WaveMaker Vs Mendix Vs Outsystems
Like WaveMaker, both Mendix and OutSystems are Rapid Application Development tools that enable citizen and professional developers to create web and mobile apps using a visual development environment. But that is where the similarities end. Before diving into a feature-by-feature comparison, beware of the following critical shortcomings of the Mendix and OutSystems, which rule them out as a true partner for digital transformation and innovation.
Why WaveMaker outsources its Competitors?
|No Vendor Lockin|
|API Driven Development|
|Container based cloud environment|
|Developer based Pricing|
While both Mendix and OutSystems claim “No Vendor Lock-in”, the reality is that both tools use proprietary technologies making the generated code, including platform libraries, unmaintainable without deep knowledge of the inner working of the platform. Meanwhile, applications developed on the WaveMaker are based on proven open source technologies that are trusted by millions of developers around the world. Moreover, WaveMaker platform libraries are available under open source license.
Mendix and OutSystems provide support to connect to APIs but that is the extent of the role APIs play in their tools. Meanwhile, WaveMaker takes an API-first approach to application development. APIs are automatically generated and published for the application business logic. Developers can easily create, share and consume APIs and effortlessly bind to UI components.
With Mendix and OutSystems, the overall integration experience is cumbersome at best. For instance, you have to use multiple tools for integration and due to a non-standard data model, database integration sometimes requires writing custom Java code. WaveMaker has been designed with the reality that most business data is stored in disparate, proprietary systems. Hence, WaveMaker provides a host of out-of-the-box integrations to instantly add powerful functionality to your apps. You can also create custom integrations, called Prefabs, and reuse them across apps.
Like WaveMaker, both Mendix and OutSystems provide deployment to public cloud, private cloud and on-premise environment. However, only WaveMaker provides the ability to export WAR files of your applications allowing you to deploy applications independently, which WaveMaker the most flexible application delivery platform.
Another determinant of flexibility and openness is the ability to export project code to external IDEs and re-import it to the platform. Unlike OutSystems, both WaveMaker and Mendix offer two-way IDE interoperability. However, only WaveMaker goes all the way by offering an open source runtime library, making deeper customizations free from lock-in.
Mendix and OutSystems come with the baggage of legacy RAD that relied on proprietary or older technology stack for the generated applications. Consequently, applications may not be future-proof and is akin to investing in yet another legacy platform. However, WaveMaker generates code that follows design patterns, is well-organized, uses standard naming conventions and generates documentation that developers can understand and maintain. Moreover, WaveMaker auto-enables microservices and facilitates a composable architecture for enterprises.
Both Mendix and OutSystems have good capabilities for the simpler use cases and needs of citizen developers. Unfortunately, this advantage comes at the cost of customization and flexibility. However, creating complex, real-world enterprise applications requires a platform to appeal equally to citizen as well as professional developers. Hence, the WaveMaker platform supports ‘2-pass development’ that lets business users first create the applications and then the technical team can take over for customization needs, if any.