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Qodly 05/21/2024

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How to Build a Custom Application

How to Build a Custom Application

06/06/2024

<p>Businesses often use custom apps specifically designed to automate workflows or enhance customer experience. In the past, app development was a long, technical, and expensive process that only larger businesses could benefit from.&nbsp;</p><p>However, with the introduction of low-code platforms, citizen developers with little technical experience could develop their own apps quickly and affordably. Now, even emerging businesses can benefit from automating their systems with their own custom-built apps.&nbsp;</p><p>That being said, if you want to build your own app, you'll need to follow eight critical steps in the app development you'll that you'll need to follow.</p><img src="/sites/default/files/howtobuildacustomapp.png" data-entity-uuid="b046322d-45e7-40d5-b843-ddd8ed7829d0" data-entity-type="file" alt="" width="1236" height="828"><p>&nbsp;</p><h2>8 Steps to Make a Custom Application&nbsp;</h2><h3>Step 1—Ideation</h3><p>The first step is clearly defining your objectives and requirements for the app clearly. To do this, it is best to first start with the pain points you want to address first. For example, if you're going to develop an app to automate a filling system, first:&nbsp;</p><ul><li>List the problems with the current ways your filing system works.&nbsp;</li><li>Work out how the app can solve each one of these problems.&nbsp;</li><li>Then, lay out your objectives and requirements for the app.&nbsp;</li></ul><p>Once you have a clear understanding of the app's intended problems and what it needs to be capable of solving them, it is time to conduct some market research.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><h3>Step 2—Conduct Market Research</h3><img src="/sites/default/files/conductmarketresearch.png" data-entity-uuid="86ad1982-b751-4b53-8572-d8b845866778" data-entity-type="file" alt="" width="1234" height="822"><p>Whether you are building an app that will compete with other apps in the market or simply one to be used in-house for behind-the-scenes work, you'll want to conduct thorough market research.</p><p>No matter how unique your idea is for a custom app is, there is likely something similar out there. So, it is essential to research and learn from all similar apps. Ask yourself:</p><ul><li>What does their app have that mine doesn't?</li><li>How is their app performing?&nbsp;</li><li>Are there any pain points that my app should solve that theirs doesn't?</li></ul><p>Ultimately, the purpose of this market research is to inform you about how you go about developing your own app.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><h3>Step 3—Choose a Low-Code Development Platform</h3><p>Low-code platforms allow companies and citizen developers to create apps as quickly and efficiently as possible. They provide the tools needed to create an app. Depending on which platform you choose, how you design and create your app will vary depending on which platform you choose.&nbsp;</p><p>As such, it is essential to find one that works for your needs before deciding on your app's design and development process for your app.&nbsp;</p><p>Some popular platforms out there to choose from include Salesforce, Microsoft Power Platform, and UiPath. These platforms offer features such as drag-and-drop functions, AI integrations, and team management tools.&nbsp;</p><p>For those wanting a simple all-in-one solution. Qodly combines low-code and hybrid options to allow more flexibility in the app development process. It is also made for those who want to develop, deploy, and run their apps all on one platform.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><h3>Step 4—Build an MVP&nbsp;</h3><p>Once you are ready to start the app development process, start by prototyping and testing the features you want. Once you are satisfied with your desired features, it is time to build an MVP or Minimum Viable Product. An MVP is the skeleton of the final product.&nbsp;</p><p>Start by designing the layout of your app and adding basic functionality to it along with the core features.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><h3>Step 5—Test It!</h3><img src="/sites/default/files/testtheapp.png" data-entity-uuid="5a975505-406d-41f3-9e8e-e86849535704" data-entity-type="file" alt="" width="1236" height="826"><p>Once you have your MVP, test it. Get feedback on the user experience and find all the shortfalls. Ensure all the core features function as expected, and list all the improvements and additions that the final product should have.&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><h3>Step 6—Build the App&nbsp;</h3><p>Next, it's time to build the app. During this process, it is important to conduct regular code reviews and testing to ensure the app development process is heading in the right direction and to catch any bugs early on in the process.&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><h3>Step 7—Quality Assurance&nbsp;</h3><p>Once your app is built, the next step is to develop a testing strategy for testing different app features to ensure that they meet predefined standards and objectives.</p><p>Performing functional and non-functional testing is also helpful. Functional testing ensures that everything is working correctly, and non-functional testing checks the app's overall performance, security, and UI of the app.&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><h3>Step 8—Launch It and Collect User Feedback&nbsp;</h3><p>Lastly, it is time to launch your app and collect user feedback to improve its performance. Some of the best ways to collect user feedback are through interviews and surveys.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><h3>Summary&nbsp;</h3><p>All in all, custom applications can significantly automate your business process or improve customer satisfaction. With low-code solutions, citizen developers and those with low technical expertise can develop custom apps quickly and affordably—allowing even small companies to take advantage of the benefits that custom business applications can bring.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><hr><p>Are you a citizen developer, freelancer, or a small company seeking to build end-to-end applications? Discover Qodly, a hybrid low-code platform for web applications backed by 4D, a pioneer in cross-platform app development for over 40 years. With Qodly, you can create apps tailored to your needs without the hassle of extensive coding. Plus, if you wish to customize further, you have the freedom to add your code, ensuring you're never limited or stuck. Experience high-performance apps, thanks to the seamless integration of 4D technology with open-source web frameworks. Learn more about this powerful platform today.</p>

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Calling all Qodly Newbies: Build a Simple Pet Contest App

