Low-Code / No-Code Development explained

Low-code or no-code development is a modern implementation of the concepts of rapid application development that crystallized in the early 1990s. RAD tools, which auto-generated much of an application’s underlying code, really took hold when Agile development practices emerged and evolved a decade later. Today, low-code/no-code development is seen as a way to free up developers from doing mundane tasks so they can focus on innovative projects that will deliver bigger value to their organization. As the workforce gets younger, and those in product conceptualization and marketing come in with more knowledge of computing and programming, their desire to build their own solutions is accommodated by new RAD solutions. Low-code solutions can require some coding to complete a project, while no-code solutions are often custom solutions created for specific industries and vertical markets, so the visual component library holds exactly what is needed for applications in those spaces.

The tools being created for rapid development have drag-and-drop interfaces, enabling non-developers to build workflows and create the user interfaces for their applications without having to get IT involved. But these low-code/no-code solutions also benefit developers by providing a way to work quickly, with fewer hand-written errors, and to iterate more often to create applications the end users actually want. These are all part and parcel of a digital transformation of the organization, which puts the focus on business value. There are numerous software providers in this space, coming at it from different angles. Some have created tooling to speed development on their platforms, while others can be used to create applications across a range of platforms.

 

Node-RED 1.0 now available

The open-source low-code programming tool Node-RED reached a milestone this week as it announced its 1.0 release. Node-RED was originally developed by IBM and open sourced six years ago. It is designed for event-driven applications and features flow-based programming to visualize how messages flow throughout an application.  “Node-RED embodies a ‘low code’ style of application … continue reading

Why family businesses choose low-code/no-code

The typical family-owned business tends not to be known for its software development prowess. Instead, it tends to be known for serving a specific customer need such as manufacturing embroidered patches or distributing food supplies. RELATED CONTENT:  Legacy assets gain new life with low-code integrations Is low-code/no-code conducive to CI/CD? Such are the core competencies … continue reading

Is low-code/no-code conducive to CI/CD?

Organizations are maturing from Agile to DevOps and CI/CD with the goal of releasing higher quality software faster. However, the need for speed has not necessarily been reflected in a shift from hand-coding to low-code development. RELATED CONTENT: Legacy assets gain new life with low-code integrations “DevOps has always been focused on this hand-coding mentality,” said … continue reading

Legacy assets gain new life with low-code integrations

The maturity of an organization and rapid changes in technology have dovetailed to result in legacy assets that continue to drive value for some time. One of those technology advances has been in low-code/no-code solutions, which offer enterprises the ability to modernize their older applications through integrations. While old-school, hand-coded integrations with legacy systems are … continue reading

Kony launches conversational AI development kit

Kony wants to help developers create personalized user experiences with the release of its Conversational AI DevKit. The new solution provides drag-and-drop conversational capabilities developers can integrate into their applications. RELATED CONTENT: Tips for building AI into mobile apps  According to the company, AI-based conversational interfaces are the next wave of user interactions. Conversational AI … continue reading

The rise of low-code tooling for mobile app development

Low-code development is gaining acceptance in organizations looking to empower non-developers to create applications, hoping to eliminate backlogs and overcome the shortage of programmers they face.  But another huge benefit of these frameworks and platforms is in the area of mobile development. These modern solutions have evolved from the RAD tools of days gone by … continue reading

Low-code’s a rapidly rising sector, but will it disappear?

Every week, we have one or two “briefing days” in which we schedule as many as eight one-hour discussions with various technology vendors in our broad coverage area that spans everything from cognitive to customer experience platforms — and everything in between. It’s always fascinating to see the mix of companies we talk to week-to-week. … continue reading

USF goes all in on low-code

What if 70 percent of the people developing apps for your organization never studied computer science? Such is the case at the University of South Florida (USF) where low-code development is central to its development strategy. The impetus for the switch from traditional development to low-code started five years ago, when it became apparent that … continue reading

Low-code for mobile: Toys or tools?

Mobile developers tend to be skeptical about the effectiveness of low-code tools when they know exactly what native iOS and Android development takes. In fact, some developers are so turned off by low-code platforms that the very mention of them triggers a passionate response. “Low-code is bad enough, but low-code for mobile is even worse. … continue reading

SD Times news digest: Mendix Summer 2019 release, ActiveState support for Python 2, and Tidelift and Ruby Together team up

Low-code and no-code tool provider Mendix introduced Mendix Studio: an IDE called Studio Pro, and Mendix Assist: an AI tool for building low-code apps, all included in the Summer 2019 release of the platform.  The company explained that the new release was designed to greatly expand the number of people who can fully participate in … continue reading

No-code/low-code: Not your dad’s RAD

The earliest seeds of application development by business users (aka “citizen developers) can be traced back to the days in which waterfall was the norm. Like today, the business wanted capabilities available sooner than developers were able to deliver. While development methodologies and tools have advanced significantly in the last three decades, the core concepts … continue reading

Low-code/no-code development heats up

Digital transformation is driving higher demand for low-code/no-code tools. As more business tasks and processes are translated into software, the pace of business is accelerating further. Without low-code and no-code development, organizations are going to find it increasingly difficult to keep pace with their competitors. “If we look at basic issues companies have now, what … continue reading

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