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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

Building user interfaces

Mendix provides the construct of the page to build the user interface of your application. This section will teach you about pages and how to build them. Pages are built with layouts and widgets in Studio Pro. Layouts are re-usable elements that can be applied to pages and provide common components to the page such as menus, headers, and footers. Widgets provide elements such as text boxes, sliders, and more to allow users to interact with your app's pages. Atlas UI provides page templates and other building blocks to give your pages a modern design with standard web elements.

As you go through the exercises in this chapter, you will create a page, learn about the Atlas UI building blocks and other widgets to design your page, and use buttons and navigation to call your page. These skills will help you to build robust user interfaces with the given elements in Mendix Studio Pro.

Creating a new page

In Mendix Studio Pro, there are a few ways to...