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Low-Code vs No-Code and Traditional Code: what are the differences?

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Low-Code vs No-Code vs Traditional Coding: what are the differences?

Agile Digital Makers

August, 21st 2020

Are you about to develop an application and don’t know if you should use low-code, no-code or traditional coding? We give you here an overview of the differences between these development methods to help you make the right choice and meet your goals…

What are the differences between low-code and no-code?

In recent years, more and more companies have been seduced by the low-code / no-code movement. Despite the popularity of these development platforms, many continue to confuse them. However, there are big differences between low-code and no-code …

 

Low-code and no-code platforms were created to help you cope with digital transformation challenges

Low-code vs no-code: similar but different

Low-code and no-code platforms were created to help you cope with digital transformation challenges and to give an appropriate answer to the growing demand for new applications development.

These paltforms are user friendly easy to use and allow teams from any other department beside IT, to develop applications and thus reduce your development team workload. How? Thanks to a visual interface, using drag-and-drop features that allows you to build an application without any coding experience.

At first glance, low-code and no-code platforms are very similar. However, they do not answer the same needs and are not intented to be used by the same persons.

“Low-code and no-code platforms were created to help you cope with digital transformation challenges and the growing demand for new applications development. “

Low-Code vs No-Code: the main differences

While low-code and no-code plateforms are meant to help you develop applications faster, they are designed to accomodate different needs.

Different users

Different users for different purposes

One of the main differences between these two types of development platforms is the operating users’ profile. Unlike no-code, low-code requires minimal coding knowledge. This means that the person in charge of creating an application in your company, will need to have some kind of technical knowledge. The goal of a low-code platform is to enable a fast application developement process.

This is not the case with no-code platforms which, as the name suggests, allows you to create an application without writing a single line of code. It can therefore be used by everyone in your company. The no-code platforms’ goal is to easily develop an application.

 Different modes of operation

Low-code and no-code platforms are structurally different and operate in specific ways. This obviously has an impact on the application created. Low-code platforms like Mendix are connected to a backend system or Application Programming Interface (API), which is not the case with no-code platforms. Concretely, it means that with low-code, you have endless possibilities to customize your application. While with no-code you have access to customizable pre-built templates, which gives you less freedom.

Different platforms for different applications

Low-code platforms like Mendix are used to build complex, so-called “next-generation” applications that are flexible and adaptable to the evolving needs of your business.

No-code platforms are made for developing simple applications that need to be deployed quickly.

What is the difference between low-code, no-code and traditional coding?

Developing an application using traditional coding technology, requires the intervention of front-end and back-end developers. Therefore, the development time is increased and consequently, the budget needed is higher. That being said, by using traditional code, you can build very complex and fully customizable applications that are a perfect fit for your business.

However, due to its technical complexity, this type of development is more likely to create a higher number of bugs reported. In addition, the maintenace of such applications is much more complicated and takes much longer to be perfromed.

No-code platforms are made for developing simple applications that need to be deployed quickly.

Why choose low-code to develop your application?

Low-code is the best fit for small and large companies who want to develop complex applications. A low-code platform like Mendix has several advantages over no-code and traditional coding:

  • it makes it possible to create complex applications quickly and cost effectively;
  • it only requires a basic knowledge of traditional coding;
  • applications developed on low-code platforms, have fewer bugs than those developed using traditional code;
  • it is easier to update and fix bugs of a low-code application, and therefore to increase the appliaction’s security;
  • low-code reduces shadow IT in your organization;

By choosing a platform like Mendix, you take advantge of all opportunities that low-code is offering for the development of your applications.

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        7 reasons to adopt low-code and accelerate digital transformation

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        7 reasons to adopt low-code and accelerate digital transformation

        Agile Digital Makers

        July, 22nd 2020

        Developing an application quickly while reducing the amount of hand coding to minimum is now a reality, thanks to the Mendix low-coding platform! In just a few years, this user friendly platform has established itself as a leader in providing a solution to the developer drought. Today, we give you 7 good reasons to adopt low-code technology in order to accelerate your business’ digital transformation…

        1. Low-code: the solution to developer shortage

        Over the last few years, the demand for application development has significantly increased . Due to this strong growth and the lack of developers, IT departments of companies have found themselves overwhelmed. The wait time for these projects is getting longer and longer.

        To overcome the lack of qualified developers, low-code provide the ideal solution. Easy to use, the Mendix platform requires a small amount of coding and allows citizen developers (employees from any other department beside IT), to develop a web or mobile application using a graphic interface.

        How it works? It’s simple: the low-code platform offers a visual interface with, among other things, pre-built templates and features that can be added using “drag and drop”.

        Cope with the lack of qualified developers.

        2. Low-code increases productivity

        By allowing citizen developers to take an active part in an application development, low-code promotes the agile methodology implementation within your company. With Mendix, the leading low-code paltform, different collaborators can add their feedback directly to the platform and adapt the development to the applications’ end-users requests. The “citizen developers” free up qualified developers. Low-code increases developers productivity as they spend less time on the same development project and can thus be dedicated to other missions.

        “Low-code platforms offer great flexibility and allow you to easily adapt your applications to your evolving business needs.”

        3. Low-code development enables continuous innovation

        Combining low-code with agile methodology,   gets your IT, business or even marketing departments to work together and simultaneously on the same application. Each employee can therefore actively participate and provide relevant input at each stage of your project’s development. Communication between your different departments is definitely  improved and this way, you can promote innovation and creativity within your company.

        Encourage Continuous Innovation

        4. Low-code promotes a collaborative application development process

        Low-code platforms, enable smooth et effective communication between IT departments and “citizen developers”. Thanks to an intuitive graphical interface, low-code platforms ease the collaboration between the different teams involved in the application development process. More specifically, the Mendix platform also integrates DevOps tools to allow different people to work simultaneously on the same project while keeping their work synchronized.

        5. Low-code applications evolve at the pace of your digital transformation

        Low-code platforms offer great flexibility and allow you to easily adapt your applications to your evolving business needs. They offer a much easier way to identify and fix bugs arising from existing application modifications. Those platforms enable ongoing and efficient collaboration between IT and business departements, and therefore lower the risks of “shadow IT”. Low-code development provides you better governance and risk management.

        6. Improving user experience through multiexperience development

        Over the last few years, multi-experience development has become more and more popular. Multiexperience refers to a variety of senses (voice, touch…), devices (web, mobile, wearable…) and applications that users get to use on different support. This kind of development ensure optimal user experience regardless of devices’ type, and without developing a new application for each support. Gartner even considers it as one of the 5 major trends of the year 2020.

        With low-code, it is possible to easily develop several interaction channels, such as a chatbot or a mobile application, perfectly adjusted to  each device and without re-creating the application for each support. For exemple, the Mendix low-code platform allows you to deploy the same application on different channels. You can effortlessly use the same  application on several channels  while ensuring  a consistent user experience. 

        7. Low-code is becoming essential for application development

        More and more compagnies have already adopted some kind of low code platforms to easily speed up application development in a cost efficient way. According to Gartner’s forecasts, by 2024, more than 64% of applications will be developed using low-code technoilogy. It has already become a new trend in the tech world. Don’t let your competition get ahead and go low-code now!

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