Frequently asked questions
What is low-code development?
Low-code development is a method of creating software applications with less coding than traditional code-first development. Low-code platforms use visual tools, drag-and-drop functionality, and automation to create apps. Low-code development is typically faster and easier than traditional development, and people with basic coding experience—not just professional developers—can use low-code tools to create apps.
What is an example of low-code development?
Examples of low-code development include apps that are designed for customers, specific lines of business, or automation and efficiency. Customer experience apps allow customers to take simple actions, like tracking a purchase or accessing event information. Line-of-business apps might replace outdated apps that no longer support current processes or lack a good user experience; examples include apps that help manage expenses, budgeting, onboarding, and IT tickets. Repetitive business processes, like entering customer data into a tool, can be automated or made more efficient using low-code workflows. Low-code API integration can also be used to combine two or more platforms or systems into one, which is a convenient way to connect data sets for advanced forecasting, planning, and insight-gathering.
What are the main benefits of low-code platforms?
The main benefits of low-code platforms include speed and cost savings. Low-code platforms can be used to quickly design and build apps, workflows, or processes with simple functionality. They’re a great way to get through development backlogs faster and empower business users with basic coding experience to create apps that serve their needs. Low-code platforms can also be used by professional developers to speed up development timelines, which reduces development costs overall.
Will low-code development replace coding?
No, low-code development will not replace traditional coding. Both professional developers and business users with some coding experience can use low-code platforms to build simple apps, workflows, and processes. In some cases a combination of low-code and code-first development will do the job and some complex or fully customized projects are best served with traditional coding. Professional developers can consider low-code platforms a time-saving tool but not a full replacement for their skills.
What is low-code API?
Application programming interfaces (APIs) are used to facilitate the exchange of data between two or more applications by defining how data should be delivered to or extracted from each. The main benefit of an API is that it can connect previously separated data sets, which makes it possible to develop seamless, complex systems. It can be challenging to create and maintain APIs that connect different business systems, in part because developers with the technical ability to build APIs may not fully understand the current and future business needs behind the request. Low-code API integration makes it possible for the business users themselves to create APIs so nothing gets lost in communication with a professional developer. Low-code API integration tools can house many APIs at once, simplifying management, maintenance, and updates for less downtime and negative impact on users.
What’s the difference between no-code and low-code development?
Low-code and no-code development share some similarities, including their key purpose. Both were created as an alternative to traditional application development, and they both make it easier for your business to enable more people to build new apps.
There are some key differentiators, though. With low-code platforms, developers need at least a basic understanding of programming, while no-code platforms take a drag-and-drop approach and don’t require any coding knowledge. No-code development is ideal for building simpler apps, and its extensibility and customization capabilities can be limited. Low-code development, on the other hand, tends to allow developers to create more sophisticated apps.