Apps Get Faster with Saved Search Function, mrc Says
September 27, 2011 Alex Woodie
Developers and end-users alike will benefit from a new saved search function announced by mrc last week. The new feature in its m-Power development tool will allow users to quickly pull up complicated searches, specific views of reports, and other previously defined views in their Web applications. It will also save time for developers.
Programmers are always looking for a faster way to write applications, and users of mrc’s m-Power rapid application development tool are no different. The tool already gives developers a leg up on the application creation front, by virtue of how it works, which is by generating J2EE-based Web applications from templates that are customized by the developer.
The new saved search function will speed the app dev process even more. The new function, which enables custom sorting and filtering criteria to be saved within the application, will benefit programmers and users in several ways, according to mrc.
Programmers will benefit by being able to rapidly create different reports to satisfy ever-changing end user needs. The capability to save different views of the same report to satisfy users’ different needs will eliminate the need to create multiple reports. Instead of making different reports for the sales team and the CEO, everybody will get the same report, and the saved search function will control what data bubbles up to screen level for each class of user.
As its name implies, the saved search function will also help when running searches–particularly when users run the same complicated search on a regular basis. Instead of requiring users to type out the search string manually, users can now save that view of the data with an icon, and access it with the click of a button.
Mrc also sees analysts benefiting from the new feature. Analysts who regularly pour through large sums of data can use the saved search function to, in effect, bookmark their location when they find a particularly valuable nugget of data.
“Saved searches will help all types of m-Power users,” says Brian Crowley, mrc’s director of development. “It will let both developers and end users save time and operate more efficiently.”