Rapid Application Development (RAD) is a development model that prioritizes rapid prototyping and rapid feedback over long development and test cycles. With rapid application development, developers can perform multiple software iterations and updates quickly without having to start from scratch each time. This helps ensure that the end result is more focused on quality and aligned with the requirements of the end users.
Rapid Application formulate was conceived in the 1980s, so it’s definitely not something new. But unlike the waterfall model, it is not singular. It is a continuous evolution of development philosophies according to the requirement at that particular moment.
What is Rapid Application Development (RAD)?
RAD is a set of software development techniques that are heavily based on Agile development principles. Unlike more traditional linear approaches like Waterfall Development, RAD is designed to produce rapid prototypes and get software up and running as quickly as possible.
But what are the reasons why companies choose to work with RAD projects instead of traditional software methods? Let’s take a look at the main benefits of RAD software development.
Shorter development process
When it comes to software development, time is money, not only for the customer but also for the developer. It is in everyone’s interest to complete the app as quickly as possible, unless of course there are external factors dictating the development schedule. By using automated coding standards, the developer can ensure that the path to delivery of the final product is as short and efficient as possible.
As a RAD project produces a prototype quicker, it is often able to lower the overall development costs compared to a traditional approach. The iterative process allows the customer to evaluate the functionality throughout the development process, and drop any unnecessary features before too much time has been spent on them.
An experienced developer will be able to apply standardized coding and automation tools to a RAD project, allowing for consistency and reliability. This not only eliminates the risk of bugs, but also facilitates long-term code compatibility.
Faster time to market
When it comes to developing new software functionality, it’s not always about creating a great solution. Sometimes time to market is critical to staying competitive. Having the ability to release a lighter version of an app early can be the key to gaining initial market share before releasing the full, feature-rich version. This can be accommodated by using a RAD approach.
Tried and tested tools
Rapid application development is all about speed, accuracy, and flexibility. It’s about understanding the key requirements and then applying tested code structures and automation tools to quickly arrive at a working product.
By taking an iterative approach to development, both developer and customer can work together in a collaborative manner that ultimately results in a better quality application.
The importance of planning
Here at One Beyond, we pride ourselves on offering comprehensive and uncompromising planning throughout the entire development project. Developing at high speed doesn’t mean cutting corners, and certainly not letting the planning aspect suffer.
Unlike coding and testing, planning is an activity that cannot be automated. It will always require human interaction and communication. And through close collaboration, we launch a software development project that is aligned with the client’s business goals.