Low-code is a software development approach that allows applications to be delivered more quickly and with less hand-coding. These platforms are a set of tools that allow for the visual development of applications via modelling and a graphical user interface.
Low-code allows developers to avoid hand-coding, which speeds up the process of getting an app to production.
Why low code platforms?
A low-code platform is a collection of tools that allows for the visual development and delivery of complete applications.
The core of this platform is a drag-and-drop interface.
Rather than writing thousands of lines of complex code and syntax, you can use low-code to quickly and visually build complete applications with modern user interfaces, integrations, data, and logic. Applications are delivered more quickly and with less hand-coding.
You can learn more about the benefits of low-code in this article.
Top 5 Benefits of Low-Code
The OutSystems Modern Application Development Platform
The OutSystems modern application development platform can address the full spectrum of enterprise use cases for mobile, web, and core systems. It includes visual development, which is the foundation of low-code application development, as well as AI-assisted development, which guides developers through processes by proposing the next best actions and help sources, reducing friction and lead times.
The platform enables individuals with a diverse array of expertise to participate seamlessly in the design, building, deploying and managing of applications—in what we call whole cross-functional team collaboration.
For business users, developing effective and properly built apps under the expert supervision of IT allows you to enhance your IT team's skills and bandwidth while maintaining control and governance. Professional developers' capacity to work faster and more efficiently while also coding by hand as needed reduces the constant backlog of needed applications, while IT's commercial value increases.
Platform services and a slew of security tests ensure that your app is constructed correctly, ensuring scalability, governance, threat protection, and compliance. AI detects and resolves problems early on, avoiding design flaws and duplication of effort. Real-time application performance data aids in identifying any issues that need to be addressed.
Most notably, OutSystems was created to aid in the management of change. It's not for the faint of heart to build for the future, which is why it's not on the low-code menu. OutSystems platform services, AI, and visual tools make it possible to add new features and capabilities on a regular basis. Apps can be updated at the same rate as the business develops and new technologies are deployed.
So far, we have gone through what is low-code and also OutSystems is one of the low-code development platform.
OutSystems is a low-code development platform for the development of mobile and web enterprise applications, which run in the cloud, on-premises, or in hybrid environments. You can download OutSystems Service Studio using this link: https://www.outsystems.com/
How to setup OutSystems service Studio and Create your first application using OutSystems
We will need to launch the service Studio first, once you launch the service studio make sure you connect with the IDE with your environment URL and the account that you have for development.
STEP-1: After launching the service studio, click the new application and Click from Scratch on the next screen.
STEP-2: On the next screen, click on the reactive web app and on the next screen fill the name of the application.
STEP-3: On the next screen while clicking the create module, you will be getting the new screen. On the new screen the screen will be created automatically on the Outsystems itself and with that, you can check on the top right corner where you can see tabs such as process, interface, logic, and data. Click on the data tab and in the entities, do right-click to create the database table.
STEP-4: Add new attributes such as Name, Email, Mobile Number, Location by doing right click on the database table named employees, hereafter you will be building screens
STEP-5: Switch to the interface tab and make sure you double click on the MainFlow and you are in MainFlow editor, while staying on the MainFlow, Switch to the data tab and then just drag and drop the Employees entity on screen and the OutSystems will take care of all the remaining things in the UI flows and the screen is ready for you at last.
STEP-6: In the interface tab, MainFlow list click on the employees tab you will preview the UI page created for you. And click the 1 icon on the top to publish your app and after published the icon will be turned into blue to open in the browser.
STEP-7: After clicking the open in the browser tab, you can be able to add the new employee details and can update the existing employee details.
This is an example app that has been created in low-code platform by me and you can also create many more exciting apps like this one by applying your own logic. We can also create more applications on the web as well as on mobile according to the end user’s requirement by using this low-code platform OutSystems.
Narendran is a full stack developer and a curious guy about learning new things related to web development activities. He is a proactive team player and a good decision-maker. In his role at Ignitho, he is into progress 4gl and also in other activities like creating a web application using the low-code development platform OutSystems.