Low Code Development Platform – A Launchpad to Build Apps Easily

Manish Nepal

October 17th, 2017 low code  

What is Low Code Application Development?

Platforms that enable rapid delivery of business applications with a minimum of hand-coding and minimal upfront investment in setup, training, and deployment. – Forrester

Low code technology offers easy-to-use interfaces and incredible flexibility to build applications faster, even for people with very limited knowledge in coding. Forrester dubs the new group of neo-coders “citizen developers”—non-IT business users who have all the reasons to build their own apps but don’t have the technical knowledge required.

What’s the Hype Around Low Code?

Until recently, only tech elites could understand software development. Developers had to write thousands of lines of codes which often resulted in “spaghetti code,” a labyrinth of code that was very difficult to debug or maintain unless you had the knowledge and experience required.

But a more inclusive change occurred in the early 2000s when low code platforms overtook long hours of manual coding. Low code platforms lowered the ceiling for coding requirement for non-IT developers to create, customize, and control the entire cycle of application development with little to no dependency on IT services.

Low code technology has consumerized IT skills among non-technical teams and allowed them to reap the benefits of rapid application development (RAD). This is a process by with which business can build multiple applications at great speed.

The Rewards of Building Low Code Apps

Developing applications on low code platforms reduces application building time, reduces complexities involved in the process, and enhances team collaboration.

Reduce application building time

A low code platform gets you the results you need faster than having to go to an IT department and building the application from scratch.

Bring down the complexity

Building an app from scratch doesn’t have to be a massive task

Enhance team collaboration

Align your IT and business team and encourage team to work together

Less oversight burden on IT

IT can play an enabling role rather than building everything from scratch

Lower Risks

Make multiple iterations without bad consequences and maintain security

Increased ROI

Build enterprise-grade applications at nominal costs with low code platforms

How Easy is it to Use Low Code Platforms?

Low code development platforms give citizen developers simple layout to build applications. They present a “What You See Is What You Get” (WYSIWYG) interface that speaks to them in a language they can understand.

One of the most common themes among low code platform vendors is the use of a drag-and-drop design interface. This technology makes most complex problems in app development intuitive and simple.

Many low code development platforms also give the option to write custom codes in case the platform doesn’t offer a feature or functionality that users want in their application.

The Right Mix in a Low Code Platform

All low code development platforms are not equal. Many seem promising, but don’t have everything customers expect.

Here are a few pointers to identify good low code platforms:

Easy Visual Configuration

UI/UX is king when it comes to low code platforms. If it isn’t intuitive from the first screen, it isn’t worth your time.

Ready Integration Options

Low code platforms should easily integrate with major software, especially for process management.

Mobile Compatibility

While app development is still best done on a larger screen, apps should run well on any device.

Scalability

The strength of a low code platform is measured on how it can keep up with demand without faltering.

Full Lifecycle Support

Market leaders offer support that spans apps design, deployment, maintenance, and future configurations.

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