Calling all Qodly Newbies: Build a Simple Pet Contest App

05/30/2024

<p><br>Have you been curious about Qodly but unsure where to start? This post is your perfect introduction!</p><p>Today, I'm taking you on a journey through building a fun and engaging application – a pet contest! But this isn't just any pet contest app; it's a chance to explore the exciting capabilities of Qodly, the hybrid low-code platform.&nbsp;</p><p>As someone who's transitioned from software engineering to product and marketing, I'm always on the lookout for tools that bridge efficiency and customization. Qodly's promise of both intrigued me, and I couldn't wait to test it with a simple yet engaging app—a pet contest!</p><h2>&nbsp;</h2><h2>Building our Pet Paradise</h2><p>The application's idea is straightforward, a single-page interface where users can participate in three key actions:</p><p><strong>Add pets:</strong> People can upload a picture and name for their pet, adding them to the contest.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Vote for pets:</strong> This is the fun part! Users can vote for their favorite pets, making the cutest ones more popular.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>See top 10:</strong> Witness pet popularity come alive as the top ten "cutest" pets are displayed based on the votes.</p><p>This seemingly straightforward app serves as a perfect example to showcase Qodly's basic functionalities.</p><img src="/sites/default/files/petsapp2.png" data-entity-uuid="bcafde82-03d7-471c-8960-88e0a2a8aa8d" data-entity-type="file" alt="" width="1020" height="373"><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Clicking the "Add New Pet" button will open a dedicated dialog, allowing users to upload their pet's picture and name. We'll delve into configuring this pet submission process in the next section.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><img src="/sites/default/files/petsapp1.png" data-entity-uuid="f763f9bc-abcb-4c40-b147-91f5c60c0c7e" data-entity-type="file" alt="" width="1020" height="373"><h2>&nbsp;</h2><h2><em>Building the backend with Qodly</em></h2><p><em>While the user interface may appear simple, there's some magic happening behind the scenes (don't worry, it's friendly magic!).</em></p><p><em>In this blog post, we'll delve into the world of models and webforms, the building blocks of our pet contest app.&nbsp;</em></p><p><em>We'll see how Qodly eases the process with its intuitive tools.</em></p><h3>&nbsp;</h3><h3>Create The model</h3><p><a href="https://developer.qodly.com/docs/studio/model/model-editor-interface">The model</a> defines the data structure for our app. We'll create a dataclass named Pet to hold information about each pet. This dataclass will have attributes like name, picture, and other relevant details.</p><img src="/sites/default/files/Pettable.png" data-entity-uuid="0cfdb38c-df5e-41ac-a94b-d344a4d54fda" data-entity-type="file" alt="" width="498" height="322"><h3>&nbsp;</h3><h3>Create The webform</h3><p>This is where users will interact with the app and provide information about their pets. &nbsp;</p><p>Qodly makes building web forms easy, even for those without coding experience! It allows you to create the form layout visually using drag-and-drop functionality.</p><p><a href="https://developer.qodly.com/docs/studio/design-webforms/create-webform">Create a new webform</a> and call it index. Start dragging your components (see the following section).</p><h4>&nbsp;</h4><h4>Setting Up The Voting Section:</h4><p>For the voting section:</p><p>- Start by dragging a <a href="https://developer.qodly.com/docs/studio/design-webforms/components/stylebox">stylebox</a>: This will act as a container for the voting elements.</p><p>- Inside the stylebox, drag an <a href="https://developer.qodly.com/docs/studio/design-webforms/components/image">image</a> component: Place this inside the style box to display the pet image users will vote on.</p><p>- Drag two <a href="https://developer.qodly.com/docs/studio/design-webforms/components/button">buttons</a> with the labels "Cute" and "Not Cute" inside the stylebox to capture users' votes.</p><img src="/sites/default/files/votingsection.png" data-entity-uuid="5fc1073e-69ba-407a-a659-8580248d4da4" data-entity-type="file" alt="" width="1218" height="430"><h4>&nbsp;</h4><h4>Adding a new pet:</h4><p>Now, let's move to the action of Adding a new pet.&nbsp;</p><p>Drag a button onto your workspace. Clicking this button will later open the pet creation dialog.</p><img src="/sites/default/files/addnewpet.png" data-entity-uuid="379b66ba-e426-4bdf-981d-6db1ffa9883c" data-entity-type="file" alt="" width="1244" height="122"><h4>&nbsp;</h4><h4>Displaying top 10 pets:</h4><p>To show the top ten pets, drag a <a href="https://developer.qodly.com/docs/studio/design-webforms/components/matrix">matrix</a> components inside the stylebox. Think of this matrix as a grid layout that will showcase the top ten pets.</p><img src="/sites/default/files/matrixlistpets.png" data-entity-uuid="dddf0a9a-19ac-4e45-8b8a-983980618786" data-entity-type="file" alt="" width="1796" height="834"><h3>&nbsp;</h3><h3>Creating The Pet Creation Dialog</h3><p>Once users click the "Add New Pet" button, they'll need a way to provide information about their pet. In Qodly, this could be done through a <a href="https://developer.qodly.com/docs/studio/design-webforms/components/dialog">dialog</a>.</p><p>From the Qodly interface, use this button to create a new dialog and name it "addPet".</p><p>&nbsp;</p><img src="/sites/default/files/dialog.png" data-entity-uuid="0fea38f0-3f44-4e2f-888e-9459dd3b7c8f" data-entity-type="file" alt="" width="1376" height="672"><p>Within the dialog, use drag-and-drop to add the following elements:&nbsp;</p><p>- A file upload component where users can select their pet's picture.&nbsp;</p><p>- A text input field for users to enter their pet's name.</p><p>- You can optionally add an image component that displays a default image when the dialog first opens. This can provide a visual cue to users about what kind of image they should upload.</p><img src="/sites/default/files/addnewpetdialog.png" data-entity-uuid="e03cd23e-2463-4b2d-bd1d-4b1192ae0270" data-entity-type="file" alt="" width="1324" height="820"><h2>&nbsp;</h2><h2>Wiring Everything up</h2><p>Here comes the fun part!