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Low-Code vs. No-Code

Updated: Oct 5, 2020

Let’s give some definitions first. Low-code development, unlike traditional coding, provides creators a graphical user experience. Bypassing the usual long lines of code, creators can speed up the development process with minimum hand-coding. Drag and drop visual blocks of code, avoid repetitive and menial coding, and use a large suite of different tools and functions to distinguish your apps from the rest.

No-code development takes the simplicity of low-code to a new level. Most of its users are citizen developers, that is, people with little or no experience with coding. Strict templates, functions, and tools can offer an easy, simple method of creating an app. But simplicity, for all its benefits, also has dire drawbacks. Without unique functionality and customization, developers may quickly complete a no-code app, but users and viewers may, for the very same reason, find the app dry and mediocre. In truth, no-code development is very effective when designing apps for simple, singular business problems. Once issues evolve in complexity, as they often do when your business grows, no-code apps may become ineffective and redundant. And because no-code is so easy to use, there is the possibility that people might develop apps without consideration or supervision. This can lead to a whole host of problems, otherwise avoidable, such as security risks, inability to integrate, and a poor design that may turn your users away.

Low-code, in a sense, has the best of both worlds. While it retains a great deal of no-code’s agility, low-code apps can be customized and expanded upon. A balancing act can be difficult; one might be attracted to the easiness of no-code, or the amount of control that full-code offers, but OutSystems can offer you both with its extensive platform.


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