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Does anyone here have some experience with Betty Blocks[^]?
It's supposedly a market leader in no-code rapid application software development.
One of my (future) clients wants to develop their product using Betty Blocks and they want my help.
At first I'll help them set up the application in Betty Blocks (they'll pay for a two to three day course in my own time), but when things get rolling they want my expertise for other things as well.
Think when we hit the limits of Betty Blocks, or when they get bigger, and they'll need some custom web services.
I had never heard of Betty Blocks until yesterday though
Is it any good? Is it really as "rapid" and easy as they say?
Wow. What a useless website to actually convey anything meaningful about how it works, pricing, etc. And I get really tired of those short videos that show someone dragging a dataset onto a "form" and it draws a pretty graph. An application is a lot more than just a pretty graph that finds itself in the shredder at the end of the presentation.
I wouldn't touch that without some serious test driving.
Yeah, the website is less than useful, but the product itself seems pretty advanced.
Support is very good too.
I'm not a fan of such frameworks.
However, my client wants something fast, and this they can tinker with themselves.
I'm interested in seeing how this works out and if they'll need me for any serious development work later (that's my real gain here, plus it's a customer with money and work).
This reminds me of two things:
0: A colleague was trying to help a friend and needed help with a Joomla site. PHP? No Thanks!
1: Same colleague discovers one of those 'attach a database --> instant website' applications. As much as I try not to get involved, it inevitably requires a knowledge of sql and usually a plethora of new views/procs to really make it work right. The very worst part of it is the thousands of files it generates for even a simple reporting app.
BTW, 'Betty Blocks' is one of the worst product names I've ever heard of!
One thing they should be made aware of before jumping on the Betty Blocks wagon.
Looking at the website, it appears they'll need to have someone sitting next to them, staring at what they're doing while using the system. I don't know if that's a safety thing, like a spotter at the weight bench, or if the system itself actualy requires two people doing the work.
If the latter, they may find they'll need to double their workforce.
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