&nbsp;</p><p>Now that you've built the visual structure of your web form using Qodly's drag-and-drop features, it's time to connect everything and make it functional.&nbsp;</p><p>This will likely involve writing some code (don't worry, Qodly simplifies this process too)!</p><h3>&nbsp;</h3><h3>Adding a new pet</h3><p>The first step is to allow users to submit new pets to the contest. Qodly's <a href="https://developer.qodly.com/docs/studio/design-webforms/events#binding-standard-actions-to-events">standard actions</a> make this process easy—no single line of code is needed!</p><p>Go ahead and open your dialog,&nbsp;</p><img src="/sites/default/files/opendialog.png" data-align="center" data-entity-uuid="163c106d-6ed6-446a-be16-83d25275804b" data-entity-type="file" alt="" width="940" height="314"><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>What We Want to Achieve</strong>&nbsp;</p><p>Before diving into the configuration, let's clarify the goal here: When the user uploads a pet's image, enters a name, and clicks "Submit," we want that information to be saved as a new entry in your database.&nbsp;</p><p>But before we get there, there's an important step: <strong>Mapping user input to the database</strong>.</p><p>Before we configure the button to save new pets, let's ensure the user's input is properly mapped to the corresponding fields in your database. Here's how to achieve this:</p><p>1 - <strong>Create a data source of type Entity</strong>: Name it "addPet". Refer to Qodly's documentation for detailed instructions on creating a <a href="https://developer.qodly.com/docs/studio/design-webforms/datasources">data source</a> of type "<a href="https://developer.qodly.com/docs/orda/data-model#entity">Entity</a>" that reflects your pet's data structure (e.g., name, picture, etc.).&nbsp;</p><img src="/sites/default/files/addpetds.png" data-entity-uuid="57357a6d-8d71-48ad-aeb8-2d53aaef3eaf" data-entity-type="file" alt="" width="916" height="482"><p>&nbsp;</p><p>2 - <strong>Map input fields to entity properties:</strong> &nbsp;Once you have the entity data source, use Qodly's interface to map the user input fields (pet name, picture) to the corresponding properties within the entity. This ensures the data is stored correctly in your database.</p><img src="/sites/default/files/mapimage.png" data-entity-uuid="d25433fd-7823-4394-915c-7b602ce1967b" data-entity-type="file" alt="" width="1840" height="488"><img src="/sites/default/files/mapname.png" data-entity-uuid="2bca5836-a703-43a3-9126-e0a8689db141" data-entity-type="file" alt="" width="1836" height="372"><p>In Qodly's interface, navigate to the events panel for the "Submit" button within the pet creation dialog. This panel allows you to define actions triggered by user interactions.</p><img src="/sites/default/files/eventspanel.png" data-entity-uuid="c9a9418b-706c-4789-883f-5c67413812a6" data-entity-type="file" alt="" width="1124" height="614"><p>Within the events panel, choose the "on Click" event and then select "Add a standard action."&nbsp;</p><img src="/sites/default/files/addsa.png" data-entity-uuid="65b5c7ab-7a49-4adc-86a3-dc5843f2c185" data-entity-type="file" alt="" width="594" height="276"><p>From the available options, select the "Save" standard action. This action will save the data entered by the user to your database.</p><img src="/sites/default/files/saveSA.png" data-entity-uuid="94ec003e-08a6-4a19-92ea-29a6ef7c17e9" data-entity-type="file" alt="" width="716" height="622"><p>&nbsp;</p><h3>BUT</h3><p>There's a crucial step before saving new pet information: <strong>pre-populating the entity with an empty record when the dialog loads (on Init)</strong>. Qodly will not automatically create a new entity instance for you to save.</p><p>By pre-populating the entity, you essentially create a blank "container" for the user's input. When the user clicks "Submit," the data entered (pet name, image) will be populated into the existing entity, allowing you to successfully save it to your database using the "Save" standard action.</p><img src="/sites/default/files/createnetity.png" data-entity-uuid="26559d41-406b-49ba-b68e-59b46e3b22a1" data-entity-type="file" alt="" width="1334" height="598"><p>Once you've configured the button action, test the functionality by adding a new pet. The user should be able to enter pet information, and clicking "Submit" should successfully save the new pet entry to your database.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><h3>Bonus</h3><p>Qodly offers a built-in <a href="https://developer.qodly.com/docs/data-explorer/">Data Explorer</a>, a web interface that allows you to:</p><p>- <strong>Browse and Inspect: </strong>Easily view all your entities (including pets) and their data.&nbsp;</p><p>- <strong>Search and Filter:</strong> Quickly find specific pet entries using search and filter options.&nbsp;</p><p>- <strong>Edit on the Fly:</strong> If needed, you can directly edit data within the Data Explorer for troubleshooting or adjustments.</p><p>Locate the Data Explorer within Qodly's interface:</p><img src="/sites/default/files/dataexplorer.png" data-entity-uuid="138ae9b9-47a4-446d-9842-01efab57c129" data-entity-type="file" alt="" width="1568" height="410"><p>If you can find your newly added pet with the corresponding details (name, picture), then congratulations! You've successfully saved the pet entry.</p><h3>Displaying the top ten pet</h3><p>Now that you can add new pets, let's showcase them on the main interface!&nbsp;</p><p>Here, Qodly's configuration shines with its user-friendly approach.</p><p>Start by creating a data source of type "Entity Selection." &nbsp;Name this data source "pets" to clearly represent its purpose. This data source will act as a bridge between your application and the database, specifically retrieving information about the top ten pets.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><img src="/sites/default/files/mapmatrix.png" data-entity-uuid="03469a34-0c71-4258-a4c1-c799e8a59df5" data-entity-type="file" alt="" width="2012" height="1228"><p>With the "pets" data source created, it's time to connect it to the visual element displaying the pet list.&nbsp;</p><p>This element is a "matrix" in Qodly. Use Qodly's interface to map the "pets" data source to this list element.