A continuous evolution.
What is the Nabu Platform
The Nabu Platform has seen 10 years of development and at least 5 years of production usage at various clients. Over that time we have simply built too much to dig into in a single article.
There are however some basic facts that might be relevant, first and foremost: the Nabu Platform is an
platform built on Java SE which means it runs on pretty much anything from Amazon to a raspberry. It is deeply integrated with java itself making it easy to add existing libraries to the platform. For example for automated testing we integrated selenium and soapui as two separate modules.
It is a modular platform where each module contains a particular feature, for example a CMS, an HTTP server, a JDBC connection pool, the ability to create REST services...
Apart from the modules there are two core parts to the platform: the Nabu Integrator and the Nabu Developer. The integrator lives on the server(s) and is responsible for actually running the application. The developer tool is a lightweight desktop tool that lives on the client PC and that connects to the integrator. I say lightweight because developer itself is a bit like a browser in that it only provides a framework. The actual functionality that makes developer useful is distributed in the modules that the server streams to the developer.
Because developer can connect to any integrator, it can also connect to any environment (dev, qlty, prd,...) and view or edit the application. Any change you make is reflected immediately by the server. Developer also sets up a websocket connection to the server that allows for collaboration between multiple developers with for example auto-locking and refreshing.
As a rule we like to keep external dependencies to a minimum. By external dependencies I mean additional things you have to do -apart from setting up the platform itself- to get an application up and running in production.
The TODO list is neverending and as such the answer to "what is nabu" is a moving target. In the coming months we'll be releasing articles that dive into the existing functionalities and we hope that you'll participate in improving what is already there and help us to imagine what the future might bring!
The sky is the limit.