Rapid Application Development with OutSystems

Book description

Discover best practices in this illustrated guide to create simple, robust, and scalable software solutions quickly and securely, and focus on what's important - the business and the end customer

Key Features

  • Discover strategies and tips for low-code and no-code development with the help of useful examples in this full-color guide
  • Build enterprise-scale reactive web and mobile applications
  • Explore the benefits of low-code development

Book Description

OutSystems is a software development platform that speeds up the build phase by abstracting code and making almost everything visual. This means replacing textual language with visual artifacts that avoid lexical errors and speed up code composition using accelerators and predefined templates.

The book begins by walking you through the fundamentals of the technology, along with a general overview of end-to-end web and mobile software development. You'll learn how to configure your personal area in the cloud and use the OutSystems IDE to connect with it. The book then shows you how to build a web application based on the best architectural and developmental practices in the market, and takes the same approach for the mobile paradigm. As you advance, you'll find out how to develop the same application, and the great potential of reusing code from one paradigm in another and the symbiosis between them is showcased.The only application that'll differ from the application in the exercise is the one used in business process technology (BPT), with a focus on a common market use case.

By the end of this OutSystems book, you'll be able to develop enterprise-level applications on the web and mobile, integrating them with third parties and other systems on the market. You'll also understand the concepts of performance, security, and software construction and be able to apply them effectively.

What you will learn

  • Get to grips with the OutSystems infrastructure
  • Develop reactive web and mobile applications in OutSystems using best practices in Service Studio
  • Define and design Architecture Canvas (3-Layer Canvas) for your applications
  • Integrate with external systems in OutSystems
  • Enhance applications with BPT
  • Manage and monitor your applications in the OutSystems infrastructure

Who this book is for

This book is for back-end developers, tech leaders, UX/UI developers, frontend developers, (in general, full-stack developers), tech companies, and enterprises looking to learn how to develop web and mobile software quickly and disruptively by leveraging OutSystems, one of the most low-code platforms in the market. An IT background is not mandatory; however, experience in SQL, JavaScript, HTML, CSS, and C# is required to get started with this book.

Table of contents

  1. Rapid Application Development with OutSystems
  2. Foreword
  3. Contributors
  4. About the author
  5. About the reviewers
  6. Preface
    1. Who this book is for
    2. What this book covers
    3. To get the most out of this book
    4. Code in Action
    5. Download the color images
    6. Conventions used
    7. Get in touch
    8. Share Your Thoughts
  7. Section 1: OutSystems 101
  8. Chapter 1: Exploring the OutSystems Platform
    1. Platform overview
      1. Platform server
      2. Service Studio
      3. Integration Studio
      4. Service Center
      5. Publishing an application
      6. Monitoring and logging
      7. Distribution
      8. Cache
      9. SEO – Search Engine Optimization
    2. OutSystems factory options
      1. OutSystems platform deployment options
    3. External tools, components, and support
      1. Forge and Community
    4. Summary
  9. Chapter 2: Components, Tools, and Capabilities
    1. Service Studio walkthrough
      1. The Data tab
      2. The Logic tab
      3. The Interface tab
      4. The Processes tab
    2. Service Center capabilities
      1. The Factory tab
      2. The Monitoring tab
      3. The Administration tab
      4. The Analytics tab
    3. Managing your infrastructure with LifeTime
    4. Managing end users with the Users application
    5. Integration Studio walkthrough
    6. Summary
  10. Chapter 3: Starting Work with OutSystems
    1. OutSystems pricing and editions
    2. Setting up our Personal Environment
    3. Installing OutSystems IDEs
    4. Opening and starting Service Studio
    5. Opening and starting Integration Studio
    6. Summary
  11. Section 2: The Magical Path of the Backend
  12. Chapter 4: Using Your Modules to Simplify and Encapsulate Your Code
    1. Technical requirements
    2. Types of modules
    3. Distributing modules across applications
    4. Applying modules to the correct architecture layers
      1. Foundation layer
      2. Core layer
      3. End user layer
      4. All layers
    5. Modules and application naming convention
    6. Summary
  13. Chapter 5: Modeling Data by Using Entities
    1. Technical requirements
    2. Exploring database Entities
    3. What are Static Entities?
    4. Modeling data
    5. Bootstrapping data into Entities from an Excel spreadsheet
    6. Exercise 1 – creating a data model
    7. Summary
  14. Chapter 6: Server-Side Logic
    1. Technical requirements
    2. Introducing logic actions
    3. Types of variables in Server Actions
    4. Taking logic decisions with conditional paths
    5. Creating loops
    6. Exercise 2 – Creating server actions
    7. Summary
  15. Chapter 7: Exceptions Handling
    1. Technical requirements
    2. Raising Exceptions
    3. Exception handler flows
    4. Global Exception handler
    5. Exercise 3 – raising and handling an Exception
    6. Summary
  16. Section 3: Create Value and Innovate with the Frontend
  17. Chapter 8: Reactive UI Development
    1. Technical requirements
    2. Reactive patterns and templates
    3. Reactive widgets
    4. Scaffolding screens
    5. CSS themes and styles
    6. JavaScript in OutSystems
    7. Screen and block lifecycle events
    8. Events to propagate changes from a block to the parent
    9. Exercise 4 – Creating application screens
    10. Summary
  18. Chapter 9: Using Mobile Patterns for Fast Mobile UI Development
    1. Technical requirements
    2. Patterns, templates, and widgets
    3. Mobile design considerations
      1. Process and concept
      2. Target audience
      3. Design
      4. Security
      5. Performance
    4. Mobile plugins
      1. Adding plugins to our applications
    5. Native app generation
    6. Exercise 5 – Creating mobile app screens
    7. Summary
  19. Chapter 10: Client-Side Logic
    1. Technical requirements
    2. Screen Client Actions
    3. Data actions
    4. Client logic actions
    5. Exercise 6 – creating Client Actions and using them on the frontend
    6. Summary
  20. Chapter 11: Local Storage and Data Synchronization
    1. Creating and using Local Storage entities
    2. Fetching data from Local Storage
    3. Analyzing data synchronization patterns
    4. Summary
  21. Chapter 12: Debugging and Troubleshooting Mobile and Reactive Web Apps
    1. Debugging reactive web applications
    2. Debugging native mobile applications
    3. Using Service Center logs to support troubleshooting
    4. Summary
  22. Section 4: Extensibility and Complexity of the OutSystems Platform
  23. Chapter 13: Designing the Architecture of Your OutSystems Applications
    1. The importance of architecture
    2. The 3 Layer Canvas (Architecture Canvas)
    3. The architecture design process
    4. Summary
  24. Chapter 14: Integrating OutSystems with Your Ecosystem
    1. Creating your own C#/.NET code and using it inside the OutSystems platform
    2. Connecting with external databases
    3. Connecting with other systems through web services (REST/SOAP)
      1. Consuming SOAP
      2. Exposing SOAP
      3. Consuming REST services
      4. Exposing REST
    4. Summary
  25. Chapter 15: BPT Processes and Timers – Asynchronous Tools in OutSystems
    1. Process BPT overview
    2. Timers and how they work
    3. BPTs versus Timers
    4. Monitoring Processes and Timers
    5. Summary
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Product information

  • Title: Rapid Application Development with OutSystems
  • Author(s): Ricardo Pereira
  • Release date: January 2022
  • Publisher(s): Packt Publishing
  • ISBN: 9781800208759