Live from DBX

Posted by Drew and Arash on July 09, 2013

We’re so excited this morning to kick off DBX, our first developer conference. Fort Mason is buzzing with energy from our incredible community of developers, designers, and partners. Back in 2007, when it was just the two of us coding in an apartment, we never imagined that six years later there’d be over 175 million people using Dropbox and more than a billion files synced each day.

We’re proud that Dropbox has become the home for millions of people’s most important stuff. So we want to be sure that stuff is always available, no matter if you’re on your laptop at work, a tablet on a plane, or a smartphone on the bus. Keeping devices and apps synced with your most up-to-date info has gone from “nice-to-have” to essential, which creates a real challenge for the people developing apps.

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That’s why we’ve designed the Dropbox Platform to be the best foundation to connect the world’s apps, devices, and services. We started with the Sync API, which let developers take advantage of the file syncing technology that took us years to get right. And today, we’re announcing a suite of tools that fundamentally simplifies how developers can build across devices and platforms.

Dropbox Platform

The Datastore API

It’s a challenge for developers to provide an amazing user experience across many different platforms and devices. Our Sync and Core APIs already take care of syncing files and folders, but as people use mobile apps more and more, a lot of their stuff doesn’t really look like a file at all. It could be anything — settings, contacts, to-do list items, or the latest doodle you drew.

Datastore API

With the Datastore API, we’re moving beyond files and providing a new model for effortlessly storing and syncing app data. When you use an app built with datastores your data will be up-to-date across all devices whether you’re online or offline. Imagine a task-tracking app that works on both your iPhone and the web. If it’s built with the Datastore API, you can check off items from your phone during a cross-country flight and add new tasks from your computer and Dropbox will make sure the changes don’t clobber each other.

Drop-ins: Chooser and Saver

Drop-ins let developers connect to hundreds of millions of Dropboxes with just a few lines of code. The Chooser gives people access to the files in their Dropbox from web and mobile apps, and the Saver makes saving files to Dropbox one-click simple. You can already see them in action in Yahoo! Mail, Shutterstock, and Mailbox!

 Chooser and Saver

We’re putting the finishing touches on this post as Drew is about to walk out on stage and announce this news. If you couldn’t make it today, we’ll be posting videos of the keynote and other sessions as well as updated developer documentation at www.dropbox.com/developers.

We can’t wait to see what we build together.

 

32 Comments to Live from DBX

Unimpressed
July 9, 2013

Dear Dustin Barker, Simple’s Director of Mobile

Where is the support for Windows Phone? !!!!!

Nello
July 9, 2013

There is your problem right there, Windows Phone.

That’s all the support you need. Get ‘A Phone’

Jim
July 9, 2013

Where is the secure, client-side encryption support?

kenyee
July 9, 2013

Can we generate “share” links for resources yet?

kenyee
July 9, 2013

And how do we use the Chooser/Saver from native Android/iOS apps?

Jan Willhaus
July 9, 2013

Agreed. It’s time for that.

လွမင္း
July 9, 2013

အရမ္းေကာင္းပါတယ္ ေက်းဇူးလည္း တင္ပါတယ္ဗ်ာ… တစ္ကယ္ပါ

Nathan
July 9, 2013

There’s a new service called Copy, which is very similar to Dropbox, but offers 20GB storage for free when you use this link: https://copy.com?r=UNgCNu

10 time more than Dropbox!

tcrosen
July 9, 2013

It’s getting high and playing video games with Blackberry support in the basement

Jeff Kibuule
July 9, 2013

Perhaps a C# Windows 8/Windows Phone 8 SDK in the future?

Surprised
July 9, 2013

Does smart people own a Windows Phone? Come on.. let’s face it… iOS & Android rules the Mobile Ecosystem

PeterD
July 9, 2013

I’m no lover of WinPhone, but comments like that really annoy me. Not backed up with facts or experience. Just cheap, unhelpful jibes.

Michaelg
July 9, 2013

No it is a REAL comment. There are so few of them out there that programming for them is a waste of time. If you look at the reviews, Windows phone owners are the most likely to switch to another phone and are the least satisfied. If you want functionality DON’T use a Windows phone.

Ryan
July 9, 2013

This would be super helpful! Considering it just came out I will excuse this.

Guest
July 9, 2013

Which reviews are you referring to? Have you ever used a Windows phone? Windows Phone users that I know, love their phone and are able to their stuff faster than me on Android or iPhone. I wish I had windows phone, which I will once my contract is over

C
July 9, 2013

Who cares?

guest
July 9, 2013

I agree; I have WP, iphone and android in family I will stick to WP…

comeon
July 9, 2013

“Do” smart people… rule

Jamilton Macedo
July 9, 2013

Seriously, we need a Dropbox client for Windows phone 8

Jamilton Macedo
July 9, 2013

I came from android ecosystem and i’m very comfortable with WP, but Dropbox official client is very much needed. for now I using FileBox.

AlexDoom
July 9, 2013

iCloud is going to get dusted on their own platform. Thank god.

prashantvc
July 9, 2013

Did you try using Cloudy Box client?
http://www.colourcode.in/

Sriram Velamur
July 9, 2013

Any pointers on a Python SDK for the Datastore API ?

PeterD
July 10, 2013

And these users aren’t satisfied because there no apps. One of the reasons devs won’t invest and users won’t buy WinPhone, is because of the perception (created by comments like the one above by Nello) that the platform is rubbish.
Perhaps before criticising something it would be a good idea to have some experience of it AND WHEN criticising it, back up opinions with credible fact.
Throw away, smart-arse one liners don’t do anyone service, least of all the person making it.

dde
July 10, 2013

upload lowspeed

to
July 10, 2013

Dropbox wants to replace my harddrive…

All power to the NSA – or what??

You will loose a lot of customers outside the US – including me!

Jamilton Macedo
July 10, 2013

I’m using File Box by now, but i’ll try out also Cloudy Box.

rth
July 10, 2013

Trying this out in a Phonegap App on the BB10 platform I get: “Your browser does not support the Dropbox Saver”. What are the requirements for the javascript API?

a2clicks
July 10, 2013

Cool stuff :)

PeDz
July 11, 2013

can JSP (Java Servlets Page) connect to Dropbox?

Andreas Brandenborg
July 11, 2013

Im reading – more choice and more freedom?

Surprised
July 11, 2013

English is not my native language xD .. sorry for the misspelling xD