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What Is Rapid Application Development?

Conceived in the 1980s, rapid application development, or RAD, was the first development methodology to challenge traditional waterfall development practices. Though often mistaken for a specific model, rapid application development is the idea that we benefit by treating our software projects like clay, rather than steel.

Software is a unique engineering structure because it is transient. With traditional engineering projects like bridge construction, engineers cannot begin to build a bridge then change their minds half way through the process—that’s pure chaos. But a bridge built in software? Engineers can change that every day. RAD takes advantage of this by emphasizing rapid prototyping over costly planning. (more…)

Low-Code Market Gets Needed Clarity from The New Stack – Leaders, Laggards and Lemmings

The low-code market is evolving rapidly now, yet I still ask myself... “Are we there yet?” Anyone who has taken a family vacation that involved a long car ride knows this question well. It expresses a combination of great anticipation, but also some frustration because it is taking a long time to get to the promised land.

Dive Into Low-Code With These Six Summer Reads

Summer’s here and the time is right for… reading all about low-code. And, we’ve rounded up a collection of six resources from Gartner, Forrester and IDC, not to mention one of our own publications, that you can download and toss into your beach bag. We’ve got waves, magic, numbers, and even profiling! What more could you ask for?

What Do Low-Code and Web Content Management Have in Common?

What’s the relationship between low-code and web content management? Let’s take a look.

In the early days of the web, people built websites by hand. Each page on a blog site, for example, was a hand-crafted text file made up of HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. Every new page meant starting from scratch. That’s right: code, copy, paste, repeat. (more…)

Digital transformation requires new technology, new processes, a culture change – and a little sprinkling of magic!

Right now many legacy business models are on the verge of collapse or under severe strain from digital pressures coming from both inside and outside the business. And where many organisations are concerned, if there isn’t a programme in place to replace legacy systems (and processes) with innovative new digital platforms, then you can be sure that there will be soon.
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JavaScript Events Unmasked: How to Create an Input Mask for Mobile

Imagine this: there you are, minding your own business, coding your time away. And then someone walks in and asks you to build an input mask for mobile applications using pure JavaScript (no external libraries!).

And you’re thinking that building an input mask is not that hard. All you need to do is create a bunch of functions to validate the key using keyboard events and cancel the event when the key is not allowed. How hard can it be?

Famous last words. (more…)

Introducing Sapphire, the Hospital Management System Built with OutSystems

We did something great at ATC. Something innovative. Something, almost unheard of. We took the bull by the horns, and we beat it to the ground. We fought our way through hell... and back. And we did it, I must add, impressively well. We created Sapphire, possibly the world's first, dare I say, and only, cloud-ready hospital management system.
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What Is Visual Programming?

Just what is visual programming? It’s interesting that not many leading programming sources have tried to answer that question. In fact, a colleague of mine complained that when she actually asked Google, “what is visual programming,” she didn’t get a straight answer. To me, that seemed odd, so here is my attempt to right that wrong.  (more…)

BIT by BIT: Organizing a Hackathon to Launch Digital Transformation

About a year ago, OutSystems CEO Paulo Rosado said we were witnessing a turning point in the market, where demands for digital transformation were at the epicenter. A year later, the digital Darwinism is settled. But in this case, the survivors are not the strongest, but the best adaptable to change.

JIRA Integration: Connecting OutSystems App Feedback With This Project Management Tool

Collecting user feedback regularly is an important part of the app development process. After all, users will inform your next decision, and having their feedback can seriously impact the direction of your project. Recently, I blogged about how teams can use…

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