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What is Linx?

Linx is a flexible and powerful low-code development platform that allows you to integrate systems and automate business processes. With Linx you can create, integrate and automate any custom application, ranging from simple to highly complex, without the need for programming.

What is a low-code development platform?

Forrester Research defines a low-code development platform as follows: platforms that enable rapid application delivery with a minimum of hand-coding, and quick setup and deployment, for systems of engagement. The inherent value of a low-code development platform is that it brings IT and the business together, enabling more rapid, iterative and collaborative development. Applications can be rapidly built, seamlessly deployed and easily changed—all without the need for low-level coding. Read more about low-code.

Who uses Linx?

Anyone can use Linx. It doesn’t require any technical expertise. The drag-and-drop designer allows you to focus on the business logic while Linx does all the back-end work. It is most often used by the IT department or a developer (for quick snippets of code), but almost anyone can learn to how to build a solution in Linx.

Why does my organisation need a platform like Linx?

If you have ever spent countless hours completing repetitive, time-consuming processes such as file transfers, report generation or data entry you’ll appreciate the benefits of using Linx to automate these processes.

Likewise, if you have ever created point-to-point integrations with legacy systems that quickly became messy and expensive to maintain, you’ll appreciate Linx.

Linx is easy to deploy and removes the need to write custom code. As a result, solutions and processes can be developed, integrated or automated faster than traditional software development.

I don’t have a large IT department, can I use Linx?

Linx is suitable for organisations of all sizes, and its scalability makes it a great choice for a growing business. In smaller organisations, Linx is highly effective in alleviating the burden on strained IT resources.

Can Linx link to or work with my current software?

Linx was designed to integrate with nearly any system, SaaS or application, including easy access to all major database providers, AWS, Xero, Excel, PDF and many more services via web services.

What are the main components in Linx?

Linx is a low-code platform that enables you to:

  • Build rapid prototypes
  • Automate Business Processes
  • Integrate Systems and Databases
  • Build, Connect and Test APIs
  • Create Web Services

The main components include:

Linx Application Designer:  A Windows application to design your solution.This software is free. You can download it hereRead more

Linx Application Server:  A Windows service to host your Linx solutions. The Server can be hosted in a public cloud (Linx Application Cloud), private cloud or on premise. Read more

The Linx Application Cloud:  A virtual machine running 2019 Microsoft Server. It hosts the Linx Application Server and includes disk storage and an online SQL database.  All elements can be upgraded at any time. Read more

Further reading: How it works

What are the minimum hardware/software requirements?

Linx Application Designer
This is a desktop exe. Linx works on Windows 10 and above.


Linx Application Server

The default offering is the Linx Application Cloud which includes a database and drive.  For on-premise hosting, Linx works on Windows Server 2016 and above. We recommend Windows Server 2019 .

Apple and Linus users can run Linux via a virtual machine. See our instructions here.

 

Minimum Requirements


CPU: Intel i3, Xeon or better
Memory: 4GB
Browser: Latest modern browsers like Chrome or Firefox
OS: Windows 10, Windows Server 2016 or better
.NET: Framework Version 4.7.1
Additional software: Some functions may need client software provided by the vendor (e.g. database drivers)

 

Can I use Linx on a Mac / IOS?

Although designed for Windows, it is possible to run Linx on a Apple Mac (IOS) via a virtual machine. To do so, follow this quick guide on getting started.

Can I edit my code in Linx?

Linx does not edit code directly like Visual Studio but rather produces solutions by using our low code methodology. Linx is based on programming principles but way simpler to use than a programming language.

Do I need my own server to use Linx?

No. You install Linx Application Server on the hardware of your choice, in your own data centre, public cloud (Linx Application Cloud) or in your own private cloud account. The Linx Server runs as a Windows Service to host and manage Linx Solutions created in the Designer. It starts the services you defined in your Linx Solutions, which in turn triggers your processes.

Can Linx be hosted in a hybrid environment?

Yes. Linx can be hosted in a hybrid, on-premises or a cloud environment, giving you options based on your business needs, not ours.

Does Linx have technical implementation guides?

Yes. Linx has an extensive documentation site in addition to a active community site.  Linx also offers a full suite of professional services including training, solution reviews, custom solution development and experts on demand, among other services.

Does Linx have an open API?

Yes. Linx has an open API and uses Rest APIs, which defines a set of functions that developers often use to perform requests and receive responses via HTTP protocol such as GET or POST. This makes it easier for business users to use Linx without programming knowledge.

Does Linx provide a front end or UI?
Linx does not produce user interfaces or a front end. It is purely a back-end tool for producing automated processes or APIs, faster than you would if you had to custom code.  If you need a web site builder, we recommend Stadium which, likewise, is a low code tool.
What is the difference between Linx and other ETL tools?

Linx is so much more than an ETL tool. Although many of Linx’s functions are similar, there are several areas where Linx excels. For example, Linx will take your business further and faster by helping to control the input and output of data without the need for custom coding or expensive development. Linx is also highly effective when adding automation to your data, enabling you to improve the efficiency of all your business-critical applications, including ERP, CRM and ETL solutions.

Read more: Linx vs other technologies

How does your solution transmit data across a network?

Communication with Linx Server is done via https. However, certain functions might transmit data but the mechanics will be specific to the function, for example a WebService function will use http or https.

What data encryption and system security does Linx use?

Linx Server is secured with a username and password. Both are encrypted server side and can only be accessed via SSL.

Individual components support the encryption and security protocols relevant to the component e.g. CallRestWebService supports Windows Authentication, OAuth etc.

Which browsers does Linx support?

Linx supports all major HTML 5 compatible browsers.

What databases are supported?

Linx works with all databases with an OleDb, Odbc or Ado.Net provider. Examples are MS Sql Server, Oracle, MySql, PostgreSQL, Firebird, Access.
Linx also supports MongoDB – a NoSQL database.

Read more: All plugins

Can Linx build my application for me?

Yes. Our expert team offers everything you need to design, build and launch robust, professional backend applications. Simply contact us to find out more.

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