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Low-Code Approach

Low-code development is a way for developers to design integrations and API's quickly and with minimum hand-coding.

Low-code development is a way for developers to design applications quickly and with minimum hand-coding.

Using a low-code platform is similar to an IDE in that it contains a suite of functionality that complements the way developers work and the tools they need. But, it’s so much more than a traditional IDE. Very simply put, low-code is the process of dragging and dropping visual blocks of existing code into a workflow to create applications. Since it can completely replace the traditional method of hand-coding an entire app, skilled developers can work smarter and faster, not getting tied up with repetitive coding. Instead, they can focus on creating the 10 percent of an application that makes it different.

FRENDS Low Code Comparison

The alternative is writing thousands of lines of complex code and syntax (and then debugging it). By bypassing this and building applications visually, you can develop applications at least 10x faster and get the best out of your skilled developers.

This is a big reason why Gartner expects the low-code market to be responsible for more than 65% of the application development activity by 2024.

Benefits of low-code

Speed: With low-code, you can show stakeholders working integrations and API's in hours, or even minutes.

More resources: If you’re working on a big project, with low-code you no longer have to wait for developers with specialized skills to finish up another lengthy project, which means things get done more quickly and at a lower cost.

Low risk/high ROI: With low-code, robust security processes and cross-platform support are already built in and can be easily customized — which means less risk and more time to focus on your business.

Rapid deployment: Launch day can be a nerve-wracking experience. With low-code, pre-deployment impact assessments make sure your integrations work as intended. And if there are any unexpected behaviors, you can roll back changes with a single click.

What about no-code?

There are literally hundreds of small details and capabilities that differentiate low-code platforms from no-code solutions. Most of them aren’t apparent at the UI level, which is where much of the confusion between the two comes from.

But, strictly limiting our discussion to the act of integration development, certain types of users and what they need to develop may drive their preference for low-code vs. no-code.

No-code solutions only cater to the business user or citizen developer. The greatest advantage of no-code platforms is that they require very little training, so anyone in your organization with a technical background can quickly create working solutions. The downside is that it may encourage the creation of shadow IT: a situation where people are developing apps without proper supervision or consideration. Predictably, the results can lead to security concerns, compliance issues and poorly designed solutions that, at best, use more resources than necessary and at worst, create massive problems for you business.

Low-code is designed to serve both business users and professional developers alike. For business users, creating useful and quick to implement solutions under the experienced guidance of IT offers the benefits of extending your IT team’s capabilities and bandwidth but with controls and governance. For professional developers, the ability to work faster and more efficiently using a visual-based modeler, while also allowing them to code by hand as needed, means the perpetual backlog of needed solutions shrinks, while IT’s business value grows.

Low-Code Approach

Low-code development is a way for developers to design integrations and API's quickly and with minimum hand-coding.

Low-code development is a way for developers to design applications quickly and with minimum hand-coding.

Using a low-code platform is similar to an IDE in that it contains a suite of functionality that complements the way developers work and the tools they need. But, it’s so much more than a traditional IDE. Very simply put, low-code is the process of dragging and dropping visual blocks of existing code into a workflow to create applications. Since it can completely replace the traditional method of hand-coding an entire app, skilled developers can work smarter and faster, not getting tied up with repetitive coding. Instead, they can focus on creating the 10 percent of an application that makes it different.

FRENDS Low Code Comparison

The alternative is writing thousands of lines of complex code and syntax (and then debugging it). By bypassing this and building applications visually, you can develop applications at least 10x faster and get the best out of your skilled developers.

This is a big reason why Gartner expects the low-code market to be responsible for more than 65% of the application development activity by 2024.

Benefits of low-code

Speed: With low-code, you can show stakeholders working integrations and API's in hours, or even minutes.

More resources: If you’re working on a big project, with low-code you no longer have to wait for developers with specialized skills to finish up another lengthy project, which means things get done more quickly and at a lower cost.

Low risk/high ROI: With low-code, robust security processes and cross-platform support are already built in and can be easily customized — which means less risk and more time to focus on your business.

Rapid deployment: Launch day can be a nerve-wracking experience. With low-code, pre-deployment impact assessments make sure your integrations work as intended. And if there are any unexpected behaviors, you can roll back changes with a single click.

What about no-code?

There are literally hundreds of small details and capabilities that differentiate low-code platforms from no-code solutions. Most of them aren’t apparent at the UI level, which is where much of the confusion between the two comes from.

But, strictly limiting our discussion to the act of integration development, certain types of users and what they need to develop may drive their preference for low-code vs. no-code.

No-code solutions only cater to the business user or citizen developer. The greatest advantage of no-code platforms is that they require very little training, so anyone in your organization with a technical background can quickly create working solutions. The downside is that it may encourage the creation of shadow IT: a situation where people are developing apps without proper supervision or consideration. Predictably, the results can lead to security concerns, compliance issues and poorly designed solutions that, at best, use more resources than necessary and at worst, create massive problems for you business.

Low-code is designed to serve both business users and professional developers alike. For business users, creating useful and quick to implement solutions under the experienced guidance of IT offers the benefits of extending your IT team’s capabilities and bandwidth but with controls and governance. For professional developers, the ability to work faster and more efficiently using a visual-based modeler, while also allowing them to code by hand as needed, means the perpetual backlog of needed solutions shrinks, while IT’s business value grows.