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Doc APProvED: Be the Next Jack Dorsey

Mohseni, Alex MD

doi: 10.1097/01.EEM.0000475577.92190.0a
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Dr. Mohseniis an emergency physician in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area and the chief innovation officer of Emergency Medicine Associates. He is the editor of his own blog, http://CreativeHealthLabs.com. Follow him @amohseni, and read his past columns athttp://bit.ly/MohseniDocAPProvED.

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It's no secret I love tools that help nonprogrammers become creators. Emergency physicians are among the most entrepreneurial of all physicians, and many dream of building their own apps or websites. The tools for nonprogrammers keep improving, and my new favorite is www.bubble.is.

Unlike appery.io, which requires some JavaScript and has a relatively steeper learning curve, Bubble has taken web app development to the next level of simplicity. (Read Dr. Mohseni's column on appery.io at http://bit.ly/1OutXBW.) The key feature that makes both great platforms is that they have integrated backend services, like databases and user management, into the system. Bubble, though, makes implementing databases, user management, and a login system ridiculously easy and quick. Usually, it only takes two minutes to implement.

Integrated databases are important because websites come in two general forms: static and dynamic. Static websites show the same content to everybody; dynamic ones show different content to different users in different situations. (Facebook shows you your posts and shows other people their posts.) Most valuable websites are built on top of a database structure that allows users to add, query, and edit data. Many dynamic websites use PHP and MySQL to communicate with and manage dynamic data, but implementing these is beyond the scope of most EPs.

Bubble allows you to build a dynamic website that performs relatively complicated tasks. Some users are already building solutions that mimic Airbnb and Twitter, and now, you can, too.

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