multiple devices and resolutions is easier than ever. Collaborating with other developers and contributors is now much more integrated and seamless.

Your apps, your choice

Whether it is our open source Community Edition or the open systems stack, we are committed to providing software that is free from vendor lock-in.

With WaveMaker 8, you can now push your application’s source code to an external repository such as GitHub, Stash or Bitbucket. What this means is that you own the source code of your application by pushing it a public or SaaS repository of your choice.

WaveMaker 8 also introduces the option to deploy apps to your Amazon Web Services (AWS) account. In other words, WaveMaker does not charge any markup for deployment. You pay the deployment costs directly to your hosting provider, reducing your application delivery costs.

WaveMaker Online – Develop on the cloud

With WaveMaker 8, small and medium businesses, project consultants and enterprise work groups can start building apps from day one using the same visual rapid application development platform used by WaveMaker’s enterprise customers, without the hassles of investing in additional hardware or setting up the software environment.

WaveMaker Online is available for a 30-day free trial and has convenient pricing options. For more information and to get started, visit http://www.wavemaker.com/get-started

Existing WaveMaker Online users can log in with the same credentials. Your projects will continue to work as is.

Hope you have a great time creating apps with WaveMaker!

20 Comments

  1. George
    September 27, 2015 at 8:59 am ·

    Congratulations with the release of the 8th version, I’m going to give WM a try and maybe change my actual rad tool with WM , but I have a question to ask – is there a desktop version of this tool or only the online tool. On the download page, there still stays the 7.7 version.

    Keep the good work

    • Sudeep Kumar
      September 28, 2015 at 8:39 am ·

      Thanks George! There is an open source, desktop version (Community Edition) that is available here: http://www.wavemaker.com/get-started/#desktop. It is released only two to three times a year (hence, the current version is 7.7 instead of 8) and does not have all the features of WaveMaker Online or WaveMaker Enterprise. Whereas with WaveMaker Online, being SaaS, you get two releases per month with latest features, enhancements and bug fixes. BTW, what RAD tool are you using currently?

      • m.ardito
        September 29, 2015 at 11:02 am ·

        I downloaded that package (jar file), but there is no source inside…
        An “open source” package should let you have the source, AFAIK, so, please, where can I find the sources?

      • George
        September 30, 2015 at 6:28 am ·

        Hi Suddep

        I use the dw with extensions now for both web and mobile, that’s why I’m waiting for a similar tool.
        When is the desktop version planned to be released, as the online version need connection to internet all the time.

      • George
        October 2, 2015 at 9:06 am ·

        Hi Sudeep

        Tried a few times to create projects with the online WM tool after login, but I’m not sure what is wrong, on the Projects Settings screen/page, when clicking the Apply button, nothing is happening, no option to close the screen.

        What I do wrong, can you tell me, please?

        • Sudeep Kumar
          October 5, 2015 at 5:20 am ·

          Thanks for trying WaveMaker Online George. Can you report this issue in our support forums at http://dev.wavemaker.com/forums/?q=forum/1048. Our support team will be able to resolve the issue much faster and it may help others who are facing the same problem.

          • George
            October 13, 2015 at 7:15 am ·

            Hi Sudeep

            Can you help me or somebody else to consume a JSON web service (can provide the link) and expose as a more readable format – csv, excel or even better sql to be imported into a MySQL database.

            Regards
            George

          • Sudeep Kumar
            October 15, 2015 at 4:24 am ·

            George, you can use http://sqlizer.io/ to convert a json file to MySQL. If you are looking to achieve this via WaveMaker Studio, you can post this on our forums. Our community support team or someone who has already tried this will be able to help you.

  2. m.ardito
    September 28, 2015 at 6:58 am ·

    Hi, interesting news!
    Where can one find the source of an “open source Community Edition”, for a release, even for 7.x series?

    Thanks!

  3. m.ardito
    September 28, 2015 at 7:15 am ·

    Also, I found a link on the “get started” page, to the release notes
    http://dev.wavemaker.com/docs/Studio/release-notes/#771

    but that page says “the content is password protected”

    isn’t that a bit strange?

    • Sudeep Kumar
      September 28, 2015 at 8:50 am ·

      m.ardito, we have just moved to a new platform for the documentation. Here’s the updated link: http://www.wavemaker.com/learn/docs/wavemaker-studio-7-5-7-4-release-notes/#771 The link is now fixed on Get Started page.

    • George
      October 9, 2015 at 10:24 am ·

      Thank you Sudeep

      It seems it possible now to save the projects, no need to report any issue

  4. m.ardito
    October 5, 2015 at 10:12 am ·

    Why this company says it’s making an open source version of Wavemaker, but is not able to say where to find the sources? I asked a few times, since Wavemaker was aquired, but I never got an answer, my questions are simply ignored all the times.

    There is this Sudeep Kumar which answered to every comment, but never to those asking where the sources are.

    Thus, we should assume that, sadly, “Wavemaker is NOT open source” (no more, since it was), and you should stop claiming this unless you show where the sources are… if I’m wrong, please correct me. If you wish to close WM license model, fine, just say it.

    Please, just do what you say and say what you do.

    • Sudeep Kumar
      October 8, 2015 at 8:09 am ·

      m.ardito, the source code is indeed available at https://github.com/cloudjee/wavemaker (The 8.0 code will be updated as soon as we finish stabilizing the platform in the coming weeks) The link has been available on the developer home page: http://www.wavemaker.com/developers

      • George
        October 13, 2015 at 7:19 am ·

        Hello Sudeep

        How is the 8.0 source code upgrade performing? Is there much work before we see it on GitHub?

      • ms
        October 28, 2015 at 9:17 am ·

        Well, the sources on github are more than 2 years old and are of the version 6.6 at most, so there are NO SOURCES of version 7 ever… not to mention, version 8.

        Additionally, the DRM in WaveMaker Studio 7 that forces you to ‘activate’ before even using it makes it even more closed source – as you, the creators, will be able to easily stop new users from using it, whenever you feel like it.

        The whole ‘open source’ thing looks just like a marketing pitch, far from the truth, at least from where I’m standing. Also, congratulations on hiding the download link of WaveMaker Studio (in a bottom right corner) – you really don’t want anyone to use it, do you?

      • Mark
        December 28, 2015 at 4:59 pm ·

        Any update on source code being available? Can you respond to the charge that the github code is over 2 years old and only contains ver 6, not 7 or 8? Thanks.

      • Shah AK
        February 2, 2016 at 4:50 pm ·

        A couple of months passed by, yet still no update on the source code … All source code questions are getting ignored on forum as well.

  5. Jesse Smith
    March 14, 2016 at 10:18 pm ·

    I think it’s disingenuous to call yourself open source when you haven’t provided any source code in years.
    It is built on top of open source software yes. However the fact that they are being non responsive in releasing any of the code tells you something else. They are getting a free lunch on the backs of Docker, Angular, Spring etc but not releasing anything usable upstream.
    This is pretty typical when an open source platform changes hands to a new owner. I just wish they would be more upfront with their new model.
    I can’t deny that the Wavemaker today is far superior to that of the old one in almost every way however some clarity on their licensing model would make me feel safer in investing in the platform.

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