Building and maintaining back-end applications are complex and time-consuming. You need to select the right tools, write boiler-plate code, wrestle with the latest framework, try to understand other people’s code, figure out new APIs, etc. Deploying and hosting brings its own questions: How do we deploy? Where do we deploy to? How do we monitor it? What about versioning, testing, security, etc?
Linx, a general-purpose low-code platform, solves many of these problems and is a pioneer in the low-code market. Here’s why….
Low-code continues to gain traction as more businesses learn about the technology’s extensive benefits over traditional coding practices. It allows you to keep the important elements of traditional coding solutions — such as flexibility and customisation — while saving your organisation considerable amounts of time and money.
Given the benefits of rapid development - lower costs, faster delivery, and greater accessibility - the low-code market is pushing forward to a digital revolution and is projected to reach $27.23 billion in the year 2022. But for those with an eye for faster development cycles will know, today’s leading platforms - such as OutSystems, Mendix, Linx - were offering rapid development tools from as early as the naughties.
Since then, there has been no looking back.
But before we get to 2022, we need to understand 2020 - the year of Coronavirus - which has ushered in a new reality: Being an adaptable, the digital enterprise has never been more critical. So, how do we adapt, and what lies ahead in 2020?
In this era of digital transformation, the ability to ship products quickly is a precious trait. Embracing the changes in technology and the newest innovations is no longer limited to the high-flying startups in Silicon Valley or Fortune 500s. Today, every company needs to be a technology company in some way.
Specifically for development, we have come to a place where thanks to many libraries and frameworks, what would’ve once taken many developers to build from scratch is now more often than not, replaced by very few IT pros plumbing different things together.
And if this is the trend to follow (efficiency!), it is why we are seeing so many “no-code” or “low-code” solutions popping up all over the place.
The truth is that in 2020, there are increasingly fewer reasons to write code. From small one or two-person businesses to unicorn startups and large multinationals, every company needs a developer or a team of developers to help with scaling digitally. The difference today is the increased demand to deliver products quickly, meaning that developers need a way to move faster. For those willing to break the model of traditional development, the solution can be found in low-code tools.
And the benefits are apparent:
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APIs have been around for decades – they allow different systems to talk to each other in a seamless, fast fashion – yet it’s been during the past decade that this technology has become a significant force.
So then why all the interest in APIs? We all know the usual stories – Uber, Airbnb, Apple Pay… the list goes on, and the reasons are plentiful. Today the question is, how? Perhaps you are looking to differentiate your business or want a first-mover advantage. How can you execute quickly and at low cost/risk to try new market offerings?
An API provides several benefits to an organisation, but without a dedicated team of trained developers, it might seem like an implausible option. Developers are expensive, and it can take months to develop an API from the ground up. If you don’t fancy outsourcing or have the capability in house to build internal APIs, a low-code platform might just be the answer.
For a small one-page application, this might only be a day or two of talking with stakeholders and designing business logic. The purpose of this first step is to ensure that the API will cover all use cases and provides stakeholders with what they need. Refactoring an entire coding design due to missing business logic is not only frustrating for the development team but adds high cost and time to the API project.
During the planning and design stage, remember that running an API requires more infrastructure than just resources to execute endpoint logic. You need a database to store the data, an email system to send messages, storage for files, and security to handle authorisation and authentication. These services can be farmed out to cloud providers to expedite the API build process (e.g. AWS provides all these infrastructure components, but Microsoft Azure is an optional cloud provider with SendGrid as the email application.)
**Planning considerations: **An API “speaks” in JSON or XML, so the output provided to client applications should be decided. Should you choose to later create endpoints for public developer consumption, you could offer both for ease-of-use and fostering more adoption. Ensuring the API follows OpenAPI standards will encourage more adoption and attract more developers.
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Static code analysis refers to the technique of approximating the runtime behavior of a program. In other words, it is the process of predicting the output of a program without actually executing it.
