Anyone who has built an app in Xojo has used the Listbox method AddRow to create new rows. The iOSTable control in Xojo also has an AddRow method. However, unlike building a desktop app, AddRow is not always appropriate for iOS apps.
Tag: Rapid Application Development
Xojo is similar to VB, Java and C#
The Xojo programming language is fully object-oriented and uses an object model that is quite similar to VB, Java and C#. If you are used those languages at all, you’ll be right at home with Xojo.
Available since 1998, Xojo was one of the first languages to use Automatic Reference Counting (ARC), something that other languages such as Swift and Objective-C now use. Xojo is type-safe and fully object-oriented making it easy to learn and use, but it also has advanced features such as namespaces, extension methods, exception handling, introspection, delegates and more.
I’m seeing more and more headlines about how citizen developers are helping create the apps that business need.
In particular, a recent article at ZDNet, “The advent of the citizen developer” talks about how non-programmers can help create the apps needed by an enterprise company:
So the business-side has long had to place their fate in the hands of those with the requisite skills but often with little sympathy for or first-hand knowledge of the business itself. Or they just ended-up acquiring pre-existing software that was a close enough fit, and then had it configured to their needs. Neither path has typically produced tech solutions that fit business needs very well, and ‘good enough’ has usually been the mantra of the day.
These articles explain how “citizen developers”, sometimes referred to as a business analysts (or maybe even power-users), are using rapid application development tools to create apps that helps the business solve a problem more quickly than going through a more formal and lengthy IT process.
As you may have heard, Xojo 2015 Release 3 added the long-awaited ability to create 64-bit apps. And it also added the ability to create Raspberry Pi 2 apps (Linux ARM). This now means there are lots more apps that can get built.
These days, businesses need to adapt to changes quickly and they need their software to do the same. They need it developed and updated in less and less time. This speed and adaptability is key to what Rapid Application Development tools offer developers.
Although not a new trend in software development, rapid application development (
RAD for short) is again on the upswing. What is RAD? It’s all about creating software quickly. The technology world is
always changing rapidly and change only seems to accelerate. Being able to create your own software and easily adapt to changes is incredibly important to nearly every business.
Speaking at one of their conferences, Gartner principal research analyst Adrian Leow said last week that enterprises are increasingly finding it difficult to build all the mobile apps they need. The demand for mobile apps is increasing far faster than the supply of mobile developers can create them and it’s only going to get worse. This is clearly a problem.
There are three possible solutions to this problem:
- Find a way to decrease the demand of mobile apps. (Good luck with that one.)
- Increase the number of mobile developers.
- Decrease the time it takes to build mobile apps.
Solutions 2 and 3 are not mutually exclusive. You could potentially do both. Adrian Leow even points to the solution when he suggests that developers use rapid mobile app development tools. These tools can provide solution 3, but they don’t create necessarily create more developers.
Can I learn to code in Xojo for free? Yes, Xojo is free for development and testing!
Do you have a free book so I can learn to code? Yes, Intro to Programming with Xojo is free!
Can I ask my beginner questions? Yes, the Xojo forum is a gateway to the friendly and helpful Xojo community.
The Xojo language is Object-Oriented. Object-Oriented programming is an excellent way to learn the fundamentals of computer programming. Xojo is also cross-platform, which means you can build apps for all kinds of platforms using a single code base. Xojo is a Rapid Application Development tool, which means it’s developed to make building apps simple and quick.
We here at Xojo think everyone one should learn to code.