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Low-Code Tools for Faster Mobile Apps Development

Nowadays enterprises are using low code tools for the delivery of applications which require much less time and programming language during the development process.


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What are Low Code Tools?

Low code tools like WordPress are a flexible set of pre-designed and coded programs or subroutines that allow developers, entrepreneurs, marketers, and anyone else to develop and modify programs as needed. Such tools also integrate features, images, and databases available on the net or in other applications with required logical sequences for the particular workflow. These tools actually reduce the time for developing and modifying any customized software or apps.

Such tools include visual development models, plug-ins, widgets, drag and drop builders, and templates. It is, therefore, possible for anybody to design the program, build it, deploy it, manage it, and use it several times over.

The idea is to use such tools for visually developing the required software and reducing the software developer’s coding job because relevant logics is already present in such builders, blocks, templates, etc. Coding with conventional tools such as C# and Java is a time-consuming, labor-intensive activity.

Many of these low code or no code tools are dynamic enough for moving across different platforms and devices. Therefore, such programs can be used on desktops, laptops, ipads, iphones, and other web-based devices.

Low Code Tools

1. Form.com

This is a web-based set of tools that give you access to a builder that facilitates dragging and dropping elements onto a page. Form.com is useful for transforming existing forms into online forms, as well as creating new forms as needed. This tool or app lets you incorporate any images into the forms, and also has the facility for capturing a digital signature. Bonus: Form.com offers an autofill feature as well. As mentioned before, Form.com is useful for the web-based environment, and it can also be used with mobile apps.

2. Alpha Anywhere

Alpha Anywhere is based on wizards. It is a Windows-based tool but is useful for the web as well as desktop environment apart from mobile phones including Apple devices.

The most useful features of this tool are its ability to integrate with Adobe PhoneGap Build and PhoneGap. Alpha Anywhere effectively reduces the need for using multiple development environments, and can be used for developing complete programs, as well as hybrid apps for mobile devices.

3. AppArchitect

This is a web-based tool for iPad and iPhone apps. Plugins are used as building blocks. AppPress is another such tool for iPhones, iPads, and other Android apps. The unique feature of App Press is that it has a user interface similar to Photoshop. This allows the user to combine screens available from visual models, using layers.

4. iBuildApp

This is also a web-based builder with templates that can be customized using a choice of widgets that are conducive to developing apps in no time. The tool is developed for iPads, iPhones, and other apps for Android.

5. QuickBase

This web-based tool has over 300 application templates, which can be customized based on your needs. These templates include a complete and comprehensive Project Manager. It is possible to build applications from scratch with data designs using QuickBase.

6. Salesforce1

This is a versatile tool for HTML, web-based apps, and apps for Android mobiles, apart from iOS. This can be used in 3 different ways:

a. Create hybrid or native applications for Android devices and iOS with the help of Salesforce Mobile SDK

b. Create a JQuery using Salesforce Mobile Pack

c. Combine mobile website or generic downloading Salesforce viewer tool with web application developed with Force.com

Uses and Advantages

Low code or no code tools are useful in all environments, including the cloud. These tools can be used for business purposes as well as entertainment and personal needs. Since anybody can develop programs using these tools, it leaves developers more time on hand to explore and improve their existing applications. There is a considerable improvement in speed as well. Because of these factors, the cost of software development is reduced considerably, and more customized applications are developed faster, improving the overall efficiency of your company’s production speed.

By Bob Glushko from scopicsoftware.com

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