Introducing the New Anvil Editor
The Anvil Editor allows you to build web applications quickly, easily and entirely in Python. Today, we are excited to announce a beta release of a brand new, easier and more powerful Editor.
The new Beta Editor doesn’t just bring a slick new look, tabbed editing, and Dark Mode. It’s also a major upgrade for how you collaborate with your colleagues, manage deployments of your apps, and much more.
This is a beta release, so there’s lots more to come. And if you’re a stickler for the old ways, don’t worry: the Classic Anvil Editor is still available. Your old apps with work with the Beta Editor and vice versa. We think you’ll love the new update, so start building today!
So what’s new?
Version control and collaboration
At the bottom of the Editor is a version control tab that lets you create branches, commit changes, merge branches and resolve conflicts, all without leaving Anvil. You can now easily invite colleagues to edit your app, and the new version control tools mean you won’t get in each other’s way. Let the collaboration commence!
Manage your deployments
Manage separate URLs for development, staging and production deployments, all in one place:
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You can now open multiple forms and modules in separate tabs, and switch between them easily. Switch from writing client code to writing server code to editing your data tables to editing your assets and back again:
With the Beta Editor, you can view your client code and your UI design side-by-side. You can now write Python code and tweak your UI without the need to switch back and forth. At the top of the Editor, there is a toggle to switch between code, design and split view.
Each Anvil app can now have multiple databases. This is handy if you want different deployment environments to use different databases – for example, so you can test your app without affecting production data.
When you move your app into production, Anvil will help you migrate your database, for example if you’ve added columns or tables.
Do you like things…a little darker? Switch the Editor into the new Dark theme:
There is so much more that we can’t fit into a blog post. Try out the Beta Editor for yourself and be sure to read our updated documentation.
The new Editor is still in beta, so we have a few more updates up our sleeves. We’re looking forward to hearing what you think! As always, you can ask questions and give us feedback on the Anvil forum.
You can still use the current (“Classic”) Editor, and switch between editors as much as you like, even editing the same app. (See the docs for the details.)
So why not give it a try?