Build An Application In Minutes
Low-code platform is now becoming more universally adopted. According to 2020 Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Low-Code Application Platforms, Gartner predicted “By 2024, low-code application development will be responsible for more than 65% of application development activity” and “75% of large enterprises will be using at least 4 low-code development tools for both IT application development and citizen development initiatives by 2024″
Future Of Application Development
What is Low-Code?
The term ” low-code” was coined by Forrester in 2014 to classify development platforms that focused on development simplicity and ease of use. Low-code is an agile software development approach that enables you to deliver business applications, software, and core systems with minimal hand-coding, setup, and training.
What Low-Code Does
Designing an app with a low-code platform involves all of the same planning and thought processes as developing by hand. When it’s time to start modeling, though, things get different, fast! Here is what a low-code platform should enable you to do (at a minimum).
Create Applications Using Visual Models
When creating an application in a low-code platform, the developer works in a graphical interface to visually model the application by dragging and dropping front-end UI components, business logic and functions, workflow and processes, and database tables and schemas. The same drag-and-drop approach applies regardless of the layer of the application you are building and regardless of the target platform and device.
Worry-Free Application Deployment
Once the application is visually modeled, at the click of a button, the low-code platform uses intelligent automation to generate the application based on the provided model and then handles the deployment of applications to the selected environments. All application changes (to data models, logic, business processes, and screens) are taken care of by the platform, including making all the necessary updates and understanding dependencies between applications.
End-To-End App Management
After deployment, a well-designed low-code platform will also manage the application throughout its lifetime. This includes providing detailed application performance management with actionable alerts and historical performance trending.
The Truth About
In case you have any preconceived notions about low-code, it’s time to dispel them. You might have heard that it will replace human coders, that it’s programming lite, and that it’s picture-based programming. Here’s the real scoop.
Low-Code Was Designed for Human Coders
Low-code development enhances skills developers already have. Their business logic, expertise, and knowledge of their industry all work together with low-code development to make developers faster than ever before.
Enterprise Development Is Included
In years past, low-code was synonymous with mobile and web app development. Today, industry analysts like Gartner and Forrester recognize leaders in low-code as offering an enterprise-class development platform that meets up to 80 percent of enterprise development needs. As new functionality and features such as AI- assisted development add to low-code’s feature-set, look for that number to move closer to 100 percent.
The Visual Models Are Composed of Real Code and Logic
As much as the modules in the visual editor are represented as images, Yes, there are pictures involved. But those images are self-contained modules of code and logic. Rather than typing (and retyping) the same code over and over, just drag and drop. Visual-based development yields the same results, but more intuitively and faster, without typos!