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Building Low-Code Applications with Mendix

By : Bryan Kenneweg, Imran Kasam, Micah McMullen
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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

What this book covers

Chapter 1, Introducing Mendix, goes through what low-code is and introduces Mendix and its history.

Chapter 2, Getting to Know the Mendix Platform, walks you through the Mendix account creation process, as well as the features of the Mendix platform once created.

Chapter 3, Getting to Know Mendix Studio, concentrates on Mendix Studio, Mendix's low-code web platform.

Chapter 4, Getting to Know Studio Pro, deep dives into what Studio Pro is, how to use it, as well as understanding the interface.

Chapter 5, Getting Started with Your Baseline App, helps you familiarize yourself with the Developer Portal and build a baseline app in Mendix Studio Pro.

Chapter 6, Understanding Domain Model Basics, covers the Mendix domain model and starts you building one in Mendix Studio Pro.

Chapter 7, Understanding the Basics of Page Design, introduces pages, widgets, layouts, and the Atlas UI framework to build a user interface in Mendix Studio Pro.

Chapter 8, Getting to Know Microflows, covers microflows and how to use them to create application logic in Mendix Studio Pro.

Chapter 9, Customizing Your App, discusses functions, sub-microflows, and some additional ways to enhance your application and implement custom business logic.

Chapter 10, Error Handling and Troubleshooting, explores ways to be proactive about problems and errors, which are an inevitable part of software development, and arms you with the tools to be able to dig into problems when they do pop up.

Chapter 11, Storing Data, explores how to build out your application's database. We will accomplish this by discussing various ways to associate your entities and create rock-solid domain models.

Chapter 12, Getting Some REST, looks at how connected the world is these days and the importance of understanding how to create integrations with other applications and data sources. In this chapter, you will learn how to pull data from a third-party data source using a REST call.

Chapter 13, A Review and What's Next, wraps it all up by taking a look back at all the subjects and areas we covered throughout the book!