How to automate incoming e-mails with a database

by Knut Martin Tornes
|Integrations| Howto|

incoming-email-automation E-mail is an important and integrated part of many systems. has had decent support for automating outbound e-mail for a while now (more details in the docs).

One of the new features, inbound email, opens up new possibilities for automation involving e-mail. All databases now get their own e-mail address and incoming e-mails are now stored in a collection for further processing.

In this short article, we will show you how to enable the feature together with an example of how to set up a codehook (trigger function) when the e-mail is received. We will also demonstrate how to use the new console debug output to see what's going on inside the codehook.

Next on your TODO: Go React native with and Auth0

by Jørgen Tvedt
|Howto| Integrations| Tutorials|

Native apps for IOS and Android provide developers with options, performance and styling beyond the capabilities of the browsers. Up until recently, however, this meant learning and dealing with bespoke programming languages and SDKs. Fortunately, react-native have come to the rescue, offering a familiar JavaScript programming and standardized components for the major platforms.

Building a fully functional react-native app with persistence and authentication is surprisingly easy. Using for cloud hosted data and Auth0 for user authentication, you get lots of features right out of the box. Follow the steps in this post and you’ll be up and running in no time.

Stay in the loop with Codehooks and Slack

by Jon Erik Solheim
|Integrations| Features| Tutorials| API|

The new feature, Codehooks,  lets you execute JavaScripts directly in your database.

This feature opens up an array of cool scenarios for your application.  One of them is to integrate your database with

Slack seems to be every team’s favorite collaboration platform now. If you’re not using this great tool already, I would suggest you give it a try. It can practically eliminate the need for sending internal (non-important) emails, and introduces a more human touch to your team information flow.

That’s why it makes sense to let your database talk to Slack, instead of you logging on to your database admin, all the time, to see what’s going on.

This blog post shows you how you can create a JavaScript Codehook to feed your Slack with important stuff that happens inside your database.

Simple user authentication for web apps

by Jon Erik Solheim
|Howto| Integrations| Authentication|

User authentication is an important ingredient in application development. It both protects important data (i.e. APIs) and enables development of a personalised user experience.

It can, however, be a complicated and time-consuming process if you want to roll your own and it often requires a skilled backend developer to do it right.

This blog post shows how you can use and a database to develop an application where users can sign up with your app and get access to their own data.

Please share this article with your developer friends :-)

Simple real-time chat with and

by Knut Martin Tornes
|Howto| Integrations| API| makes it simple to create a user-friendly, manageable database with a REST-API. For some types of applications, however, you need real-time updates delivered to your front-end web page or mobile app. 

Polling the API from the client could be an option, but often induces too much traffic. Services like Firebase has real-time data, but then you don't get the powerful data manager or the possibility to host web pages in your database like you can in This is where can add to the power of let's you take any API and create a real-time data source for it!

Real-time is useful for many scenarios like chat, live financial data, games and live maps to mention a few. In this blog post we will show you how easy it is to use with by creating a real-time chat running in a HTML Page. 

Automated email response with web forms and webhooks using Zapier

by Knut Martin Tornes
|Howto| Integrations|

With's Web Form Generator, you can quickly generate a web form you can use to collect input from users on your site directly into a database collection. Great!

However, it would be nice to be able to respond the users by email that the "application" or whatever information they submitted has been received. 

This blog post details all the steps necessary to do just that using Webhooks with a Zapier Webhooks-to-Gmail Zap.