At Boomi Flow, the word we use for an ‘app’ is ‘flow’. We build a flow by logging into the Boomi Flow Drawing Tool, connecting an Identity Service for authentication, dragging and dropping Elements into a Canvas, configuring the Elements, and connecting them with Outcomes.
The elements represent screens that are shown to the user (from a simple screen to a page with complex forms), or actions (like Database Save). The outcomes show how the flow progresses. We can also use swimlanes to set permission-based access for different categories of users (Account Manager, VP – Sales, CFO, etc.) for different elements of the flow. The canvas gets automatically saved every time we change something.
When we run or publish a flow, the Boomi Flow Engine converts the visual representation into a fully-functioning app; which the flow builder (that’s you!) can deploy right away for 1, 10, or 10,000 users. It’s advanced magic!
Here is a link to a single-screen app.
Let’s get building!
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What we need
- Boomi Flow username/password. (If you do not have a Boomi Flow login, please click here to get one.)
Creating a new flow document
- Click LOG IN to login to the Drawing Tool.
- Click New Flow.
Connecting an Identity Service
This opens the Flow: New Flow screen where we will name our flow.
Naming the flow
This opens the canvas where we will build our flow.
Creating the ‘Welcome’ screen
- Drag a Step element from the sidebar, to the Boomi Flow Canvas. A Step element shows the user a screen.
- The Configuration Panel on the right, lets us configure the screen. In the Configuration Panel, copy-paste the text Hello World in the Name text field.
- In the Content Editor, copy-paste the text I just built a ManyWho app!
- Click Save Step.
This is what the canvas looks like now:
Creating an outcome
A flow begins with the Start element, which is fixed on the canvas. The first outcome in the flow is the outcome of the Start element, which connects an arrow from Start to the first element the builder places on the canvas.
This creates an arrow from Start to Welcome, with the legend Go on it.
That was fast!
Let’s run the flow now, and see how easily it converts into an app.
Running the flow
It took us less than two minutes to build a single-screen app with a placeholder text.
This is what the app looks like on a browser:
On your mobile, this is what the screen looks like:
Check out the glossary for a definition of terms and key concepts that appear in the Boomi Flow website, Drawing Tool, technical documentation, blogs, and marketing communications.