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Simplifying App Development with ‘Drag-and-Drop’


Neutrinos - May 26, 2020 - 0 comments

Gone are the days when building applications, be it Hybrid Mobile Apps, Web Apps, or Native Apps, was a seemingly daunting task – one that required hiring a development firm or onboarding additional workforce capable of application development. The demand today is for Multi-Experience Development and the ability to create consistent experiences across all digital touchpoints. Enterprise owners who are looking to fuel their digital transformation and match customer demands face many challenges. 

Hiring a development firm could involve significant expenditure and might be difficult for small budgets. On the other hand, onboarding specialized employees for a singular function, like app development, comes with its share of logistical challenges, even if on a freelance or part-time basis.

App development made easy:

Making it all possible today are MXDPs – Multi-Experience Development Platforms. These platforms help enterprises in low-code rapid application development using an array of advanced inbuilt tools and widgets to build enterprise-grade applications and get to market faster.

Low-code multi-experience development platform allows applications and web portals to be built through a graphical user interface (GUI) and visual modeling techniques. These platforms enable enterprises to build a single app that can be deployed across devices and reduces the need for writing actual code segments. 

Software Development has gone visual. A MXDP like Neutrinos features a simple visual modeling interface, the highlight being a drag-and-drop designer, with access to all elements like data models, user interface, external systems, devices, etc. This makes it extremely easy to build complex UIs. The platform also allows the creation of extensions and widget libraries using JS, HTML, and Node.js. With this, functions can be developed in tandem, and predefined prototyping techniques can be used to build apps suited for agile usage across digital touchpoints.

With an easy to use, drag-and-drop integrated development environment (IDE), developers won’t be required to build the app from scratch. Designing UX, modeling data structures, defining the app flow or even connecting to external systems – MXDPs provide developers with a convenient, intuitive environment where they can visually develop all aspects of their enterprise app. The idea is to simplify application development for developers so that they can automate redundant tasks and spend time on more complex things like application logic, architecting user experience, and other critical tasks.

With tools like drag-and-drop builder and pre-built apps, development has never been easier. Here are some of the many benefits of low code platforms with drag-and-drop models:

Easy to use: Mobile app development can happen in-house. Small businesses can use, customize and implement pre-designed templates with no special technical expertise. In the drag-and-drop method of development, pre-programmed modules can be added to the app with ease. These can be plugged in, moved around, or discarded with just a few clicks of a mouse.

Cost effective and Increased productivity: With drag and drop, teams have higher productivity levels as they now have more time to focus on core business areas that require their attention. Additionally, this feature of MXDPs makes these platforms cost effective as well. How does drag-drop add this value?

  • By creating reusable components or widgets 
  • By eliminating the need to hand code and review, thus reducing workload 

The Neutrinos MXDP offers two types of reusable components –

  • Widgets – These are elements of the Graphical UI or applications that provide specific information to the user, and/or enable specific user interactions. Widgets can be anything from a button or label to a search box, and these can be created using Plugins Manager.
  • Nodes – Server Services nodes (that runs on backend servers) and Client Services nodes (that run on devices like smartphones, laptops and devices) 

These are created using Services Designer. 

For more on the Neutrinos platform and its capabilities: http://docs1.neutrinos.co

Faster time to market: With robust and pre-tested reusable Widgets, MXDPs reduce testing efforts. This ensures only the core business logic that is written for a specific enterprise situation is to be tested. Testing efforts are further reduced as the number of bugs in the custom code that is written is minimal with drag and drop. This enables enterprises using Multi-experience Development platforms to get their applications to market faster.

These low code, multi-experience platforms equip professional developers to reduce coding time and create apps faster. Further, testing and implementation take minimal time, and changes are typically very easy to make within the system. This, in turn, decreases costs during the development, testing, and implementation phases of app development.

Drag-and-drop tools can also help in speeding up processes and generate early successes. As more businesses embrace cloud-based tools in their path towards digital transformation, drag-and-drop tools will grow in reliability and sophistication.

New-age technologies: 2000+ Connectors spanning across technologies such as Facial Recognition, Optical Character Recognition (OCR), Natural Language Processing (NLP), Sentimental Analysis, Email, Chatbots, Unified Query Management, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT), and experts available for consultation on Extended Reality/Mixed Reality (XR/MR) as well, facilitate the development of applications that cater to multi-experience.

Find out how MXDPs with drag-and-drop functionalities can make your company’s digital transformation journey smooth and hassle-free.

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