Unqork’s Lifecycle Management Capabilities
Episode 9: #CoffeeAndNoCode With Gary Hoberman, ft. Unqork's Bert Amadi
With Unqork’s latest features, you can use the power of no-code to optimize the software development process cycle.
The software development life cycle (SDLC), also known as the development process cycle, encompasses all the processes involved in creating and completing an application or piece of software. It is also a framework that helps tech teams build high-quality software at the lowest possible price in the shortest amount of time. You can break SDLC down into six key phases:
Plan: Planning out the application’s specifications at a high level, and gathering requirements
Design: Turning those specifications into a design plan, and defining the functionality of the application
Build: Creating the idea into a living product
Test: Checking for errors, and making sure your application meets all security and quality standards
Deploy: Putting the application through the Quality Assurance (QA) process before release
Maintain: Making improvements as needed to ensure your application stays up to date
Many enterprises struggle to jump between these stages, and it can be challenging to negotiate all these moving parts.
It’s important to know that SDLC is a constantly evolving process—tech teams should expect to flow between these six phases often in order to make their application the best it can be. Many enterprises struggle to jump between these stages, and it can be challenging to negotiate all these moving parts. Here’s how the Unqork platform’s latest features can help tech teams overcome common SDLC stumbling blocks as efficiently as possible.
Solving 4 common SDLC challenges with no-code
1. “API documentation takes too long!”
After your enterprise API has been built and you’ve determined it meets all your requirements, you have to create the proper documentation. This helps developers use your API, but documentation is often just as time-consuming as building the API itself. You must include:
The authentication scheme
All endpoint definitions, plus their supported HTTP requests and responses
All of the methods, structure, and accepted parameters used for each URI
All interfaces, classes, constructors, and expectations
All error descriptions
Creating APIs is already fast and easy on the Unqork platform, but our new features speed up documentation as well. The new API Docs Dashboard consolidates all API modules—bundles of Unqork functionality that interact with an API—in a single workspace for easy access. When you make a new module, the API Docs Dashboard helps you save time and effort by automatically generating the documentation you need to share with your colleagues.
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2. “Speaking of APIs, there’s no efficient way for my team to search the API logs for bugs.”
Debugging is an important part of the enterprise web development process, but it’s ultimately frustrating and time-consuming. If you’re building an application with code, spotting and squashing bugs could easily take up 75% of your time. What’s worse, as soon as you fix one error another is bound to pop up in the code of your API logs, which are the centralized repositories of interactions with a service.
Applications built using Unqork’s no-code platform are drastically less buggy. In fact, they contain 600x fewer bugs than code-built applications. That goes a long way when it comes to streamlining and speeding up your debugging efforts. With our latest campaign, we set out to make finding and fixing bugs even more efficient. The new Service Logs Dashboard accelerates development and cuts down on manual debugging.
The Service Logs Dashboard takes the information that would normally be stored in a separate tool and centralizes it within our user-friendly dashboards. This makes it easier for you to search your logs and find hidden bugs. By reviewing, saving, and sharing these service logs, you can build and debug your APIs quickly and efficiently.
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3. “I’m worried about missing a dependency during development.”
When you’re planning and designing your enterprise application, you have to keep your eye on the bigger picture. Unfortunately, building with code forces you to focus on tiny details and make sure your immediate operations are functional. It’s all too easy to forget that what you’re coding has to fit into a larger ecosystem, and suddenly you’ve lost track of all dependencies!
A no-code platform like Unqork helps you build with confidence. Visual programming interfaces and drag-and-drop elements mean what you see is what you get, so you won’t have to worry about getting to the end of a build only to realize something’s gone awry. For added peace of mind, Unqork’s new Application Dependencies Dashboard highlights module dependencies for more visibility and control, helping you spot potential downstream changes that might affect your design.
4. “It’s hard to keep track of who has made what changes to my application.”
Enterprise application development is a group effort, but it can be challenging to manage large projects spread out across multiple teams. We’ve developed numerous new features that will help teams collaborate more effectively on Unqork, and enable everyone to stay up to date on the status of their applications.
The Module Revisions Dashboard creates a fully auditable history of application revisions. You can use the change logs of a particular module to compare revisions, increase productivity, and expedite software release.
The Submission Revision Dashboard creates an audit trail for submission changes, attaching a specific ID to each change. To find out when a submission has been updated or compare the differences between two specific submissions, just input the submission ID.
The Release Management Tool allows you to revert applications to their previous stable versions if necessary
Now, there are even more ways to keep everyone on the same page and streamline SDLC using no-code.
Interested in learning more? Watch our webinar "How Unqork Fits Into Your SDLC."
Smoothing out software development
All modern enterprises that build their own software should follow SDLC best practices to maximize efficiency and avoid costly development delays. However, the software development life cycle approach isn’t without its pain points and complications.
Unqork’s Development Lifecycle Capabilities give your team everything they need to optimize the software development lifecycle, so you can get better applications to market faster and for less. Increase savings without sacrificing quality during SLDC by using Unqork’s no-code platform.