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Building Low-Code Applications with Mendix

By : Bryan Kenneweg, Imran Kasam, Micah McMullen
Book Image

Building Low-Code Applications with Mendix

By: Bryan Kenneweg, Imran Kasam, Micah McMullen

Overview of this book

Low-code is a visual approach to application development. It enables developers of varying experience levels to create web and mobile apps using drag-and-drop components and model-driven logic through a graphic user interface. Mendix is among the fastest-growing platforms that enable low-code enthusiasts to put their software ideas into practice without having to write much code, and Building Low-Code Applications with Mendix will help you get up and running with the process using examples and practice projects. The book starts with an introduction to Mendix, along with the reasons for using this platform and its tools for creating your first app. As you progress, you’ll explore Mendix Studio Pro, the visual environment that will help you learn Mendix app creation. Once you have your working app ready, you’ll understand how to enhance it with custom business logic and rules. Next, you’ll find out how to defend your app against bad data, troubleshoot and debug it, and finally, connect it with real-world business platforms. You’ll build practical skills as the book is filled with examples, real-world scenarios, and explanations of the tools needed to help you build low-code apps successfully. By the end of this book, you’ll have understood the concept of low-code development, learned how to use Mendix effectively, and developed a working app.
Table of Contents (18 chapters)
Section 1: The Basics
Section 2: Building Your First App
Section 3: Leveling Up Your App

Let's get some Java – Java actions

Java actions are a great way to extend your application's functionality by using Java code. Java actions generally handle logic and functionality that would be difficult, cumbersome, or even impossible to build directly in a microflow given standard Mendix functions and limitations. But basically, anything can be built out with Java actions. One drawback is, of course, you need to know Java to begin building out your own Java actions. However, you're not alone and Mendix has put out some excellent app store modules that you'll definitely want to include in most of your projects. Here's a brief look at a few of them:

Figure 9.23 – Community Commons Function library in the Mendix app store

You are definitely going to want this one! Just stop right now, go to the app store, and if you haven't already, add it to your project. The module contains a ton of useful Java actions that will...