Low Code Platforms for faster software development

What do you mean Low Code? 

Low Code is exactly what it sounds like; a way to develop applications with little requirements in coding. These platforms put user-friendly solutions in action, using drag and drop boxes for instance. Although, this doesn’t mean that you can simply start building an application on your own if you don’t understand the basics of how an application works, namely how it receives and deals with data for example. 

For that reason, low code doesn’t mean the end of developers because we still need people to understand the process. However, those platforms allow you to gain a lot of time and experience a different way to code. 

So here we go with our top 10 platforms you should definitely give a try to if you want to gain velocity in your next software development project! 

This platform allows you to build apps with consistent user experiences faster: accelerating 17 times the software lifecycle and reducing the costs by 50% so the company claims. 

Appian is known for their effective features such as user-friendly UI and real time notifications for best practices and minimize risks. Moreover, Appian facilitates collaboration which enables you and several teams in your organization to work simultaneously together on the project. 

The only downside to it might be that there are no performance monitoring tools on the platform and this could be a real no-go if you wish to keep track on your deployment and results.  

This platform simplifies the software development lifecycle and makes it easier for you to manage your software/application at every stage. It adapts to your business evolutions and you’ll find that handling backlog and data becomes a no-brainer with Outsystems. 

The strong asset of this tool is that it leverages the latest cloud technologies associated with AI which enables you to benefit from the latest technological developments but in a user-friendly way: thanks to an easy drag and drop interface, you can easily edit your application. 

Mendix focuses on making it easier for you to build enterprise-oriented assets, like online portals, automated and digitalized processes for instance. Their platform is really handy to use because you can manage all your applications directly from your desktop and you can also choose to edit between a low-code or no-code IDE, which can be very useful if you’re not exclusively working with tech people. 

In addition, Mendix is concerned about staying on top of the game by releasing new features that make big differences regularly. You will surely be on top of the latest development trends thanks to Mendix. 

Last but not least, the platform has a very active community on their forum that helps on support issues and provides tips and feedback! 

This is an astonishing platform as it allows you to combine traditional code and low-code in the same IDE, very handy if you are working with a mix of developers and non-coding persons or wishing to bring advanced features. 

Visual Lansa brings down the segmentation between deployment and IT, by managing everything from your IDE to design web applications and having frontend and backend all in one place. Plus, their “bridge” feature enables you to migrate any existing app into another language which can spare you a huge amount of time. 

This might be one of the most flexible and intuitive platforms to use thanks to tailored workflows that adapt to the different ways people work and interact with the platform to build applications. Quickbase’s goal is to improve productivity by making low-code development faster and simpler; adding data for instance becomes as easy as uploading it from a spreadsheet! 

The absolute plus with this platform is that it is highly customizable and enables you to adapt the platform to your business’s needs and not the other way around. 

The focus here is all on fast delivery and easy shareability. Microsoft Power Apps offers templates and drag and drop systems to deploy your applications faster and increment changes in no time every step of the way.

What is a game changer is that you can connect Microsoft Power App to other Microsoft functionalities to benefit from Azure for instance, or the Dataverse, Microsoft centralized data platform. Plus, they also propose pre-defined AI models which can help you incorporate advanced features into your projects even if you are not familiar with machine learning. 

This one is particularly effective to design internal applications: focus on the essential instead of fighting with user interface, data management or accessibility management. Similarly to previously mentioned platforms, Retool uses a drag and drop system allowing you to assemble your application faster. Moreover, it offers easy access to other databases thanks to APIs such as GraphQL, REST or gRPC. 

The interesting advantage of Retool is that the platform does not store your data, you are the only person keeping track of your data and storing it. When you execute your request, the backend Retool is sent to yours, plain and simple.

That’s it for this list. Reach out to the Developer Experience team on Twitter to share the platforms who should make it to the list according to you

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