A developer's primary job is to work seamlessly, rapidly and accurately to create software, apps, or websites that match business requirements. Unfortunately, there is a huge margin for error if you have to write lines and lines of complex code. Additionally, many basic tasks in the use of data-related software and other solutions, require extensive coding knowledge that many employees simply don't have. One solution to this is low-code software and development.
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What is Low-Code?
Low-code is a form of software, app, or web development with a drag-and-drop, graphical user interface. This enables users with little coding experience to create complex apps or use various types of business-related software which normally would require advanced understanding of a particular coding language. Low-code development relies heavily on model-driven logic, retaining the same logic as various coding languages. This means that it is an easy adjustment for those with any knowledge of other coding languages.
This also means that those with no coding experience may have difficulty with low-code development. This is in contrast to no-code, which virtually anyone can use.
Because low-code is much simpler than regular coding languages, you can write cleaner code and debug more easily. The time needed to create an app is considerably less as well.
How was Low-Code Developed?
The difficult process of hand-coding and then debugging code line by line to create applications has been a consistent problem for developers. It has always been one of the main goals to improve the speed and ease of app and web development, and also to make software requiring coding more accessible to the average employee. This created a need for a new type of coding, that would make it easier to share data, collaborate, and/or produce apps with greater speed.
Programming languages come in generations. Each generation tries to improve on the last. Low-code development programs (LCDP) are a fruit of fourth-generation creativity. LCDPs date back to 2011, although they were not officially named until 2014. The name low-code development applied to various different types of programs, and it could apply to programs that required both drag-and-drop based coding and hand coding. Increasingly, however, many such programs are lessening the amount of situations for which a user would need to hand-code very much.
Low-code development has become the preferred method for some developers, and it is likely to increase in the future as companies continue to modernize. Even Microsoft has developed PowerApps as its low-code app development platform, and Oracle also offers solutions in the low-code space. Using low-code, users can design many if not all of the same things that they can make with hand-coding.
Are Low-Code Platforms For You?
Now that you know what low-code is, should you use a low-code application to help your business and how much time will low-code really save you? Research seems to indicate it may be up to 10X faster than other methods for app development. Here are many other benefits for companies and developers that plan to transition to low-code:
- Decreased cost through less need for training and less employee time.
- Easier to use for programmers, engineers, and developers.
- Better internal collaboration because more people can use and understand low-code development.
- Built-in data governance.
- Easier management because many LCDPs bring together the functions of several typical programs used by professional developers.
- Less margin for error.
- Less costly build and maintenance of business applications- way less than the typical 10-20% of total app development cost.
Read more about the benefits of low-code platforms on the Xplenty blog.
How Can You Find the Best Low-Code Tool?
If you're sold on low-code development, the next logical question is, how can you find the best low-code platform for your work?
Every coding platform is different, and you probably have needs that are unique to your industry. However, there are some general functionalities you should look for in a low-code development platform.
- Versatile capabilities including functions for building both simple and highly complex applications.
- Adaptability for a rapidly changing tech world.
- Cloud infrastructure to provide greater data security and scalability.
- Excellent support to handle issues that may arise.
- Documentation so that inexperienced users can collaborate with more experienced developers.
- Easy and fast deployment process.
With these features, your low-code platform should serve well for a variety of needs.
Still deciding between low-code and no-code? Read our article.
A growing number of companies are headed in the direction of low-code development. Forrester Research indicates that the market for low-code platforms is experiencing and expected to continue experiencing a 40% annual growth rate. It seems to truly be the future, as well as the next logical step in the simplification of app development.
The benefits of low-code are encouraging new companies and new developers to come along and join the growing trend for a simpler, easier form of app development than has ever been seen before.
Additionally, companies are producing business and data solutions that do not require coding experience. As companies continue to modernize and evolve, they need solutions that can keep up with the rapidly-changing marketplace.
Xplenty works to help companies prepare for the future when it comes to big data and the other major trends that enterprises expect to continue into 2020 and beyond. We offer a cloud-based, code-free ETL (extract, transform and load) software that allows you to create simple data pipelines to your data warehouse or data lake. This will enable you to visualize your data and utilize the software with absolutely no coding experience. To learn more or to secure a demo, contact Xplenty today.