Low code development is a new approach to programming, which enables the creation of programs, including enterprise level ones, in a relatively short space of time. It is a method which greatly reduces the need to write code, in some cases eliminating it completely.
That is why ‘time-to-market’ is so drastically reduced, but without neglecting important areas such as security, performance and software scalability. This new method of application development is seeing rapid growth thanks to the immediacy of use it offers.
Low code development in detail
Low code development uses specific platforms (there are now several available on the market), which allow programmers to create applications using a visual, logical approach, thanks to the interface used.
That means that the developers’ job is no longer restricted to writing owner code, so the focus is placed on describing the principles and basic functioning of the application, leaving the task of translating everything into code to the platform itself.
In other words, the creation of the applications is carried out via the use of graphic objects, visual and declarative techniques using the mouse to ‘drag and drop’. In fact, the application is ‘assembled’ using the different parts pre-entered into the low code platforms.
Programming becomes simple and within reach of everyone, as well as being much quicker compared to normal software based on owner code. In addition, it offers a high degree of accessibility, since even those with little knowledge of traditional programming can make an active contribution.
Low code: a winning choice for companies
Programming in low code means a significant acceleration in the release times of new applications. In the digital age, the market has become more and more competitive and the speed of release and update of software is of crucial importance to maintain a high level of user interest.
In this way, low code turns out to be a winning choice for all those companies whose services are based on software and applications, but not only that. The latest market analyses clearly show how many major digital companies are already turning to low code development, which is perfect for meeting their clients’ needs quickly and efficiently.
In a company environment, low code must satisfy three key requirements:
- Speed: reducing time-to-market to a minimum, without compromising efficiency or the reliability of the software produced;
- Enterprise reliability: the risk of data loss and the down-time window during updates or crashes must be reduced to a minimum, especially for companies whose business is based on constant auditing;
- Complex business logic: being able to compete with custom code, in order to be able to manage complex business logics without problems.
If these three principles are respected, low code development can bring countless advantages to any company that chooses it as its main method of application creation. Over 84% of the most important companies have already decided to entrust their IT functionalities to low code development, recording excellent returns on their investment.
The choice of low code platform on which to base application development is crucial. The market offers a wide range, but for business development it is advisable to opt for a platform which is able to meet the most important criteria of scalability, sophistication, security and integrity of software solutions.
Translated by Joanne Beckwith