The no code movement

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No code platforms are more mindful in how code is developed, used and implemented, so it’s no surprise that the start-up world has fallen in love with these platforms. 

This growing trend towards the use of no code and low code platforms is allowing individuals with little to no programming experience to build applications, websites, and software without writing a single line of code. 

The new workplace environment they create for coders and non-coders to collaborate and work together is revolutionising businesses. But, new trends in the tech world will always come with advantages and disadvantages so today we’re debating whether no code and low code platforms are the future.

A no or low code platform utlises technology without any code, and therefore there are lower barriers to entry and it’s quicker to implement. Companies no longer need a full development team to work on projects, they can use all team members regardless of their tech knowledge, or programming skills. 

No code platforms further allows for more collaboration across teams and departments within a business. Traditionally, development teams would work on a project, get their work done, and emerge at the end of the process with a finished product; stakeholders are in the dark about the details of the project, as well as any updates on how it’s going. No code, therefore, allows full transparency across multiple departments keeping all stakeholders in the loop throughout the process, as well as providing more opportunities for cross-department collaboration.  

The lack of code and programming involved is also a massive cost saver for businesses, especially start-ups. Companies no longer need to hire multiple Developers for their platforms, no code output is ready and live instantly, and this in turn allows founders to launch businesses quicker and cheaper. 

You might be thinking, this sounds great, but do you have any examples of successful low code platforms? We’ve all heard of Salesforce, and yes – they utilise low-code. 

While no code and low code platforms are loved by many, like anything, it does have its drawbacks. There are limitations to no-code platforms that are often detrimental to product development teams. 

One of these being that no code solutions aren’t adequate for fully-fledged product development. They’re limited in their scalability as they’re unable to handle large volumes of data, and they’re restricted in their integrations with other systems. 

No code platforms also don’t have the same level of security as custom-built software solutions, which can put sensitive data at risk. The code used within no code platforms is managed by the platform provider, and this can further limit what changes can be made to the software. 

Despite these downsides, no code platforms are beneficial to many businesses, especially for start-ups and small scale projects. As with any software development approach, every business should carefully consider the benefits and drawbacks before making a decision. 

One thing that everyone can agree on though, is that no-code and low-code platforms are democratising software development, making it easier and more affordable for everyone. 

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