</p><p>Now, it's time to personalize how each pet is displayed on the list. Drag and drop the desired elements you want to show for each pet, such as the pet's name, picture, and any other relevant information. Qodly's visual interface should allow you to easily position these elements for a visually appealing presentation.</p><h4>Adding a CSS touch</h4><p>While we'll delve deeper into CSS styling in a future blog post, feel free to experiment with basic visual adjustments from the right-hand panel within Qodly's interface. You can adjust spacing and add a border radius to your image.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><img src="/sites/default/files/dragndropattributes_0.png" data-entity-uuid="231f78b8-b733-4eb9-a4ef-f7eb6cd52ea3" data-entity-type="file" alt="" width="1806" height="450"><p>For now, you should be able to see the whole list of pets in your database. Let's refine it to see only the top 10.&nbsp;</p><p>Let's create a function that does that.</p><p>Go to your Qodly model and create a new function named topTen. This function will return a selection of pets, specifically the top ten "cutest" ones.</p><img src="/sites/default/files/toptenmodel.png" data-entity-uuid="5c927c47-993c-429c-be23-a7d878cc1441" data-entity-type="file" alt="" width="552" height="558"><p>it will automatically create the function in the Pet class.</p><img src="/sites/default/files/petclass.png" data-entity-uuid="0f22e481-7c07-4d28-9a4d-31e48bffaf6a" data-entity-type="file" alt="" width="928" height="380"><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Simply add this code that displays the top ten pets:</p><pre><code class="language-4d"> exposed Function topTen() -&gt; result: cs.PetSelection result = this.query("totalCutes &gt; totalNotCutes").orderBy("totalCutes desc").slice(0,10)</code></pre><p>&nbsp;</p><p>This code snippet showcases the logic behind the topTen function:&nbsp;</p><ol><li>.query("totalCutes &gt; totalNotCutes"): This filters the pet selection to only include pets where the "totalCutes" score is greater than the "totalNotCutes" score.&nbsp;</li><li>.orderBy("totalCutes desc"): This orders the filtered pet selection by their "totalCutes" score in descending order (showing the most "cutes" first).&nbsp;</li><li>.slice(0,10): This limits the final result to the first ten entries, effectively retrieving the top ten "cutest" pets.</li></ol><p>In the next step, we'll configure Qodly to call this topTen function when the webform loads, ensuring only the top ten pets are initially displayed.</p><img src="/sites/default/files/functioncall.png" data-entity-uuid="eec5ff97-31a3-4648-aa02-d3a2b8c461af" data-entity-type="file" alt="" width="584" height="292"><p>&nbsp;</p><img src="/sites/default/files/functionalconf.png" data-entity-uuid="8720719b-14e1-496e-82c7-417bd1b424e6" data-entity-type="file" alt="" width="1286" height="318"><p>Let's move to the last part.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><h3>Voting functionality</h3><p>Now that you have the cutest contenders showcased, let's allow users to cast their votes!&nbsp;</p><p>We'll implement two functions in Qodly to achieve this:</p><ol><li>randomPet function: This function will retrieve a random pet from the database, ensuring a dynamic voting experience for users.&nbsp;</li><li>vote function: This function will handle user votes, incrementing either the "totalCutes" or "totalNotCutes" score in the database based on the user's choice.</li></ol><h5>randomPet function</h5><p>Go to your Qodly model and create a new function named randomPet. This function will return a single random pet entity.</p><pre><code class="language-4d">exposed Function randomPet() -&gt; result: cs.PetEntity var pets: cs.PetSelection pets = this.all() result = pets.at(random%pets.length)</code></pre><p>&nbsp;</p><p>This function retrieves all the pets using this.all().&nbsp;</p><p>It then uses the random() function to generate a random number within the range of the pet selection's length. Finally, it uses the at(index) method to access and return the pet entity at the randomly chosen index.</p><h5>&nbsp;</h5><h5>Vote function</h5><p>Go to your PetEntity class (where individual pet data is defined) and create a new function named vote. This function will take a boolean argument (cute) indicating the user's vote.</p><pre><code class="language-4d"> exposed Function vote(cute : boolean) if (cute) this.totalCutes+=1 else this.totalNotCutes+=1 end this.save()</code></pre><p>&nbsp;</p><h5>Connecting Functions to User Interactions</h5><p>In Qodly's interface, configure your webform's onLoad event to call the randomPet function. This will ensure a random pet is displayed initially for voting.</p><img src="/sites/default/files/randomPet.png" data-entity-uuid="52fa8bcf-7443-43d7-9f09-2dcb5d4a7dcc" data-entity-type="file" alt="" width="714" height="478"><p>Configure the "Cute" and "Not Cute" buttons with the onClick event. When a user clicks either button, trigger the vote function, passing true for "Cute" and false for "Not Cute" to update the corresponding vote count.</p><img src="/sites/default/files/cute.png" data-entity-uuid="9e4763ef-0337-4cc9-b77f-573f303057c1" data-entity-type="file" alt="" width="752" height="532"><img src="/sites/default/files/notcute.png" data-entity-uuid="692103c4-19b6-4fe7-98fb-75b867a3f980" data-entity-type="file" alt="" width="742" height="524"><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Test the functionality by running your application. You should be able to see a random pet displayed on load. Clicking "Cute" or "Not Cute" should update the pet's respective vote count.&nbsp;</p><p>Congratulations! You've successfully built a core voting system for your pet contest application using Qodly's functionalities.</p><h2>Coming Up Next</h2><p>This is just the first step in our journey!&nbsp;</p><p>In the next part of this series, we'll use the power of CSS to create a visually appealing user interface. We'll also explore how Qodly empowers you to personalize your app beyond the basic functionalities.</p><p>Stay tuned for exciting updates, and get ready to build your own delightful pet contest app!</p><p>Meanwhile, if you have any questions, feel free to connect with us on the <a href="https://community.qodly.com/">Forums</a> or <a href="https://qodly.slack.com/join/shared_invite/zt-20ieeffts-NU57SOXcbakmWgIMnJpStQ#/shared-invite/email">Slack</a>.</p>

