Low Code: eliminating barriers to access to programming

David Faustino, Managing Director of Nexllence

Low Code is a technological tool in the broadest sense of the word, since we use it to achieve something else. When we talk about programming, we find ourselves in the situation of having a high barrier to entry: it is necessary to study and obtain complex accreditations to develop an application or program. We are subject to the limitations of Middleware, and when a more specific application is needed, we have to create it from scratch..

Low Code arises precisely to alleviate this barrier to entry, applying the Agile methodology to the field of programming. In 2021 alone, it is estimated that $11.3 billion will be invested in this technology, a 23% increase over 2020, which means that we are talking about a tool that is increasingly in demand and is helping the digitization of small, medium, and large companies, which use it to develop their own applications.

Although Low Code does not eliminate the need for some preparation and training, it greatly simplifies its use and allows the development of functional and very powerful applications, especially when it comes to managing large amounts of data and extracting knowledge for the organization. It is, in short, a tool that makes programming more accessible and saves time and resources, as well as making the company much more flexible, which will be able to adapt faster and approach its digital acceleration more efficiently, adjusting perfectly to its needs.

Technologies like Outsystems enable the creation of all kinds of custom applications through the use of powerful development tools that make the process simple and require no intensive training. In a year like last year, in which the adoption of digital strategies was fundamental, the speed of adaptation of companies was essential to maintain competitiveness. Low Code enables just this, as it speeds up the process of creating applications and allows for dispensing with cumbersome custom designs in favor of simpler, more pragmatic development.

The most notable feature of Low Code is its programming using a visual interface, which also allows the result of the application to be seen in real time and aspects to be corrected in real time. This is because many of the features of the applications are not developed from scratch, but are packaged and can be used and interrelated with others to exploit them properly. It is estimated that in this type of simple applications, 80% of the code could be recycled from similar ones, so Low Code takes advantage of this circumstance to standardize their use and significantly reduce development times and therefore the associated costs.

But this standardization is not at odds with customization, since Low Code allows applications to be treated individually and add unique elements that differentiate them from others, so that no identity is lost, in addition to being able to adjust their functionality to better suit the real needs of the company.

In this sense, Low Code is not designed to do away with the role of programmers, but rather to facilitate their work by eliminating the most tedious and repetitive parts of the development process, since the goal is to avoid recreating existing code and to simplify the phases in the development phase in order to focus efforts on what makes each application different and unique. The result is a more efficient cloud environment with shorter development times, lower costs, and fully functional applications. 

Source: El Español