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No-code vs low-code

No-code and low-code are different software development methods that help companies develop software applications efficiently and that do not require a great level technical knowledge or skills. The difference between no-code and low-code lies in the level of technical knowledge required to develop software.

No-code platforms require no code or programming at all to develop software. No-code platforms provide drag-and-drop interfaces, in addition to other visual tools, to develop software so that even people without any programming knowledge can work with them.


Low-code platforms still require some code to develop the software, but the amount of code needed is minimal compared to traditional software development tools. Low-code platforms often have a graphical user interface (GUI) that allows users to build applications with drag-and-drop modules, reducing the amount of manually written code.


Advantages and disadvantages of no-code and low-code development

A key advantage of no-code is that it can reduce the time and cost of software development because there is no need for programming knowledge to build applications. This makes it easier to build prototypes quickly and to automate business processes.


A disadvantage of no-code is that it offers limited flexibility and customisation possibilities, which is primarily due to the fact that features and capabilities of no-code platforms are standardised. This renders no-code platforms less suitable for complex applications.


Low-code offers more flexibility and is therefore more suitable for complex applications. While the amount of code needed for low-code is limited, reducing development time and costs, it still enables the provision of customised solutions.


The disadvantage of low-code is that it still requires some level of technical knowledge to use the platform. Using low-code platforms may also pose challenges around the integration of applications with existing systems.


Both no-code and low-code are valuable tools to help companies develop software applications. On the one hand, no-code is suitable for rapid prototyping and requires no programming knowledge. On the other hand, it offers less flexibility and fewer customisation options. Low-code offers more flexibility and is suitable for complex applications. Low-code however still requires some level of technical knowledge and does not always allow applications to seemlessly integrate with existing systems. In choosing the most suitable software development method, it is key to keep an organisation’s specific needs in mind.



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