Businesses of all sizes are introducing their own apps to grow their customer bases and their revenue. In the past, traditional (or custom) software development was the only way for businesses to do this. However, low-code has become an important ingredient in enabling businesses to adapt to their changing environments quickly, since it can be used as a supplementary force for traditional development in the IT industry. Then, which would be the most suitable digital transformation for your business? Let’s Kyanon Digital address the debate between low-code vs. traditional development.
1.1. Low-codeAccording to Mendix, low-code is a visual approach to software development that optimizes the entire development process to accelerate delivery. With low-code, you can abstract and automate every step of the application lifecycle to streamline the deployment of a variety of solutions. By breaking down traditional silos of business and IT (promoting continuous collaboration), your organization can develop solutions that meet the needs of your business.
1.2 Traditional codingTraditional development is developing software applications using manual coding, which refers to working with an entire team of developers and programmers to gather specific requirements, develop a plan, and work with a development team to create custom code for an application to meet the specified needs.
2. Low-code vs. Traditional Development
2.1. Coding Knowledge
- Minimum knowledge is required, so low-code developers will only need to gain basic coding understanding.
- Professional web developers with advanced coding skills and knowledge of multiple web frameworks work with traditional web apps.
2.2. Speed of Development
- Low-code development platforms (LCDP) are known for their rapid development. You can develop a working web app in just 1-3 weeks.
- Traditional development requires hardcore coding and may take 2-8 months to complete. This is because of extensive coding, multiple prototype revisions, and testing and bug fixes.
- With LCDP platforms you may have limited customization to your web app.
- With traditional coding, the web app can be tailored to meet your specific requirements.
- Low-code apps are more agile because you can make changes quickly. Your new app releases will be quicker and any errors can be backtracked and resolved immediately.
- With traditional custom development, changes can be slow.
- Deploying low-code apps is fast. But you have access to limited platforms. Depending on the low-code tools you are using, you can deploy only to supported platforms.
- With traditional web apps, you are free to deploy to any and all platforms.
- Low-code apps are easy to maintain comparatively. When the company updates the low-code platform, your low-code web apps will be automatically updated. So you spend minimal resources in the regular maintenance.
- Custom-built web apps can be tough to regularly update and maintain. You need a dedicated team to update the code each time.