The Programming Solution Taking the Coding World by Storm
Proceed with caution because low-code is on the rise. Much like every other aspect of science and tech, the software development industry is paving a clear path toward an automated future. It is coming in the form of low-code/no-code development where platforms are being used to transform the development process into a visual one that doesn’t require code to be written out line by line. The low-code approach requires a basic level of programming knowledge while no-code can be conducted with zero programming experience.
How It’s Performing Amongst Professionals
Upon surveying over 16,000 developers for the 2022 State of the Developer Nation Report, SlashData found that “46% of professional developers use low-code/no-code tools for some portion of their development work”. And other analyses from industry experts reflect continuous, exponential growth over the next couple of years. According to Gartner, “by 2024, low-code application development will be responsible for more than 65% of application development activity”.
The SlashData report also shared that, at the moment, a majority of professionals who employ low-code/no-code tools use them for less than 25% of their work. It highlighted that only 11% of all developers use these tools for more than half of their work. But overall, use rates of low-code/no-code tools differ greatly from region to region.
In comparison to the global average usage of 46%, the regions that most implement these tools are the Greater China area (69%) and North America (57%). The lowest rates are surprisingly found in regions like South America (19%) and Eastern Europe (28%). The report stated that North America is at the forefront of the low-code/no-code movement and provides “the strongest evidence that these tools can supplant traditional development approaches”.
A large part of the hesitation that still lies beneath the lower implementation stats unveils a truth most would expect: more experienced developers probably don’t like using low-code/no-code tools. As these tools are leveraged by fewer hobbyists and students, the barrier to entry becomes lower and lower. But the reality is that instead of seeing it as a threat to career and employment, more experienced developers should be viewing this as an opportunity.
Benefits of Low-Code/ No-Code
More Time and Headspace For Innovative Thinking
The one complaint every professional has, regardless of industry, is not having enough time in the day. The opportunity here lies in the automation that low-code/no-code provides for basic development, updates, and bug fixes. This then opens up developers’ schedules for creative thinking, complex development, and innovative problem-solving.
The shortage has been widespread throughout the workforce. And with the high demand for tech talent, finding and attracting new talent is a challenge. Equipping current talent teams with these tools will streamline their work, enhance flow in their day to increase overall productivity, and deliver quality at a quicker rate. On an organization’s operational level, this will also generate a substantial cut in talent costs.
The flexibility provided by low-code/no-code tools simplifies and accelerates building on the basics already laid out by the software. It also allows for scaling and integration without requiring modifications to the existing programs and processes. This is work that can require many hours of labor and multiple developers (costly solutions) if employing traditional methods.
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