What is no-code development?
No-code development is the use of visual editing interfaces to build software without writing any single line of code. This is done using no-code tools which offer drag-and-drop actions to put together components of a website or an app.
No-code platforms require no prior knowledge of programming or coding experience. With the advantage of a lower barrier and learning curve, non-technical founders and the workforce are equipped to build enterprise and mobile applications.
No-code tools equip both software developers and non-technical citizens to build customized software in an agile manner leading to bug-free and faster delivery.
One of the biggest misconceptions of no-code development is that this is made for developing only simple applications. With the rapid development of technology, no-code builders are increasingly becoming sophisticated to support apps with complex functionalities. Now it’s possible to create end-to-end enterprise software using no-code tools.
Check out answers to frequently asked questions about building with no-code here.
Features of No-code Development
1. Drag and drop interface to build components of an application
2. Pre-configured database and server-side software
3. User interface builder
4. Integration capabilities with other software and APIs
Pros and Cons of No-code for Building Applications
No-code Facilitates Agile Development
With no-code drag and drop functionality, you can build full websites and applications by just moving elements of your website or app into place. For example, you can drag a menu bar onto the interface editor without working on them individually. This means faster development speed. The test process is also automated so the overall development time can be cut by as much as 80%.
Reduced cost of development
The overall cost of building and maintaining software with no-code is significantly lower than working with traditional coding. Two factors play a key role.
- No need to hire skilled programmers
Experienced programmers can charge fees as high as $50,000 to build an application from scratch. This doesn’t include the yearly maintenance fee and the cost for upgrades and additional features. No-code eliminates this because anyone can learn and build with no-code in no time.
- Low-cost no-code platforms
Most no-code development platforms are designed for you to pay for only what you use. Subscription plans are based on the number of users (scale) and advanced functionalities. Platforms like Bubble offer subscriptions as low as $25 per month for a basic web app that supports API integration, email support, and much more.
Due to the speed and ease at which software can be developed, the burden of building basic software can be distributed across the company giving room for programmers to focus on more complex tasks.
No-code tools are super easy to navigate and use intuitively. With options of pre-built elements to choose from, you can get an application together in a few hours.
Features and functionality can be adjusted quickly and easily
One of the limitations of traditional development is the inability to make quick adjustments to core features. This is because the code built from scratch is linked to each other so changes made on one part will affect other parts of the software. No-code tools on the other hand are structured so you can make changes by simply implementing a new logic. This implements a change to the core function without having to make adjustments to the whole software.
Check out this article on the 7 biggest misconceptions about no-code.
Cons of Building Applications with No-code
Basic understanding of User Interface
Although this is not a hard-and-fast requirement, you do need a general understanding of user behavior when it comes to interfaces, to build optimized software. However, this can easily be solved by getting inspiration from design communities like Dribble.
You can face a security risk
No-code platforms are completely secure, however, you can still run the risk of security if the no-code platform itself is hacked. Unlike traditional software where you write and compile the code yourself, no-code platforms can put your application in jeopardy if they come under attack.
No-code platforms offer a wide variety of templates and functional customization options. However, there’s a limit to how far you can go especially when it comes to user interface design and embedding complex technologies that run on sophisticated machine learning activities. No-code tools are developing fast and quickly closing this gap.
No-code development is quickly changing the way we build technology. With the ease and speed at which software can be developed, the potential for creative innovations will see a significant increase.