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Build High-Quality Landing Pages in Minutes with Qodly

Build High-Quality Landing Pages in Minutes with Qodly

05/03/2024

<p>I'm Eric Minyem, a web developer and digital manager. Throughout my career, I have had the privilege of assisting several companies in their digital transformation process by taking on tasks such as project management, redesigning and designing web platforms using CMS like Drupal, WordPress, Spip, Wix, Typo3, Joomla, as well as developing E-commerce solutions with Magento, Shopify, and WooCommerce. Digitalization is intensifying in the business sector. The emergence of Low/No Code/HYBRID technologies has facilitated the rise of Citizen Developers. These developers, increasingly present, are creating their own professional tools. Several advantages emerge from this innovative and pragmatic approach:&nbsp;</p><ul><li>Reduction of time to market&nbsp;</li><li>Cost optimization&nbsp;</li><li>Transformation of business processes directly by users as a digital project manager, with Qodly, I wanted to test my abilities to create a complete landing page at a low cost and in record time.</li></ul><p>Qodly offers several templates (Dataclasses, HR...) that will save you time in the design phase. You can also create your own custom design and integrate it or use one of the many built-in design templates.</p><p><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tx7Lhb7h5PI" target="_blank">Several tutorials</a> (<a href="https://qodly.com/blog" target="_blank">blog posts and videos</a>) will help you understand the <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9lACBWXvkMY" target="_blank">Qodly interface</a>. We found the backend simple and well-designed.</p><p>We aim to discover Qodly's various functionalities by creating a landing page.</p><p>To do this, we've chosen and customized a predefined template called Business &amp; Travel, through which, under the theme of Travel &amp; Business, we've introduced logic and variables encoding links between locations (Paris, Singapore, London, Tokyo, New York)., versus Hotels, Cars, Flights, testimonials.</p><p>In the first part of the landing page, we created a slider with two images (Business &amp; Travel). You can also integrate a slider via custom components in the various zones available on the Qodly platform. We'll do that later.</p><img src="/sites/default/files/landingQodly.png" data-entity-uuid="2ccb7331-2604-484a-8175-e1d8c7ef896e" data-entity-type="file" alt="" width="902" height="1334"><p>&nbsp;</p><p>In the second part of the landing, hotels, cars, flights, and testimonials are displayed according to the city selected.</p><p>We also integrated an online booking system for hotels, cars, and flights for each destination. Users can select their stay dates and preferences and make their reservations directly from the landing page.</p><p>- Hotels</p><img src="/sites/default/files/hotels%2BTestimonials.png" data-entity-uuid="e311f249-c1df-4784-9362-b58dd769c2f4" data-entity-type="file" alt="" width="3360" height="1926"><p>- Cars</p><img src="/sites/default/files/Cars.png" data-entity-uuid="56d9ab1f-66e7-444e-a234-8c9e09e5c62c" data-entity-type="file" alt="" width="3268" height="1264"><p>- Flights</p><img src="/sites/default/files/Flights.png" data-entity-uuid="25c13460-a741-4055-a936-c031292f6824" data-entity-type="file" alt="" width="3238" height="1160"><p>- Testimonials</p><img src="/sites/default/files/Testimonials.png" data-entity-uuid="0492d4e4-1e0a-43b7-9de1-4b0d0e98db86" data-entity-type="file" alt="" width="3332" height="808"><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Finally, to make the user experience even more immersive, we added testimonials from satisfied customers who have already traveled with our services. These authentic reviews help reassure future travelers and strengthen confidence in our platform.</p><p>In conclusion, this landing page created with Qodly demonstrates the power and flexibility of this tool for developing quality digital projects quickly and cost-effectively. I am convinced that this experience with Qodly opens up new perspectives for companies' digital transformation. if you have any questions, feel free to connect with us on the <a href="https://community.qodly.com/" target="_blank">Forums</a> or <a href="https://qodly.slack.com/join/shared_invite/zt-20ieeffts-NU57SOXcbakmWgIMnJpStQ#/shared-invite/email" target="_blank">Slack</a>.</p>

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Empower your Career Advancement with Qodly Hybrid Low Code: My Testimonial!

