No-code Platforms – Myths and Reality

No-code software development platforms are third-party platforms that utilise pre-built components – you can read more about no-code here and here. No-code platforms can change how businesses solve problems. Although this development is gaining popularity, deciding to use a no-code platform to create an app may still be met with skepticism. There are some concerns with no-code options: Will the quality of the final product matches the quality of a custom product? Will my app be customisable in the future?

In this article, we will review the most common myths about no-code to guide you to make a rational decision when choosing a no-code platform for the development of your apps.

Myths about no-code platforms

1. No-code software development is only for smaller applications and has limited capacity to scale

At first, no-code seems synonymous with simple, basic, minimal. As a result, it is easy to assume that no-code platforms can support smaller applications that do not have a large amount of data. However, this is actually a myth – according to a Forrester study, many big corporations use no- or low-code platforms to build complex, large enterprise applications.

So, it turnout that no-code application development is a great option for internal and external needs of a business, no matter how complex. No-code is a key advantage and beneficial to both business members and IT staff.

2. No-code software can’t be customised

Since no-code platforms leverage pre-built components to build your app, it’s easy to assume that projects created with no-code are compilations of existing elements, and therefore not customised. Furthermore, you may think that the UI/UX design will be awful because of this. However, the reality is different. In high-quality no-code platforms, you can write custom code to match your unique needs. Plus, using pre-built components reduces the time required to finish your app since they streamline the entire development process.

3. No-code platforms are only for the build phase

Often many no-code platforms emphasise how useful they can be for the development phase of a project. Because of this, it may seem like they won’t provide services when your app is launched. While this may be true for some platforms, most of them have features to help you manage the entire application lifecycle. Beyond building your app quickly and in a way that suits your needs, these platforms include capabilities like social collaboration, agile project management, one-click deployment, end-user feedback loops, etc. So, no-code development platforms improve the build phase and the whole life cycle of the app.

4. No-code doesn’t allow for collaboration

Well, it is quite the opposite. Using no-code allows for greater collaboration among business stakeholders, teams and customers. With traditional software development, engineers and developers take an idea and then write lines and lines of code to build the solution. With no-code platforms, the person with the idea can be part of the development, and people from the department can easily change something.

5. No-code platform is not for everyone

A popular myth is that a person should require some technical knowledge or coding skills to use the platform. But in fact, no-code platforms allows creating applications without technical skills. No-code platforms have visual tools to drag and drop various modules and application components like checklists, drop down boxes, lists, navigation panels etc.

The thing that is required to create the app is a well-defined problem statement and desired outcome. So, both professional coders (IT teams or developers who have specific coding experience) and people with no-technical knowledge can use no-code platforms.

6. Using a no-code platform means you’re doing everything alone

As we’ve explained – no-code platforms make it easier for the average, non-technical user to build and update an application. However, that doesn’t mean you’re alone. Many no-code applications are service-enabled, which means that they will work with you to develop and deploy your custom software. No- and low-code development allows you to take the lead and be in control of your project, but there is a support team for the moments when you need guidance.

7. No-code eliminates the need for coding

There is a belief that no-code platforms eliminate the need for coding, or no-code is a code eliminator. Well, it is clear that with no code platforms, people can create applications without coding. However, for personalisation, or specific requirements, you’ll need the help of a developer in the back-end to change the variables.

Reality

Today, there are many options for building an application or any custom software, each with their pros and cons. No-code platforms are revolutionising the business IT, making it easier than ever to develop or start your new business. However, traditional code writing will remain important, and we will always need developers.

No-code development platforms may seem static, unable to meet your project’s needs and requirements. However, it turns out that their automation and pre-built components can help you achieve your software goals more efficiently. No-code platforms are highly flexible and scalable, and thanks to them, users don’t require professional developers to create business applications.

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