Almost any activity we perform at work has one or more applications associated with it. However, while applications are familiar to us as end users, few of us understand how apps are created. Application development refers to the building of apps such as the ones on your phone, TV, or browser.
Application development has historically been complex and behind the scenes of the user experience, however new low-code/no-code (LCNC) platforms remove many of the barriers related to code and coding skills when it comes to application development.
With a bit of time and persistence, anyone can learn to use visual programming tools to build their own solutions.
LCNC broadens accessibility and minimizes the impact of the global and growing shortage of skilled IT workers, and their increasing backlogs.
Describing the characteristics of LCNC development platforms
LCNC Platform Characteristics
People have been making applications for the past 40-50 years with a variety of tools and technologies. Over this time, a set of ideas, principles, and concepts have been refined as the mental backdrop for how applications are built – aspects of which are found in LCNC platforms.
While there are no strict requirements to categorize LCNC platforms, in general, a "no-code" platform replaces traditional programming language-based tooling with a suite of visual development tools that streamline the application development process.