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Sheela1
Helper II
Helper II

Need help to choose between Canvas and Model driven app

Hi,

I have to create an app for long term care(In-Take form). The application is really long contains 4 pages. I am not sure which one to choose. Canvas app or Model driven app. Any help would be really great. Thanks in advance.

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janson
Advocate III
Advocate III

Hello @Sheela1,

 

There are many things you need to consider while deciding on Canvas App vs Model-driven app (do you need to connect to various data sources other than Dataverse - Canvas App, do you need a custom UI - Canvas App, do you want to use out-of-the-box search functionality like Advanced Find, Quick Find, Global Search - Model-driven App etc...). But, my personal experience has been that it boils down to primarily two things.

 

  1. Custom UI - do you need a custom UI or not (as the name says, Canvas App provides you a blank Canvas on which you can build your app)
  2. Learning curve - Canvas App typically has lesser learning curve than Model-driven App. You can quickly start with Canvas App and then learn more complex feature over time. Model-driven App needs a strong data model as it automatically generates the App based on your data model and other meta data.

Hope this helps!

LaurensM
Super User
Super User

Hi @Sheela1,

 

This will highly depend on the key user expectations, use case and licensing. Below I will provide some key concepts & features that could help you in your decision making process.

 

Model-driven apps

- No-code form and view building via drag & drop features
- Easily structurize & visualize form processes via Business Process Flows
- Fully responsive by default
- Should you need Canvas App functionality in certain parts, you can still opt for a Custom Pages

 

Keep in mind:

- Model-driven apps are always built on Dataverse (meaning premium licensing for all users)
- Certain complex scenario's might require JavaScript
- Less possibilities (UI wise) compared to Canvas Apps (Model-driven is a data-first approach)

 

Canvas Apps

- Create an app in a no code & low code fashion (drag & drop combined with Power Fx)
- Pixel-perfect design capabilities - design the app exactly how you want it to be
- Choice over premium licensing (depending on the connectors used, you may or may not need a premium license)

 

Keep in mind:

- Certain functionalities that are natively available in Model-driven apps will have to be built from scratch in Canvas Apps (Search, Filter, Gallery controls...)
- You will have to build additional logic in order to make the app fully responsive for all devices

 

I hope this helps!

Thank you so much for the detailed info @LaurensM  and @janson

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