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Low Code/No Code: Are Template Solutions the Future?

By Dick Weisinger

No-code GUI-based tools target non-developers and make it possible to configure applications without any code changes. Low-code means that an application provides a way to perform simple and quick customizations usually via scripting.

But some vendors have stretched just what “low-code” means. Tools are being marketed as “low-code” when they are in fact simply APIs or libraries that require developers proficient in Java, Angular or some other framework to be able to sufficiently use them. The “low-code” tool might reduce the amount of time to develop an application from scratch, but many companies don’t want to make a sizable investment in custom development or a development investment of any size.

Adrian Bridgwater, journalist at ComputerWeekly, wrote that “low code as most know it today is on its way out. We’ve entered the next, more focused phase of low code platforms – one that’s template-, solution- and outcome-driven. While low code vendors may think people are excited to build with low code tools, there’s a much larger cohort of people that just have a problem they’re looking to solve. Now, we’re getting to the extremes of template-driven low code. It’s really not about users wanting low code tools to be easier; they don’t want the tool at all. What they do want is the outcome to be easier to achieve.”

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