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What is low code, no code app development?

Russ Cashman

When it comes to software development, you may have heard of low-code and no-code app development. They are approaches that are becoming increasingly popular when creating software applications as these methods require little or no traditional programming.

The main differences between low-code and no-code

Low-code development platforms require some basic coding skills but provide a visual drag-and-drop interface for designing and building software applications. These platforms typically use pre-built templates and modules, which allow developers to create custom cloud solutions without having to write extensive amounts of code. Low-code development can be used to create a wide range of applications, including web and mobile apps, business process management systems, and more.

Whereas, no-code development takes this approach a step further by eliminating the need for developers to write any code at all. Instead, no-code platforms use natural language processing and other AI-based technologies to help users create cloud applications by simply providing instructions in plain English. No-code platforms are often used to create simple business applications, such as process automation, forms, and surveys.

Why businesses should consider using these methods

Both low-code and no-code development have several benefits. For example, they can significantly reduce the time and resources required to build a software application, making them an attractive option for small businesses and startups. They also allow non-technical users to create their own applications, enabling organisations to empower citizen developers who can build solutions tailored to the specific needs of their teams or departments.

Additionally, low-code and no-code development can also help organisations to be more agile in responding to changing business needs. The ability to quickly build and modify applications allows companies to iterate quickly, testing and refining their solutions as they go, instead of waiting for a traditional development process to finish and can require less ongoing maintenance compared to a bespoke application.

However, it’s worth noting that low-code and no-code development have some limitations. They can be less powerful than traditional programming languages and may not be suitable for creating complex or highly customised cloud applications. Additionally, some organisations may find the lack of control over the underlying code frustrating and may miss the flexibility provided by a traditional development approach.

Depending on the need of the business or the purpose of the cloud application, it may be the case that companies initially start with a low-code or no-code approach to quickly prototype an idea or concept, so it can be tested, evaluated and tweaked. Once the prototype reaches maturity, it can be then given to software developers for a more personalised approach.

"Personally, I find low code, no code development an exciting trend in the tech industry. The democratisation of technology is one of the most powerful things we can do to empower individuals and businesses. It allows anyone, regardless of their background, to create something meaningful and impactful. And the best part is, it’s not just limited to tech companies or startups; any business can take advantage of this to improve their operations and stay competitive.” Russ Cashman, Cloud Solutions Director, Zoosh Digital. 

In conclusion, low-code and no-code app development are powerful tools that can help organisations to create custom software solutions quickly and easily, without the need for extensive coding. They are particularly useful for creating simple business applications, however, it’s also important to keep in mind the limitations when compared with traditional approaches and decide which approach is best suited to your particular needs.

To learn more about cloud application development and which approach may work best for your business requirements, get in touch with the Zoosh team today. We can provide you with the benefits and expertise of both design and innovative cloud-native product experts.