The difference between code and no-code software

No-code applications seem to be gaining momentum. No-code takes away programming as a barrier between ideas and solutions. So why would you choose to develop a coded app? We’ll give you a list of the differences between no-code- and coded apps.

Advantages of no-code

This is a list of advantages for no-code apps:

  • No-code apps can be build in a short amount of time. There is no need for a development team
  • The level of the needed experts is less relevant, a Business Analist is often able to get the job done
  • The structure is being managed for you
  • Updates for the platform are automatically being rolled out
  • It can be a cost efficient option if you only have a limited amount of users (you often pay a monthly license). If you have more than ten users, it is probably more cost efficient to use coded software.

At first sight, there seems little reason to choose coded software. They take more time to develop, often making them more expensive.

Why should you choose coded software? Read about it below.

No-code providers. Nowsecure, 2018

Advantages of coded software

Anything is possible

Where no-code forces you to use standard interfaces, coded software is fully customisable. The User Experience (UX) will be better than a UX on a no-code application. Code allows you to fully adjust the software to the users needs.

Furthermore coded apps allow you to realise all your wishes. There are no limitations in the final product. No-code simply doesn’t allow you to incorporate all your desired functions.

Universal language, no vendor-lock-in

Another advantage of coded applications is the universal language in which they are written. Most of the times that is PHP script. Because these being general and open-sourced, they are easy to transfer. That can come in handy when a different developer is working on your software in the future.

When you are working with no-code, you are working with a non-universal system. Transfering your software to another developer can cost you a lot of time if he or she isn’t used to the no-code system you are using. In a lot of cases, switching to another system and another developer is only possible if you pay a fee.

In the worst case scenario, you are stuck to your current platform. This will force you to develop a new app or software, leading to more costs.

Laravel framework, example of a code framework

Solid base

Developing a no-code application can give you a head start. Within a week you can have a functioning app up and running. With coded apps, that can take a few weeks. It’s advisable to take your time when you are developing an app. You will often encounter start-up problems after the launch of your no-code app. Ultimately the difference in development time is therefor neglectible.

Long term or short term

Always keep in mind what you want to achieve when developing software or an app. Long term and short term are two important indicators. Are you looking for a long term benefit, then coded software will most likely be your way to go. Are you looking for a quick build, then a no-code app could be worth considering. Want to know more about developing an app for you company? Contact us!

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