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Corteza Gateway

Corteza, the leading open-source low-code development platform just had the first release of its routing and processing gateway for HTTP requests and I’m here to tell you all about it.

As an ongoing effort, the plan for this routing subsystem has always been

  • to minimize the effort in adding dynamic routes with any validation
  • to be able to connect the routing possibilities with most of the Corteza subsystem
  • to take the developer-first approach in modular architecture and data flow transparency

During our development processes and via a wide range of our client’s proposals and business requirements, we quickly noticed we outgrew the possibilities Corteza offered via it’s sink feature.

Sink allowed a Corteza developer to detect incoming HTTP requests on a fixed route via a generated signature wrapped in query parameters and provide the request to the automation scripts.

But having only one route with limited capabilities to validate query parameters, headers and have an overview of the amount of incoming data fell short.

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Corteza — OAuth2.0

The Corteza platform is a free and open-source low-code platform used to build and develop an organization’s key applications, with ease of use in a developer-friendly fashion.

Corteza is API-centric, meaning that you can achieve almost everything via API endpoints.

These key applications operate within a business to promote growth and improve productivity whilst protecting your organisation’s privacy and protected information. This version of Corteza implements the OAuth2.0 authentication framework, which allows for internal and external authentication. Read more

What Makes a Good Platform?

With the inflow of digitalization of the current business landscape, businesses may find it challenging to find the right platform that fits their preferences and needs. Every platform must have interface flexibility and customize features to the specific business process it is intended for and versatility.

The rise of low-code, open-source platforms means that businesses can find all of these in one place without spending substantial amounts of financial resources. Moreover, low-code, open-source platforms typically consist of feature-complete software and standards-based operating systems.

This will allow your business to find the right tools to satisfy digital platform requirements and customize the platform’s source code to your business’s unique operations and management.

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Are We In a Low-Code Boom?

According to Gartner, 75% of large enterprises will use at least four low-code development tools for application development by 2024. The number of enterprise applications that businesses are creating increases exponentially. As a result the popularity of low-code application development platforms also increases.

They allow users with little to no traditional coding experience to create complex, high-functioning applications. This is possible without the constant interference of a software developer. Studies show that businesses that leveraged the power of citizen development were able to increase their application development cycles by at least 50%.

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What is Smart City Governance?

Smart city governance is defined as an examination of the comprehensive public domain activities and services of a smart city. It further explores how political and societal governance systems can translate to run smart cities digitally.

Smart city governance is extremely essential for the management of smart cities so that citizens can be more well informed about the runnings of their smart city and so that the entire system can be more transparent.

Furthermore, smart city governance efforts aim to address the effects of smart city technology on the citizens that have to interact with the implemented digital infrastructure.

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A Road Map Towards Digital Sovereignty

Digital sovereignty and privacy are becoming an increasing priority as digital and online technology continue to evolve and advance.

Digital sovereignty is defined as a geographical area’s ability to control the data, software and hardware it relies on and creates. The convergence of information has now resulted in data becoming a valuable commodity.

For individuals, digital sovereignty refers to one’s ability to own and control the handling of their data safety and privacy. Personal individual data is often collected and exploited by bigger corporations, which is unethical and an invasion of user privacy. Most users expect their country’s government to protect their digital privacy, and therefore many countries must follow a series of steps to achieve optimal digital sovereignty.

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Why Do You Need an API?

In today’s digital economy, applications have to be interactive to be successful. The interaction cannot only be limited to the users; it must also extend to other platforms. As the amount of data that organisations are required to record and process increases every day, the need for APIs is becoming more and more prevalent.

Application Programming Interface (API) is a software intermediary that is a key tool in sharing vast amounts of data across various organisational departments and employees. An API increases efficiency by allowing enterprise applications and software to interact with each other and share with ease. Read more

What is the difference between a normal sensor and a smart sensor?

It is the 21st century, and innovation has taken a brand new course in the form of new surveillance and ‘Internet of Things’ technology. In all its functions, the IoT infrastructure uses an extensive array of sensors to collect and transmit data over the internet to cloud-based central computers.

This growing dependence of IoT on sensors has brought sensor demand to a new level. According to Statista, in 2019, the smart sensors’ global market was projected to reach 21.5 billion USD. While many sectors use base sensors for their operations, more refined processes require smart sensors.

The difference between a normal sensor and a smart sensor is that a smart sensor is embedded with a Digital Motion Processor or DMP. A smart sensor can accept input from external sources and use pre-built functions to detect a specific combination of inputs. A regular sensor does not include a DMP. It accepts external inputs and does not perform any functions itself. The manufacturer then does processing and calculations. Read more

What is the definition of a Smart City?

Over the past few years, smart cities have dominated conversations revolving around revolutionizing economic growth, local geographical development accessibility. But even with global spendings on smart cities exceeding massive figures like 608 billion USD, the exact meaning of smart cities is still unknown to many.

A smart city is a regional area that uses electronic and technology-based infrastructure such as information and communication technology (ICT) to collect real-time data and insights, provide certain important services, and solve city problems.

Smart cities are also used to improve the city’s day to day operations, such as public transportation, power and water supply, and sanitation systems. Using this data, the local government can then make informed decisions on creating effective solutions to rectify these prevailing city problems. Read more

6 Low-Code Features That Make Creating Apps Fun

In today’s digital age, company-based software and apps are becoming an indispensable part of the business. And while the impact of having singular applications for business is growing, its cost is getting significantly reduced. Today, you don’t need employees with extensive programming language knowledge or months of training to create the software from scratch. That is the power of low-code.

A massively popular app-creation tool, low-code platforms are replacing traditional coding methods at a fast pace. Gartner predicts that more than 65% of app development will be done through low-code in 2024. Crust’s open-source low-code platform offers a smooth graphical interface. Users can create customized, task-oriented software easily with the help of low-code and faster than was ever possible with traditional coding. Read more