What is no-code?

No-code platforms enable application development with no manual programming required. Instead of coding, these platforms use visual modeling, where users can drag-and-drop components into logical sequences to create functional applications.

The removal of manual programming from the development process accomplishes two major issues (among others, which we’ll dive into just a bit later): Coding by hand is an extremely time-intensive process, besides which there is a serious shortage of qualified developers to meet the current demand for software.

No-code platforms can speed development to be 2-16 times faster, depending on the platform. This enables developers to quickly create working prototypes, and significantly reduces the time to market for applications. Because of the speed of development and ease of use, no-code platforms align the business and IT by making it possible for the business to contribute directly rather than waiting for an idea to have its turn on IT’s long backlog.

From one-off apps to extremely complex enterprise grade applications, no-code is proving to be a widely adopted method in organizations’ IT strategies

How it works

Traditional coding is done via various text-based and numerical languages, but visual modeling is based on a graphical language, which uses symbols and diagrams to express relationships and constraints. These visuals represent segments of abstracted code, so the end-user only has to drag the correct elements into place.

Low-code platforms reduce the amount of coding needed to create applications. Some degree of coding is required, but developers save a lot of time. Low-code platforms are great for trained developers, because it’s possible to develop faster by coding less. Low-code platforms require proficiency in at least .NET or Javascript languages to fully operate, which is often cited as a limitation to ease of use.

As the next generation that evolved from the low-code movement, no-code platforms offer an alternative because they enable a new class of developer -- the “citizen developer.” Because extensive programming knowledge is not required, any tech savvy employee can develop on a no-code platform.

Essentially, a no-code platform is a low-code platform that makes it possible to build applications without coding at all. No-code platforms have been criticized for being less powerful or only capable of supporting applications with relatively low complexity for this reason. But as with low-code platforms, a good no-code platform will provide opportunities for more experienced programmers to support the no-code functionality with coded customizations. It’s the best of both worlds: simple enough to build without coding at all, but flexible enough to customize any needed level of complexity.

Why your business needs no-code now

Today, software development is everyone’s business -- whether or not your company is in the tech industry. The need for software is explosive, between internal applications that support the smooth functioning of the business and customer-facing applications in an increasingly competitive market where the customer experience is constantly evolving. The organizations who don’t keep up with digitization are the ones who fall behind.

The top 4 things a no-code system can do for you

  1. Enable faster development
  2. Enable more flexible development
  3. Create more developers
  4. Provide more control, collaboration and transparency throughout the development process

And why exactly will your business suffer without a solution? Click the links to read more.