Lino is big

Lino is designed from its beginnings to become a world-wide standard solution for affordable and sustainably free application development. That’s indeed a big vision.

An encompassing framework

The Lino framework is encompassing because it fundamentally influences the way of collaboration between end users and developers, and because Lino applications are being used in both the public and the private sector. It covers:

  • back-end technologies (server, application, database)

  • front-end technologies (JavaScript, ExtJS, React)

  • documentation technologies (documentation for end users and developers are interconnected)

  • templating technologies for maintaining standard business documents

Lino is not only for writing applications, it is also a documentation framework. It provides tools and conventions that make the developer want to write documentation. And that documentation is an integral part of Lino.

Lino uses an innovative templating approach that encourages communication between end users and developers even for seemingly small details like a new bank account number or a layout change.

Both the documentation and the templates can be edited by either the site operator or the site maintainer.

Existing Lino applications

Lino also has a growing collection of actively maintained applications that can be used out of the box by a SaaS provider, or as a base for a new Lino application by a development provider.

There are two classes of applications in our collection, which differ by how their documentation and test suites are organized.

First of all we have the privileged applications:

  • Lino Noi is the application we use for managing our collaboration. It’s about tickets, projects and working time.

  • Lino Così a simple accounting application.

  • Lino Voga is about organizing courses, registering participants, invoicing, accounting

  • Lino Tera is about therapies, invoicing, accounting

  • Lino Avanti is used to manage immigrants during their integration

And then a series of stand-alone applications that are being used on some production site:

  • Lino Amici is a contacts manager for families.

  • Lino Welfare Châtelet and Lino Welfare Eupen are used in production by two Belgian Public Social Welfare Centres, they use a common plugin library Lino Welfare.

  • Lino Presto (group calendar, team management, monthly invoicing) was developed for a service provider in Eupen. Accounting data is being exported to a third-party application. Not yet used in production.

  • Lino Pronto is an application developed for a provider with delivery notes and with accounting. Not yet used in production.

  • Lino Mentori, Lino Shop and Lino Medico are applications developed by somebody else than the author.

See also List of known Lino applications.