What is the future of low-code and no-code development?

Technology tends to evolve in a direction that makes it more accessible and universal. Half a century ago, computers took up an entire room of space and could only be used by technical professionals at the top of their game. These days even children can use computers and internet easily, and do it regularly.

Today, software development seems technically complicated and inaccessible to newbies and outsiders. Learning even the basics of coding takes months, if not years, and it takes many years of education and experience before you can call yourself a competent coder.

So what if the future of development shifts completely away from coding? What if low-code and no-code development platforms started to take over the industry?

What is low-code and no-code development?

Let’s start with a basic definition of low code and no code development. To some extent, these platforms are exactly what they sound like: They are an opportunity for people with little or no coding experience to design and develop their own applications.

If you’ve ever used a WYSIWYG editor through a platform like WordPress, you’ve probably already got the gist of the idea. Through WordPress and similar tools, users with no programming or web development experience can design and launch their own websites, one page at a time if necessary. You can select a theme and use drag-and-drop style controls to position things exactly the way you want them.

Of course, low-code and no-code development platforms extend far beyond the realm of web development. We are already seeing the emergence of innovative tools that help people build their own games, applications, and other platforms, and the diversity of available low-code and no-code applications is likely to increase even further in the future.

The advantages

Why are these tools so powerful?

These are just some of the advantages:

  • Total accessibility. For starters, low-code and no-code platforms allow people with little or no technical experience to build their own applications and achieve their own technology goals. You don’t need to go to college for four years to learn these platforms, and you may not need to hire a software developer to do it for you. With these platforms in place, people will no longer feel limited in terms of what they can achieve.
  • Flexibility and control. Many low-code and no-code platforms are designed with user flexibility and control in mind. If we take web design and development as a central example, you can rearrange the elements on the page as you wish, adjusting every little detail until it’s perfect. You may not have the same degree of direct control if you work with an external team of developers.
  • Motivation to eliminate legacy systems. The perfect is the enemy of the good; Your new systems don’t have to be perfect to be better than the legacy systems you are currently working with. Low-code and no-code platforms present old-school companies with the opportunity to make meaningful upgrades without making a significant investment.
  • Reduced development costs. One of the biggest benefits of low-code and no-code platforms is the reduction in development costs for the developer. Instead of paying the salaries of an entire team of in-house coders or paying for a third-party software development company, you can pay a modest fee to get access to the platform you need.
  • Reduced IT costs. Similarly, you won’t need to pay for a large IT staff to manage and maintain your new software development project, whatever form it takes. You’ll have lower costs overall as you continue to manage your application.
  • Higher speed. Most people find that no-code and low-code development tools allow them to create new technologies at a much faster speed. In an environment where technology companies struggle to launch a minimum viable product as quickly as possible, this is a huge boon; You can get to market faster than your competitors in many cases and start generating income sooner, too.
  • Low risk profile. Software development always carries risks. Investing tens of thousands of dollars in high-profile development of a new app could bite you back. But using a low-code development platform has a much lower risk profile; If the project fails, you will lose much less.
  • Easy implementation and administration. Implementing and actively managing your technology project through a low-code or no-code platform should also be easier. You may be able to get by with little or no technical familiarity.
  • Support for agile development. Agile development standards have become the norm for most projects, allowing companies to update their project scope in real time, reviewing and modifying features as the project continues to evolve. This leads to greater efficiency, as well as the ability to easily add new features and revisit old ones over time.
  • Support for innovation. Low-code and no-code platforms foster an environment of entrepreneurship and innovation. If you’ve ever had a brilliant idea for an app, but don’t have the coding experience to bring it to life, now you have the option to create it.

Limiting factors

Of course, there are also some downsides and limiting factors to this technology.

These include:

  • Application complexity. You probably can’t create your own cryptocurrency or build a really sophisticated app with low-code and no-code development platforms (at least today). However, you may be impressed by how much these platforms are capable of, and their capabilities will only grow in the near future.
  • Novel technology. Software engineers interested in creating something truly new will be constrained by low-code and no-code tools. Until now, these tools have been adept at allowing people to create new versions of existing technologies, such as creating custom web pages, but they don’t allow for much creativity or novel experimentation.
  • Limited customization capacity. Similarly, low-code and no-code tools offer limited customizability. Depending on the nature of the tool, you may be forced to work with one or more preset templates, or have limitations in the functionality that it can include.
  • Limited scalability capacity. While many low-code and no-code platforms allow you to customize your projects and modify them over time, there is limited ability to serve an organization as it scales. Companies can find it more difficult to manage their solutions as their needs begin to expand, putting an artificial cap on the limits of what these technologies can provide.
  • Demand for technical knowledge. At some level, low-code and no-code platforms don’t need a lot of technical expertise. But this can be a bit illusory. If you run into a problem, or if you don’t understand the basic logic of software engineering, it will be difficult for you to create something with these tools. You may end up needing to hire an expert mid-project if you can’t find a way to make these tools work for you.
  • Security flaws. An advantage of custom development from scratch is that it gives you the opportunity to incorporate better security standards. With out-of-the-box low-code development tools, you’re likely to get at least some security features, but not the robust protection that you can get through other avenues.

The future of traditional software development

So what about the future for traditional software developers? Do these technical experts Being without a job in the near future as no-code and low-code platforms take over?

The answer is probably not. “There is no doubt that low-code and no-code platforms will become more popular in the future and will be more robust in functionality, but with their current and foreseeable drawbacks, there is no complete replacement for the Traditional human coding. At the very least, talented coders will be responsible for creating and modifying the low-code and no-code development tools themselves. With the increasing demand for these tools and the constant shortage of tech talent that continues to plague industry, software developers will have job security for years, if not decades to come.

Nate nead

Nate nead

Nate Nead is the CEO and Managing Member of Nead, LLC, a consulting firm that provides strategic advisory services across multiple disciplines, including finance, marketing, and software development. For more than a decade, Nate had provided strategic guidance on M&A, equity acquisition, technology, and marketing solutions for some of the best-known online brands. He and his team advise Fortune 500 clients and SMBs alike. The team is based in Seattle, Washington; El Paso, Texas and West Palm Beach, Florida.


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