In today’s ever-changing technological world, businesses that are reluctant to change are the ones that suffer most no matter whether they are a big or small enterprise. As most of the people flow towards the wind of “digital transformation”, it is necessary for solution architects to build prototypes to be released to market quickly which may lead to an architectural dilemma.
Traditional software development processes rely greatly upon technical engineering resources, whether it be improving existing systems, creating a prototype or modifying the database. With the ongoing shortfall of developers around the world, we need a solution to the problem right now. The team of DIYnucleo has found the solution to this problem, “a zero-code development platform”. The platform has drastically reduced the development time of applications. Let’s see how it does that.
The overall development process has 5 basic steps:
- Requirements Analysis,
- Software Design,
- Software Development,
- Software Testing and
While agile processes can speed up this process, they cannot transform it. Initial prototype rarely meets the user’s requirements, so the above processes go in an iterative loop. This loop increases the overall development cycle timeline of software. This can be overcome by the use of what we say “Design Thinking”.
Design thinking prioritizes User Experience(UX) for software development. Core elements of User Experience are – Data, Process, Logic and User Interface(UI). The UX- centric development process integrates all the above four elements for evaluation of design in a functional prototype. The above four elements are necessary for testing by the end-user. Let us dig a little deeper on each of these aspects :
1. Data: In this stage, all data that needs to have an interface or apply logic is accumulated. Whether the data is structured or unstructured, they have gathered along with their definitions and ontologies. Conventionally, you need to have database skills for data modeling but this is not the case now. With DIYnucleo, complexities of data modeling and its definitions, as well as integrations, are kept hidden. You can create data models just by specifying its attributes in packages. You need no technical skills. The technical aspect is taken care by the platform itself. No need not create any database or tables, just specify the real-world data objects and its properties.
2. Process: If anything we can learn from our past, it is that the user specifying the data processes, can never specify it clearly and completely to the developer. DIYnucleo also helps developers here as it allows user to visualize the solution. This helps to create unambiguous and clear data paths. The visual process can include current conditions, available data, user inputs, integrated tasks, scheduling and preparing reports. Once all the processes are specified, they are interlinked. “Eleventh-hour “ process results can be specified by rules-based upon activities or time resulting in task routing for further actions. The platform also provides methods of resource authentication and to determine relationships between methods for escalation and notification purposes. All this is easily visualized in DIYnucleo.
3. Logic: Logic or rules are written to carry out specific actions over data. Logic also applies to experience. Previously, we needed to have a good grasp of programming languages to write down rules, but now DIYnucleo has decreased the complexity of this process substantially. You can now specify rules or logic in natural language which is much easier to understand. Natural language specification of rules makes them unambiguous and much more easily understandable by anyone. The technical aspect of these rules is taken care of by the platform. The user is given a set of options regarding data objects which can be used to specify the rules. Thus the rules are consistent with the system built so far. Expression builder is present for complex rule declaration. Business logic can be implemented quickly using the platform. The platform understands the dependencies between rules using AI and applies them accordingly.
4. User Interface(UI): UI designing which is one of the most important aspects of any application development, conventionally requires knowledge of technical skills like HTML, CSS or XML but can now be built even by a non-technical person. DIYnucleo offers a simple drag and drops feature for UI designing. The platform also gives initial UI prototype by use of AI validating logic. The user can further change this UI with a change in market requirements. The user can dynamically modify page layout and see the updated page concurrently.
The DIYnucleo platform is consistent with the above four aspects while building solutions. Providing requirements to DIYnucleo platform and using its zero-code development platform, we can quickly and easily build prototypes for user testing. Using “design thinking”, business solutions can be built-in reduced time and at a reduced cost while also reducing intermediaries.