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Alt Systems - Low Code vs. Regular Code Development

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Wilmer Machuca
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Mid-Level Software Engineer
Alt Systems - Low Code vs. Regular Code Development
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Currently, as developers, we are faced with many emerging development technologies such as new languages, frameworks, architectures, methodologies, and other types of development models to improve our software implementation processes. Of all of them, the ones that caught my attention the most are related to software development on LowCode platforms, as they focus not only on development but also on managing the entire process.

What is a LowCode platform?

Initially, LowCode was a software development approach that allowed the creation of applications quickly and with minimal programming, and where fully graphical development platforms are used for deployment. This covers not only the development process, but also the deployment of applications and their administration, thus having under control the vast majority of scenarios needed to develop your process, such as exception handling, alternative flows, and customization options.

LowCode platforms allow non programmers to build

LowCode platforms allow you to implement complete business logic flows with the entire back-end process directly controlled graphically. Thus, they provide opportunities for most professionals who are not necessarily software developers to access the world of mobile or web application development.

Integration with external services

One of the main challenges for a graphical platform focused on software development is the integration of external services, databases, and other applications. This is why LowCode developed a plugin integration model, which gives us the viability of being able to work with the most popular infrastructures and services on the market, as well as opening the door to developing new ones by integrating other services into our applications.

Application deployment and maintenance

Seeing all these advantages, we also found that some of them offer complete dashboards to manage the DevOps process, which makes it easy to create separate development, QA, and production environments, but still managed by the same platform. Thus, we get an unparalleled arrangement to control everything in one place. Even the management of event logs and customized access to them is much better compared to the time needed for traditional development.

Traditional vs. LowCode development

Considering all the advantages presented above, why not perform all software development on the LowCode platforms? This type of platform, although designed to be easily scalable, has a relatively simple problem: all development processes are perfect for small applications, but becomes a bit unmanageable when you have numerous independent modules and integrations to services through third parties, which on a large scale could easily be optimized via traditional development.

The new mobile and web development frameworks that have more mindshare right now, like Angular, Vue.js, or React, to name a few, allow developers full control of their applications. On the other hand, in LowCode platforms, we completely depend on the proper functioning of the tool for our development to reach a successful conclusion.

Conclusion

LowCode application development has many advantages today, including the creation, deployment, and administration of web and mobile applications, and even more so with the high demand for development in the market. This gives a wide range of professionals the possibility to perform their own development without the need to have professional knowledge of traditional software development, making it a great tool for small applications. 

Regarding the field of optimization in applications with a lot of competition and interface customization, I think that traditional development has a huge advantage over LowCode. While cost may be an important factor in many cases, I think it is worth investing a little more time and resources in projects that are expected to have a big impact.

Wilmer Machuca
Written by
Wilmer Machuca
Wilmer Machuca

Wilmer is a Mid-level Software Engineer at FullStack Labs. He has advanced knowledge in JavaScript, TypeScript, HTML, and CSS, as well as multiple frameworks and front end libraries such as AngularJS, Angular and React. Wilmer also has experience working with Android and IOS mobile applications, and has contributed significantly to web development projects using Wordpress, Drupal, Magento, ImpressCMS, and SugarCRM.

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