Low-Code vs No Code

Desiree Kuijpers
Desiree Kuijpers
-So, you’re looking for a solution to make app development easier, quicker and more agile? It’s likely you’ll have come across two rather similar sounding options: low-code and no code.

Similar by name, different in practice. Each are designed to facilitate visual application development but are for different users and purposes. We’ll take you through the differences and help you decide which solution best suits your needs.

What is Low-Code?

Low-code development is a way for developers to design applications quickly and with minimal hand-coding. 
Using a low-code platform is similar to an IDE in that it contains a suite of functionality that complements the way developers work and the tools they need. But, it’s so much more than a traditional IDE. 
Very simply put: low-code is the process of dragging and dropping visual blocks of existing code into a workflow to create applications. Since it can completely replace the traditional method of hand-coding an entire app, skilled developers can work smarter and faster, not getting tied up with repetitive coding. Instead, they can focus on creating the 10% of an application that makes it unique. 
By bypassing this and building applications visually, you can develop applications at least 30% faster and get the best out of your skilled developers. It comes as no surprise then that Gartner expects the low-code market to be responsible for more than 65% of the application development activity by 2024.

What is No Code?

No code solutions are built for those without any knowledge of or experience with actual programming languages. Since the No code vendor pre-builds capabilities into the tool – in a similar way to blogging platforms and e-commerce website design companies that have pre-built pages you can use to launch your blog or business quickly – the customisation options are very limited.
This means applications built with no code tools usually have no unique functionality, limiting the solutions you can create and potentially putting you on the backfoot vs competitors. 

The key differences between low-code and no code

Many of the differences between low-code and no code aren’t visible at a UI level, which is what triggers the confusion between the two. Once you look closer, however, the differences are clear. Here are the key differences to be aware of:

  1. No code solutions cater to those without coding experience, such as a business user or citizen developer. Since no code platforms require very little training, anyone in your organisation with a limited technical background can quickly create business applications. The risk with this though is that it may lead to the creation of shadow IT: a situation where people are developing apps without proper supervision or consideration. Predictably, this can result in security concerns, compliance issues, integration problems, and poorly designed apps that waste time and resources, and can even lose you customers.

  2. Low-code serves both business users and professional developers. Business users can create sophisticated, useful apps with ease – extending your IT team’s capabilities and bandwidth but, fortunately, with added controls and governance.  
While professional developers can unlock the ability to work faster and more efficiently with the option to code by hand as and when is needed. Shrinking the backlog of requests and increasing the IT’s business value.


Bring your idea to life with low-code

Low-code and no code platforms are built with agility in mind. But, while they look similar, each is designed for quite different purposes.
Low-code is good for developing sophisticated applications that run vital, core businesses processes. It’s also a great solution for building standalone mobile and web apps that can be integrated together or with external integrations, such as GPS devices or drones.
No code’s limitations mean it should only be used for front-end solutions.
If the former reflects your business’ needs, let us show you exactly what low-code can do for you. Request a Proof of Concept now. We’ll take your challenge and work with you to create a solution in record time with low-code.

Why with Fruition Partners?

Low-code consultants of Fruition Partners have a great deal of experience with rapidly building low-code business applications for all kinds of businesses. With their practical hands on approach, their strong social skills and deep understanding of low-code, they have surprised and convinced customers in all kinds of businesses with extraordinary solutions.
To give a few examples: 

  • For a famous restaurant in Rotterdam we have developed a smart booking app, that enables customers to book both a table and a timeslot.

  • For an agriculture specialist, we created a smart app that advisers can use to support customers in their sales process. Customers can now make faster purchase decisions based on their specific business situation.

  • For our own organisation we built  the ‘FRAPP’, an app that employees can use to register for lunch in the office, find colleagues, book business trips and internal services like the hairdressers, massage and many more.
At Fruition Partners, our preferred low-code platform partner is OutSystems. This blog post and the information in it was curated from OutSystems’ own post Low-Code vs No Code