Appian, Five.Co, PowerApps, Outsystems, Mendix, Bubble, Retool, Unqork, Zappier, Zoho, AppGyver, AppSheet. The list of no-code & low-code tools grows longer by the day. What’s the right place to start?
The list of no-code and low-code vendors seems to get longer by the day. Finding the right starting point can be difficult for anyone new to the industry.
Here are three essential questions for selecting the right no-code or low-code tool:
This is the first question to ask. What are you trying to build with no-code / low-code? A website? A web application? Automation? Is your website or web app designed for use by consumers or business users? Each platform is suited for a different use case. Define your problem before trying to find the right tool.
Once you’ve defined the problem you’re trying to solve, ask yourself what your skills are. Here’s a shortcut: do you know SQL and relational databases? If yes, focus on low-code platforms (Five, Retool, Outsystems, Mendix, etc.). If no, focus on no-code platforms (Bubble, AppSheet, Honeycode, etc.). Generally speaking,
Few developers take into consideration budget when exploring tools. Most tools are available for free anyway, so cost is only a secondary consideration. Why bother worrying about cost now, when the question only becomes relevant down the road? The answer is simple: “There’s ain’t no such thing as a free lunch”.
Understanding what running an application will cost you, is one of the best ways to a platform’s suitability. Ultimately, no-code and low-code tools are supposed to generate savings in time and cost. Otherwise, what’s the point of replacing your current dev environment with a new development tool? Our advice: explore the pricing structure of tools even before signing up for a free version.
A simple rule of thumb for selecting the right low-code tool is this:
To read more about low-code and the cost benefits, also check out Infoworld’s Guide on “How To Choose A Low-Code Development Environment” here.
Equipped with these three simple questions, you’ll be ready to select the right platform for you!
If you’d like to learn more about low-code software engineering, check out our other blog posts on https://five.co
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