Will Low Code Replace Developers?

29 Aug · 5 min read

Will Low Code Replace Developers?

With the increasing popularity of low-code and no-code development techniques among numerous large companies, it seems that some engineers are a little wary of the idea. Developers think automation on the assembly line would eliminate their jobs. Some developers are hesitant to adopt low-code and no-code development out of concern that they will eventually become unnecessary. In this article, we address the concerns regarding or no codes and whether they are a real threat to developers. 

What is a Low Code?

Low-code is a visual method of developing software that streamlines the entire process for faster delivery. With low code, you can streamline the deployment of several solutions by automating and abstracting each stage of the application lifecycle. By breaking down traditional business and IT silos and encouraging continuous collaboration, your company can make solutions that meet the needs of your business. 

Prevalence of Low Code in the Past Decades

During the 1970s, the low-code no-code movement started its slow revolution. But now, in every category of software and applications, this has become a standard. Platforms for making low-code and no-code apps are becoming more common in modern businesses in many different fields. 

Beginning with $3.8 billion in 2017, the market for low-code development platforms started to grow rapidly. The most recent reports predict that by 2025, the market will reach $45.5 billion. According to Gartner's research, by 2024, low-code usage will be so pervasive that software solutions will be created globally using such technologies 75% of the time. 

Pros and Cons of Low Code Development

Pros

  • Less Time Needed to Create an MVP

Undoubtedly, a low-code solution speeds up the creation of the finished product. Additionally, it's an excellent technique to develop a minimal viable product (MVP) and determine what needs to be altered or enhanced. Contrarily, creating sophisticated software requires months of work and is not the best option if efficiency is your top concern. 

  • Cost-Effective

While complicated development projects require significant time and financial commitments, low-code development is quick and inexpensive. 

  • Less Testing

Low-code solutions can only be tested in certain circumstances. Most key nodes are tested and passed right away. However, the approach is essentially the same as with custom-built software when it comes to usability, accessibility, and identifying irregularities in the entire workflow. 

CONS 

  • Poor Security

With a low-code solution, anyone can create usable software. However, the likelihood of defects in your code increases the simpler the software development process is. This means that your software could have security flaws or threats to data security that affect the whole system. 

  • Less Scalable

A low-code platform is user-friendly and facilitates project delivery quite quickly. However, what if you want to scale it, add integrations from third parties, or release new composite features? Complex development will take less time and be less expensive financially than switching platforms and employing a development team in the middle of your project. 

  • Limited Customization

Low-code development tools lack customization because they are designed for a broad audience, but to be really honest, it's hard to create anything that perfectly suits every use case. But a developer is more likely to create something original and exceptional if they have a target audience in mind and a clear business case. 

Applications of Low-Code Solutions

These four scenarios demonstrate when low- and no-code platforms are worthwhile: 

1. WHILE BUILDING AN MVP 

You must move quickly while creating a minimal viable product. In this instance, a low-code platform's main benefit is speed. 

 2. WHEN AUTOMATING A MANUAL PROCESS 

It's obvious that low-code or no-code solutions are your best options if your goal is to reduce expenses by automating human procedures. 

3. WHEN STARTING WITH NEW PLATFORMS 

Let's say a firm wishes to provide VR or AR (augmented reality) to its users, but the platforms are entirely new to the company. In that situation, a low-code platform can assist the business in acquiring new customers and boost the likelihood that crucial key performance indicators like retention and satisfaction will be met. 

4. WHEN MIGRATING LEGACY APPS 

A great choice for upgrading a legacy app's UI/UX for its present users is a low-code platform. 

Is Low code a threat to developers?

Thanks to low coding, non-technical teams can create digital products. Therefore, it should come as no surprise that companies are turning more and more to low-code platforms, even though some programmers may view the advancement of this technology as a danger to their employment. Despite its growing popularity, a lot of engineers don’t count it as a threat. Low-code solutions can help with making custom software, but they aren't ready to replace it yet. Of course, this might change in the future if low-code technologies advance in sophistication. Even so, they won't be able to remove the need and necessity for software engineers. They will only drive change and evolution in employment requirements, as with all innovation. 

Conclusion

Unquestionably, low-code and no-code solutions will democratize the development sector, opening the door for more people to try their hand at SaaS and software creation. Developers continue to govern the planet, even if software may be consuming it. So dear developers, it won’t become a threat if you hold it in your hands. You are the creators and you will always be. 

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