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Digital Signing, Simplified – The Signature Component Built for Forms

Over the past few months, the Budibase team has been hard at work enhancing the form-building experience. Today, we’re happy to announce the new signature component, opening up a range of powerful new workflows with Forms. Whether you’re looking to streamline contract signings, onboard new employees efficiently, or secure internal approvals, the signature component is here to support your digital workflows. Building a delivery workflow Let’s dive into a workflow that uses the new signature component.

Jamie Birss

May 22, 2024

Top 5 Open-Source Help Desk Software Tools

Help desk software is one of the most critical parts of your ITSM tool stack. Enabling employees and other users to access service quickly and easily has an enormous impact on your wider operational efficiency. Today, we’re checking out some of the best options out there for open-source help desk software. This can be a particularly tricky market to navigate. Many businesses prioritize open-source solutions for their help desk for security reasons.

Ronan McQuillan

May 22, 2024

Top 5 Free Field Service Management Software Tools

Field service management can be a mission-critical process for a wide range of businesses, from large enterprises to small contractors. Therefore, the tools that we use to handle this are central to our bottom line. Today, we’re looking at a range of options for free field service management software. However, this is a slightly tricky question. As we’ll see, there are a few approaches to handling field services without incurring big licensing costs for a COTS solution.

Ronan McQuillan

May 21, 2024

How to Build a SQLite GUI in 5 Steps

SQLite is the most widely deployed database in the world. However, it works slightly differently than other relational database engines, such as MySQL or Postgres. The key characteristic here is that SQLite databases are stored in a single file. This means that it’s a highly lightweight, portable solution that can be easily embedded into end-user applications. Today, we’re exploring how Budibase can be used to build a simple GUI for writing, testing, and saving SQLite queries.

Ronan McQuillan

May 17, 2024

How to Build a MariaDB GUI

MariaDB is one of the most popular open-source databases around. It was created by some of the original developers of MySQL as a truly FOSS RDBMS after its larger counterpart’s acquisition by Oracle in 2009. Today, it’s a scalable, secure, and performant way to handle large volumes of data with familiar SQL querying. Even better, just about any platform that supports MySQL will connect easily to your MariaDB database. This includes a huge range of off-the-shelf GUIs.

Ronan McQuillan

May 15, 2024

Appsmith vs Budibase: In-Depth Comparison

Appsmith and Budibase are two of the biggest names in the low-code space, each offering visual development tools to expedite internal tool projects. However, while our platforms are often mentioned in the same breath, they aren’t exactly direct competitors. Instead, each targets distinct segments of the market in terms of ideal use cases, user personas, and key capabilities. Today, we’re diving deep into everything you need to know. You are, of course, on the Budibase website right now - and we’re obviously biased.

Ronan McQuillan

May 13, 2024

Appsmith vs Retool: In-Depth Guide

The market for low-code platforms has grown massively over the past decade, with new players coming to the fore. Retool and Appsmith are two of the most prominent brands in this space, offering developers a range of visual tools for shipping internal applications quickly. But, choosing the right platform for your specific needs can be a fraught process. Even direct competitors like Appsmith and Retool present stark differences in terms of their positioning, key use cases, target personas, and core functionality.

Ronan McQuillan

May 10, 2024

Superblocks vs Retool: In-Depth Comparison

Low-code development has exploded in popularity over the past decade, with more and more companies seeking out faster, more cost-effective ways to output custom applications. Today, we’re diving deep into two of the biggest names in this space to see how Retool and Superblocks stack up against one another. See, the low-code market is hugely varied. In particular, different vendors target distinct types of user personas, use cases, and organizations. This can make it tricky to determine which is the best choice for your specific requirements.

Ronan McQuillan

May 9, 2024

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