Empower your Career Advancement with Qodly Hybrid Low Code: My Testimonial!

04/16/2024

<p>In this testimonial, I aim to emphasize the benefits of a user-friendly, intuitive platform named Qodly, tailored for individuals like me who lack coding expertise but need advanced applications in my role as a Digital Marketing advisor. This is why I chose Qodly, and my experience with it was consistently positive.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><h2>Effortless Setup</h2><p>The concept of the Qodly hybrid low code platform equipped me with the necessary tools to create various Digital Marketing applications efficiently.&nbsp;</p><p>As a coding novice, I set a goal to understand the basics independently so that I could better communicate with my clients, gain time, and provide the best service possible.&nbsp;</p><p>I was pleasantly surprised by how easily I set up my account on Qodly. The platform provided the guidance I needed at my own pace, allowing me to progress comfortably in a new field.&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><h2>Sandbox Your Way to Success: Prototyping Made Easy</h2><p>Exploring the documentation, I quickly grasped the fundamentals of application development using Sandbox templates for design.</p><p>The Qodly hybrid low-code platform not only saves me time but also reduces development costs by eliminating the need for expensive developers, making it a valuable tool for beginners like me.&nbsp;</p><p>The platform offers pre-built features such as databases, automation tools, and integrated APIs, streamlining the development process.</p><p>This experience completely changed my perception of coding and motivated me to push my limits. Fear has been replaced by curiosity to learn more and improve myself daily. I now connect as often as possible, and I am impressed by how quickly I am able to evolve these applications.&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><h2>Progressive Training Takes You on a Step-by-Step Journey</h2><p>I was also impressed by the 17 progressive training modules, which covered technical aspects of the process and offered a step-by-step evolutionary program.</p><a href="https://qodly.com/tutorials"><img src="/sites/default/files/QodlyResources_0.png" data-entity-uuid="0a88b96a-4247-4bb2-831b-0fe84adf62bb" data-entity-type="file" alt="" width="1384" height="934"></a><h2>&nbsp;</h2><h2>Beyond Coding: A Community to Support Your Growth</h2><p>Qodly's expanding <a href="https://community.qodly.com/">community</a> allows easy access to learning from fellow members and citizen developers, enhancing the overall experience and including everyone regardless of their coding level.&nbsp;</p><p>In conclusion, implementing a productivity-enhancing application has not only been rewarding but has also deepened my understanding of emerging technologies, such as hybrid code platforms.&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><h2>What's next?</h2><p>I look forward to sharing more details about my final application with you soon and giving you more insights into my overall experience!&nbsp;</p><p>If you're also interested in how Qodly can transform your professional life, create an account <a href="https://qodly.com/get-started">here</a> and stay updated through our blog!&nbsp;</p>

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5 Key Insights on the Low-Code Platform Market — Growth, Future, and Industry Adoption