Lately, however, the term “Static Code Analysis” is more commonly used to refer to one of the applications of this technique rather than the technique itself — program comprehension — understanding the program and detecting issues in it (anything from syntax errors to type mismatches, performance hogs likely bugs, security loopholes, etc.). This is the usage we’d be referring to throughout this post.
“The refinement of techniques for the prompt discovery of error serves as well as any other as a hallmark of what we mean by science.”
We cover a lot of ground in this post. The aim is to build an understanding of static code analysis and to equip you with the basic theory, and the right tools so that you can write analyzers on your own.
We start our journey with laying down the essential parts of the pipeline which a compiler follows to understand what a piece of code does. We learn where to tap points in this pipeline to plug in our analyzers and extract meaningful information. In the latter half, we get our feet wet, and write four such static analyzers, completely from scratch, in Python.
Note that although the ideas here are discussed in light of Python, static code analyzers across all programming languages are carved out along similar lines. We chose Python because of the availability of an easy to use
ast module, and wide adoption of the language itself.
Before a computer can finally “understand” and execute a piece of code, it goes through a series of complicated transformations:
As you can see in the diagram (go ahead, zoom it!), the static analyzers feed on the output of these stages. To be able to better understand the static analysis techniques, let’s look at each of these steps in some more detail:
The first thing that a compiler does when trying to understand a piece of code is to break it down into smaller chunks, also known as tokens. Tokens are akin to what words are in a language.
A token might consist of either a single character, like
(, or literals (like integers, strings, e.g.,
Bob, etc.), or reserved keywords of that language (e.g,
def in Python). Characters which do not contribute towards the semantics of a program, like trailing whitespace, comments, etc. are often discarded by the scanner.
Python provides the
tokenize module in its standard library to let you play around with tokens:
code = b"color = input('Enter your favourite color: ')"
for token in tokenize.tokenize(io.BytesIO(code).readline):
TokenInfo(type=62 (ENCODING), string='utf-8')
TokenInfo(type=1 (NAME), string='color')
TokenInfo(type=54 (OP), string='=')
TokenInfo(type=1 (NAME), string='input')
TokenInfo(type=54 (OP), string='(')
TokenInfo(type=3 (STRING), string="'Enter your favourite color: '")
TokenInfo(type=54 (OP), string=')')
TokenInfo(type=4 (NEWLINE), string='')
TokenInfo(type=0 (ENDMARKER), string='')
(Note that for the sake of readability, I’ve omitted a few columns from the result above — metadata like starting index, ending index, a copy of the line on which a token occurs, etc.)
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This article is all about the low-code / no-code movement in the software industry! And the remarkable parallels between building software and building homes! Okay, it’s a thinly veiled article to let you know that I know what I’m doing in the low code / no-code approach to delivering business value with the least cost vs. business objective. Low Code / No Code is not the solution to every project, but it works damn well for the right project!
The construction industry for homes has often been pointed to for project excellence – its easier to estimate because there’s a construction industry blue book for most everything. How much material to sheetrock a standard bedroom of known dimensions, and how much time and what labor types required to do it.
Oh! it sounds so appealing, right? If you’ve ever had a house built for you, you’ll know that the notion sells well, but the truth is that construction projects go astray just like software projects do. LOL! I recall walking onto my new home building site to find my electrician holding two ends of the electrical wire that was not going to meet and join. He said, "I cannot put this light fitting up, because code says I am not permitted to put a splice inside a fixture casing”. That was it. He was ready to bail and tell me I couldn’t put my beautiful new fan/light on an admittedly high ceiling. My general contractor had blessed the choice of the fitting, and still, we had a blocker for ‘go live’ during finishing. Solution? I asked my contractor if I (the homeowner) would be allowed to splice and tape inside the conduit… “Sure, you can do anything”. Instructions to electrician “homeowner say it’s okay and will do it for you”.
