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What exactly is the difference between no code and low code platforms?

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By Graham / May 19, 2022

There is a lot of confusion about the difference between no code and low code platforms. Some people think that they are the same thing, while others believe that one is better than the other.

No code vs low codeIn this blog post, we will discuss the differences between these two types of platforms and help you decide which one is right for you!

The terms low code and no code get used interchangeably, but there is a subtle difference between them.

Low code platforms are quick and convenient for developers to use.

While not as flexible as traditional coding methods, low code platforms give users more control over customisation. 

More people can build the tools they need with a no-code platform.

Low code platforms could put you at risk of this. Compared to low-code platforms, no code offers very limited flexibility.

These are the questions we’re trying to answer:

What is no-code development, and what are the benefits of using it over traditional coding methods?

No code development is a way of creating software applications without writing any code. Instead, you use visual drag-and-drop tools to build your app. The benefits of using no-code include being able to create an app without any coding knowledge and being able to create an app much faster than if you were to write the code yourself.

Coding is a specialist knowledge

How does low code differ from no code, and why might you choose to use it instead of a traditional coding platform like Java or C++?

Low code development platforms differ from no code in that they still require some coding knowledge. However, low code platforms are much easier to use than traditional coding platforms, and they allow you to create an app much faster than if you were to write the code yourself.

You might choose to use a low code platform instead of a traditional coding platform if you want to create an app quickly and don't have a lot of coding knowledge.

What are some popular low code platforms that are worth considering for your next project development endeavor?

Some popular low code platforms include Appian, Mendix, and we, Reptile, also use this system. All of these platforms offer visual drag-and-drop tools and pre-built templates to help you quickly create an app without a lot of coding knowledge. However, each platform has its own unique features and capabilities, so be sure to do your research before choosing one for your project.

No code and low code platforms can be a great way to quickly create an app without a lot of coding knowledge. However, it's important to choose the right platform for your needs. Consider the features and capabilities of each platform before making your decision. With the right platform, you can create a beautiful and functional app without a lot of coding experience.

What are the reasons why no code was developed?

Many businesses know that mobile is the key to engaging with their audiences today who expect one-touch interactions. Companies are racing to refocus their entire business around digital technologies. The move to mobile has put apps at the forefront.

But there is an acute shortage of app developers. Apps are very expensive and complex to build and beyond the skills of in-house teams.

This begs the question: Will no code/low code replace developers?

While there will always be a need for developers, low-code application platforms are the future of app development, this goes without a question.

This industry is moving fast and has created new opportunities for startups (read also Can no-code tools really help you build your new startup?).  

According to Gartner, a research and advisory company, “By 2023, over 50% of medium to large enterprises will have adopted an LCAP as one of their strategic application platforms.“

As AI/machine learning technology develops and will be enveloped further into the low code world, hiring a developer to code an app will be the equivalent of choosing a propeller plane over a jet. 

The future of low-code application platforms

According to Brandessence Market Research, the low-code market will be worth $65.15 billion by 2027 and $187 billion by 2030. Low-code won’t necessarily replace developers but instead, change the systems and tools engineering teams build.

The most popular no-code tools on the market?

There are a number of different no-code tools available on the market today (more about this subject 'The top 7 most important app development process steps you should look for in a mobile app builder platform' from a previous blog) which might also be of interest to you.

Some of the most popular include:

Webflow - Webflow is a website builder that allows you to create custom websites without having to write any code.

Bubble - Bubble is a visual programming tool that allows you to build web and mobile apps without coding.

AppSheet - AppSheet is a no-code platform that lets you quickly build mobile apps from your existing data sources.

Adalo - Adalo is a no-code platform that allows you to build custom mobile apps without writing any code.

(More to read here - 'Six out of the box solutions how to get a mobile app for your business')

Can you develop an app without coding?

Reptile enables enterprises to build apps using their normal team, or agency. It automates the building of native iOS and Android mobile apps which are then published in the client account.

Designers can set there designs as they wish, no restrictionsReptile is an enterprise solution and companies are not restricted to pre-defined templates, unlike other no-code platforms which offer a limited toolset for B2C customers.

It is the only platform to generate native apps and not web apps and sits on a Microsoft platform which enables companies to securely integrate it into their office back-end technology.

Reptile is built as a working system on the base from our already mature app-building technology which serves real customers - the biggest challenge which we have overcome after two years of intense work is to automate the app builds.

Apps that used to take us a month to compile and release manually can now be built in 10 minutes.

Reptile is an enterprise no-code app building platform. Reptile lets agencies and businesses design & build iOS & Android apps with normal web skills.

How about support? And the hosting?

Reptile will host your services and plug them into Reptile's secure technology, provides support and updates your app regularly (Apple and Android systems have a habit of changing requirements several times a year!) for a fixed monthly fee. No support headaches, no nasty surprise bills.


More to read on this subject: Can no-code tools really help you build your new start-up?

Here is an interesting infographic to explain it visually  Infographic: Low-Code vs. Traditional App Development - The website also quotes: "The global market for low-code development platforms is expected to have increased by a staggering 268% between 2020 and 2025." [Statista, Low-code development platform market, 2018–2025, 2021]


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