Today, the healthy but strong competition or struggle between developers or software development companies to gain a good position and share of the market has made IT Teams tend to collapse due to the still existing and prevailing pace o traditional SW development style within IT areas that is usually accompanied by large delays, with long and slow delivery times.
However, currently in aid of this situation they have been created and become more popular every day the 'Low Code' and 'No Code' application building platforms. Which provide an empowering alternative for current developers and development teams, and the entry of new unconventional or expert developers.
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"Low Code" and "No Code" Development Platforms
These novel development platforms do not require a traditional coding background, which favors and allows any individualWhether you are a developer or not, independent or part of a development team, inside or outside an organization, you can create and update a wide range of applications in a short fraction of time.
The "Low Code" and "No Code" development platforms allow those involved in SW development to create applications with minimal programming. Because they use a visual development approach through a graphical interface (GUI) and precompiled models that make it easy for them to drag and drop components to quickly build their applications.
These remarkable benefits push current developers and IT units to evaluate the adoption of these new technologies very well ("Low code" and "No code") in your application development processes and models.
No code platform
No-code platforms offer step-by-step visual development to enable various types of business professionals (not related to SW development) with basic spreadsheet skills to act as 'Developers' capable of quickly create business apps, both simple and complex.
No-code platforms have wizards or menus; and tools that allow you to point and click, or just drag and drop; in addition to the ability to add automatically generated user interfaces and the minimum requirements necessary for implementation, In order to simplify the entire development process.
Low Code Platform
Low-code platforms use visual modeling tools to reduce the amount of coding required in the application building process architecturally complex and enterprise-grade. In addition, these help to shorten the creation time of the applications by improving and facilitating the assembly and reuse of components.
With low-code platforms, both professional and expert coders (non-developers) can by using scripting, business analysis and process modeling techniques streamline the traditional application development process at your charge or in which they are involved.
World-class No code vs Low code
When choosing between a no-code and a low-code development platform, take your skills or that of your team very seriously. Since a low-code development platform is primarily intended to accelerate development, while a no-code development platform is primarily intended to facilitate the integration of non-technical users into the development process. However, the differences between the two are becoming less and less.
Both platforms need a certain level of knowledge in their stakeholders. Little or no experience in coding. Although they must configure the application functionally, which will certainly require some to have a solid general IT knowledge, while “non-developer” participants can improve their training and understanding of the development or coding area with simple and straightforward courses.
Low-code open source platforms
Among the currently available low-code open source platforms we can mention the following:
- Skyve: Very functional with different types of users, and very compatible with the most common database systems (BD), browsers and hardware devices. It provides designs, actions, security, among many other things, automatically to facilitate the development of the applications. Also, it comes with a wide range of built-in open source libraries and frameworks.
- VisionX: Very functional to create cross-platform applications (desktop, web and mobile) for local or cloud deployments. It provides open source Java frameworks and libraries, and is compatible with all major DBs. It also has performance monitoring of the applications created and allows automatic testing of the graphical interfaces (GUI), among many other benefits.
- Rintagi: Very functional to build CRM systems, ERP platforms and other types of products of that style. Ringtagi has an excellent cycle of weekly updates on its platform, automatically to facilitate the adaptation processes of organizations to it.
As organizations evolve their IT processes and areas, and the roles between SysAdmins and DevOps blur, as we saw in a previous article called DevOps versus SysAdmin: Rivals or Collaborators?, at the same time employees must also begin to develop new skills to meet the IT needs of the organizations where they work.
And above all, many must to remain and succeed learn to integrate into the internal and external application development processes, as the case may be in the organization. And for that the use and massification of no-code and low-code development platforms are an excellent option. Especially when you are, they come hand in hand with the world of Free Software and Open Source.