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Why Developers Should Welcome Low-code?

Why developers should welcome low-code? There’s plenty of reasons why low-code should be considered in nowadays development. I’ve read some of the articles about why low-code should be considered, and here I sum it all become three main reasons.

  1. Quickness

Nearly all developers agree, the number one reason to switch to low-code is speed. Write-once-run-everywhere reduces the amount of work developers must do. Easy integration cuts down the time spent writing boilerplate code, and generated code that performs well and comes bug-free dramatically reduces maintenance requirements and time-to-production. Your team will become more agile with shorter development cycles, their productivity will increase, which enables you to shift resources to more strategic and innovative initiatives. And the business will now be active participants in the application development lifecycle. Quick deployment allows developers to get back to work sooner.

  1. Easy Intergration and Collaboration

No software products exist in silos; developers integrate open-source libraries, 3rd party APIs, legacy data stores, and much more into their products before all is said and done. Typically, low-code platforms provide model extensibility in two ways: front-end extensions known as widgets; and backend extensions called connectors. Widgets allow developers to extend applications using JavaScript and utilize any JavaScript library they require such as: React, Angular, Dojo or D3. Connectors run on the server, allowing developers to create custom Java/Scala code to utilize any Java or Scala libraries. A best-in-class low-code platform has an extensive range of APIs to help developers integrate the platform into their existing DevOps pipeline. By using tools like Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS) or Jenkins deployment, pipelines leverage the APIs to build, test and deploy applications automatically based on a trigger, like a commit.

  1. Build Apps that Meet Business Expectations.

With quick development and the ease to use, low-code might be so flexible as flexible as the business requirements/expectations. Harking back to an earlier point, software projects are highly complex. Equally complex are the deployment processes that allow projects to go live. With low-code, the deployment is way more easy. A best-in-class low-code platform will provide tools for collaboration in four key areas:

  • Collaboration portal:

Establish a central place where everyone involved in the application development process — from business analysts to traditional developers– can begin to evaluate the collaboration capabilities of a low-code platform. Features and functions like social feeds, comments, stories and feedback management that provide instant visibility and context into what is happening with the application can provide a deeper, shared understanding of the business goals and requirements.

  • Within the development environment:

A best-in-class low-code platform has an integrated development environment that fosters collaboration through integrated communication, like feedback and stories tied to the context of the specific application.

  • Mobile App for testing:

A mobile app for testing enables application validation and includes a social feed for users to be able to communicate feedback and make comments.

  • In-app feedback:

Each app built on the platform has a built-in feedback mechanism, so users who are interacting with the apps can supply feedback right to the development team in the development.

With low-code, your business development will be more ‘agile’ than before.

Wiza Teguh