Amusing perhaps, but it illustrates that despite construction blue books, decades of industry standards, you cannot foresee all the needs and requirements and problems upfront. I had dozens of micro and macro decisions on my property during the build. Every day seemed to need a question answered, from the above wire splice to having to re-route a 300ft ditch to supply the barn, decisions that I had to make on the spot for some unforeseen condition!
So it got me to thinking about how the construction of homes paralleled software applications needs, and the title of this article should become clear now!
There’s a budget, a vision, a reality, and a schedule. How you balance those is the road to a happy project outcome. When discussing the project goals, and possible ways to solve, and the stakeholders’ various desires ( balancing location cost versus square footage of the property and so on), there are four basic strategies to choose from.
Examples: EPIC, Peoplesoft, Zendesk, JIRA
No expectation to change its fundamentals. You learn how the software works, your selection of the product probably made sure that it met your known needs fairly well. And then you can adapt your processes to suit the product.
In software, some theming and tweaking are usually available; in construction, you have the same. You can paint your double-wide inside and out. You might even be able to add on to it or change the fixtures and fittings. But you cannot change the fundamentals.
The big plus? You can have it delivered, wired, and plumbed in faster than any other method of getting a new home.
This might represent traditional custom software development. For the construction industry, these are often from scratch designed and architected homes, the expensive and anything goes solution, and built to last. The durable materials have a lot of advantages over the less expensive ‘sticks’ approach, and wow!… they do look good! (okay, I’m from the UK originally, we love brick and slate tiled homes!)
Expect the highest level of labor and skillsets required for architect design, permit approvals, sign offs, site approvals, team building, resource marshaling, … sounds a lot like classic software development, doesn’t it?!
Once the concrete is poured, and bricks are laid, they can be very difficult to change from the original design.
Like Bricks, any design is possible, but using more readily available, and easier machined standard components – lumber comes in different grades and standard sizes – and it’s a little easier to change your mind partway through the construction on some aspects.
McMansion – still a complete custom design for every aspect of the home, but the costs are reduced due to more readily available materials (lumber), and the larger labor pool that can work with those materials. You could think of a global brand website perhaps. This is not going to be a WordPress deployment! But you do have total control over how the world sees your new home!
ten-per-acre 3-beds – cookie-cutter design, repeatable; and plenty of skilled labor to work these. WordPress, Drupal, Wix, and many other approaches come to mind. You can take the base design, and make quite extensive customizations if you need to. I tend to think of platforms like Salesforce that can offer quick and easy deployment, but if you need, you can do quite a lot of customizing. Much more so than a manufactured home.
This build will almost certainly go much faster than bricks, using standard lumber sheets and frames. Hey, you can even drop in standard components such as fully cased windows, stairs, and so on! Sounds a lot like adding in lightboxes, and bootstrap navbars!
Ah! Finally, we get to the Low Code / No Code part!
You can purchase complete panels that are ready to assemble on-site, and in a variety of styles, costs, and designs.
We aren’t talking about just a window now, we’re talking about an entire wall with electrical and plumbing roughed in, and in some cases, finished.
My low code/no code project approach and toolset offers precisely this capability. Pull all the web ‘panels’ together, open up the water mains and electrical supply (add the data!), and I have a real working application that has business rules and does pretty much everything in my vision. Think IKEA but for software construction! A nice, very functional, secure, low-cost delivery, with lots of options that will work in many business situations, guaranteed to work ‘out of the box’.
Perfect for a rapid ‘prototype’ to see if the market is even interested in your new web application business idea; ideal for budget-conscious enterprise applications looking to grow beyond hacked together departmental spreadsheets, or get that data through security policies and practices audit!
To me, this is the Low Code / No Code Zone!
I can put up a ‘home’ much quicker and cheaper than custom sticks and bricks. I’ll get much more design flexibility than a double-wide. And it will work!
I hope you enjoyed this little ramble through my musings on more than 35 years of working with low code and no code approaches to software solutions delivery.
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