Linx vs Outsystems

Are you looking for an Outsystems alternative? Read on to see if Linx is the answer

Owing to an increased need for business agility and growing pressure on IT teams to deliver faster solutions, the market for low-code app development has flourished in the past few months,   

However, for SMEs and large Fortune 500 companies alike, choosing between the best low code development tools can be challenging. These platforms come in all shapes and sizes for all sorts of different business types and needs. 

Linx is often compared to Outsystems as they both go beyond basic app creation (Zapier, IFTTT) and workflow automation (Mendix, Kony et al) to deliver and manage complex business applications. 

So let’s jump in:

Introductions

OutSystems is one of the most popular Rapid Application Development (RAD) platforms for business application creation, deployment, and management. It mostly relies on the visual development environment so users can quickly develop mobile and web applications. It is generally used for creating web and mobile apps along with full control over services, integration adapters, and other resources.

Linx is a low-code development tool for experienced IT professionals. It enables the rapid development and deployment of backend applications like APIs, integrations and automations. In essence, a visual backend programming tool, Linx is built for developers to design and debug solutions in a familiar procedural style, but using a drag and drop interface. The plugin architecture (like Nuget or NPM packages) replace many high-level programming functions, reducing 1000s of lines of code to a single visual function with properties which guide the developer to success. Solutions are deployed with one click to servers running in the cloud or on-premise, with monitoring, access control and versioning as standard.

Software Sweetspot

OutSystems specialises in pre-coded SOAP & REST API integration for web services using WSDL (Web Services Description Language) files. Most REST APIs implement communications and data transfers using JSON standards. The OutSystems IDE detects web API requirements automatically and generates the JSON code required for building new software applications. Low-code options speed web database development and it supports the SQL Server, SQL Azure, Oracle, MySQL, and DB2 iSeries formats.

The optimal use of Linx is as a single platform for software development, data centre automation, and hosting. It has several use cases, but by far it is it’s ease of use when building, implementing and hosting APIs that grabs the attention. The philosophy behind Linx encompasses two concepts: “Don’t reinvent the wheel” and “Design once, run non-stop”. Linx is low-code which allows you to create, call REST, and SOAP web services, freely integrating them with nearly any of your existing technologies using prebuilt plugins.   

All development (including debugging) is easily accomplished within the visual IDE with one-click deployment to-premise or your cloud of choice (Azure, AWS, & other public cloud environments) for automatic product launch and management. 

Digging Deeper

Given there are several ways to develop an application, how do you decide where to start? As an IT pro, you probably already know the latest and greatest products out there, but selecting the right tool for the job may not always be straightforward.

LINX OUTSYSTEMS Onboarding & set up The Windows-only Desktop IDE (Designer) is free. It has a small footprint, and installation is a one-step process. Inside the IDE,

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