The evolution of coding can be traced back to the 1950s, when the first programming languages were created to communicate instructions to a computer. By the 1980s, software development was becoming an important business competency following rigorous knowledge and practices until the end of the century.
Now, after twenty more years of evolution, the emergence of visual programming tools, application programming interfaces with integrations, and the platform economy have democratized development.
Summarizing low-code / no-code technology
Traditionally, building applications has largely required advanced technical skills, the use of programming languages, and integrated development environments.
Low-code and no-code (LCNC) refer to a new style of visual programming that makes it possible to develop applications without the use of coding languages, which greatly reduces the barrier of entry for anyone looking to take up application development. To differentiate between the two aspects:
- Low-code uses both a traditional programming language-based environment combined with no-code platforms and is used by developers with at least basic technical knowledge.
- No-code is simpler, and it fully replaces the traditional programming language-based tooling with a suite of visual development tools (ex. drag-and-drop components) and can be used by technical and non-technical people alike, such as citizen developers.
On the other end of the spectrum, you have the most complex work, the traditional software development where high-level programming knowledge and professional development experience is required to build applications and automations that solve nuanced problems.