In a fast-evolving digital world, the industry demand for web applications, mobile apps, and software tools has been increasing exponentially over the last few years. To meet this growing demand, low-code and no-code platforms have emerged and become the go-to option for application developers and across industry verticals.
With the growing emphasis on digital transformation, the low-code no-code approach is projected to transform application development in the next few years.
For those who are not yet familiar with the term “low-code,” let’s get you up to speed. First coined by Forrester Analysts in 2014, low-code platforms (as the name suggests) enable the development of apps or software applications with little to no coding.
Gartner estimates that the worldwide market for low-code development technologies is projected to reach $13.8 billion by the end of 2021, an increase of 22.6% from 2020.
Along with the growing demand, several myths about low-code platforms are also spreading like wildfire in the tech world. Let us discuss and bust some of the biggest prevailing myths about low-code platforms.
Myth 1: Low-code development is only for citizen developers
One of the biggest myths about low-code platforms is that they are only designed for citizen developers or people who have little to no expertise in coding or programming languages. As most low-code platforms provide user-friendly and ready-to-use tools, indeed, citizen developers can now easily develop applications with basic functionality.
However, this can’t be further from the truth. Low-code platforms can be used even by experienced and professional developers, who can accelerate their app development cycle by reducing the amount of manual coding. Besides, low-code platforms can help amateur developers and programmers to build their apps in a quick time.
Further, low-code platforms have been utilized by professional developers to build and deliver complex applications with multiple functionalities.
Myth 2: Low-code apps are not scalable
When it comes to developing low-code apps, the popular misconception is that they are not scalable or cannot be used for mission-critical or next-gen applications.
Low-code platforms are perfectly suitable for developing complex and scalable applications with complex logic building. They can deal with a growing number of business users. Further, low-code platforms are typically designed for the cloud, meaning they are also economical and can be scaled up (or down) as needed. Low-code scalable applications can be created at a fraction of the cost as compared to traditional development.
Myth 3: Low-code platforms are competition for developers
Skilled application developers (or programmers) do have mixed thoughts about low-code platforms. A few of them have started considering low-code platforms as their competition. This perception is largely because low-code platforms can be used by amateurs or business users to quickly develop a variety of apps with easy-to-use visual interfaces.
However, the reality is that low-code platforms are not a competition to app developers but can be more like partners that simplify their work. With these platforms, developers can accelerate the pace of app development and their overall productivity. When used properly, low-code platforms can free the developers from doing trivial tasks and focus on critical aspects of development such as usability and feature designs.
Myth 4: Low-code platforms don’t allow customization
This is another common myth about low-code platforms suggesting that there is no scope for app customization on these platforms. Yes, low-code platforms can be used to build simple apps that do not require much customization. Further, low-code platforms do enable users to build most product features and functionalities without any coding, but that doesn’t mean they don’t allow customization.
The reality is that multiple low-code development tools offer complete customization. In scenarios when business requirements fall outside the skill sets of a business user or the features of the no-code platform, software developers can make code changes to develop reusable extensions and customize their apps for different client requirements.
Myth 5: Low code is a new and passing trend
Low-code platforms (or approaches) are often misconstrued as a “new and passing phase” that appeared from nowhere. That is not the reality. These platforms are not a passing trend and certainly not something new on the blocks.
Although the term “low-code” was coined only in 2014, the concept of application development (with less code) has existed since the 1990s in the form of 4GL and Rapid Application Development (RAD) tools. Having said that, low-code platforms are much easier to use than RAD tools, with their intuitive approach towards app development.
Myth 6: Low-code platforms are designed only for the build phase of development
Another common belief is that low-code platforms are only good for the build (or development) phase of any software lifecycle. This perception has arisen due to the “low-code development platform” title itself that projects it as simply a development tool. But that’s not the case at all.
Modern low-code platforms pretty much cover all other aspects of SDLC including software designing, building, deploying, managing, and iterating. Advanced low-code platforms also offer other features such as one-click deployment, social collaboration, end-user feedback loops, and agile management. Effectively, low-code platforms are now positioned as a one-stop solution for all software-related requirements.
As low-code development gets more popular, common myths are bound to spread and, in some way, might even derail the progress of this development approach.
Through this article, we have busted some of the biggest myths about low-code platforms. This can help stakeholders to utilize the low-code platforms in a better way to create and develop efficient software applications.
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