People frequently lump low code development and no code development platforms together. In fact, there is a big difference (that is very important to understand) between low code and no code development platforms.
Low Code vs. No Code
No code app builders primarily serve line-of-business people (citizen developers) who, with some rare exceptions, cannot code and do not want to code. No code products can play an extremely valuable role in helping a company leverage the talent and domain knowledge of line-of-business employees.
It is important to understand however that no code platforms are NOT a good fit for professional developers. Invariably, professional developers want to increase productivity, but need to retain the ability to add code for unique and specialized situations that frequently arise in building real world applications.
Conversely, low code platforms realistically, are only appropriate for professional developers - one of the key low code vs. no code traits. (Because low code platforms require some coding, the vast majority of line-of-business people will not be able to accomplish anything meaningful with low code platforms.)
Professional developers are increasingly turning to low code platforms to respond to the pressure they are under to get more done in less time. They are looking for low code platforms that minimize coding in order to maximize their productivity but they also need to be comfortable in that if and when they do need to code, (to solve a particular requirement not anticipated by the low code platform) then the low code product will not "get in the way" and hamper their ability to write client or server side code.
Based on these definitions, it is reasonable for an organization to choose a no code AND a low code standard if the company wants to take full advantage of its human capital in order to speed up digital transformation and to remain highly competitive in today's demanding business world. The low code vs. no code distinction - centered on the fact that the former is used by technical users whereas the latter is used by business users - is crucial as it allows an organization to empower both groups with these two distinct types of platforms.
The other benefit of adopting a platform for professional developers and another platform for citizen developers (line of business people) is that by allowing more of the needs that line-of-business people have to be met by themselves, it reduces those instances when the "lost in translation" problem surfaces. The "lost in translation" problem occurs when professional developers sit down with line-of-business people to understand what is needed, they then go off and build what they think the business wants, only to find out that there has been some miscommunication and that what they thought was needed, was in fact not what was needed!
Benefits - Low Code vs. No Code
Both low-code platforms have amazing benefits and no-code application development has enormous merits, the most significant one being that they allow the creation of apps with little to no coding. With pre-built templates, users can quickly create different types of apps that meet different purposes without having to start from scratch. Most importantly, enterprises of all sizes can leverage these app builders to build tailored apps that meet their unique needs, with ease and launch them into production with a single click.
As they help build apps without the need of a developer, these platforms naturally offer cost savings. Plus with the ability to build an app within days or even minutes, low code and no code software significantly cut app development time. In a nutshell, their advantages include flexibility, speed, adaptability, minimized resources, and cost efficiencies.
An important Point about Standards
As an evaluator of different development options, it is critical to determine if the low code platform you're evaluating, allows code to be introduced at any point (to avoid the 'walled garden' trap,) and if that code is based on standards or not? The standards issue is very important because it has significant ramp-up and training implications for your app development team.
Alpha Software has been working in this area for many years: We have developed an innovative low code approach in Alpha Anywhere called "coding-optional" that delivers high productivity to developers while providing them with high confidence that they won't "hit the wall," because of the ability to code using standards based languages wherever and whenever is necessary.
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