Let's take a look at the different concepts of the Noodl workflow when building your applications, namely
- Building User Interfaces
- Page Navigation & Components
- Working with Data
- The Cloud Database
- Business Logic
- Modules and Extensions
Building user interfaces
Any app needs a great User Interface. In Noodl it's easy and fast to build dynamic, reactive, beautiful user interfaces using the built in UI Controls. These controls are then arranged and layed out appropriately. Noodl contains a library of highly customizable core UI controls. It's also possible to extend Noodl with your own UI Controls, if needed.
Customizing UI Controls
Each UI Control have properties that use can be used for fine grained customization. Here is a short overview of concepts important for building user interfaces:
Visual States Each UI Control have a set of visual states, e.g. Hover, Pressed etc, and the control properties can be set for each state individually. Learn more here.
Transitions You can control transition animations between each visual state using the animation editor.
Variants Define re-usable variants for your UI controls including properties, visual states and transitions. Build your own design systems and become super productive. Learn more here
Page Navigation & Components
When you start building more complete frontends you will be working with components. A component can be an entire page in your application, these are called Page Components, or they can be a smaller part of your UI that you want to re-use in many places, these are called Visual Components. They all live on your Canvas where you will get an overview of your entire application.
It's simple to create page navigation but the system is also flexible enough to build more complex navigation flows, such as nested navigation. Noodl supports state of the art web app navigation, with permalinks and encoding of data in URLs. Here is a short overview of concepts important for building pages and navigation:
Another feature of the navigation is Popups, these can be used to show or collect transient information. Learn more about popups here
An important concept in Noodl, that was briefly shown above, is action nodes. These nodes perform some sort of action when they are triggered by a signal, e.g. from a UI control (such as a button click) or from another action node (such as when the action has completed successfully or failed). Noodl contains a wide variety of action nodes for most common basic tasks such as Navigation and Reading and writing data.
Connections between nodes is a core concept in Noodl, this is how you connect your user interface to data and actions.
Working with data
When you have built some of your frontend, added pages, components and navigation it is time to connect dynamic data to your user interfaces. This is what makes your application come alive, and in Noodl you have a neat visual way to build modern reactive user interfaces.
There are three basic concepts for data in Noodl, the Variable, Object and Array nodes. You can learn more about how to work with these here.
A very common pattern in web applications frontends are different types of lists or other dynamic repeating content. Learn how to do that in Noodl here
The cloud database
Now it's time to take a look at the second part of the Noodl platform, the cloud database. This is an important piece of any web application. You can create and manage cloud databases, or cloud services as they are refered to as, from within your Noodl project.
The Noodl cloud services will provide your applications with a couple of important functions:
Reading and writing data. You can create Classes where you store Records, these can then be read, filtered and presented in your application. Dive in here to start learning about cloud services.
User Management. Most applications need users, you can sign up users, log in, manage passwords etc. Take a look at this guide for a good place to get started.
Access Control. When you have users and data, you need to control which users can access what data. This can be done trough Roles in your cloud servies. Learn more here
As mentioned above you use action nodes to perform some sort of business logic action in Noodl. There are a wide variety of action nodes built in for most basic tasks such as navigating between pages, or storing data in the database. Data and signals from your UI controls are connected to your action nodes, and you can connect them together to make flows.
Finally, when your applications is growing you will want to work with your colleagues and friends. Thankfully, Noodl has a solid collaboration system with version control built in. You can work together on a project, you can each work on your own branches and merge. We try to bring really powerful concepts from the software development world into Noodl to make sure that you will never hit a wall.
Learn more about the collaboration and version control capabilities here.
Modules and Extensions