Codeless programming is alternatively known as “no-code software development” or “low-code software development.” It basically allows practically anyone (even those with no programming or development background) to create their own applications using templates and modules on graphical user interfaces (GUIs).
Simply put, “codeless” in “codeless programming” translates to “no coding.”
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What Gave Rise to Codeless Programming?
We’ve been hearing about skills gaps for several years now. And the trend mostly applies to the IT sector, specifically the lack or limited supply of competent software developers to keep up with company requirements to go digital.
It is a known fact that computer programmers and software developers take at least four years of study before they can get employed. Given that around 17.3% of U.S. undergraduates in various computing-related courses are not expected to finish their studies each year narrows down the pool of skilled programmers and developers. That said, some companies who wish to enjoy the benefits of digital transformation had to turn to codeless programming to keep up with competitors with huge IT budgets.
What Are the Benefits of Codeless Programming?
Codeless software and platforms provide users these advantages:
- Getting new apps to market faster
- Lowering software development costs and risks
- Producing better apps since designers can more easily integrate user requirements
- Improving data management and governance controls
- Easing the burden of IT teams since they no longer need to support software development directly and can concentrate on more technically demanding tasks
Will Codeless Programming Spell the End for Programmers and Developers?
The quick answer is no. Codeless development will not threaten the job security of programmers and developers. No- or low-code platforms will only accelerate software delivery. They will allow programmers and developers to focus on tasks that normal users (without coding expertise) can’t do.
Codeless platforms are, in fact, more targeted at business users that don’t want to fall in line and wait for their IT teams to finish apps that they need to streamline or improve their processes. No- or low-code software lets them handle their own development with their clients’ needs in mind. Instead of writing code, they can build apps by merely dragging and dropping available elements.
What Are Some of Today’s Most Popular Codeless Platforms?
We looked at the G2 site to compile a list of the highest-rated codeless software to date. These platforms had at least a 4.9 out of 5.0-star rating:
- Xpoda: Provides users with drag-and-drop tools they need to design applications in minutes. It can build enterprise-level complex applications without too many risks that come with manual coding.
- Lumavate: A low-code mobile app platform for marketers. It enables them to build and publish mobile apps with no coding required quickly. Its products come in the form of progressive web apps (PWAs) for users like Roche, Trinchero Wines, Toyota Industrial Equipment, RhinoAg, Wheaton Van Lines, and Delta Faucet.
- Stackby: A collaborative spreadsheet-database hybrid that allows anyone to create workflows that can be automated via third-party services. It uses a spreadsheet-style interface that combines the functions of databases and popular business application programming interfaces (APIs) like YouTube, Google, MailChimp, Facebook, and Clearbit. Users can choose from more than 100 templates for sales, product development, marketing, growth hacking, video production, creative projects, and project management.
- Qalcwise: A no-code platform that lets customers create and deliver web apps that work across all devices.
- ObjectGears: A platform for rapid application development that uses ready-made or self-made solutions geared toward business users.
- WEM: A no-code application platform-as-a-service (aPaaS) that allows users to create custom applications without programming for any device.
There are plenty more codeless platforms in the market, of course. Business users can choose what works best with their processes and existing systems.