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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…)

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…)

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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…)

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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…)

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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Why Should You Go to NextStep? Let’s Ask People You Can Trust

Do you remember going to Blockbuster and renting Titanic in VHS just to make sure that Jack really had to die? Or renting Super Mario to save that runaway princess over and over again? Though you might have wonderful memories of this once ubiquitous chain store, truth is we’re all very happy with the comfort Redbox and Netflix brought to our lives. Today, in this era of disruption, digital transformation is the key for a business to survive.
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The Reasons Why GitHub Engineers Built an Enterprise App Nobody Hates

Depending on your definition, GitHub is arguably an enterprise app company. Think about it: millions of users, thousands of companies whose businesses depend on the software and an expanding complex problem space. Oh, and they have a product called GitHub Enterprise.

Most people would agree, though, that GitHub’s enterprise app is far removed from the traditional view of enterprise software. So, what sets them apart from the companies who build the enterprise software that everybody hates? (more…)

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This Is How OutSystems Decreases Development Risk

By omitting features, OutSystems decreases development risk. Yes, you read that right. To excise risk from the app delivery process, OutSystems, by design, has carefully excised parts of the development tool ecosystem. I’m going to tell you how that works.  (more…)

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Forge Ahead with OutSystems and Asana Integration: How to Use App Feedback for Easy Project Management

Meet the OutSystems App Feedback feature. Specifically called out in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Mobile Application Development Platforms 2017, this feature makes it possible for users to let you know, directly from the app, what they think or what’s causing them problems. So, let's take a look at how you can integrate App Feedback with Asana using Forge components.
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For All My Life I’ll Feel It: Lack of Empathy Kills User Adoption

Your software or app is brilliant. Everyone on your team says so. Management is over the moon. Months later, it’s basically an icon or tile sitting on a screen, ignored and idle. Users have rejected it and are either using something else or suffering in silence. What happened?