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: GCC 10.1, Salesforce announces new low-code capabilities, and Perfecto releases spring 2020 test coverage index

The release of GCC 10.1 includes progress for C++20 language support, both on the compiler and the library sides, some C2X enhancements, various optimization enhancements and bug fixes, as well as several new hardware enablement changes.  Some code that compiled successfully with older GCC versions might require source changes. Additional details are available here. Salesforce … continue reading

A guide to low-code tools

OutSystems is the most complete low-code development platform for building enterprise solutions that drive real business value. Recognized as a Leader by both Gartner and Forrester, OutSystems technology gives our customers the speed of SaaS with the flexibility of coding, within a single platform that is purpose-built for scalability, security and performance. Thousands of happy … continue reading

How does your company help organizations streamline development?

Mike Hughes, product evangelist at OutSystems  Today, many organizations are saddled with loads of technical debt and are unable to adapt at the speed the business needs. The developer skill sets required to deliver the digital experiences customers expect are either impossible to find or prohibitively expensive.  OutSystems believes it is possible to deliver great … continue reading

Low-code is the heart of modern software development

Low-code tooling has long been seen as a way to get business users involved in the development process, or to help developers augment and speed up their own development process. Now those two groups are working together and using low-code at the heart of modernization efforts.  Though often low-code is talked about as a way … continue reading

SD Times news digest: HCL Domino Volt, Google and Apple on COVID-19 technology, and Airbrake raises $11 million

HCL Technologies announced the general availability of HCL Domino Volt, a low-code capability built on the HCL Domino platform.  According to the company, technical developers “can build apps up to 70% faster and efficiently extend them with integrations, customized CSS, JavaScript, and REST APIs.” “With this release, we are empowering the business users closest to … continue reading

SD Times news digest: GitLab 12.9, DirectX and Collabora collaborate on OpenCL and OpenGL, and Acquia announces new low-code tools for Drupal

GitLab 12.9 was released to help developers achieve enhanced security with the management of secrets via the HashiCorp Vault managed application, better visibility with code quality reports & customizable value stream analytics, and easier administration with group deploy tokens. When Container Scanning detects vulnerabilities, GitLab 12.9 can now give a suggested solution for the vulnerability, … continue reading

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

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