5 Key Insights on the Low-Code Platform Market — Growth, Future, and Industry Adoption

03/05/2024

<p>Low-code development platforms are rapidly gaining market attraction with its market value being estimated at <a href="https://www.statista.com/statistics/1226179/low-code-development-platform-market-revenue-global/">32 billion in 2024</a>, an almost 10 billion dollar increase from just two years prior.&nbsp;</p><p>This growing adoption of low-code platforms is primarily due to the demand for hyper-automation — the process of automating business systems and IT processes. With low-code platforms, businesses can quickly develop and automate their systems using citizen developers instead of individuals with high technical expertise.&nbsp;</p><p>Before jumping too far ahead, let’s first get a better understanding of what low-code platforms are.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><h2>What Are Low-Code Development Platforms?&nbsp;</h2><p>&nbsp;</p><img src="/sites/default/files/slide-1-min.png" data-entity-uuid="049752a5-0172-40f2-922b-a06389f9c314" data-entity-type="file" alt="" width="1020" height="415"><p>&nbsp;</p><p>As the name suggests, low-code development platforms require little to no code to operate. Instead of having to manually write each line of code, these platforms often use a drag-and-drop approach. In other words, low-code platforms utilize a set of building blocks that individuals with little to no coding experience can use to create, for example, their own custom apps.&nbsp;</p><p>While in the past, the development process was long and could only be done by those with high technical expertise, with low-code solutions, the development time and costs associated with employing highly skilled individuals have been cut down dramatically.&nbsp;</p><p>As a result, the low-code market has exploded. With that being said, here are some key insights into the ever-evolving low-code market.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><h2>5 Key Insights on the Low-Code Platform Market</h2><p>&nbsp;</p><img src="/sites/default/files/slide-2-min.png" data-entity-uuid="720ed8a3-6bd1-459d-93e8-60f6d926491a" data-entity-type="file" alt="" width="1020" height="415"><p>&nbsp;</p><h3>1- Evolution of the Low-Code Development Market (2020 to 2029)&nbsp;</h3><p>In 2020, the low-code development platform market revenue stood at 12.85 billion dollars. By 2023, it was predicted that this number would more than double, reaching 26.9 billion. It is estimated that it will continue to grow with a CAGR (Compound Annual Growth Rate) of 26.1 percent.&nbsp;</p><p>According to Mordor Intelligence, this percentage may rise to 30.9 percent throughout the 2024 to 2029 period.&nbsp;</p><h3>2- Key Adopters by Market Share&nbsp;</h3><p>In the past, the IT and telecommunication industries held the largest market share according to <a href="https://www.fortunebusinessinsights.com/low-code-development-platform-market-102972">Fortune Business Insights</a> at 24.2 percent. The BFSI and healthcare industries also held a large share with the retail, education, and entertainment industries just starting to adopt low-code solutions in 2020.&nbsp;</p><h3>3- Regions with Significant Market&nbsp;</h3><p>Growth North America is currently the largest market for low-code platforms; however, Asia Pacific is expected to hold the largest market share in the near future due to friendly government policies as well as large corporations, such as Huawei, adopting low-code solutions.&nbsp;</p><p>Furthermore, in 2020 alone, <a href="https://www.fortunebusinessinsights.com/low-code-development-platform-market-102972">50 percent</a> of top executives across the Asia Pacific region planned to implement low-code solutions in their organizations.&nbsp;</p><h3>4- Top Industry Players</h3><p>Salesforce, Microsoft, Oracle, Appian, and Mendix are some of the top industry players offering low-code solutions. With AI becoming more popular, Salesforce, Microsoft, Medix, and others such as OutSystems and UiPath are introducing AI into their platforms allowing developers to “farm” out tasks to their virtual AI assistants.&nbsp;</p><h3>5- Low-Code Industry Segmentation&nbsp;</h3><p>The low-code development platform industry is segmented into five parts with each platform varying depending on the application type, organization size, development type, industry use, and geographical location.&nbsp;</p><ul><li><strong>Application Type</strong>—Mobile, web, or server-based.&nbsp;</li><li><strong>Organization Size</strong>—Small and emerging companies to large corporations.&nbsp;</li><li><strong>Development Type</strong>—Local use or cloud-based use.&nbsp;</li><li><strong>Industry Use</strong>—Healthcare, IT, BFSI, Retail, etc.&nbsp;</li><li><p><strong>Geographical Location</strong>—North America, Asia Pacific, Europe, etc.&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p></li></ul><h2>Why Is the Low-Code Development Market Seeing Significant Growth?</h2><p>&nbsp;</p><img src="/sites/default/files/slide-3-min.png" data-entity-uuid="85da753c-d9cc-4adb-bc3e-9ad7d2f95ac4" data-entity-type="file" alt="" width="1020" height="415"><p>&nbsp;</p><p>The low-code development market is seeing significant growth primarily due to the ease of use and quick development process. Instead of having to build, for example, an app from scratch, an individual with little to no coding experience can build the app using a set of pre-programmed building blocks.&nbsp;</p><p>This not only saves time during the development process but also significantly reduces the costs associated with app development. As a result, low-code solutions have become an effective tool in the hyper-automation process.</p><p>Furthermore, many companies are adopting a composable mindset. This mindset revolves around the idea of developing a component-based architecture that allows for combining, reusing, and reorienting components of apps to allow for greater efficiency and flexibility when creating new apps.&nbsp;</p><p>Low-code solutions allow for the component-based model to thrive because of its modular building block interface.</p><p>Lastly, highly skilled individuals with the necessary expertise to build custom applications from scratch are hard and expensive to come by. Because of low-code platforms, companies can opt to use citizen developers instead, reducing expenses and allowing for quicker development times.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><h2>Summary&nbsp;</h2><p>All in all, the low-code development market is sure to grow in the coming years, with some estimates suggesting a CAGR of 30.9 percent. Low-code solutions are quickly replacing traditional full-code solutions. This is in large part due to the ease of use of low-code platforms along with the ability to develop custom applications in significantly less time by utilizing pre-programmed building blocks.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><hr><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Are you a citizen developer, freelancer, or a small company seeking to build end-to-end applications? Discover Qodly, a hybrid low-code platform for web applications backed by 4D, a pioneer in cross-platform app development for over 40 years.&nbsp;</p><p>With Qodly, you can create apps tailored to your needs without the hassle of extensive coding. Plus, if you wish to customize further, you have the freedom to add your code, ensuring you're never limited or stuck.&nbsp;</p><p>Experience high-performance apps, thanks to the seamless integration of 4D technology with open-source web frameworks. Learn more about this powerful platform today.</p>

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How  Low-Code Platforms are Empowering Small and Medium-Sized Businesses

