We are very excited to introduce to you openBuild . A platform to monitor, track and deliver your Bubble app more professionally. The platform is now in closed beta and we’d love for you to sign up to test & helping us in our journey
What is openBuild?
Think of a mashup of Github, Trello and Gitbook that is fully synced to your Bubble app. A full project management system integrated with your app. Versioning that can be synced to your actual Bubble deployments, an overview of your app Notes that can be tagged and turned into a backlog item. All your styles presented in a design guide. A full documentation editor, again integrated with your app so you can mention pages and data types as you write your documentation. A Gitbook style Book that neatly showcases your entire app. And much more .
Why do I need this?
When you start an app -or even more when you manage multiple apps- it can be hard to keep your work structured and organised. Most Bubblers use third party applications to project manage their apps or to write its documentation. We see openBuild as a viable alternative to those tools with the enormous benefit of being (safely) integrated in your Bubble app. Having a place with an overview of all your app components (data models / pages / styles) definitely helps to assess and monitor your progress but also to avoid potential structure and security conflicts.
How do I get access?
The app is currently in closed beta. You can signup for access here
To give you an idea of what we envision, have a look at the openBuild Books for three of our apps. These are generated in real-time with live data and show you exactly how these apps are structured.
The Book will tell you the full openBuild story. Where an app showcase link on the forum usually points to the app’s shiny packaging, the openBuild Book gives you the list of ingredients on the back.
As an example of a more technical Book, we wrote about the MirrorMirror technical implementation. You can see all the API integrations and get a full understanding of the inner working of this app.
An example of a client app. Wouldn’t it be great to deliver your app to a client with a book like this? A full style guide, versioning up to date and room for a full app documentation that you can privately share to your client. At the same time, you can offer a public version of your documentation to potential investors!
Why are we doing this?
openBuild was born from an internal project idea at Ideable* to refine and augment our internal project management tool and rethink about the way we deliver client apps. But, after some initial thoughts about the benefits and potential value of it, we realized the potential as a full public product for all Bubblers.
Our mission is to advocate no-code, and specifically Bubble, as a viable alternative to traditional development methods. While the present and future success of Bubble relies on the platform featureset and its performance, we strongly believe that having the right processes and mindset to develop a Bubble app will be also be a key for success.
Something that always comes up when discussing Bubble, is the lack of standards and best practices for building an app. It is easy to start but it quickly becomes harder to build a quality and scalable app that is on top of that, secure. We introduced Check API, a simple but effective tool to evaluate your Bubble app in terms of externally exposed data. Now we take the next step by introducing openBuild.
To read the full backstory to openBuild with all of the research we did, check out the book.