Low-code app development
Although low-code development platforms remove part of the development complexity by allowing users to build applications using drag-and-drop functionality, some coding knowledge is highly recommended.
Some low-code vendors may target business users (or citizen developers). Still, it is advisable under IT governance to avoid security and compliance risks and integration problems and ensure the apps follow the essential development best practices.
Example of a low-code platform, OutSystems.
The more advanced low-code platforms target professional developers and are focused on maximizing developer productivity rather than replacing developers.
In addition, low-code typically offers more flexibility and customization options than no-code, and the more advanced ones can even allow developers to extend the capabilities provided by the platform with traditional code.
Low-code platforms are also more scalable and address more complex, enterprise-grade use cases, as they can accommodate more complex application requirements and handle larger volumes of data.
No-code platforms, on the other hand, provide an even more simplified interface and are designed to be accessible to users with no technical background. This way, business users can create solutions without the supervision of IT.
Example of a no-code platform, Webflow.
No-code development platforms, like low-code, provide drag-and-drop interfaces and pre-built components that users can combine to create simple software applications even more quickly and easily than with low-code.
But unlike low-code, no-code is less flexible and has limited customization capabilities. No-code apps are also less scalable, making them more suitable for simple, departmental-level needs.