CUBA platform

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CUBA Platform is a high level framework for the rapid development of enterprise applications with rich web interfaces. The platform abstracts developers from underlying technologies so they can focus on the business tasks, whilst retaining full flexibility by providing unrestricted access to low level code.

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CUBA platform review by <span>Tom M.</span>
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Quick Learning Curve, Reduced Development Time

What do you like best?

Cuba Platform (with Cuba Studio) is extremely easy to use.

I found the learning curve to get off the ground with a basic CRUD application pretty tame. I am not a professional developer but offer LOB applications as a value add for clients.

Cuba Studio generates and applies RDBMS scripts automatically. This includes changes after the application is deployed in production.

There are several deployment options from hot deploy, cloud, to creating a WAR that can be dropped into a Tomcat server. (There are likely more I am not aware of)

Cuba Studio can generate and keep updated UI screens as you are developing the app and changing entities. After that, screens can be easily customized in a WYSIWYG interface. Which a ton of options for look, feel, and customization.

It is possible to make a simple CRUD application without touching a line of java code, but it you need to, Cuba Studio integrates with Eclipse and intelliJ via plugin.

There is a robust security subsystem for managing users.

The community forum and chat are a fantastic resource, especially if you are just getting started with the platform. Questions are answered by fellow forum member or the actual development team in less than a day (often faster)

I have found a few minor bugs and they all have been patched within a matter of hours (and put into the next maintenance release).

Last but not least, I love the speed of development. New features are released it seems almost every month.

More importantly bug fixes are pushed out every couple of weeks.

What do you dislike?

I would like to be able to have a responsive interface "out of the box", However I believe this was just added with the addition of the polymer client.

WAR deployment strings for studio take a little research to figure out the syntax and options. Would be nice to just check some boxes at that stage.

Perhaps the addition of gallery component that will display related images that have been attached to an entity. (This can be done now only via code)

Recommendations to others considering the product

Just dive and hit the documentation, videos, sample projects, and community forum.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Creating Line of Business web-based applications to help clients better manage their data. Many are transitioning from excel or access databases.

Application development time has been rapidly reduced. Cuba Studio does almost all the heavy lifting.

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CUBA platform review by <span>Jonathan N.</span>
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The best Java-based RAD solution by far

What do you like best?

I have done a lot of Java-based web development. I had migrated to a bunch of best of breed Java solutions like Vaadin, Intellij IDEA , Spring and Flyway/Liquibase. However, I kept getting bogged down by the enormous complexity, especially when it came to evolving the data model and Spring security.

It is rare to come across a new product that kicks things up to the next level but I have found the Cuba platform to be one such instance. It is a pure-Java, fully integrated solution that really enables rapid development of web applications (it also supports creating desktop applications but I have not done much with this).

They integrate all the same best of breed solutions I was using -- Vaadin, Intellij, Spring and a very good data model development and migration solution. One difference was that I was previously using Maven and they rely on Gradle. The solutions are integrated into an elegantly designed comprehensive framework.

This is not a drag and drop application builder (although they have some nice drag and drop functionality). You need to have some Java and Spring expertise. Some database knowledge is a plus. The platform forces you to work in a tightly constrained manner which enables automation. Once you get into the swing of things you are able quickly to develop fully featured applications that are likely to have fewer errors. They are very nicely integrated with my editor of choice, Intellij IDEA, and that is where you continue to write most of your Java code. Their Cuba Studio tool however provides nice functionality that adds a lot of additional value.

What do you dislike?

As others have pointed out, there is a steep learning curve, even if you're already familiar with the underlying technologies like Vaadin and Spring. Once you get comfortable with the framework, though, the increased speed of development is impressive.

The online forum is fairly responsive and the documentation is quite good, although initially it can be challenging to quickly figure out the answers to questions.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The business problems that are solved is rapid development of robust, full-featured Java CRUD applications. Most applications have some CRUD component and I have found that to implement that portion right is often the hardest part of the application as a whole. So I find it useful even for applications that are not purely business CRUD applications.

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CUBA platform review by <span>Michael R.</span>
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Most complete and simple full java stack to date

What do you like best?

CUBA platform and its Studio offer today what I think is the most complete JAVA based full stack to date. Moreover, it has achieved that while staying simple to use.

The platform is well thought and proposes a whole set of features that you nearly always need in an enterprise application :

- efficient web gui with generic features like paging, filters, and a lot of widgets available

- efficient security system with role management and its integrated gui

- jmx beans integration with its gui

- log and its gui, application configuration and its gui

- integrated versioning system with restore features and change tracking by user, and its gui

- localization

- dynamic and generic extension of entities attributes (e.g adapt to client specifity)

- scheduled tasks

- REST, responsive GUI (albeit less integrated) & portal

What is impressive is that all these features are ready out of the box, you can even imagine not write a single line of code to extend some of them (e.g security, scheduled tasks) as they fully cover so many real life cases on their own.

