As a developer at StayShure, it's always fun when friends or family ask me what I do for work. If I want to get out of the conversation quickly, I just say, “I program apps.” Talking about programming bores people, but if I want to keep someone’s attention, I like to say: “I work for StayShure, a low-code app agency. Have you ever heard of low-code? It's pretty new but extremely powerful!” This answer usually makes people ask questions like, “What makes it so powerful?”
Why is Low Code so Powerful?
The first reason why low code app development is so powerful is that it is constantly innovating and developing new low code solutions for old programming problems. For example, everyone is currently talking about OpenAI’s GPT chat tool. In the low code world it only took one week before there were tools that allow StayShure to integrate OpenAI into the apps we build.
As another example, the other day, I was at a meeting with one of our clients and my boss was present. The client had asked if we could build a desktop version of our web app since their employees may miss messages from their phones while working at their desks. Initially, I responded that our agency doesn't do that, however, after doing some research, I was able to demonstrate on the call how we could turn the web app into a progressive web app with only a few clicks. This meant that the web app would become full screen, be pinned to the Windows/Mac taskbar, and also include the added benefit of desktop notifications. My boss was surprised and exclaimed: “I didn’t even know we could do that!”
The speed of development is only one factor that makes low code exciting, but it is the foundation of why my job is so interesting. Normally when a client asks for a new feature, we can find a way to add it to an app and provide proof of concept within a day or two. We call this continual development, and our clients come to expect weekly improvements to the apps we build. Recently one of our clients wanted to translate chat messages between Spanish and English and be able to view the messages in either language. My developer used Google Translate to quickly provide a prototype of how this could look:
How Low Code Is Changing the Development Industry
Not surprisingly, low code development is rapidly transforming the app development industry. Gartner forecasts that the worldwide market for low-code development technologies will total almost 27 billion in 2023. This is an increase of 19.6% from 2022. Additionally, estimates project that by 2024, low code and no code based applications will account for more than 65% of total application development. Low-code is the future of the majority of software development.
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