Open Source Low-Code Platforms: Changing The Landscape Of Coding

As the topic suggests the word “open”. The only thing that comes to mind is that there is software with a source code that anyone can inspect, enhance, or modify. This could be any software that users can review and adapt. Since there’s no exclusive control with the creators.

Source code” in basic terms is that part of the software that almost all computer users don’t ever see. Computer programmers manipulate their code to change how a piece of software, i.e. program/application works. Programmers with access to a computer program’s source code can improve the program by adding certain features to it. Also, fixing parts that might not work appropriately.

How Is Open Source Software Different From Others?

Any software with source code that the creators/organizations have exclusive control over is “proprietary” or “closed source” software. With this, only the original authors of proprietary software can copy, inspect or alter that software. Even if this proprietary software is available for others, they can only do things with the permission of the software’s authors. An example of such software is Microsoft Office and Adobe Photoshop. Both software provides their users with only limited options with regards to its usage.

On the other hand, open-source software helps computer users with permission to use the software for any purpose they wish to. This gives the users full freedom and the ability to change it according to their particular requirements/needs.

Low-Code Development Platforms

Low-code development platforms do not require the user to have a traditional coding background and can help anyone hoping to develop coding platforms. Whether or not they have the required technical expertise.

In such a platform, you can create and update a wide range of applications in a relatively short amount of time, that requires minimal programming. These platforms use a visual development approach. Whereby, a graphical interface (GUI) pairs with precompiled models that make it easy to drag/drop components in the process of building applications with speed.

A low-code platform, in particular, uses visual modeling tools to reduce the amount of coding required in the application creation process. These tools are enterprise-level and offer an architecturally complex framework in half the time. Also, facilitating the assembly and usage of components.

Here the entire application development process can be streamlined by anyone and everyone involved in the process. Additionally, enabling the usage of scripting, business analysis, and process modeling techniques.

Low-Code Vs No-Code

In comparison with low-code, there also exists the option of using a no-code platform. These platforms offer a step-by-step visual development that helps a wide array of business professionals act as developers. All they really need is an understanding of spreadsheet skills.

No-code platforms have menus or wizards. Tools that require the user to just ‘point’ and ‘click’, with the added ability to include automatically generated user interfaces with the bare minimum requirements for implementation. All in all, the entire development process simplifies to a great extent.

So what kind of platform works best for you?

To answer that question. You would need to evaluate the skills of your team and consider their capabilities.

A low-code development platform intends to help accelerate development. Whereas, a no-code platform designs to facilitate the integration of non-technical users into the development process.

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