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Should Developers Embrace Low-Code and No-Code Technology?

Should Developers Embrace Low-Code and No-Code Technology?

Marcin Zajkowski

29 Jun 2021 • 5 min read

Are there any good reasons to embrace low-code and no-code development?

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This blog was originally published on our previous Cogworks blog page. The Cogworks Blog is in the process of evolving into Innerworks, our new community-driven tech blog. With Innerworks, we aim to provide a space for collaboration, knowledge-sharing, and connection within the wider tech community. Watch this space for Innerworks updates, but don't worry - you'll still be able to access content from the original Cogworks Blog if you want. 

The rise of the no-code and low-code movement.

Companies need to educate more developers to keep up with the demands of digital transformation efforts across a global scale. Many turn themselves into coders using online resources, three-to-six-month coding boot camps and other home study tools, but we still need more devs.

So, it's easy to see why businesses are attracted to no-code, low-code platforms. Zdnet.com has reported that widespread remote working in 2020 has accelerated interest in the low and no-code movement. A survey goes on to say that investment in low and no-code technology has nearly tripled since COVID began...and that's not surprising considering KMPG has found that 100% of enterprises who use low and no-code have seen Return Of Investment (ROI)!

There seems to be a growth of interest in the low-code and no-code concept from business professionals and citizen developers thanks to the speedy evolution of digital trends and the need for more developers. 

 

Low-code and no-code are nothing new.

Yep, that's right; the platforms are nothing new. There are hundreds of tools already out there to help non-technical people build apps with no code and manage their business solutions without needing development skills. "Low-code/no-code" is often written as one big internet buzzword, but they are two different things.



What is low code? 

Low-code platforms intentionally make it easy for people to design, build and launch various applications quickly (without worrying about the nuances of underlying operating systems or scalability requirements). 

LCDP (Low Code Development Platforms) exist on extended cloud-based Platform-as-a-service environments; they use visual programming interfaces so users can create on-brand solutions quicker than could be achieved with traditional software development. 

 

What are no-code development platforms?

Website builders such as WIX and Leadpages can be described as no-code tools as they allow publishing fully functional websites to set up various integrations and automations without any technical skills. Salesforce Lightning and the Salesforce App Cloud Platform will instantly enable you to build and deploy mobile applications!

No-code platforms aren't just for creating entire websites or mobile applications. SaaS platforms and providers offer intuitive solutions that follow the LCDP concept, like App connectors such as Zapier, IFTTT and Pipedream. These are all extremely helpful when teams must communicate between two or more tools.  

Old-timer Microsoft has also worked with LCDP platforms for a long time. You might have heard about Microsoft Flow, Power Apps or Logic Apps. These tools seamlessly integrate, enabling us to construct unique workflows for various use cases.
Though all the above no-code tools produce different outcomes, they are all designed to edge companies closer to their business goals with no technical knowledge required. 

 

Should developers embrace low-code and no-code solutions?

It doesn't have to be no-code VS developers. Suppose you need a mobile app, internal PoC, MVP or a business-critical solution distributed across various platforms and tools. Now is a great time to get started with low-code and no-code solutions at your organisation. 

Reasons to love low and no-code solutions: 

LCDPs are quick and easy to integrate with 3rd party systems. PowerApps has more than 450 connectors available, and you can build your own for any app in your ecosystem. It gives you almost limitless possibilities to combine everything you need to deliver business value.

They're perfect for distributed environments. Most businesses already have a set of well-established tools and platforms. LCDP enables you to continue working with your favourite known tools and connect them with others.

Fast development and delivery! Developers don't need to reinvent the wheel and always build everything from scratch. Vendors and platforms are responsible for most of the critical issues and problems with connectors. Plus, big businesses are already running critical systems on top of that, so topics and issues are rare. Help from Vendors lets Developers maintain the focus on processes and solutions rather than technical issues.

They're Proof of Concept (PoC) and MVP machines. Marketing teams, company teams and even CEOs can dive into the platform and build an app with a few clicks to prove a business process or explain the big picture. Of course, there is speculation that they will start reducing the need for developers and code, but it's not a severe cause for concern (head to the Tweet at the start of this post).

It's not all about coding. I think I can speak for many developers when I say we'd love to spend more time solving clients' problems rather than fighting with our IDEs, tools, frameworks, platform issues and bugs we can create ourselves. 

Low-code and no-code solutions create space for developers to take advantage of a more problem-solving role, with the opportunity to focus on things like architecture design or solving real-world business challenges. 

Out-of-the-box administration, analytics and monitoring. For example, PowerBI introduces savings in time and budgets and lets teams focus on the actual value served by the solution.

Vendors are placing a more significant emphasis on the safety of their products! Long years of cloud computing adoption and networking challenges solved and delivered with Azure and other providers are helping low-code services and distributed architectures daily. It makes them more secure than ever and again and lets developers focus on value rather than issues we might introduce.

What do you think; will you be using no-code? 

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