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.

OutSystems expands low-code platform with cloud-native development offering

OutSystems is expanding its low-code platform with capabilities for cloud-native development in the new OutSystems Developer Cloud (ODC). ODC combines an architecture based on Kubernetes, Linux containers, microservices, and AWS native cloud services with CI/CD, enterprise-grade security, and the productivity of low-code.  It utilizes AI-augmented development through AI Code Mentor, which helps contribute to productivity … continue reading

Low code doesn’t necessarily mean low security risks

Low-code has many benefits, and they’ve been widely discussed in a number of articles here on SD Times, but one area in which they don’t really have an edge is security.  It’s not that low code is more risky than traditional code, but the same risks are there, Jeff Williams, co-founder and CTO of Contrast … continue reading

Permit.io launches low-code Attribute Based Access Control as alternative to RBAC

Permissions framework company Permit.io has announced the release of Attribute Based Access Control (ABAC).  ABAC has low-code/no-code interfaces for building permissions into applications, which allows any team at a company to incorporate permissions, not just developers. According to the company, ABAC includes all elements required for enforcement, gating, auding, approval flows, impersonation, and automating API … continue reading

Think low-code is just for citizen developers? Think again

I’m a big believer in the power of low-code platforms to redefine who can create and how they work. And I believe that it can have a similarly transformative impact on professional developers.  While low-code development has had varying reception and pushback from professional developers, the technology is clearly the future. According to Gartner, by … continue reading

Hopping on the low-code locomotive

Will enterprise developers go loco for low-code, or will the whole concept someday become a no-go?  Until recently, analysts would lump low-code in with no-code and a host of tools offering some form of drag-and-drop ease that enables ‘citizen developers’ (meaning: non-developers) the means to deliver apps. But where should you start in thinking about … continue reading

Do low-code / no-code platforms pose a security risk?

Low-code and no-code technologies are growing in popularity, so much that Gartner is predicting that 65% of application development by 2024 will be done using these tools. And why wouldn’t it be? Low-code/no-code platforms address the increasing demand for customized IT solutions by letting those closest to the issue build the solution. These tools provide … continue reading

Value driven planning and low code platforms, DevOps Edition

Increasing customer expectations have pushed business innovation into the clouds. We live and work in a world where digital customers expect an always on, always upgraded and always personalized digital experience across a multitude of devices and channels. These increasing expectations are forcing companies to move their digital transformations further into the clouds. Over the … continue reading

Reflections about low-code data management

You wouldn’t code a website from scratch, so why would you code your corporate data estate from scratch? As it turns out, data engineers and business intelligence professionals can learn a great deal from the history of website development to help us with managing our corporate data estate.  In the early days of the Internet, … continue reading

SD Times Open-Source Project of the Week: Budibase

Budibase is an open-source low-code platform for building, designing, and automating business apps such as admin panels, forms, internal tools, client portals, and more. The tool was built to help developers who had to take up to three weeks to build CRUD apps.  The project has a built-in database, External Data Sources, a design GUI, … continue reading

Low-code changes the dynamics between design and development teams

Gartner predicts that by 2026, 80% of technology products will be created by people not categorized as technology professionals. The reasons for this have been discussed at length for some time now, and companies are now seeing the value in these tools as a way to accelerate development.  According to Jason Beres, SVP of developer … continue reading

Low-code speeds up development time, but what about testing time?

Low-code has been experiencing widespread adoption across the industry over the past several years, but testing apps created using low-code tools is unfortunately falling behind. According to Raj Rao, chief strategy officer for Sauce Labs low-code solution AutonomIQ, often companies set up citizen development programs where employees with no technical background can use low-code or … continue reading

Use metric stores as main data servicing layer

In a single generation, we have witnessed the internet revolution, the cloud revolution and it can be said we’re in the middle of the data revolution. Data has always been critical, but today its sheer size, speed and utility is reaching dizzying new heights.  Now that data applications and analytics are a permanent, essential, growing … continue reading

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