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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


In this chapter, we covered a few topics that were briefly discussed earlier in the book. Each of these subjects helped us better understand our domain models and how to extend them as we require more and more data to be present in our application. No matter what type of application you build, the data will be the heart of it. The more you know about setting up entities, modules, and associations, the better decisions you will likely make and the better your application will scale over time.

We began the chapter with a discussion on various association types. Understanding the correct association to use to connect your entities will be crucial as you build applications. While you can always change the association type down the road, it can create a number of issues. For example, going from a one-to-many association to a many-to-many will change all the retrieve actions in all your microflows to now return a list rather than one single record. This will include having to...