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3 Tools to Accelerate Web Application Development

Mar 4th 2015 at 9:20 PM

Nowadays, the demand for new web applications is more than the supply, which brings up the question – Can today's programmers find different solutions to make applications that are multi-platform and mobile? And, maybe the answer to this  question lies with rapid application development (RAD) tools. They bring new tools and processes to the table and it changes the fundamentals of building applications. The manual coding processes are replaced with automated design and coding with the help of RAD tools.

There are a number of benefits of using these tools and it includes accelerating application development to improving the swiftness of change management. The swiftness is important for those developers who are looking to build desktop applications and web applications at the same time. From the point of view of the coder, writing a code once and running it anywhere is a critical capability.

Developers looking to get into the world of web application development, or web application development companies themselves, can look at products such as Alpha Five V10 from AlphaSoftware, Real Studio from Real Software and FileMaker Pro Advanced from File Maker.

Alpha Five V10

Alpha Software has been providing programming and database tools since 1992. Ove the years, the product has evolved from Foxpro/Dbase III competitor into a 4GL to a complete desktop and DBMS RAD tool.

The versions before V10 concentrated on developing desktop applications for Microsoft Windows. Alpha Five V9 started changing the development paradigm by adding some web application development capabilities and components, which serve up hand coded AJAX applications to users.

FileMaker Pro 11

FileMaker showcases their products as a quick way of creating databases for Web, Windows and Mac. While it is not precisely an application development tool, FileMaker Pro V11 comes really close to it. All important elements are there - a RAD paradigm, a database, code generation tools, an Integrated Development (IDE) environment, and so on.  FileMaker Pro V11 has a different feel to it than Real Studio and Alpha Five V10.

Real Studio V11

Real Studio V11 is a RAD environment that comes in different editions – the most interesting in this is the enterprise edition that offers support for Macintosh, Windows, Web and Linux – proving it to be a very strong cross platform pedigree.

It follows the same paradigm as other products that are analyzed here. The idea here is to have an application on the front-end and a database on the back-end. The database can be a third-party database or a native real studio database, such as Oracle or SQL server.

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