Eugene van Ost
Eugene van Ost
Code2 / IT Soothsayer
May 04, 2021
Low-code vs. No-code

Low-code vs. No-code🔗

Every few years a new trend in tech industry gets hyped up as the next big thing. You don’t even remember Segway, that weird two-wheeled vehicle of sorts which was expected to revolutionize transportation, do you? How about virtual reality, which was supposed get us all hooked but instead fizzled out without any of us noticing? The “next big thing” of the last decade in the software industry was low-code and today it is accompanied by no-code. But can they live up to the hype?

1. What is low-code?🔗

Low-code is an approach to building applications that uses a drag-and-drop interface, involves a high level of abstraction but minimum coding. What is being dragged and dropped in low-code applications (LCAPs) are existing blocks of code. Actually, programs like MS Excel and Powerpoint were nothing more than early forms of low-code, so we have been quite familiar with the concept for decades.

2. What is no-code?🔗

No-code takes the low-code approach to an extreme, where there is no traditional coding involved in the way an app is designed and built. In other words, it raises the abstraction level present in the LCAPs up a notch and makes it possible for the user to build an app through a visual interface only, while eliminating code altogether.

In their idealized, puristic forms, low-code and no-code are located on the two extremes of a spectrum, but in reality, every low-code and no-code platform (NCAP) occupies a different spot along that spectrum. They share common points and differ on some others at the same time. Let’s dive in and have a look at the similarities and differences between the two approaches:

3. Main similarities between low-code and no-code🔗

4. Major differences between low-code and no-code🔗

What about Code2? We at Code2 like to describe our platform as “no-code-first.” I can almost hear you exclaim “Oh no… Another fancy term?” Bare with me: Code2 comes with a very easy-to-use, intuitive UI, but it offers the ability to handle complex workflows and integrations as well. A person with no coding background can easily create a landing page, or a fully-functioning app on Code2. However, the platform also enables users to embed code in, if need be. Thus, on the spectrum extending from no-code to low-code, Code2 is situated closer to the former while catering to a wider range of needs than platforms that are purely no-code. To put it simply, it is the best of both worlds.

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