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.

 

SD Times news digest: erwin’s Data Intelligence Suite, Pega Express’s low-code methodology, and Postman’s new enterprise API features

Erwin announced updates to its Data Intelligence Suite designed to enhance data literacy capabilities and to strength data governance, data lineage and data self-service.  According to the company, erwin DI synchronizes data management and data governance processes in an automated flow so data assets are stored in a central data catalog and then made accessible … continue reading

SD Times news digest: Informatica updates its Intelligent Data Platform, Bonitasoft announces low-code collaboration tools, and Crystal 0.32.0

Informatica announced several AI-powered updates to its Intelligent Data Platform, including an AI-driven catalog of catalogs, a data marketplace and a data quality cloud.  According to the company, key updates for the catalog include new advanced metadata scanners for business intelligence tools, data provisioning and improvements to its performance and scalability with Spark profiling.  In … continue reading

No-code mobile app development: Do more with less

Developers are tired of switching their focus back and forth between projects, and business folks are tired of waiting for developers to get their projects — but it doesn’t have to be this way. The rise of mobile development is enabling more work to get done on the fly, and the explosion of no-code development … continue reading

How no-code disrupts traditional mobile code-based app development

End users today have been conditioned to expect a lot from their applications. First, they should have an amazingly easy experience. They also should be able to utilize all the features of the device they’re running on. Apps should be intuitive and actually help users along, by anticipating and pre-filling data entry into forms and … continue reading

Altova MobileTogether 6.0 adds advanced low-code features

Data management solution provider Altova announced the release of MobileTogether 6.0. The update is designed to bring new functionalities to low-code programming and to speed up mobile app development.  New features include control templates that allow developers to define and group multiple controls in a way that makes this group of controls easily reusable on … continue reading

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

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