What is Model Driven Development (MDD)?

Model driven development (MDD) leverages graphical models and pre-built application components so that users can visually construct complex applications. Interest in model driven development continues to increase as individuals experience the ease and speed with which technical and business users orchestrate and deploy business applications. The right model driven development platform provides significant productivity advantages over traditional development methods and enables project delivery by smaller teams.

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Core Concepts within Model Driven Development (MDD)

There are two core concepts associated with model driven development: abstraction and automation. The software application model is defined on a higher abstraction level and then converted into a working application using automated transformation or interpretations. The right model driven development approach leverages model execution at run time, where the model is automatically transformed into a working software application by interpreting and executing the model (removing the need to generate or write code).

A model driven development platform is often referred to as a high-productivity platform as a service given the unprecedented speed at which users build and deploy new applications. This speed is derived from the use of models and other pre-built components that business and technical teams use to visually construct applications.

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Benefits of Mendix’s Model Driven Development (MDD) Platform

Model Driven Development (MDD) has emerged as one of the leading approaches for enabling rapid, collaborative application development. Because model driven development uses visual modeling techniques to define data relationships, process logic, and build user interfaces, model driven software development empowers both developers and business users to rapidly deliver applications without the need for code. Consequently, model driven development is significantly faster than traditional programming languages like C# and Java.

Mendix’s model driven development platform enables speed and flexibility across the development life cycle. Specific benefits include:

  • Turn around functionality changes faster by removing the requirement of explicit regeneration, rebuild, retest and redeploy steps.
  • Access an API layer within the platform to easily control model extensions with custom code
  • Deploy easily by starting the runtime server and adding the model (the rest is automated with a single click)
  • Access more flexible and dynamic application monitoring features and enable less technical developers to analyze and quickly debug through visual application models

Mendix’s application Platform as a Service utilizes model driven development capabilities to significantly speed the delivery of custom software. Learn more about Mendix’s model driven development capabilities.

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