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What is Low-Code, No-Code, & ProCode [+Difference & When to use What?

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May 6, 2022


May 6, 2022

For IT organizations it's not a cakewalk to survive in the rapidly evolving market. Because we have reached the turning point of human history where consumer perception towards digitization has changed dramatically.

To grow and thrive in the IT business space organizations need smart tools and technologies that empower developers to deliver high-quality apps faster while keeping development costs low.

No-code and Low code development platforms claim to address development challenges that businesses face today and speed up app development. 

But still, there are questions such as,

Do low code and no-code solutions fit well into every user case?

If yes, What are the limitations of each platform?

Is there any alternative to overcome those limitations?

At the first glance, it seems to be difficult to decide which is better? 

So, let’s first differentiate each one with its pros and cons.  

What is a No-code platform?

No code-developed platform is designed to empower citizen developers(Gartner defines citizen developers as users, who create new business applications that can be utilized by others using development and runtime environments sanctioned by corporate IT).

The majority of no-code platforms include drag-and-drop functionality for creating web and mobile applications with a visual development interface. It is primarily useful for non-IT professionals who are not skilled programmers. 

There are many more Low code platforms that are used to build web and mobile applications. Even if you are not aware of programming you can create a user interface, design graphics, arrange content according to your brand guidelines, and more. 

However, the no-code platform can be used to create only simple web and mobile applications, for developing complex applications with unique logic and custom designs you must have coding skills.

Pros and cons of No-code development

Pros of No-code development
Better agility

The development is done mostly using prebuilt code modules via a drag and drop facility on the visual interface. Therefore the development is much faster than Low code or traditional development.

Furthermore, testing is generally automated, which reduces development costs even further.

Low Costs

Developing applications is time-consuming and expensive, and no-code development is much simpler, allowing anyone to create applications. Therefore even non-technical staff can develop applications without any extra effort.

High productivity

It is highly productive as it enables you to build applications faster. You can complete a month’s work in hours or days.

Easy to update

Making changes to your application is much easier with the No-code platform; you can update the changes in minutes.

Cons of no-code development

Though, No- code looks appealing, there are hidden shortfalls associated with its use. 

Risk of diverging from evolving capabilities of the platform

The user requirements keep on changing, and there are great chances that these required changes are outside of the current capabilities of the platform.   

Limits what you can build

While developing an application, you may require to build different features. What if, for an inevitable edge case, you didn’t find the building block in your no-code platform. 

In such a situation, you might find out the platform is more rigid for out-of-the-box implementation of functionality.  

Lack of control and security issues

The term "no-code" refers to the use of pre-built code blogs for app development. As the vendors have already made these code blocks or modules available for direct use, it is difficult for you to know what is going on inside.

Not knowing what's inside your app can lead to a slew of security and reliability issues.

Issue of vendor lock 

You may decide to switch your no-code platform at some point, but there are other challenges in switching to other providers that can lead to the issue of trapping under the vendor lock.

What is a Low Code Platform?

Low code enables developers to create applications through configurations rather than coding. It gives little freedom for customization. 

Developers can design applications quickly with minimum coding by dragging and dropping visual blocks of existing code into the workflow. It gives developers a chance to leverage their existing knowledge without manually coding every aspect of the application.

Pros and Cons of Low code development

Pros of Low code development
High Speed

Similar to No code, Low code helps you to build applications faster i.e in hours or days rather than weeks.

Low cost  and higher productivity 

It enables startups and small organizations to work with small development teams. It improves developers' efficiency to build applications with fewer errors, as most of the code blogs are made available for ready-to-use, lowering development costs. Developers only need to focus on the creative part of app development.  

On the other hand, it helps to improve productivity by letting developers churn out more applications in less time.

Little flexibility to customization

Low code offers more flexibility for customization than the No-code platform.

Cons of Low code development
Coding knowledge is a must

Unlike No-code, Low code requires coding knowledge, which can be a hurdle to non-technical employees. Though there is no requirement for highly skilled programmers, little knowledge of coding is a must for updating little code changes. 

Vendor lock issue

If your developers have grown accustomed to coding with a single low-code vendor and want to switch to another platform, using a single low-code vendor may result in a vendor lock.

Limited Flexibility for customization

Using the traditional coding approach, developers can customize the software to any degree. However, with the Low code platform, there are still limitations for code customization.

Low code and No-code limitations

From the above discussion, we can conclude that both low-code and no-code development are good options for faster and lower-cost development. However, it is only beneficial if you want to build a simple application with little customization. 

Therefore the decision to use a low-code or no-code platform depends entirely on each business’s requirement and objectives. 

If you want to build a highly secure customized application, low-code and no-code are certainly not the best fit.  Furthermore, the traditional approach to app development fails to meet business objectives such as faster project delivery, lower costs, and high productivity.

So what can be the best solution?

Pro Code can be the best to go if you need to build custom logic with higher complexity.

Well, what does ProCode development mean?

There are an infinite number of business use cases, and it is nearly impossible to create a universal software that can handle all types of business logic. In simple words, there is no logical pattern that covers every scenario to build a drag and drop component out of it.

Therefore to develop complex or custom applications we require the creative programming skills of developers.  

Today software development is all about technology stack, frameworks, packages, utility tools, APIs, servers, databases, and security mechanisms that aid in the creation of modern applications.

ProCode gives the full flexibility to write code in the regular programming language like JavaScript, Kotlin, and Swift similar to the traditional approach while facilitating module-based development. So that the code blocks can be inserted into the large software as a pluggable module ensuring clean and agile development practices.

Have you ever heard about any ProCode development platform? 

DhiWise, the world's 1st 100% developer-centric ProCode platform.”

With DhiWise, you can build a highly scalable, and maintainable application 2x faster without compromising on quality. 

Applications built with DhiWise are highly secure against reverse engineering and prevent your application from inadvertent sabotage. 

DhiWise is integrated with Git- an open-source distributed version control system developed for collaborative development. It minimizes errors and speeds up development.

It generates source code automatically and allows for complete customization, making the platform suitable for building any type of application. 

DhiWise supports advanced technologies for web and mobile app development such as Kotlin, Flutter, React, Node, Swift, Laravel, Mongo-DB, and Angular. So developers can build an entire app using a single platform with the tech stack they love.

Now you might be thinking about the cost and speed of app development!

Dhiwise does not eliminate the need for developers, but it does enable developers to build apps faster by leveraging advanced features and technology support.

On the other hand, DhiWise is a browser-based platform. Therefore there is no need to manually install software, packages, and other tools necessary for development that can consume your device resources.

Bottom Line

From the article, we can conclude that the low code and no code are certainly not a good choice if you are planning for a custom application.

If you want to build a custom and highly secure app but still worrying about the time constraint are worrying about the time constraint, it's best to go with ProCode development with DhiWise. 

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