What Is DragonRAD?
DragonRAD is a software platform that greatly simplifies the design, deployment, maintenance and administration of database-driven mobile enterprise applications.
With DragonRAD, you can create applications in a visual drag and drop environment without the need for any programming. However, scripting can be used to create the most sophisticated applications.
Using a DragonRAD application, users can download data into their smartphone, view and modify that data in any format you choose, and add new data. New and modified records can be uploaded back through the DragonRAD Host to your database or web service which will be automatically updated.
DragonRAD is comprised of three major components:
- DragonRAD Clients (device runtime applications) for BlackBerry, Windows Mobile, Android smartphones
The DragonRAD Designer is a visual drag and drop design tool that runs on a Windows desktop environment and greatly simplifies the design, development, testing and publishing of mobile enterprise applications.
The DragonRAD Host is a Windows or Linux server component that acts as the bridge between mobile devices and enterprise databases. It manages the communications with the mobile device, including queuing of transactions during periods of network unavailability; and also ensures proper synchronization of database access and updates. It is also used to download the project you created in the Designer into the Client upon startup.
The DragonRAD Client is a native application for the device which contains code to interpret and run the application you created in the Designer. DragonRAD comes with a default client that is loaded the emulator or a device while debugging, however once you are ready to ship your application, you can build a custom client for your users, which will incorporate your own icon, application name, your DragonRAD project containing your application and the link to your installation of DragonRAD Host. When the application is started, it will connect automatically to your DragonRAD Host. Updates to the project are downloaded automatically from the Host if required.
DragonRad Clients are built using our ClientBuilder service. You do not need to know how to compile applications with the specific SDK's, since we do that for you. Login to the ClientBuilder site, upload your application signing information, and request a client. You will be notified by email when it is ready, usually within an hour or two.
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TODO... MapDataServer should be changed to 'Host'
-- Main.IanBowles - 26 Jan 2011