The Future of Coding: Low Code/No Code
For years various applications from small-size to large-scale systems have been created with the use of different programming languages: Java, C# .Net, C/C++, Python, PHP, etc. Which one to choose for app development highly depends on the needs and requirements of a particular business. We have already created a set of blog posts where we compared different programming languages against each other. However, this time we would like to pay attention to the programming with low coding and even no coding. What is it all about? How is it possible and what to get in the result?
Low-code is a way to develop an application through graphical user interfaces simply Lego like. Using drag and drop functionality one can create a full functional application pretty fast. All services like database, SOAP and ReST APIs, security and other external services are already integrated into the application.
The usage of low-code technology is rapidly increasing, many huge companies like Google, Microsoft, Oracle, SalesForce have already launched their low-code platforms: Microsoft PowerApps, Google App Maker, Salesforce Lightning, etc.
Top Low-Code Development platforms can be reviewed here.
SCAND team is keeping pace with this trend and has created a low-code tool called Flowrigami, an open-source BPM tool, designed to edit and visualize diverse workflows and configure them using graphic components.
The main benefit of all low-code platforms is to speed up the entire app development process from requirements gathering stage to release.
- Little hand-coding required for minor changes;
- All external services are built-in;
- All project artifacts (configuration files, front/back-end code) are automatically generated;
- Continuous deployment and integration process is done within 1-click;
- Further maintenance and scalability is automated;
- Any additional feature can be added with a simple action.
Thus said, low-coding approach is a fast and easy way to create a website, application, module or feature with no technical background or specific skills required.
No-code development is even much better as it requires no coding at all. It also allows building software through graphical user interfaces however there are some differences between no-code and low-code.
To sum up, no-code platforms are not significantly different from low-code platforms. They are just a specialized version of the low-code platforms.
Some samples of No-Code platforms are here.
Low-Code vs. No-Code: When to Use What
The main advantages that low-code and no-code platforms provide for businesses are: simplicity, speed, and agility. They are simple to use due to drag-and-drop features and there is no need to know a programming language. They speed up the time for app creation eliminating the involvement of the IT resources. And low-code/no code platforms are agile and flexible, meaning easy to customize and further adjustment.
Literally, any marketing manager, sales rep, HR manager, and in general any employee can develop their own applications quickly and easily and further adjust to their needs. For example, with the help of Wix, Tilda one can create a simple landing page or even a website. For business process management development one can choose Pega, Nintex or Appian. For mobile app development – AppyPie, Mendix, Zoho Creator, etc.
The flexibility of low-code and no-code technology allows to create everything from simple landing pages to complex, industry-specific solutions. Low-code platforms are better for building complex business apps whereas no-code can be used for simple application development with little customization.
Both no-code and low-code platforms can help businesses create new applications much faster and with less effort than through traditional custom software development. However, several factors should be taken into account when to use a no-code/low-code platform or custom software development. Among them: the size of the project, number of end users for the application, timeline for deployment, integration with 3d party applications or systems, and performance and security requirements.
If you still have doubts which direction to choose, please contact SCAND to discuss your request.