Low Code vs No Code- A Guide to a New Age of App Development

App Development Has Come a Long Way

Since their advent, smartphone apps have become intrinsically linked to our everyday lives. They have become part of our lifestyle, transport and even our healthcare. With millions of apps coming out on various platforms every year, the process of app development is much more democratized in 2021 than it ever has been.

Instead of spending hours perfecting every miniscule feature on an application, coders today can work on pre-set developing tools where many functions have already been coded and pre-made. These tools make it easier for laymen with little to no experience in coding to make simple apps that serve their purpose. This makes it so that the whole process of application engineering is brought to the fingertips of an individual to make use of.

Low-code and no-code software development are also sometimes termed citizens’ development owing to how the agile methodologies help enterprises deliver applications in an expedited manner.

A World Where Anyone Can Code

The democratization of app development brings along with it a number of beneficial factors for small businesses and start-ups who are constantly struggling to keep up with bigger corporates and conglomerates.

  • Bridge gaps in Skill Sets: Low-code development help enterprises to eliminate the skill gaps between the existing IT staff who code and non-developers who might have valuable inputs to build applications across the board easily.
  • Reduce Time to Market by Speeding up Development: Application development for custom app or mobile apps is a very long and repetitive process that can drag the development cycle for months, if not years. Internal staff can identify business requirements as the application is being developed to reach the desired customers in very little time.
  • Cut back on Costs and Training: Companies do not require to hire external application development teams as the tools are designed for existing internal teams. The tools are designed so that existing teams can easily work on the same while saving money on both resources and additional training costs.

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What Exactly Is the Difference Between Low Code and No Code?

No-code platforms are very simple in the way they work. They allow one to create basic functional applications through a visual-based drag-and-drop interface. There will not be any major upgrades from legacy systems; hence, teams use the app for particular needs within a specific scope. The biggest advantage with no-code is that they can be used by people with no prior coding knowledge and can be used to create prototypes by non-technical teams before sending it for development by the IT team.

A low-code development medium usually uses visual interfaces with simple drag-and-drop features instead of elaborate coding languages that make it intuitive to use for the general user with no formal knowledge. It is the half-way point between no code and fully-fledged coding. Low-code also has a visual-based interface but can also be used for scalable environments with flexibility in the cloud or on-premise deployments along with APIs for reusability.

Low-code allows for manual coding and scripting, which gives developers the best of both worlds. The platform empowers developers to build advanced apps with their code while using existing platform’s capabilities. A pre-existing set of tools help them bridge the gaps that otherwise would have required specialized skillsets or an extra team altogether.

A platform like no code/low code is ideal for small businessmen and service providers, reducing the cost and time to market. Low-code makes it easier to go digital. Making the internet and smart services easily accessible across the spectrum.

Is it No-Code or Low-Code?

The right route for any business when it comes to choosing between no-code and low-code is to look at the use cases and patterns of the enterprise across a period of time and seeing which development platform would be the most optimum for their unique business type.

A large number of apps and interlinks between them may lead to them being as integrated as websites on the internet itself. Tik Tok tops Google or Facebook the previous top contenders) as the most visited website on the internet. This is owing purely to the accessibility of the application and how it ties into a number of tropes, including acting, music, and short-form viral clips.

How will low-code apps affect the future?

The need of the hour is to identify players in the field of application development, which can skyrocket the efficiency of newer technologies in the pipeline such, as Web 3.0. With crypto/digital currency taking over the world by storm, transactions are being handled by e-wallets and QR-based payment services more and more. Autonomous healthcare, transport, & retail services are also slowly being integrated into an ecosystem conducive to faster and more efficient living. Applications are becoming integral to our lives these days, more than ever, and the emergence of more no-code and low-code app developers will only stimulate this very process in the long run.

Author: Adhithya S
Based in Bangalore, Adhithya Shankar is a B.A Journalism Honors graduate from Christ (deemed to be University). He is aspiring to complete his higher studies in Mass Communication and Media, alongside pursuing a career in music and entertainment.