An easy-to-digest overview from Prowess Consulting.

Hey Prowess, what Is low-code/no-code?
Imagine that you want to customize an app to fill a gap or address a specific need, but you don’t know how to code. Low-code/no-code development platforms are a solution to that problem. They allow users to build or customize apps without requiring coding knowledge or experience. Some companies find this approach preferable to hiring a whole dev team to meet a need that they can address themselves.

How do low-code/no-code platforms work?
By using a graphical user interface (GUI), users can drag and drop pre-coded elements to create the app or customization that they want.

What’s the difference between low-code and no-code?
The line separating low-code from no-code development is a bit blurry, but essentially, it’s based on the level of coding users will do during development. And yes, some situations truly require no code whatsoever.

What are some examples of low-code/no-code platforms?
Here are some examples of low-code/no-code platforms:

  • For big data analysis in business, you can use Obviously.
  • For workflow automation, an option is Quickbase.
  • For administration duties, you can try Retool.

For a much wider range of app development, there’s Microsoft Power Apps. And that’s just a few examples—there are hundreds more to choose from.

What are the benefits of low-code/no-node?
The ease of use with low-code/no-code platforms is unbeatable. Most people who have a basic understanding of modern technology can follow the user interface (UI) to create or customize the app to meet their needs. These platforms require less time to deploy, and they leave less room for simple coding errors.

Are there any downsides to low-code/no-code?
Of course, there can be some downsides. One example is that when using pre-designed elements, some limitations exist to the customization available. For something complex and unique, it may be better to use a dev team. In addition, you’ll want to know your security requirements before choosing a platform.

Where can I learn more?
Here are some places you can learn more.
TechTarget: “Low-code and no-code development platforms”
ZDNet: “What is low-code and no-code? A guide to development platforms”
Mendix: “Low-code guide”
VentureBeat: “No-code/low-code: Why you should be paying attention”

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