How Low-Code Platforms are Empowering Small and Medium-Sized Businesses

12/29/2023

<p>Nowadays, businesses of all sizes rely heavily on mobile apps to facilitate client communication, optimize internal processes, and increase revenue. However, designing an app from scratch can take time and effort, especially for small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) with limited resources. Here's where low-code platforms come into play, providing a more time- and labor-efficient app development and deployment method that doesn't necessitate a deep familiarity with computer programming.&nbsp;</p><p>Users of low-code development platforms can build sophisticated software programs using graphical user interfaces, drag-and-drop tools, and pre-made modules. This method facilitates the rapid development of customized software for commercial purposes by bypassing the necessity for hand-coded solutions. Low-code platforms also offer great adaptability and scalability to accommodate the inevitable changes in a company's app requirements.</p><h2>What Is A Low-Code Platform?</h2><p>A low-code software development platform allows users to create applications using only visual interfaces and drag-and-drop tools, rendering traditional manual coding archaic and obsolete. These great platforms proffer pre-built templates, workflows, and integrations that leave users in awe, for they can quickly build and deploy custom applications that meet their specific business needs. Moreover, these low-code platforms have many built-in features, such as security, scalability, and data management that need spellbinding. They allow users to create robust and scalable applications without extensive coding knowledge or expertise.<o:p></o:p></p><p>These otherworldly low-code platforms aim to expedite the application development process with the almighty power of magic, all while reducing costs and making it easier for mere mortals, also known as non-technical users, to participate in the development process.&nbsp;</p><h2>Features of Low Code Development</h2><div><ul><li><strong>Visual Modeling Tools</strong>:&nbsp;&nbsp;When it comes to low-code development, it's all about using pre-made templates and visual interfaces. As a result, it is easy to build programs. Low-code systems have pre-existing <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Low-code_development_platform">modules</a> that accurately match the specifics. Therefore, it is appropriate for both novice business users and expert programmers. Low-code effectiveness allows you to enjoy the ease of the no-code strategy.<br><br><o:p></o:p></li><li><strong>Drag-And-Drop Interface:</strong> With these low-code systems, you can drop your content where you want. This trait is crucial and incredibly helpful. That makes it much quicker to develop new apps. Programmers of all skill levels can benefit from this.<br><br><o:p></o:p></li><li><strong>Scalability</strong>: With any low-code platform, scalability is a major concern. With low-code systems, adding more resources as the user base expands is easy because of the system's inherent scalability. In particular, this helps medium and small businesses that are growing. Companies can ensure their apps are ready for peak usage with the help of a low-code platform without investing heavily in new computer systems or extra employees. Many companies in today's fast-paced market are adopting low-code platforms because of the agility and responsiveness they provide.</li></ul><h2>Benefits of Low-Code Platforms to Small and Medium-Sized Businesses</h2><p><span lang="EN-US">Here are some of the ways low-code platforms can benefit small and medium-sized businesses:<o:p></o:p><o:p></o:p><o:p></o:p></span></p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li><p><span style="font-family:Symbol;" lang="EN-US"></span><span dir="LTR"></span><span style="color:#0E101A;" lang="EN-US"><strong>Faster Time to Market</strong></span><span lang="EN-US">: The potential to drastically reduce development time is a significant perk of low-code platforms. With conventional coding approaches, businesses can create apps with low-code media in a fraction of the time it would normally take. This enables enterprises to meet the demands of their customers and adapt to shifting market conditions more rapidly. A quicker time-to-market can be a game-changer for SMBs wanting to gain an edge.</span></p><p><span lang="EN-US"><o:p></o:p></span></p></li><li><p><span style="font-family:Symbol;" lang="EN-US"></span><span dir="LTR"></span><span style="color:#0E101A;" lang="EN-US"><strong>Cost Savings</strong></span><span lang="EN-US">: Low-code platforms are helpful to small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs. They help keep software development costs down; traditional app development typically necessitates hiring skilled programmers and designers, which might be out of reach financially for new projects. Fortunately, low-code platforms have made it possible for businesses to create apps without the use of costly IT personnel or substantial coding skills or expertise. This can aid SMEs in better allocating their resources and allowing them to concentrate on other parts of their operations.</span></p><p><span lang="EN-US"><o:p></o:p></span></p></li><li><p><span style="font-family:Symbol;" lang="EN-US"></span><span dir="LTR"></span><span style="color:#0E101A;" lang="EN-US"><strong>Increased Agility</strong></span><span lang="EN-US">: Companies today need to be nimble and quick to adapt to the ever-evolving nature of the market. Companies can swiftly adjust to new demands thanks to the adaptability of low-code platforms. With a low-code platform, businesses can quickly make changes and updates to their apps without taking them offline for long periods. This enhanced responsiveness can help organizations maintain a competitive edge and capitalize on emerging possibilities.</span></p><p><span lang="EN-US"><o:p></o:p></span></p></li><li><p><span style="font-family:Symbol;" lang="EN-US"></span><span dir="LTR"></span><span style="color:#0E101A;" lang="EN-US"><strong>Improved Collaboration</strong></span><span lang="EN-US">: Companies can streamline their efforts to work together on app development projects by using low-code platforms that are built to facilitate communication and cooperation among employees. Teams can work together in real-time on app development projects using low-code platforms by exchanging ideas, feedback, and progress reports. This can aid SMEs in developing apps that better serve their clientele and enhance operational efficiency.</span></p><p><span style="font-family:Symbol;" lang="EN-US"></span><span dir="LTR"></span><span style="color:#0E101A;" lang="EN-US"><strong>Greater Control</strong></span><span lang="EN-US">: The low-code platform gives enterprises more say in their app creation processes. With a low-code platform, businesses may tailor their apps to their needs without hiring expensive programmers or relying on third-party service providers. Small and medium-sized enterprises can benefit from this increased leverage by having a more significant say over app development initiatives and the ability to guarantee that such projects are tailored to their specific needs.</span></p><p>&nbsp;</p></li></ul><h2>Conclusion</h2><p>In conclusion, low-code platforms provide numerous advantages for small and medium-sized businesses that want to build applications quickly and efficiently. Companies that want to stay ahead of the curve and preserve their competitive advantage should invest in low-code platforms because they can shorten time to market, save costs, expand flexibility, improve collaboration, and give them more control. As the demand for mobile apps rises, low-code platforms will become increasingly important for SMBs looking to capitalize on this development.<br><br>&nbsp;</p><hr><p>Are you a citizen developer, freelancer, or a small company seeking to build end-to-end applications? Discover Qodly, a hybrid low-code platform for web applications backed by 4D, a pioneer in cross-platform app development for over 40 years.</p><p>With Qodly, you can create apps tailored to your needs without the hassle of extensive coding. Plus, if you wish to customize further, you have the freedom to add your code, ensuring you're never limited or stuck.</p><p>Experience high-performance apps, thanks to the seamless integration of 4D technology with open-source web frameworks. Learn more about this powerful platform today.</p></div>

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