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GRZEGORZ CYMBORSKIMarch 22, 2022

NO-CODE / LOW-CODE. What are they?

What are NO-CODE / LOW-CODE tools?

No-code platforms use wizards and corresponding software solutions to facilitate application development. Imagine that you create an application from ready-made blocks and functions, which you connect and edit together. And all by drag and drop interface.

As a rule, no code solutions do not require knowledge of any programming language.

**No code, enables teams to quickly create software - usually for internal use. **

Low-code platforms focus primarily on a modular approach to software development. Here we have blocks of code used to build an application, a website or a selected functionality. This significantly improves and speeds up the creation of software solutions.

Low code, as the name suggests, however, requires little knowledge of the programming language. Usually, the basics and less experience are enough. It can be said that a developer on a junior position can easily handle low code tools, or a technology enthusiast who in his free time created for example a website.

What can I do with a No-Code tool?

Today, there is no limitation to what you can create with a no-code tool.

In fact, you can count a lot of things you already did without knowing it was no-code.

From creating a website to building an app, there are so many possibilities. You can automate your work or home tasks, you can organize your data, or you can get paid via no-code.

The main pros and cons of No-Code and Low-Code Tools:

Let’s start, with some pros:

Speed
A simple app won’t take more than a few hours, while a complex client enterprise app will take a few weeks.

Simplicity
No-code tools are very easy to use. They are intuitive and reduce the learning process.

Codeless applications are easy to update A new feature can be developed immediately when the application is in use.

Very fast implementation of changes. You only need one person - not a whole team Internal experts can focus on important tasks while junior developers take over app development.

As you can see straightaway, there are several good things about using No Code or Low Code Platforms. However, as with probably everything in the world, there are some bad things going over there.

Limited flexibility If certain functionality is not provided for, the team may find it difficult to meet related requirements.

Security and risk LC/NC projects rely heavily on platform providers to fix any security vulnerabilities. If these platform providers are terminated, no security updates will occur.

Vendor lock-in The more a company invests in using a particular low-code/no-code platform, the harder it is for them to move to another platform. This increases the company’s dependence on a single vendor.

Summary

We wanted to give you a quick heads up on the no-code/low-code movement. There are several use cases of the platforms and we, NS Code are looking deeply into integrating them into our day-to-day workflow.

If you have any questions about implementing No-Code/Low-Code platforms, don’t hesitate to reach us out :)

Example list of NC/LC platforms: Webflow.com, Scapic.com, Parabola.io, Bubble.io, Makerpad.co, Appian.com, Mendix.com, Kissflow.com.