Low-Code Vs. No-Code Development
Often low-code and no-code platforms are perceived synonymous. However, they're little different and thus, offer different codeless web development solutions.
Low Code Vs. No Code Web App Development
Both low-code and no-code technologies are built on the ideological foundation of creating a web development environment that allows technical and non-technical people to build web applications and softwares faster than traditional hand-coding with less or no coding at all. Because of this ideological similarity, low-code and no-code have been used in the interchangeable sense so many times that at first glance it’s hard to spot the difference between the two. So, let’s first analyse the similarities between the two and then the differences to have a better understanding of both the platforms.
Similarities Between Low-Code & No-Code
Below are the similar features of a Low Code & No Code App Development Platform
Visual Web Development
The basic idea behind low-code and no-code web development is to give users a visual experience of web development. Both low-code and no-code platforms create an integrated development environment (IDE) to give you a graphical user interface to visually build and design web applications.
Drag-and-drop is an essential feature that defines low-code and no-code tools. It allows professional developers as well as citizen developers to easily build any type of web application faster by just dragging and dropping different elements without heavy coding.
Both low-code and no-code app builders offer ready-made templates, pre-built sections and components which can be used again and again to build a web application faster. This feature allows technical as well as non-technical users to launch their fully developed apps within a day.
Highly Scalable & Testable
The flexible framework of no-code and low-code makes both platforms very scalable. You can easily optimise or scale up your application to expand its functionality to grow your business without coding. Besides scalability, both the platforms are highly testable as well, so you can easily test your web app before launching it.
Both low-code and no-code platforms are built with cross-platform functionality and this makes the applications built on these platforms responsive, i.e. capable of running smoothly on different platforms and devices, such as desktop, mobile, tablet, etc.
3rd Party Services Integrations
Low-code/no-code platforms allow you to integrate several third-art APIs and plugins to incorporate different features and services in their web applications easily without coding. It allows no-code/low-code developers to step up the development stack to make their applications better.
Workflow automation is also an important aspect of low-code/no-code technology as it allows users to incorporate automated workflows in their applications and softwares without coding.
Differences Between Low-Code & No-Code
It’s more competent for developers than citizen developers (non-techies) as it requires some coding, which can make it a little complicated for a non-coder.
It gives the option of writing codes to customise the web application.
It requires some technical knowledge and coding skills.
It’s suitable for building frontend as well as backend applications that can be easily integrated into other applications or work on their own.
It takes lesser time than traditional coding.
It’s more competent for citizen developers who don’t have coding skills as it requires no coding at all.
It gives no option of writing codes for customisation.
It requires no technical knowledge and coding skills at all.
It’s suitable for creating automated workflows which can be integrated into other applications or work on its own.
It takes lesser time than traditional coding and low-code as well.
What to choose between the two?
Remember, both low-code and no-code speeds up the process of web app building with very similar tools. Therefore, it must be clear in your head what exactly are your requirements and which type of platform will best suit you to fulfil those requirements.
Let’s look at the requirements to opt for a low-code platform:
To create architecturally complex software which would need custom coding
To build large-scale unique applications with a longer life span and high stability
To create a high control development environment using different frameworks, management tools, databases, etc.
To create an app that requires high control application deployment and infrequent updates
To create an application that traces core business processes and is a part of core business systems
Now, let’s look at the requirements to opt for a no-code platform:
To build business applications all on your own using front-end use cases
To build apps to quickly optimise daily business operations with ease
To build web applications to track and report business performance
To build apps with shorter as well as longer life span
To build apps that require self-service deployment with frequent updates
To build apps using cloud database solutions as it allows you to start on a small scale and expand later
In simple words, if you have a tight delivery schedule or don’t have coding background then opt for no-code as it has more templates and pre-built components than low-code. Also, remember some platforms are both no-code and low-code, for example, DrapCode. Therefore, as Gartner suggests, ignore the marketing message and focus on the technology and architecture of the platform to choose what best fits your needs.
What is the future of Low Code / No Code?
Both low-code and no-code are the future of web and software development. According to a report by Business Wire, the market size of no-code/low-code platforms by 2022 is expected to expand with a growth rate of 44.4%. Due to which by 2023, more than 500 million web applications will be built, as predicted by IDC. Therefore, in the coming years, there will be more citizen developers using low-code/no-code platforms and thus, the low-code/no-code way of software development will surpass the traditional way of coding.