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WaveMaker, Inc.
Industry Rapid Application Development
Low-code Platform
Digital Transformation
Agile Software Development
Enterprise Software
Cloud computing
Computer Software
Founded 2003
Headquarters Mountain View, CA
Key people
Vijay Pullur, CEO
Products WaveMaker RAD Platform
Number of employees
Approximately 80 (2016)
Website www.wavemaker.com

WaveMaker is a private aPaaS (application platform-as-a-service) software for building and running custom apps. WaveMaker provides Rapid API App Development & Deployment to build enterprise-grade multi-device apps, and leverages Docker containerization for an app-optimized infrastructure. [1]

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WaveMaker RAD Platform is a licensed software that enables organizations to run their own end-to-application platform-as-a-service (aPaaS) for building and running custom apps. [2] It also allows developers and business users to work with standard enterprise-grade technologies to create apps that can be extended or customized. Those apps can consume APIs, visualize data and automatically support multi-device responsive interfaces. [3]

WaveMaker RAD Platform enables organizations to deploy applications on public or private cloud infrastructure, and containers can be deployed on top of virtual machines or on bare metal. [3] The software provides a graphic user interface (GUI) console to manage the IT app infrastructure and capabilities based on Docker containerization. [2]

The solution provides features for app deployment automation, app lifecycle management, release management, deployment workflow and access rights, including: [2] [4]

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WaveMaker Studio

WaveMaker RAD Platform is built around WaveMaker Studio - a WYSIWYG rapid development tool that allows computer-literate business users to compose an application using a drag-and-drop method. [5] WaveMaker Studio supports rapid application development (RAD) for the web, similar to what products like PowerBuilder and Lotus Notes provided for client server computing. [6]

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WaveMaker Studio allows developers to produce an application once, then auto-adjust it for a particular target platform, whether a PC, mobile phone, or tablet. [5] Applications created using the WaveMaker Studio follow a model–view–controller architecture.

WaveMaker Studio has been downloaded more than two million times. The Studio community consists of 30,000 registered users. [7] Applications generated by WaveMaker Studio are licensed under the Apache license. [8]

Studio 8 was released September 25, 2015. The prior version, Studio 7, has some notable development milestones. It was based on AngularJS framework, previous Studio versions (6.7, 6.6, 6.5) use the Dojo Toolkit. Some of the features of WaveMaker Studio 7 include:

Technologies and Frameworks

WaveMaker allows users to build applications that run on "Open Systems Stack" based on the following technologies and frameworks: AngularJS, Bootstrap, NVD3, HTML, CSS, Apache Cordova, Hibernate, Spring, Spring Security, Java. The various supported integrations include: [10] [11] [12]


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