WeChat, what is it and what does it have to do with GeneXus?
In the most recent edition of GeneXus Live: Enterprise Low-Code, my colleague Luciano Silveira, who has an outstanding track record providing support for the GeneXus Community in Japan, revealed the GeneXus news for WeChat, the Chinese Super App used by more than one billion users worldwide.
WeChat, which in Mandarin means “micro message/letter”, was created in 2011 by Tencent, one of the largest corporations in China, owners of video game companies, record labels and shareholders of giants such as Tesla.
WeChat emerged as a social application and over time added new functionalities, including the WeChat Pay payment gateway and messaging solutions, financial services, travel, delivery, transportation, among others.
In 2017, after more than a year of betatest process, they released the Mini Programs, which is the way to integrate to that platform, and that is where GeneXus comes into play.
“A Mini Programs is a small program that has the ability to run within the context of the WeChat application and at the same time use all the services, all the infrastructure it provides”, explains Luciano.
Due to their size restriction, which must be less than 3MB, Mini Programs have a fast execution. From the technical point of view, they are a hybrid between Web and Mobile.
“From GeneXus we are adding a new Low-Code generator so that our community can work with WeChat, initially within the Chinese market and its area of influence. This is a great opportunity to access that market. As the generator advances, we also envision being able to work for other Super Apps. The focus of GeneXus, as always, is to simplify this process and give the possibility to reuse all our knowledge to be used within these new platforms. Today, the BetaTest process is closed, but if you are interested, you can contact us by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In the future, we will be releasing the generator in the beta channel, so that anyone can use it and prototype on this platform”.
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