5 Myths About No-Code Software Development
No-code software development platforms are third-party platforms that utilize pre-built components, aka app features such as geolocation, chat or forms, as a foundation for your project. Some high-quality platforms then enable further customization with additional code. Although no-code and low-code development is becoming more popular, deciding to use a no-code platform to build your app may still be met with skepticism, because the concept is relatively new. There are a number of common concerns with no-code options: Will the quality of the final product match the quality of a custom product? Will my app be customizable in the future? Will I have adequate support if something goes wrong with my project?
With all of these uncertainties, employing an offshore developer or development agency may seem like a better route at first glance. But these options have their own pros and cons. Meanwhile, many of the initial worries about no-code development do not reflect the realities of using these platforms, especially if you pick the right one. In fact, good no-code platforms empower non-technical individuals to build their own software, while accelerating the entire development cycle. In this post, we’ll debunk five of the most common misconceptions about no-code software development to help you make an informed decision about the development of your project.
Myth 1: No-code software development is only for smaller applications and has limited capacity to scale
At first glance, “no-code” seems synonymous with simple, basic, minimal. As a result, it is easy to assume that no-code platforms only have the bandwidth to support smaller applications that do not have a large amount of data. However, this is actually a myth—according to a Forrester study, many big corporations do employ no- or low-code platforms to build complex, large enterprise applications. In fact, study participants said that the apps they built through no-code development were able to be scaled across multiple departments or for their entire company.
Myth 2: No-code software can’t be customized
Because no-code platforms leverage pre-built components to build your app, it’s easy to assume that projects created on these platforms are just compilations of existing elements, and therefore not customized. In reality though, high-quality no-code platforms can be tailored with custom code to match your unique needs—your app will likely grow beyond the pre-built components so that it can achieve the goals you have in mind. Plus, utilizing pre-built components reduces the time required to finish your app, since they streamline the entire development process.
Myth 3: Apps built on no-code platforms don’t look as nice
Another common assumption about apps built using no-code development platforms is that these projects will not have as elaborate or as beautiful of UI/UX designs as their entirely custom counterparts. But we just learned that it’s possible to incorporate custom code into no- and low-code platforms. It’s equally possible to add complex, aesthetically-pleasing UI and UX features into apps built with these platforms. Take a look at this event app that Hatch Apps designed—it has a dynamic user interface that was customized in a number of areas to match the Association of Marketers’ brand, colors and event. Good no-code app builders are very capable of generating high-quality, customized UI/UX designs for your project.
If you’re interested in learning more about event applications and why you should create one, take a look at this blog post.
Myth 4: No-code platforms are only for the “build” phase
Because many no-code platforms emphasize how useful they can be for the development/build phase of a project (very useful!), it may seem like they stop providing services once your app has been deployed to the App Store. While this may be the case for certain platforms, most no-code options actually include features to help you manage the entire application lifecycle. Beyond putting together your app quickly and in a way that suits your needs, the high-quality no- and low-code platforms will provide support as the app deploys, after it’s been launched and when it needs to be updated. A report by IBM states, “in addition to visual development tools, [no-code platforms] typically include capabilities like social collaboration, agile project management, one-click deployment, application governance tools, end-user feedback loops, etc.” No-code development platforms improve the build phase, and so much more.
Myth 5: Using a no-code platform means that you have to do it all by yourself
No-code platforms make it easier for the average, non-technical user to build and update an application, but that doesn’t mean that you’ll be left all on your own. In fact, many no-code services, including Hatch Apps, are service-enabled, which means that we’ll work hand-in-hand to develop and deploy your custom software, from creating a prototype to making sure that you’re trained on the platform so that you can make future updates. No- and low-code development allow you to take the lead and be in control of your project without worry—there is a full support team behind you for the moments when you need guidance.
Today, there are many options for building an application or any form of custom software, each with their own pros and cons. At first glance, no-code development platforms may seem robotic, unable to meet your project’s specialized needs. However, these debunked myths show that their automation and use of pre-built components can actually help you achieve your software goals in a more efficient, empowering way. IBM’s report writes, “No-code apps can be built with an extensive range of features and functionality—from simple tracking and reporting capabilities to automated workflows complete with notification triggers. Forms, reports, workflows, data structure, and other elements can all be updated in real-time, providing a level of business agility not previously possible.”
If you want to get started with using a high-quality no-code platform to build your app, connect with an app specialist from the Hatch Apps team. Schedule a time here.