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.

Forrester predicts three possible outcomes for the future of low-code

Forrester sees three possible futures for the low-code market: it will either keep going on its current trajectory, be accelerated by AI, or be slowed by AI as developers do more coding tasks with an AI assistant and don’t need the productivity gains of low-code as much.  This is according to Forrester’s Low-Code And Digital … continue reading

How GenAI and Low-Code are Turbo-Charging Software Development

When low-code platforms first burst onto the scene, many considered them game-changers. The ability to rely less on traditional programmers, despite limited coding knowledge, promised a democratizing revolution in software, even if questions of governance at scale, security, and long-term maintenance were not yet fully resolved. But as businesses grew and innovated, many companies still … continue reading

A guide to low-code vendors that incorporate generative AI capabilities

The following is a listing of low-code vendors that incorporate generative AI capabilities, along with a brief description of their offerings. FEATURED PROVIDER Parasoft helps organizations continuously deliver high-quality software with its AI-powered software testing platform and automated test solutions. Supporting embedded and enterprise markets, Parasoft’s proven technologies reduce the time, effort, and cost of … continue reading

premium The promise of generative AI in low-code, testing

Over the past year, software companies have worked hard to incorporate generative AI into their products, doing whatever it takes to incorporate the latest technology and stay competitive.  One software category that is particularly well-suited to being boosted by AI is low code, as that is already a market that has a goal of making … continue reading

OutSystems Announces New Series of Low-Code Development Schools to Meet the Growing Demand for Developers Worldwide

BOSTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–OutSystems, a global leader in high-performance application development, today unveiled five new public courses as part of its highly acclaimed Developer School program. These new, free courses, held online and in person throughout September and October, focus on developer career paths while addressing a significant need for developer talent around the world. Since 2020, more than … continue reading

Mendix 10 Solidifies Enterprise Low-Code as the Key Enabler for Composable Digital Solution Delivery

BOSTON – June 27, 2023 – Mendix, a Siemens business and global leader in modern enterprise application development, today announced the general availability of Mendix 10, the most powerful release of the industry-leading low-code platform. Mendix 10 introduces a host of innovations that empower organizations to meet the unprecedented demand for software by enabling shifts in enterprise-wide digital solution delivery. Organizations across all … continue reading

Mendix Adds New AI and Machine Learning Capabilities to its Market and Technology-Leading Enterprise Low-Code Platform

 Mendix, a Siemens business and global leader in modern enterprise application development, today outlined powerful new and robust  AI and machine learning capabilities, including innovative context-aware AI developer tools, which will all be available upon the release of Mendix 10, to be announced during a live streaming event on June 27th. The new AI and Machine … continue reading

Tools are now critical to implementing Agile successfully

Twenty-two years ago, at a ski resort in Utah, 17 technology thought leaders came together and drafted an Agile Manifesto, a set of principles for a new approach to software development. Unlike the traditional “waterfall” approach that had been popular, this new approach would focus on iterative improvements and constant innovation.  Since that fateful night, … continue reading

In the low-code era, codeless testing tools deliver the efficiency and profitability coded test automation can’t

The use of low code and no code gained traction in recent years as demand continues to rise for faster and more efficient application development. To keep pace with the influx of newly built applications, many IT leaders are investing in testing automation — a market that’s projected to show a compound annual growth rate of … continue reading

How to level up your low-code game

At the end of 2022, Gartner made the prediction that in 2023, low-code spending would increase by 20%. This may seem like a bold claim, considering that lately it seems that all organizations want to do is cut, cut, cut. But when you think about the promise of low-code, and being able to do more … continue reading

Low code spending to increase in 2023

In the current situation IT teams find themselves in, they are being forced to do more with even fewer resources. You’ve likely heard (or possibly been affected by) the swath of layoffs that have plagued the tech industry over the past several months. IT teams are expected to continue outputting great work, except now their … continue reading

SD Times Open-Source Project of the Week: ToolJet

ToolJet is an open-source, low-code application development platform for building and deploying business applications.  Users can use it to build complicated front ends without any experience in React, CSS, or event HTML. They can also drag and drop over 35 built-in UI components for more complicated frontends.  With ToolJet, developers can also verify the current … continue reading

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