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A Custom Physician Portal: Why OutSystems Low-Code Platform Is the Cure

When US Acute Care Solutions (USACS) wanted to replace its legacy physician portal, it looked to OutSystems for help building a new physician portal. USACS is the nation’s leading physician-owned provider of integrated acute care. One of the company’s top priorities was to ensure that its new portal was much more collaborative, allowing physicians to complete more of their work outside of the emergency room. (more…)

Gestures Glamour: Setting Up a Touch Menu

Mobile touch gestures are vital app components. While users love cool, interactive apps, if you're developing them, you can come to hate the mess and math involved. This is especially true when you are not the one who did the first piece of the code or if you are there only to maintain it. Having — dare I say it? — silky smooth mobile touch gestures and their animations can be a challenge but one that is overcome. Today, I'll show you how to create a native-like menu with gestures.
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Making Magic with WebSockets and CSS3

You can’t go wrong with magic tricks if you want to amaze people. When I started programming, impressing people was easy to do with just a few lines of code. However, nowadays technology plays such a big role in our lives that it takes much more creativity to amaze people. Just a few months ago, a few colleagues and I participated in a hackathon. The goal was to reinvent the way people shop for clothing. We designed an application that would help a shopping assistant search for items the customers requested inside the store by swiping items from a smartphone onto a bigger screen. In this blog, we'll show you how real-time communication with WebSockets and optical illusions created in CSS3 can make this kind of magic happen.
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Why Your Team Won’t Low-Code: Job Loss

In mid-2016, I evaluated the upcoming OutSystems 10 release as a native mobile developer. I knew little of web development and nothing of low-code platforms. After slogging through tutorials, it hit me. I was creating complex products without as much as a blink. And this tool was significantly easier to learn than traditional software development. I began to get excited! A platform this powerful could accelerate the development process, bring products to market at startling rates, and replace— me!?... Excitement faded. Fear set in.

An App for the Elves: Santa Goes Low-Code with OutSystems

Santa needed an app for his elves. Every December, thousands of letters addressed to Santa arrive at post offices all over the world as eager children share their wish lists. But what is magical for a child can be a nightmare for the mailman. 

There had to be a way to help Santa’s little helpers. (No, not the North Pole elves; that’s a different story.) It was his earthly assistants at the post office who struggled to make sure every child received a prompt reply from the man in the red suit.   (more…)

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Won’t Get Fooled Again: Lessons in Lie-Fi

The limbo between online and offline is Lie-fi. Described by industry insiders as "worse than offline," lie-fi can be addressed with a few tips and some lessons learned along the way.
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4 Stages of App Creation for Avoiding 5 Stages of Grief

Great app creation can seem elusive when everyone is coming to you with different requirements. The pressure can be so intense and the timelines so short that you're tempted to take shortcuts. Do that, however, and you might end up experiencing the 5 stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance. When you follow the 4 stages of great app creation in order, you can avoid the 5 stages of "app fail" grief.
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The Low-Code Development Market: Fragmented and Full of Promise

Google recently announced a new low-code solution for developers and we welcome them to the market! They join OutSystems and other vendors (see Oracle earlier in 2016) who recognize that IT teams are struggling with huge backlogs and resource challenges and need a faster, better way to deliver apps.

As a result, the low-code market is booming, and ZDNet predicts it will be a $10 billion industry by 2019. But let’s not celebrate too quickly. (more…)

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3 Wizards and a Baby Deliver Magical Native App Publishing

Once upon a time, OutSystems users couldn’t build native mobile apps. Our tech stack was focused entirely on web releases and responsive design. For the higher-ups who dreamed up OutSystems 10, the golden goose was native app development. And they wanted the publishing experience to remain instant. This is a story about the three wizards charged with making that happen and how they delivered native app publishing... and a baby.

Low-code Predictions: On the Right Side of the Digital Tipping Point?

There is a digital tipping point in the market fueled by three converging themes around low-code application development: mobile development is crippling, expectations from business are accelerating, and IT is hitting the productivity wall. How will these play out in 2017? Read the predictions for low-code development.