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.

 

Infragistics’ Indigo.Design unveils design-to-code solution

Infragistics is the latest company to join the low code trend with its Indigo.Design design-to-code announcement. The company is releasing a cloud-based, low-code platform to help enterprises with application creation.  “Most low-code tools on the market focus on going from idea to app by skipping the designer and much of the developer. That’s a good … continue reading

Creating a citizen development program at Medtronic

A few years ago, Lori Breitbarth, senior IT program manager at medical device provider Medtronic—a company with about 105,000 employees as of 2020—and a developer came together and created an application using ServiceNow’s low-code capabilities. Since then demand for low-code applications at Medtronic has skyrocketed.  At the start they were tasked with creating an application … continue reading

SD Times news digest: Cloudera to be acquired for $5.3 billion, Kofax’s new low-code capabilities, and new .NET Foundation open-source projects

Cloudera has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by Clayton, Dubilier & Rice (“CD&R”) and KKR for $5.3 billion in cash, which will result in Cloudera becoming a private company.  “This transaction provides substantial and certain value to our shareholders while also accelerating Cloudera’s long-term path to hybrid cloud leadership for analytics that … continue reading

SD Times news digest: Creatio version 7.18, Android privacy updates, and the future of IE

The updated version of Creatio’s low-code platform for process automation and CRM includes a full cycle of process management, an accelerated time to market for new applications and more.  The platform’s updated low-code and developer tools enable users to build apps and processes faster with an improved UI and platform enhancements for external file data … continue reading

Workflow Editor in Unqork

Unqork 2021.5 introduces API auto-documentation

No-code platform Unqork has announced the latest version of its platform. Unqork 2021.5 adds new software development life cycle (SDLC) features, such as API auto-documentation, data model auto-documentation, and application rollback.  “The way that we’re approaching this release is it’s all focused on the SDLC,” said Nick Gamble, vice president of solutions at Unqork. “I … continue reading

WaveMaker 10.7 improves working in branches

The Java low-code platform provider WaveMaker has announced version 10.7 of its solution. The latest release features better support for working in branches.  According to the company, working in branches enables a standard software development life cycle workflow by ensuring fixes are made without stalling team progress. The 10.7 release includes branching support for hotfixes … continue reading

SD Times news digest: Appian’s low-code automation platform, Applitool’s Rally integration, and Jetpack Compose for Web

Appian announced that the latest version of the Appian Low-code Automation Platform will be generally available in June.  The platform offers a new code-free approach to unifying enterprise data, new collaboration features, DevSecOps capabilities and more.  The new Appian Intelligent Document Processing (IDP) delivers massive efficiency gains via straight-through processing of large volumes of unstructured … continue reading

SD Times news digest: Android Studio 4.2 released, dotData Py Lite, and ThoughtSpot Everywhere

Android Studio 4.2 focuses on upgrading the IntelliJ platform and adding a handful of new features that are centered around improving productivity as an Android app developer.  The new app project upgrade assistant in Android 4.2 makes it easier to migrate a project and to utilize Android Gradle Plugin APIs.  The release also contains enhancements … continue reading

SD Times news digest: SmartBear acquires Bugsnag, DevArt offers support for OAuth 2.0 Authentication and SOQL Queries, Mendix 9

SmartBear has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the application stability management provider Bugsnag.  Bugsnag offers full-stack stability and error monitoring technology that prioritizes application stability. “An accelerated shift to DevOps, among other existing digital transformation initiatives, has really taken off over the past year,” said Vineeta Puranik, the senior vice president of engineering … continue reading

A guide to automated testing providers

Appvance is the inventor of AI-driven autonomous testing, which is revolutionizing the $120B software QA industry. The company’s patented platform, Appvance IQ, can generate its own tests, surfacing critical bugs in minutes with limited human involvement in web and mobile applications. AIQ empowers enterprises to improve the quality, performance and security of their most critical … continue reading

How does your company help customers with their automated testing initiatives?

Kevin Surace, co-founder and CTO of Appvance Appvance makes a platform called Appvance IQ, or AIQ for short. The platform is all-encompassing – web, API and native mobile, functional, compatibility, performance, load, security tests. It becomes a centerpiece of your quality initiative. We break test creation into two buckets. Low code/no code ML-driven Test Designer … continue reading

Automated testing is a must in CI/CD pipelines

As the software development industry has seen unprecedented levels of digital transformation, the demand for automated testing in the CI/CD pipeline has taken on greater urgency, especially at the early stages. Also, new advancements in AI are helping developers with some of the biggest challenges in testing: test creation, maintenance and many of the manual … continue reading

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