The type of platform is very important when choosing a software package. This is where no-code, low-code, and high-code come in. To fully understand the distinctions, we'll go over the benefits and drawbacks of each type, as well as how to make the best decision for your company.

No-code platforms allow you to quickly create simple applications without having to write any code. Since no prior programming knowledge is required, employees in the marketing or business department can develop the application themselves. On the one hand, IT saves time, which can then be spent on tasks that can only be completed by IT. On the other hand, the business department can use their knowledge to create an application that is tailored to the situation, eliminating the need for IT.

Among other things, no-code platforms are suitable for replacing internal applications. When improving internal operations no-code is used by removing redundant tasks, and automating or updating content on a page. In addition, you can also build web applications and portals for customers or employees.

Low-code platforms can be used to create a wide range of apps with little code. A low-code platform is suitable for business employees with experience in IT and, of course, for more experienced developers. The minimal experience required allows for better communication between business and IT because the business side is able to understand the technology better.

Low-code has the advantage of allowing you to create these types of applications at lightning speed. Low-code platforms defy the cliché that IT lags behind the business. You can create anything with low-code, whether it's an ERP system or a sales pricing application.

With a high-code platform, like .NET, you are free to develop according to your own needs. To develop such an application, you need experienced programmers. Programmers are in short supply in today's market. Furthermore, the IT side is harder to comprehend from a business standpoint. The result is a lack of clear communication between the two which subsequently creates a gap between the business and IT. 

High-code platforms are used to create applications that are too complex or unique for no-code and low-code platforms to handle. With high-code, you could create a complicated ERP system with custom security, complex calculations, and a unique user interface, for example.

The requirements determine which platform is best for your application. The four indicators are as follows:

  • Expertise

  • Flexibility

  • Speed

  • Purpose

The required expertise differs per platform. For example, for a no-code platform, you do not need any programming experience because it mainly uses visual programming by means of drag & functionality. This works very well for small solutions, but it does limit you when developing large, new applications. However, to develop high-code solutions in .NET you need an experienced software developer. Low-code has the advantages of both, without the disadvantages. That’s why low-code is a great choice.  You will need some IT knowledge for low-code, but you'll be able to work with it right away. And you will still be able to accomplish a lot more than with no-code. 

Low-code and high-code platforms are the ideal choices for applications that require a lot of flexibility. The difference in capabilities between the two platforms is little, but the difference in skill required is significant. However, low-code is far more accessible, thus you don't need experienced developers to create an application. It's challenging to find experienced developers in today's industry. As a result, the advantage of high-code in terms of flexibility is deemed insignificant.

The number of function points per hour is used to determine the speed with which an application is developed. High-code programming languages like C# and Java have a market standard of around 12 (hours per function point), while low-code platforms have a market standard of around 4.7. Although the speed difference between no-code and low-code is minimal, it is still slightly lower for no-code. This is due to the fact that no-code applications are typically smaller in size than low-code applications.

The platform you choose is also determined by the purpose of your application. No-code is a good option if you wish to automate unnecessary internal procedures or centralize data from an Excel file. No-code quickly becomes too limited as the purpose becomes more complicated. Complicated programs, such as complex ERP systems, can be created using low-code and high-code platforms. Low-code has the advantage of making the development of such a complicated program faster and easier for citizen developers.

Now that you understand the distinctions between no-code, low-code, and high-code platforms, you can decide which platform to use for your next project. The indicators listed above will help with making your decision. Or are you looking for more assistance? No problem; we would be delighted to have a look and think along with you. Please contact Rutger; he will be happy to help you.