What is low-code?
Low-code is a software development approach that enables the delivery of applications faster and with minimal hand-coding.
Low-code platforms are a collection of tools that enable the visual development of applications through modeling and a graphical interface. Low-code enables developers to skip hand-coding, speeding up the process of getting an application to production.
According to Gardner, low-code will be responsible for more than 65% of application development activity by 2024 and the pressure to deliver digital solutions to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic has only accelerated this adoption.
To comprehend the increasing popularity of this development approach, it’s important to understand the concept of low-code, the composition of low-code platforms, and what problems low-code solves.
Here’s what a typical low-code development platform looks like:
- A visual IDE (An environment for visually defining the UIs, workflows, and data models of your application and, where necessary, adding hand-written code)
- Connectors to various back-ends or services (Automatically handles data structures, storage, and retrieval)
- Application lifecycle manager (Automated tools for building, debugging, deploying, and maintaining the application in test, staging, and production)
What Problem Does Low-Code Solve?
The pressure on IT organizations to deliver innovative solutions keeps magnifying. However, only a small group of top-tier companies have the financial and human resources to meet the market demand for speed with traditional development.
Most companies are buried under enormous backlogs, struggling to hire sufficiently qualified staff, and they are continuously asked to do more with less. In addition, if there’s one thing the pandemic taught us it’s that the agility to adapt to new and unpredictable demands is crucial for business survival.
Because low-code dramatically reduces the complexity of software development, companies of any size that adopt this approach have the power to increase developer productivity and speed. It elevates the value of developers, enabling agile teams to draw on their understanding of how to create and maintain high-quality web and mobile applications while flexing their wings by trying new technology.
With low-code, a UI/UX designer can do front-end development and a back-end developer can try prototyping a consumer app.
What Is Low-Code Like to Work With?
Building software with low-code is the same as building software any other way.
Unless you’re writing everything from scratch in machine code—and, no, assembly language doesn’t count—then you’re already taking shortcuts built on the work of others. Building software with low-code is the same as building software any other way.
Let’s compare creating an application using a common web framework to creating it using low-code.
Traditional Application Development Process vs Low-Code Development Process
Most of the time spent hand-writing code in web and mobile apps is pretty much wheel spinning. Why should we tread the same path each time we start a new project if we don’t have to? Low-code lets us create applications visually using battle-tested fundamentals. Our focus becomes delivering something valuable to the world.