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Dhiwise vs. Retool: Why a Dashboard isn’t always enough for an End-User



March 24, 2022


March 24, 2022

Dhiwise vs. Retool: Why a Dashboard isn’t always enough for an End-User

Apologies in advance for rubbing some dashboard preachers the wrong way. Well, your app's dashboard is arguably one of the more important features in play. Yet, it isn’t the only one. There are times when you need to stack your mobile application with a front-end that complements the back-end, and that too without having to tweak the code every time you add or modify something. DhiWise, as a developer-centric SaaS platform, lets you handle all that and more, even better than one of the more popular low-code platforms in Retool.

Retool is easily one of the best resources to consider if you plan to build intra- and inter-team resources. From team-specific resources, we mean setting up tables, dropdowns, key-value maps, texts, and more— allowing the developers and backend handlers to tweak the app data, manage queries, work with APIs, and add select forms of database components to improve usability and even end-user experience.

Yet, DhiWise stands apart with its multi-framework tech stack, allowing you to build almost any kind of mobile, backend, and web app without you having to go through the rigors of code handling. 

Still unsure about the differences! Here is how Retool and DhiWise stack up against each other:

Dhiwise vs. Retool: Every Aspect Compared and Contrasted

If you are unsure about picking the right low-code platform for your user-targeted needs, we would advise you to go through the next few sections very carefully:

Backend. Front-end, or Both

Let’s start with Retool. This low-code platform is more like a working extension of your app’s backend. Imagine trying to modify the backend table of your supply chain application only to ensure that the chaps within the organization can easily work around the user data. And this is what Retool lets you achieve via queries that connect directly to your SQL databases and are interactive with the tables and dropdowns along the way.

DhiWise, on the other hand, comes forth as a regular code-agnostic app-building resource that doesn’t restrict you to the backend. Instead, there are ample front-end utilities to work with, where you can totally dig into the Android, iOS, and Flutter app-building interfaces to build an app that agrees with your choices. In simple terms, DhiWise lets you build something hands-on for every platform insight.

Target Audience Galore

Retool makes a compelling case if you want to create something for the in-organization folks like engineers and developers. This kind of target audience means that Retool needs you to have some grasping of database resources like Excel, SQL, and MongoDB as the API integration support connects the interface to the database of choice. Also, if some non-technical individuals plan on using the Retool-driven tool, a dedicated user mode is easier to follow.

With DhiWise, the target audience or the relevant restrictions aren’t even important to consider as the app builders let you cater to the developers, business users, and developers alike. You can be any kind of startup, yet DhiWise and its six technology-powered stacks will help you design, develop, and deploy a highly scalable app that is way more than just an MVP and not a mere extension of the admin panel. 

And just so you know, DhiWise even lets you cover the intra-team bases with its React-powered admin panel that works as an extension to the Node.js backend app builder

Different Core Features

Retool offers drag-and-drop functionality. But don’t get all excited as the same is restricted to API integrations and database management. Simply put, the front-end functionality is restricted to the backend elements and doesn't cover the entire app in general. 

DhiWise comes equipped with several UI building resources, followed by the option to choose from a screen library, import Figma, Adobe, and Sketch files into the platform, and get hold of existing templates to define the entire flow of a new Android, iOS, or web app. And if you seem a tad concerned about the backend support to a UI-intensive app, DhiWise lets you integrate APIs—both manually or via the JSON file uploads—to help you set up database-driven queries. 

In simple terms, with DhiWise, you can set up API calls declaratively, courtesy of the GUI-powered layout. This feature means that you need not assign APIs manually, without the code-based dependencies.

Use-Cases in Plenty

If you do not want to delve into the technical aspects of platform-specific features, let us take a closer look at the use-cases for each. In the case of Retool, the app or rather the dashboard put together makes sense to the market teams, admin panels of specific pre-existing apps, and customer support consortiums.

DhiWise, on the other hand, comes forth with apps relevant to the SaaS builders, B2C indulgences, and even Business-to-Business requirements. Starting from a standard healthcare app to apps handling processing automation, CRUD APIs, admin panels, music apps, to anything else is taken care of by DhiWise.