Add to that optional components like generic reports, full-text search, BPM and you

On the design side, the platfom is very clean : separation of concerns, based on injected components & services. And you can deploy easily in multiple ways on infrastructure going from simple all-in-one to multi-tiers, and even on the cloud. Plus the generated application is ready for replication between datacenters (for instance through the use of UUIDs).

On top of that, the Studio IDE wil save you tremendous amount of time, by implementing full round-trip between your favorite JAVA IDE, back and forth, and live-reload of your running application in most cases. And featuring automatic and incremental schema evolution as good as other specialized products do. The screen generation from data model is impressive, and you have a WYSIWYG editor to customize it.

The documentation and samples are quite complete, which is not that often for frameworks with so many features. There is a learning curve of course, but there always is.

The platform updates rapidly, which is for us an advantage, as we want it to mature even more quickly, albeit documentation and samples sometimes does not follow the same rythm. E.g no polymer example yet, but this is a fresh new feature, this is certainly on the way. Note that the team is very reactive, which is also of great importance.

All-in-all, after having studied different frameworks for months, we simply found that CUBA was the most advanced, and we now rely on it steadily. Simply put, this is a RAD framework by-the-book : you have out-of-the-box all features needed in an enterprise-class application, so you can concentrate on your business model.

What do you dislike?

The optional components like generic reports and charts are less documented than the core platform.

Sometimes we feel that we do not use the platform to its full extent. We would like to see something like a full-fledged sample application using each and every feature in order to have a feeling on how CUBA developers build an application with their own platform.

Not all UML cases are handled (e.g unidirectional one-to-many) but this is in the backlog.

Not an issue but an enhancement: the screen generation could use a wizard in order to have more control on output. For instance : which component to map an entity attribute (slider or radio button instead of plain text field), define groups of attributes, choose layout details (e.g grid size), choose how to map one-to-one relationship (as an association or plainly in screen).

Recommendations to others considering the product

Give it a try, it just works and do most of what is necessary for standard applications.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are developping an enterprise management application for small businesses. The main benefit we have with CUBA platform is the ability to develop quickly a robust and full-featured application for our clients.

CUBA platform review by <span>Kjell D.</span>
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CUBA.Platform saves me for a lot of boilerplate code to make my solution run

What do you like best?

This platform has a lot to offer.

It is easy to get started with and you have a solution in a few hours instead of days.

The platform allows you to modularize your solution.

I offers migration of data model from one system to CUBA.Platform.

Has very good documentation how the hole framwork. Includes examples.

Very active forum. Live chat with other fellowes working with CUBA.Platform.

CUBA.Platform offers REST out of the box, Portal Client, Polymer Client which makes it easier to build web pages that adapt the width of device and with full support of CUBA.Platform data. You can auto generate the skeleton from CUBA.Studio and design the rest as you like.

I love the user role and right management. Very easy to use and a lot of control.

What do you dislike?

It could have been easier to create own UI components,

Missing good documentation/tutorials regarding Modularization of application.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Tries to build a production and survailance system.

CUBA platform review by <span>Francis N.</span>
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The best platform to quickly develop and deliver enterprise business applications

What do you like best?

Since discovering CUBA, this is the only platform that we use at our firm. It allows us to quickly develop and deliver business applications to our clients. With the new features, CUBA applications can now be deployed to the cloud and allows us to quickly deliver SAAS applications. Great improvements have been made in the portal area as well. With the new Polymer client, you can now get rid off Angular.js and deliver very good-looking web portal to your clients.

What do you dislike?

There's nothing not to like about the platform. The only thing is that they release so much new functionality with each new release, that sometimes, it can be hard to keep up. But in the long run, it will benefit you, the user.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Financial business applications and BPM.

CUBA platform review by Administrator in Information Technology and Services
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CUBA platform excellent for rapid development of enterprise applications

What do you like best?

The flexibility of the platform is really amazing. After a small learning curve (but I am a somewhat experienced programmer) the application can be created really fast. If you stick to the platform layout/functionality the speed of development is really impressive.

As the platform compiles to an enterprise grade J2EE application and can be fully customised, there is no limitation.

What do you dislike?

When doing the customisation, so not builtin platform functionality, the learning curve is more steep and more time consuming. But the good thing is that it is possible!

Recommendations to others considering the product

If your looking for a solid solution and not spend time on 'the obvious stuff' (like user administration, navigation etc.) this platform is the best.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Business process automation, registration and content management.

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