Industry Highlight: September 2022

Low Code and No Code Development Platforms

By Becky Anzalone

Have you heard of this type of coding? Even if you haven’t, you’ve probably used at least one version throughout your career if you're involved in programming or business administration. Their names give a pretty good description! This software takes out the tedious task of writing code line by line and uses a visual more user-friendly interface. This opens the development world to more users with little or no experience and is becoming more popular as demand grows.

One reason these types of programming are becoming more popular is the lack of skilled software developers available for hire. Businesses have to turn to more cost-effective ways to create their apps, one doing it yourself! Another reason is simply time. These programs usually have a faster turnaround time, even for experienced developers because of their visual displays. Both low code and no code platforms are different visually, but still very similar.

Low code platforms are mostly used by professional developers to quickly put together an app for use with minimal coding (hence low code). These apps are usually for new integrations or digital transformations within the organization. As previously stated, low code platforms are helpful in speeding up turnaround time for creating applications. This can also be beneficial to free up time for developers to focus on more labor intense projects. Non-professional developers can use these platforms too if they have some coding background. You can see most of these scenarios when someone creates a website using a builder that is primarily visual but you may need to look at back-end code to troubleshoot or change a certain style.

Some of the most common Low Code platforms are:

• Microsoft PowerApps

• Google AppSheet

• Salesforce Lightning

• Wix Editor X

No code is simply drag-and-drop software and is mainly used by non-technical users. These can range from email software to website creation or app development. Think of the small business owner wanting to create an app for their business but doesn’t have a budget for using a professional developer. No code development can allow them to build and test their app independently. Some professionals consider no code a form of low code development simply because there is still some form of coding involved even if it doesn’t seem like it. An example is using the HEX color number to change colors in an email template (that’s coding!).

Some of the most common No Code platforms are:

• Microsoft PowerApps

• OutSystems

• Salesforce Lightning

• AWS Honeycode

• Shopify

• Stripe

The rise of these platforms is upon us and will push our businesses further into the technological age. If you don’t have experience using low code or no code platforms, now’s the time to start! Want to learn more? Our educational specialists are available to you via email or phone and can help you decide on which classes to take for your individual learning path. Email or call (614)798-9505 and ask for an educational specialist.