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How to Fill a Gaping Hole with 2,304 LEDs

I woke that morning feeling like I do every morning, groggy and desperate for coffee. I descended the staircase from my bedroom to escape the unforgiving morning light. To my bewilderment, a second barrage of relentless sunbeams hit me in the face. My living room ceiling had caved in. (more…)


I Was Wrong About Offline

In the last few years, we (the engineers for a visual programming platform for creating enterprise apps) started receiving requests for our platform to enable the development of mobile apps that work offline.

I believed it was a fad and tried to convince everyone around me of that. Luckily, smarter people questioned my beliefs and led our product in the right direction. (more…)

mobile app dev on cloud

Our Silver Lining: Building Mobile Apps Using Amazon Web Services

Eventually the day will come when you’ll have to deliver some sort of mobile application. On that day (and during the months that follow) you could end up swearing a lot while you deal with whole new IDEs, APIs, programming languages, known issues and a myriad of other annoying things related to mobile development. Or, you could relax and enjoy a ride on Amazon Web Services. We think that's a better option. At OutSystems, we aim to make life simpler to our customers. So we set out on a journey to make building mobile applications easy for everyone.

Designers vs. Developers: 5 Tips to Give Peace a Chance

UX Design

Last May, OutSystems announced a Revolution. Right before we kicked off NextStep 2016 in Lisbon, where that presentation took place, we had an event called Developers Morning at the OutSystems offices.

During that event, we had a couple of AMA (Ask Me Anything) sessions, where developers asked many questions about Silk UI, our front-end framework for creating beautiful designs with the least possible effort, and how they could enable designers to use it to its full potential. (more…)


OutSystems Rock Stars: The MVP Program

Developers and others who are passionate about OutSystems Platform—and infuse this passion in all they do—matter to us. To show our appreciation, on May 2, 2016, at the Developers Morning event in Lisbon, an awesome group of people became OutSystems MVPs.

We could list a few of them here, but that wouldn’t be fair to the others because they’re all so amazing. You can get to know them on their very own MVP web page. (more…)


OutSystems Community Gets a Makeover

We all know developers are the lifeblood of a software platform. This year OutSystems has made it a top priority to support our developers by providing more tools and resources to help them learn and become experts in our platform. Today, we are pleased to announce the first step in that direction – a new and improved home for our growing worldwide community. We have created a brand new community homepage, and we improved our developer forums by adding requested features to make life better for everyone using them. (more…)


Empowering the Citizen Developer with Self-Service IT

This article originally appeared on the Intellyx BrainBlog, Feb. 9, 2016

Enterprises across all industries are in the midst of difficult, bet-the-company changes we call digital transformation. And yet, there remains broad confusion about the scope of the word digital.

While the rise of mobile technologies are the impetus for many such transformations, digital goes well beyond the choice of user device. In fact, digital transformation reflects the fact that customer preferences and behavior are driving enterprise technology decisions – and such technology decisions impact the entire organization, from innovative, customer-focused efforts all the way to the traditional IT organization. (more…)


The Job Market for OutSystems Developers Heats Up

(Justin has been an OutSystems Developer for multiple companies including FICO, Conigent and Wodify.)

bcard-outsystems-jobsWhen I first encountered OutSystems Platform in 2009 it was because I was writing for TechRepublic. A few months after my initial review, I had a personal project, and I thought that I would give OutSystems Platform a chance, because I liked so much of what I saw. I had no idea that this personal project would lead me down the path of becoming an independent consultant; becoming the lead developer on one of the biggest, most heavily-used OutSystems projects in the world; and then to my current role, enabling dozens of developers at a large company to deliver outstanding work to clients worldwide. (more…)


The 13 Commandments of DevOps

Your IT organization doesn’t have to be made of silos or lag behind whenever it needs to quickly react to market demands.

Your teams can collaborate and communicate with agility. And you can get your Developers and Operations in the same boat, moving in the same direction, as one, while improving the way you satisfy business needs.

Of course you already have some kind of cross-team collaboration, the right people, and some tools and processes. Is that structure enough? Does it really address your organization’s IT challenges? Probably not quite. (more…)


From Hardcore Coding to Dragging Circles – A Scary but Fruitful Journey

As a software developer, you’re probably the kind of person that loves a mental challenge. You live for the feeling of coming up with that elegant algorithm, describing it to someone, and then smiling as they go silent for a while and then say admiringly “wow yeah, that can work.” You probably also enjoy that exhilarating feeling you get after a painstaking two-hour debug session, where you patiently gathered piece after piece of obscure information, looking for patterns, and finally everything clicks. Or even better, the feeling of power you get when you fix the issue with one line of code – the right line of code. It’s awesome! (more…)