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Update August 2022: Tons of new stuff!

August 30, 2022

Meet new Directual features and integrations! Kanban, Socket.io, CDN options, custom code, and much more.

Good news, everyone! Our no-code platform now sports new features and integrations capable of making your projects even better. Personally. We are really happy with the progress made—it was your feedback that nudged us in the right direction. Alright, enough chatter, let’s see what’s on the menu:

Kanban

By popular request, now we have a new Kanban component you can use in our drag-and-drop app builder. It’s really easy to configure and can be used for anything, like a sales funnel, HR processes, project management, inventory control and so much more. You can even introduce role-based access control!

What you see at the moment of this post is not all our Kanban component will be capable of: we’ve got big plans for this bad boy. Stay tuned!

Action buttons can now be set up in the cards section

A quality of life feature that we’re sure you’ll like. Add action buttons in one click to your card or kanban components.

The card looks this way:

Socket.io integration

This integration we bet you are excited about the most. If not, here’s an explanation of why you should:

Socket.io is an event-driven library extremely useful for real-time web apps in terms of notifications, interactive UI, and even messengers. Basically it’s an interface push message straight from your Directual scenario! A part of knowing how to build an app relies on how it will communicate, and Socket.io fits really well into the process.

Basically this component enables bi-directual (sorry, couldn’t resist) bi-directional communication between a server and a web client, running client-side and server-side. No more relying on synced scenarios to get things done—now it’s faster, cheaper, and cooler.  

Check out how it works in more detail in our Socket.io docs.

Swagger integration

Another great integration to join the ranks, Swagger is an OpenAPI tool helpful in generating libraries in a variety of languages, creating documentation, performing testing (all automatically), and structuring API data.

Swagger’s strongest suit is filling the gaps and automating what’s not automated yet, and it’s basically an API framework a lot of devs love for its simplicity. It’ll be a fantastic addition to your no-code app development efforts.

CDNs

Content Delivery Networkswe. Because I like it when stuff loads fast, wherever I am. Now configurable! You decide where bulky files should be stored, and which CDN will be doing the heavy lifting.

Just to share some numbers, CDNs will help you drive down average image loading time from 500 ms to 50 ms. Ten times the difference!

Custom code

As much as we enjoy being a full-stack no-code app builder, sometimes you just must add your own touch to the whole thing. That’s why you can now add custom JS code on top of your project code. If hooking up metrics or support bots was a bit of a hassle before, not anymore.

Hosting regions

A simple thing, yet so many of you asked for it. Now you can decide where your app is hosted! Take your pick from AWS in Ireland, the US, Canada, or Yandex.Cloud in Russia.

Afterword

What you see is a summary of features we’ve been slowly (and quietly) adding to our platform. The work to make Directual one of the best no-code platforms never stops, and our community is the driving force behind that.

If you’ve got a question, would like to become a part of our community, or just want to say hi, shoot a message to hello@directual.com

Thank you for reading!

FAQ

What is the new Kanban component in Directual and how can it be used?
What is the new Kanban component in Directual and how can it be used?

The Kanban component can be used in our drag-and-drop app builder. By popular demand, it's incredibly easy to configure and can be used for anything from sales funnels to inventory control. And, with the ability to introduce role-based access control, the possibilities are truly endless.

What is Socket.io integration in Directual and how can it be beneficial for app development?
What is Socket.io integration in Directual and how can it be beneficial for app development?

Socket.io integration is an event-driven library that enables bi-directional communication between a server and a web client, running client-side and server-side. It helps in creating real-time web apps with notifications, interactive UI, and messengers. It's faster, cheaper, and cooler than synced scenarios and will enhance your app development efforts.

What is Swagger integration in Directual and how can it be helpful for app development?
What is Swagger integration in Directual and how can it be helpful for app development?

Swagger integration is an OpenAPI tool that helps in generating libraries in various languages, creating documentation, performing testing automatically, and structuring API data. It automates what's not automated yet and simplifies the API framework.

What are the benefits of using CDNs in Directual app development?
What are the benefits of using CDNs in Directual app development?

CDNs (Content Delivery Networks) help in reducing image loading time. You can now decide where bulky files should be stored and which CDN will be doing the heavy lifting. With the ability to drive down average image loading times from 500 ms to just 50 ms, the difference is truly staggering.

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