Low 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.

 

Kony brings support for PWAs to low-code development

At first, the biggest thing standing in the way of Progressive Web Apps (PWAs) becoming mainstream was that there was not a lot of support from industry giants. Apple and Microsoft changed that this year by adding support for the web application type in their browsers. Now, one of the only thing standing in its … continue reading

Altova releases major update to its RAD mobile development solution

A completely redesigned web client and new UI design options headline the new features included in today’s release of Altova’s MobileTogether 5.0 rapid mobile application development solution. The MobileTogether web client controls have been given a modern look, and new UI options include configuring borders in tables, support for padding, and buttons with images and … continue reading

Report: Developers slow to adopt low-code and no-code solutions

Tools for rapid application development have been around for decades, yet despite the hype and benefits surrounding low-code and no-code development, developers are slow to use them, according to a new report. The Evans Data Global Development Survey is conducted every six months and is based on the responses of more than 1,400 developers worldwide. … continue reading

VANTIQ focuses on real-time business operations in latest release

VANTIQ has released the latest version of its application development platform Modelo 3.0. This release is designed to bridge the gap between the business and IT with event-driven, real-time business capabilities that span from cloud to edge solutions. “Digital transformation requires new sources of innovation and creativity as we are at a technological inflection point … continue reading

OutSystems 11 launched with a focus on legacy systems

OutSystems released version 11 of its low-code platform, an update which the company says has a major focus on bypassing “legacy system gridlock” and bringing monoliths in-line with modern microservices architecture and Agile. The solution was announced at the NextStep conference today in Boston. “Traditional options for dealing with legacy debt and gridlock include open-heart … continue reading

SD Times news digest: Quick Base Kanban reports, Node.js downloads, and Google Play Instant updates

No-code app development solution provider Quick Base announced it was bringing Kanban reports to its platform. Kanban is an Agile approach to organizing, visualizing, updating and acting on work in progress. The newly added reports provide information of work ideas such as status, phase, people and other important attributes. It is a drag-and-drop tool featuring … continue reading

SD Times news digest: Xamarin support for Android 9.0, Google’s tips for developing Actions, and Siemens’ low code acquisition

Xamarin has announced support for Android 9.0 in the latest preview release of Xamarin.Android for Visual Studio 2017 and Visual Studio for Mac. The download is available today in the Visual Studio Preview channel and Visual Studio for Mac Beta channel. New features introduced in Android P include display cutout, notification enhancements, indoor positioning, and … continue reading

Industry Spotlight: Why developers use Kintone’s low-code platform to save time building apps

Apps are a permanent feature in the life of an enterprise employee. In an age where work no longer ends at the office door, apps are the tool that keep people wired into their business no matter where—or what device—they dial in from. What this means for the developer is two-fold: first, that there’s a … continue reading

4 reasons no-code is the new Agile

What Agile has done for software development is no short of a shift in the mindset of how apps should be built: to make the process more streamlined and efficient by emphasizing that sometimes the best way to navigate something as chaotic as software development is to lean into the chaos. No-code platforms are also … continue reading

Industry Spotlight: Efficiency, ease of low-code power digital transformations

Low-code solutions are often viewed as a means for non-technical people to create line-of-business applications and as a way for developers to create custom solutions that solve specific business needs. An example offered in the first of this series of articles described a restaurant owner who needed a unique software development solution for food purchasing … continue reading

SD Times news digest: Mendix Assist, IBM UrbanCode, and the FreeBSD Foundation

Mendix has announced a new AI-assisted development solution for low-code application development. Mendix Assist is based on machine learning analysis from more than 5 million anonymized app flows. According to the company, it provides 90 percent accuracy on next-step suggestion, and quality, performance and maintenance recommendations. Mendix Assist is designed to provide hands-on mentoring for … continue reading

Google’s low-code environment App Maker is now available

G Suite users can now build custom apps to meet their businesses needs with the availability of App Maker, G Suite’s low-code environment. The solution was first announced in November of 2016. “Analysts estimate that the right custom mobile app can save each employee 7.5 hours per week (that’s a week’s worth of lunch breaks!). … continue reading

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