Introduction to the WEM Modeler and My WEM
About the WEM Modeler
The WEM Modeler (or 'WEM') has been designed to hide the complexity of software development and enabling subject matter experts to visually create applications. We call this rapid application modeling.
Before we dive into the WEM usage, let’s look at what an application exactly is.
According to Wikipedia: “An application program (application or app for short) is a computer program designed to perform a group of coordinated functions, tasks, or activities for the benefit of the user.”
To build and use an application, there are several components that make up an application, and WEM support them all:
- All the user interface components, like buttons, forms, pictures, tables, etc. These components exist in various application screens, or application pages and are the main interface for the user to work with.
Within WEM we call these pages ‘User Interactions’
- All applications work with information, or data. Your application may need to store customer information, or enable users to buy a new pair of sneakers. All this information needs to be stored.
In WEM structured data are stored in ‘Lists’.
- Application logic. Every application performs certain tasks and these tasks follow a certain application logic, or workflow. This is everything that happens ‘under the hood’.
To define how your application works, WEM uses ‘flowcharts’.
- Integration with external systems and applications is something that is key in modern applications. That can range from using Facebook to log into your application, to using complex data from ERP systems. Or even using public services to get information like ‘where is the nearest public restroom in Amsterdam’.
WEM has been built with integration in mind, so there are various ways to easily and visually integrate your application with other systems.
So, we have everything in place to help you build your own application, whether this is a desktop application or a mobile app.
Modeling an application with WEM
With the WEM Modeler, building an application is easy: you draw the logic of your application in flowcharts and WEM turns this into an application. This is what we call Rapid Application Modeling.
You can design your pages or forms, define all the data you need, integrate your logic with external systems/data, etc.
All the applications that are built with WEM are HTML5 compliant, so they work with all modern browsers. Furthermore, all applications are fully responsive, so they also work on your mobile device.
Learn how to use the WEM Modeler, and you will be able to build any application you need!
Let's get started
To learn more and to get started with WEM, check out our documentation. The articles below are a good starting point!
All of this will get you started. Make sure you check out our tutorials as well. They are a great way to learn how to use the WEM Modeler.
And when you need more info: our documentation has a lot to offer and new documentation is added on a very regular basis.