Have you ever come across the concept of low code approach to app development before? If not, it’s time to read this entire post closely as you are about to start hearing it everywhere. The low code approach is basically a streamlined approach that involves rapid design and development with minimal amounts at coding, often relying on third-party application programming interfaces (APIs). Moreover, it’s more kind of a mindset than something that’s directly measurable. This mindset, in particular, has led to a community springing up around the mentality, and low code innovators are increasingly disrupting all sorts of different industries. Let me show you how?
One of the most obvious reasons why a software development company could have opted for low code platforms is that less code means a lower cost. For example, a traditional bespoke app for a large business would take at least six months to develop and cost a million dollars. Taking such low code approach could cut that down to a couple of months and $50-100k.
This is great news for companies as well as for developers. It cuts out the middlemen and while they take in less income, they also use far fewer resources and come out on top overall. And let’s face it – it’s also more fun because it stops developers from finding themselves stuck on the same project for what seems like forever.
It’s simple logic - less code means fewer bugs. The bug testing phase is a huge part of modern application development and even then, it’s pretty inevitable that issues will creep through if there’s enough code there. But there is a good news for you, there’s less to test and when they tap into APIs, those APIs have been tested by other people. Having fewer bugs is a good news for both users as well as developers because it takes less time for troubleshooting and bug-fixes.
The less code used by an application, the less bandwidth is required to download and run it. This is great for people based in rural areas or in developing countries where internet access isn’t as prevalent as it is in the United States. In addition to this, because low code app can be created much more easily than traditional applications, they can be released more quickly and at a lower price, or even for free. By doing this, applications can be boosted because it reduces the barrier to entry for everyone from low-income families to bootstrapping entrepreneurs.
Development takes a new turn
One of the most promising examples of a low code platform is Uber. The application taps into Box of storage, Google for maps, Braintree for payments Twilio for messaging and SendGrid for email. And that’s not all they use, either. What’s more interesting about the app is that its APIs are available to anyone who wants to use them. Uber’s genius is that they took those APIs and used them to create something new without needing to develop each of those individual elements themselves. After that, they built their own brand on top of it by looking at how they could differentiate themselves from others. It’s a strategy that seems to have worked.
One of the greatest things about this is that it simply focuses on innovation. And low code development just allows app makers to iterate more quickly and to have more shots at becoming the next big thing.
The role of AI
AI itself is a big business and as the technologies continue to mount in finding more ways into expansion. Low code development turns out to be useful for a range of tasks including integrating different data sources or making sense of semi-structured or unstructured data. Now, do you know why AI is pretty much in vogue? It’s because unlike a human being, it doesn’t get bored or allow its attention to wander. Which means the technology can also be used to automate the dull, repetitive tasks that humans can’t – or won’t – do. Apart from this, AI is great when it comes to carrying out analyses and trial and error, so it won’t be long until the use of AI becomes a standard part of low code app development. With the help of AI, developers can find numerous ways to reduce the amount of code.
However, let the market decide, as it always does. Just make sure that you won't be on the wrong side of history.