Low-code is a visual development approach to application development. It is a type of application development software that allows developers of varying levels to develop web and mobile applications through graphical user interfaces rather than the traditional method of computer programming.

It utilises drag and drop components to enable users to create complete applications visually, entirely removing the need to write lines and lines of complex code and syntax in many instances.

It is an emerging trend in the technology industry that has become more and more popular in the last few years. It allows businesses to deliver and release applications much quicker and with minimal coding.

Low-Code Platforms & Systems

There are a whole host of low-code platforms out there, all offering similar yet slightly different capabilities. However, they are all based on the same concepts – the processes of using them involve mapping out user interface designs, APIs, databases and client application behaviour to produce a specification which the low -code system will use to create a working system.

It’s important to note that some platforms are more intuitive and advanced than others so subscription costs are likely to range significantly.

Here are some of the most popular low-code systems –

  • OutSystems
  • Mendix
  • Appian
  • Pega
  • PowerApps
  • KISSFLOW

Low-Code Development

Low code development platforms have transformed the way applications are developed. The software makes it much easier and faster to create applications, allowing apps to be built in days, not months.

Some of the standout features of low-code development platforms include –

Drag and Drop Interfaces

Low-code enables developers to drag and drop components so applications can be created visually as opposed to the difficult and time-consuming task of typing out long strands of code.

Security and Scalability

Most low-code platforms have all the necessary security certifications and the ability to scale from small capabilities to large initiatives.

Visual Modelling

The ability to visualise processes and models in your code before final implementation makes it easier for those not experienced in hard coding.

Cross-platform Functionality

Applications nowadays must have cross-platform functionality in their design in order for the app to function correctly on different devices like mobile phones, tablets and desktop computers. Fortunately, lo-code development enables this without requiring extra effort, knowledge or coding.

Benefits of Low-Code

Reduced Costs

Low-code platforms reduce the need to hire specialist development teams who often are difficult to find and can demand high salaries. Apps can be developed by those who have basic knowledge of coding (so called “Citizen Developers”) and far fewer developers than usual who have in-depth knowledge. Often BAU post development can be run by a handful of developers for large scale enterprise systems , removing the ongoing need for big expensive development teams

Increased Productivity & Timesaving

High-quality apps can now be built in far less time with low-code development(“RAD” or “Rapid Application Development”) Features such as visual modelling and drag and drop allows the development phase to be completed sooner. Also, as you don’t need to wait for a developer to action your request, productivity is improved.

Easy to Implement Changes and Amends

Low-code development allows for changes and amends to be implemented easily. Whether you need to change the app’s layout or adapt it to suit new requirements, it can be easily facilitated without the need to get into complex coding.

Low-Code Vs No Code

Like low-code, no code development platforms also have the capabilities to build applications without the need to write code. It too provides a visual development approach to app development, helping both professional and non-professional developers create applications with greater efficiency and productivity.

However, no code platforms tend to comprise of simple tools and are thus more suited to smaller and more basic functional use cases. They don’t scale as well as low-code platforms and their integration capabilities are extremely limited.

Low-code systems, on the other hand, support the creation of much more sophisticated applications that can serve a wider range of needs. This is because of their general-purpose nature as well as the fact that they offer scalable architectures and the ability to draw on third-party smart services.

Low-Code Developer Jobs and Recruitment with ITRAC

Here at ITRAC, we are the global OutSystems recruitment specialists. OutSystems is the industry-leading low-code platform, making it fast and easy to develop and innovate high-quality applications, including enterprise level solutions for business.

If you specialise in using OutSystems and are looking for a new and exciting challenge, be sure to contact our recruitment team today. We can help you to find a career perfectly suited to your experience and skill set.

Or if you’re a business wanting to find out more about low-code and the benefits it can provide, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our team. We’d be more than happy to tell you a little bit more about how it works and how it can be of value to your business.

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