No code development platforms provide a set of user interfaces where a user can create or change a software application. Without needing to learn a common, syntax-based development language. The idea of making software development easier for non-developers has been worked on and evolved for decades. The most popular of these no-code development efforts come from the most common types of software development.
From Microsoft’s FrontPage in the 1990s to Macromedia’s (acquired by Adobe) Dreamweaver in the late 1990s, and subsequent evolution of WordPress, Blogger, Wix, Squarespace, and many other no-code website development platforms – we see one of the most common types of software development surrounded by platforms trying to make the activity more accessible.
As more categories of software development have become ubiquitous, especially in a business setting, more platforms have been created to make it easier for people to build and change their software applications without writing code.
Common Types of No Code Development
No Code Website Development
Building a website has been and will continue to be one of the most common types of no-code development. Because of how common the activity is. Also, you could argue that there are not enough developers to keep up with demand here. And that demand pushed the question “So, how do we let anybody build this on their own without needing to write any code?”. And this question is at the heart of every type of no-code development.
Not all no-code development platforms are created equal. They all serve different purposes and depending upon what you need to accomplish. You might need to pick a tool that at first appears to be more complex to have enough control over attributes of your project to make significant difference. This could be for better search engine optimization, better e-commerce support. Or simply for better technology stack agnostic support.
No Code Mobile App Development
Mobile app development in and of itself is a more approachable development task than many other projects. And it is also less mature with many device-specific dependencies. At the same time, smartphones have become ubiquitous. And there is money to be made that has driven some less than desirable app publisher behaviors. We have even seen a mobile app platform without coding launched for the sole purpose of sharing advertising revenue. While that might seem like a creative business model, it incentivized some poor behavior.
In a business setting, there continues to be a need for Omni-device user experiences and while there are some standalone mobile app development platforms. We are seeing much of this need addressed by vendors who have delivered broader business process management solutions.
No Code Workflow Automation
One of the most significant, but under recognized places where no and low code development has exploded is in a business setting. With the categories of Workflow Software, Business Process Management Software, Rapid Application Development Software, and a lot of other names with nuanced differences that get at the idea of arming different types of employees with the power to drag and drop changes in software applications.
This drag and drop tools still require some level of study and training to become proficient, but many are reaching a point where the user experience can be designed toward easily making changes that happen more often than others. A lot of these vendors have an ecosystem of partners who can be on stand by to make changes for you.
Emerging Categories of No Code Development
No Code Machine Learning Development
There is so much information about drag and drop platforms for machine learning algorithm building. This illustrates and important concept of development without coding in general – know your target user! In this case machine learning can be accelerated more buy statisticians and analysts who may have learned languages like R, but who can benefit more from a drag and drop tool to define their models in non-R environments.
No Code Artificial Intelligence Development
AI development is quickly becoming the norm in every software organization as marketing organizations push the buzzword to new heights. While the definition of AI is being degraded in the process, there are some pretty cool services that let you take advantage of some of the big players AI toolkits without having to write any code.