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Has a lot more features onboard and it gives us the opportunity to do things so that we can easily adapt and maintain...
Find out what your peers are saying about Magic xpa Application Platform vs. NGINX Plus and other solutions. Updated: July 2019.
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Magic is rapid, it's a tool which we use to develop, change and maintain our programs. xpa has a lot more features onboard and it gives us the opportunity to do such things so that we can easily adapt and maintain our programs. It gives certain benefits to stay with our customers and the market.
Typically an experienced Magic developer can do the work of two to three experienced C#/.NET developers. Customers are amazed at how quickly most new features can be added and bug fixes implemented. I have worked for four employers - including myself - using Magic, and in most instances, bug fixes are addressed and deployed in under six hours.
Speed of development and database connectivity (MS SQL, Oracle, DB2, Btrieve/Pervasive PSQL, ODBC, MySql, and SQLite).
The ability to use the same development environment for both Windows and Android applications. Magic xpa also supports iOS applications.
Being able to make changes to existing programs to comply with last minute changes in requirements, and/or being able to fix, test, review, and deploy new code in a manner of hours instead of days, definitely gives us a huge advantage over our competitors and this is only possible thanks to Magic’s speed of programming.
Magic’s unique approach to development ensures that the programmer stays focused on the objective of the program (i.e. display all customers in California), instead of the repetitive tasks that surround it (i.e. connect to database, open customers table, create the query to retrieve records within the specified criteria, fetch the result of the query, connect it to a data grid, etc.).
Magic’s Database Gateway allows the logic of the program to be isolated from the underlying database. This provides the flexibility not only to move existing programs to different database environments without the need to change the logic in the program but also allows the programmer access to different databases without the need to know how to "talk" to them.
Without the need to compile code, the time spent in the development cycle is greatly reduced, allowing the programmer to test modifications to a program immediately after they have been saved.
Its most valuable features are load balancing and application delivery. This is the most efficient application for these features because of stability and its efficiency.
NGINX works much better than HAProxy in our current hardware and architecture for HTTP/HTTPS load balancing.
The robust software architecture allows for it to be scalable and very stable.
The flexibility of its modules allow it to be scalable.
Zero Downtime has always been a strength in recommending infrastructure web services. NGINX allows me to execute such infrastructure with less complications and the ability to switch from server to server easily.
When I worked in a security research center, we tested NGINX to support DoS and DDoS attacks, and its results were great.
Valuable features include authentication, caching, reverse proxy routing, and load balancing.
The best solution, by far, for web traffic control for things in production and just around the house.
When you have several tasks, you open a screen in a task in developing mode, and you don't see the parent screens. Debugging lacks the effects to solve problems. You have to do it first in a kind of studio. Then you have to be sure that you can do it in Magic because there is almost nothing to debug it. It's practically impossible to debug. You have to be sure before you put your snippets.
The configuration of the xpa RIA mobile environment is complex and a discouragement to new developers. Also, Magic's documentation can be less than complete at times which leads to frustration for new developers. (I encourage new Magic developers to join the Magic Users Group).
The Android environment is missing a number of functions for file/folder manipulation, sending receiving text messages (SMS) and the menuing options are limited. For now, it is left to the developer to write his/her own Java functions to include in the APK.
It is missing basic charting tools for bar/pie/series charts. It is left to the developer to acquire and deploy charting tools or the customer to purchase a third-party reporting tool to produce charts.
I would like to see a spell checker included with optional language support. Currently, this has to be purchased from a third-party.
The ability to display page up, page down, top and bottom buttons along the scroll bar would make my mouse-reliant customers happy.
Magic has a tradition, when it adds new technologies/features to the Magic development tool, to provide either no documentation or documentation that does not provide an organized approach for bringing this new technology/feature to experienced Magic programmers.
They should do in the open source version of what they did to Advanced HTTP, TCP, and UDP load balancing.
Our most challenging part was to run an older PHP website reverse-proxied through NGINX. That was not fun.
If NGINX brings some features for health check in the open source version, it would be better.
Make modules easier to enable or disable. The beauty and ugly side of the NGINX modules is you have to know how to compile the module. For beginners or non-very technical aspirant(s) going for NGINX, they have to learn how to compile the modules.
I would like it to have a more user-friendly graphical interface.
The biggest room for improvement would be to allow NGINX Core machines to cluster for memory zones in some way with a plug and play module.
Pricing and Cost Advice
It's not cheap. The licenses are not cheap. Not at all. They cost much money. There are other tools with free licenses but Magic asks for a lot of money.
Magic is not the cheapest IDE out there. If you are considering Magic xpa, you should do a cost-benefit analysis to feel comfortable with your decision. The Magic sales staff is very helpful in providing pricing.
NGINX is a free tool in Brazil. There are some companies which do support it.
The price is the cost to contract support with a specialized company, usually during consulting hours.
NGINX Plus is worth it, if you need it. If you do not need the features or support, the free and open source package is more than capable.
I am not so happy with their pricing policy, but this is not the worse thing in my life. I can tolerate it.
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|Magic xpa Application Platform is a code-free, visual development and deployment environment for the quick creation of enterprise-grade mobile, web and desktop apps. Magic xpa lets you leverage the same business logic to develop once and deploy across platforms. You can create a portfolio of high performance business apps with a single skill set and minimal resources. By allowing you to develop, maintain and update apps quickly and cost-effectively, Magic supports your digital transformation and enterprise mobility strategies, making it easy for you to give your business a competitive edge.|
NGINX Plus is the all‑in‑one application delivery platform for the modern web.
NGINX is the world’s most popular open source web server and load balancer for high‑traffic sites, powering over 200 million properties.
NGINX Plus adds enterprise-ready features for, such as , , , and to give you the freedom to innovate without being constrained by infrastructure.
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