The Features of DaDaBIK: a quick tour


DaDaBIK is a no-code / low-code development platform that can be used to quickly develop any type of data-driven application without coding.

Instead of writing your application using a programming language (such as PHP, Python or Java) you can build the application using a "point and click" approach, even if you don't have any coding skill (that's why no-code): starting from a database (MySQL, PostgreSQL, SQLite or Microsoft SQL Server) or from an Excel file you can generate a basic Web data-entry application in minutes and then customize it with very little effort.

Since DaDaBK 10, you can also create your own application using DaDaBIK only, without providing an existent database or Excel file.

If you have some SQL and/or PHP/Javascript skills, even better: you can add some code that can customize even more the application created (and that's why platforms like DaDaBIK are called low-code development platforms). For example you can add custom formatting functions, custom validation functions or - through DaDaBIK hooks - add more sophisticated application logic to be executed when a certain even occurs, e.g. when the user clicks a button or when a new record is inserted in a particular table.

Any application that has to do with data collecting, consulting or reporting is a good candidate for DaDaBIK development. Here are some examples of applications you can build with DaDaBIK:

DaDaBIK Enterprise and Platinum also come with Dada Helpdesk, a simple ready-to-use Helpdesk application and Dada Sales, a simple ready-to-use sales management application. You can use them as they are or as a template to develop your own applications.

Form generator, Datagrids generator

The first thing that DaDaBIK does after the installation is to automatically create, for each table of your database (or for each sheet of your Excel file), some standard, responsive, forms that you can use to insert, modify and delete data and a standard grid report that you can use to see, search for and filter data.

For each table field DaDaBIK tries to guess what is the best DaDaBIK field type / content type to use; then, if the guess doesn't satisfy your needs, you can customize the settings choosing from 16 field types (including lookup fields, whose data is coming from another table) and 8 content type. For example you can set, for the field email_customer, a simple textbox as a field type and email as content type, so that the email address is validated before insertion. A number of other parameters can be set using the form configurator in order to customize even more forms and datagrids.

A master/details view (or subform) is also available: you can represent in the same page a form and one or more connected result grids: for example you can see the details of an order with the items included in the order.

Chart generator, PDF generator

With DaDaBIK you can easily produce pie charts, bar charts and line charts based on the application data. Both a simple mode (create a graph in two clicks) and an advanced mode (write your custom SQL query as source of the graph) are available.

You can also create PDF documents starting from your application, both from the detail page of a record and from the result of a search (producing, in this case, a PDF file containing N pages, one for each record included in the results set).

You can also create an optional custom template file that describes the layout of the PDF document. The syntax of the template is pure HTML, combined with one or more "placeholders" that you can use to add the values of table fields. The export to PDF feature applied to a record results set, in combination with the use of custom templates, guarantees results similar to the ones you can get using a typical "Mail Merge" feature available in Word Processors.

Users and permissions management

DaDaBIK provides a sophisticated granular permissions model that allows you to configure the set of data a user can manage and the operations they can execute on the data. Each user belongs to a group and for each group you can decide:

The ownership of a record (the user who created a record is its owner) can be used as a parameter to authorize some operations: for example you can choose that a record can be deleted/modified only by the user (or by the group) who created it.

DaDaBIK can also take users and groups from your existing users table or via LDAP authentication. If you embed DaDaBIK in a Wordpress site, you can also use Wordpress login to automatically authenticate users in DaDaBIK as well.

Advanced, business-oriented data integrity features

If you work in a business environment, you know how much data is valuable. You don't want to store wrong, not consistent data in your database and you surely don't want to loose your data because of a software failure. Also, you need an application that tries to prevent, if possible, human mistakes. DaDaBIK provides:

DaDaBIK is here to stay

This is not a feature but it is something you should carefuflly evaluate when you invest in a software solution, in particular if you are choosing your next development platform. How many times have you tried an apparently cool and full featured software and then, after a couple of months, you discovered that the project has been abandoned?

DaDaBIK was one of the very first no-code / low-code development platform for the Web, it's available since 2001 and it is regularly updated (80 versions released after the first 1.0 beta) and has a huge community of user (~20,000 forum posts).

Need more details?

This was just a quick tour :) for a more detailed list of the features, see the pricing page

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