What is low-code application development?

Low-code is an application development platform that enables users to build custom solutions through a visual development environment. It comes with intuitive user interface, ready-to-use code snippets and guided scripting, to make app development effortless and quicker. It supports professional developers by reducing the amount of traditional hand coding and abstracting laborious plumbing and infrastructure tasks.

What is low-code application development?What is low-code application development?

Because low-code platforms focus on giving developers the ability to build apps more quickly while minimizing the need to hand-code, traditional development backlogs become less about features and tasks and more about applications – improving both the productivity and morale of the developers as well as the customer-centricity of the apps themselves.

Jason BloombergPresident, Intellyx

How developers can benefit from low-code

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Faster development cycle

Organizations today need to swiftly deliver quality solutions to gain a competitive advantage. While traditional software development has its benefits, its complex architecture and need for developers of the right skill set can impact the overall speed and quality of the software. This is why developers are embracing low-code platforms as they provide a combination of visual tools and traditional coding environments with features like ready-to-use code snippets, prebuilt integrations, and serverless backend thereby accelerating the development process.

Faster development cycle
Simplifying application
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Simplifying application deployment

Traditional app deployment involves rigorous, time-intensive testing. Every line of code has to be run through multiple preproduction test environments, and then in their assigned configuration. On the other hand, low-code platforms are typically unit tested because of their drag-and-drop functionalities. Since the development environment resides in a cloud ecosystem, it automatically covers the production environment that hosts the application, thus making for simpler testing and quicker deployment.

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Leveraging code reusability

Code reuse is a common practice among developers to cut development costs. But the need for extensive documentation to facilitate reuse, possible licensing concerns, and balancing standardization to ensure adaptability across applications are major challenges faced in conventional development. As low-code is a component-based platform and device agnostic, developers can easily reuse modules by loading prebuilt functions and previously written code in a couple clicks—enabling developers to focus on other aspects of the application and roll them out faster.

Leveraging code reusability
Cross-platform compatibility
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Cross-platform compatibility

Remote work means applications need to be available across multiple devices. Although imperative coding methodologies allow cross-platform development with specific tools, it still requires coding for functional and visual capabilities. With low-code, web and mobile applications are automatically generated from a single codebase, thereby reducing time, labor, and cost.

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Reducing maintenance costs

Software maintenance comprises a major chunk of an app's total cost of ownership. Whether it means a change in the technical requirements of hardware months after release, or adding new features due to customer demand, the need to maintain a system without spending a considerable amount of money and effort is crucial. Low-code platforms make system maintenance easier by providing automatic upgrades on a daily basis, pushing app updates live with a single click, and enabling hassle-free adoption of future technologies, as the platform supports a "build once, run anywhere" model.

Reducing maintenance costs

Customer spotlight

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