The LANSA Hybrid Low-Code Difference
All the Tools a Developer Needs In One IDE
Visual LANSA’s low-code development platform enables developers to build multi-experience applications spanning mobile, web and desktop in days instead of months. In an era where development complexity is at an all-time high, Visual LANSA simplifies how developers work by minimizing hand-coding and eliminating supporting multiple development languages and frameworks.
Most low-code tools provide screen designers and the ability to build applications by writing little or no code. But, they also possess significant limitations in areas such as integration, custom enhancements, working outside the model and future maintenance. This is not the case with the Visual LANSA low-code platform.
Build Anything, Fast.
Take back control with the Visual LANSA Low‑Code Platform
Visual LANSA’s unmatched hybrid low-code development platform enables the rapid building, deployment, and operation of the apps that make your business run. Eliminate silos between IT and development.
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Progressive Web Apps
Create web apps that function and feel like native apps without the hassle of going through the app store.
LANSA’s First Client-Side
Fewer calls to the server and more functionality when sharing links.
Speed up app performance and store assets and resources for times when web connectivity is low.
LANSA will take care of creating the service worker so the developer can focus on solutions.
Visual LANSA will help accelerate application development in a variety of ways:
Writing less code means you can build more apps faster than before. Stop saying “there’s no time” and start attacking the backlog of apps your business needs.
Transform your manual and paper-based processes into cloud, desktop, web and mobile applications for better efficiency, productivity and data accuracy.
Satisfy the demand for mobile applications within your organization. Build mobile apps in-house with your current developers and quickly get them into your users’ hands.
Quickly move applications – or parts of applications – to the cloud for better agility and elasticity. Improve availability while cutting operational costs.
Eliminate the need for specialized skills. Allow any developer to work on any part of any application. No more resource shortages or conflicts.
ANY – TO – ANY INTEGRATION
On the surface, applications appear to be singular programs that serve a particular task or job function. But the reality is, under the covers, applications are a series of multiple integration points, communicating with databases, internal and external APIs and connected devices.
Integration is a core strength of Visual LANSA – it’s part of its DNA. Other low-code platforms, claim to integrate with your existing infrastructure, but only if your integration points are conveniently wrapped up as RESTful APIs. With Visual LANSA, you can call DLLs and .NET components, to name a few, directly from your application – both synchronously or asynchronously. Even though Visual LANSA supports RESTful APIs, you are not required to wrap your integration points as RESTful APIs to integrate with Visual LANSA.
Instead, you can directly integrate with any existing assets using one of many supported protocols, libraries and file formats to maximize reuse and deploy apps even faster. Also, and just as important, Visual LANSA provides data mapping and transformation capabilities. Information can be stored in many different locations and formats. LANSA enables you to visually map data between many formats and orchestrate a process to validate, access and stored data accordingly. Visual LANSA is the only low-code platform with robust data mapping and integration capabilities.
Here are some examples of supported capabilities:
Web Services: REST, SOAP and XML Web services
Data Formats: XML, JSON, XLS(T), PDF, CSV, TSV, TXT, EDI (ASC X12 and UN/EDIFACT), Zip, etc
Direct Database Access: Most relational and non-relational databases
Direct Calls To: DLLs, EXEs, JAR, .NET components, ActiveX, etc.
Transport Protocols: HTTP(S), FTP(S), (S)FTP, SMS, SMTP, POP3, AS2, AS3, SSH, etc.
Messaging: ActiveMQ (Apache), WebSphere MQ (IBM), SonicMQ (Progress Software) and Tibco Rendezvous (Tibco)
Visual LANSA Features
Single Low-Code Language
A single codebase orchestrates your entire application from the frontend to backend, eliminating the need for multi-stack developers that make applications expensive to develop and maintain.
Active Repository Engine
One repository houses all elements essential for your application. Users define business rules in one location and apply them to all your application modules and components to radically increase efficiency and flexibility.
Single Visual Development Environment
Easy-to-use IDE allows developers to quickly jump from a visual “drag and drop” development to scripting for maximum productivity. The LANSA Studio is loved by both novice and experienced developers.
Fast to build, easy to learn, and always tuned for performance. Low-level code compilation ensures high performance on multiple hosted platforms, including IBM, Windows, and various cloud solutions. LANSA performs like a native application leveraging deeper OS integration vs other Low Code solutions.
Cross Platform Deployment
Integrated responsive design enables deployment on multiple devices from desktop to mobile without changes to your code.
Write Once, Run Anywhere
Flexibility with cloud or on-premises deployment options to IBM i, Windows, and Linux Native.
Data Services Independence
A powerful abstraction layer isolates developers from database intricacies and standardizes data access across database products (Database Management Management Systems (DBMS) agnostic).
What is Low-Code
What is low-code
Low-code is a software design system which allows applications to be created in a fraction of the time compared to traditional line-by-line coding. A low-code development platform allows application creators to focus on user experiences and business processes as opposed to traditional language development and hand-coding form layouts. Low-code can actually be segmented into two different approaches: model and language. A low-code “model” platform is designed around a drag-and-drop design which hides the actual code from the application designer. The focus is on workflow processes in a dedicated development environment, so no coding experience is necessary. The model approach to low-code allows the creation of citizen developers, which in turn could ease IT workloads and help eliminate IT backlogs. With citizen developers and professional software developers creating applications simultaneously, model low-code solutions offer an attractive alternative to traditional coding solutions. Language-based low-code platforms are geared toward professional developers as they are more complex than the model approach, but they offer much more control over application development. This style of low-code still greatly increases application output by using low-code techniques and theories but does not place limitations of the model approach on the application developers.
The Rise of the Citizen Developer
Gartner defines a citizen developer as “a user who creates new business applications for consumption by others using development and runtime environments sanctioned by corporate IT.” This end user is a non-IT employee that is capable of learning the low-code platform in-depth enough to create business applications. They are “amateurs” in the world of coding but usually experts in knowing what their department needs to be more efficient. They understand the company’s business processes and how an application could be designed to improve the current process. While this new wave of ad-hoc non-professional programmers may be a boon to application output, they pose serious risks to their organization if not utilized correctly.
Low-code Hype vs Reality (PDF)
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