Like all other digital skills, the line between a producer and a consumer has also blurred in software development. Artificial intelligence has simplified the way applications are built, with the introduction of low-code and no-code. “Low-code” refers to a software development approach that requires little coding to create applications and processes. It is used by both professional developers and citizen developers. While “no-code” refers to the approach that requires no coding in the build software. It’s a way for non-technical people and those not interested in learning coding per se to build web-based software using graphical user interfaces.
While research firm Gartner predicts the use of low-code/no-code tools will grow from around 25% of applications in 2020 to 70% in 2025, Fortune Business Insights says the platform market low-code valued at USD 13.89 billion in 2021 will soar over the next few years to reach USD 94.75 billion by 2028. This signifies the potential of the global low-code/no-code platform market .
No-Code democratizes tech recruitment
No code allows anyone to create products. This means that software developers who are good at coding are no longer the only ones creating software to solve problems. The absence of code has helped even those without a technical background to easily create apps. With the ongoing digital revolution, the demand for coders to create an app or website is increasing day by day. Companies hire software developers at high salaries and other benefits, yet many positions around the world remain unfilled, leading to significant productivity losses. Therefore, no-code can be a good attempt to increase productivity by hiring “citizen developers” to build products.
Using no-code tools, one can quickly build a mobile website or dynamically and flexibly integrate Stripe billing into their product. The tools are generally simple to use, consumers receive frequent help, and the majority of the tools have vibrant communities of non-technical users who support each other. If you want to take things a step further, these tools can be configured to be more complex and can also contain coding elements. These tools are therefore particularly useful for budding entrepreneurs who can create products and software of their choice in a cost-effective way, without having to hire a coding expert in the early stages. It also means that entrepreneurs can create a product without having to raise capital and check if it serves their purpose. Besides being cost-effective, no-code tools can also save a lot of time, which is crucial for start-ups because one can create a website using these tools in no time. Thus, low-code and no-code tools have revolutionized the start-up ecosystem.
Use cases are growing
Low-code/no-code platforms have spread to various fields to ease the task of product creation. Its first and main application is the creation of websites. To create a website, you no longer need to be an expert in HTML, CSS or other programming languages. Thanks to the intuitive GUIs, the no-code tools can easily handle all the complex actions like front-end/backend logic, database operations, etc. Surprisingly, Squarespace and Webflow are some examples of no-code tools that can be used to build a website. Another application of it can be seen in creating mobile apps. With the continued popularity of mobile apps among users, this has become one of the most important aspects for developers. With no-code tools, it is possible to create not only static but fully functional applications for users. Dropsource, Draftbit, Glide, Thunkable and Adalo are GUI-based drag-and-drop programming tools that allow anyone to create amazing mobile apps.
Low-code/no-code workflow automation tools like Zapier and Asana can be used to handle projects ranging from simple to complex without any hassle. These no-code tools can be used to effectively optimize your work without having to spend hours managing them. Zapier, IFTTT, Integromat, Tray and Automate.io are some examples of no-code tools that can automate your repetitive work tasks for you. Data science is another area where visual drag-and-drop tools without coding can help make data science less scary and understandable even for non-technical people, allowing them to get the most out of science. data without excelling in coding. It even lowers the barriers to adopting data science in small and medium-sized businesses. Satellite dish, above and obviously AI can be used to predict data in minutes without any code.
Last but not least, spreadsheet-based interfaces have led to the development of powerful software. Developing no-code and low-code applications on a spreadsheet-based user interface reduces the time it takes for end users to become familiar with a new application. These tools work as both a database and a spreadsheet, allowing a more complex and efficient solution to be developed. For example, Airtable is a database that works like a spreadsheet, while Excel can only be used as a standard spreadsheet. The same data that is displayed in a grid view in Airtable can also be viewed in different ways, including the calendar, kanban board, form builder, and gallery view. Airtable, Actiondesk gives you the familiarity of a spreadsheet with the power of a database.
The author is managing partner at Inflexor Ventures
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