I am new at blackboard although I have experience in development Canvas extensions, my question is about making Blackboard more accessible for developers.
I have explored the application development possibilities for Bb and only possibility to work with blackboard is to have a developer license and deploy a Virtual Machine using Behind Blackboard. With Canvas, the experience of deploying and testing my App in an instance on cloud hosted and managed by them at [INSTITUTION NAME].acme.instructure.com is much simpler and easy to use.
Now considering an R&D project that will require to integrate with different LM Systems, there should be some way to use blackboard (on cloud) to test the application without requirement of Developer License and/or local virtual machine. The RestAPI that Bb is adopting lately, actually promotes the idea that an APP can reside on external servers but interact with a BB deployment using http and it makes perfect sense to register and use such an app in Bb hosted instance .
With this background my questions is: Is there any possibility to have a similar access from Bb for testing/verification of application?
The Institution deployed Bb on premises, can have this type of facility to use Bb SaaS for application Integration?