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Low-code/no-code platforms simplify mobile app development

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Getting comfortable with the low-code development platform

Mobile application development: Those three words strike fear in the heart of, well, just about anyone, because mobile is difficult. The pace is fast; the unknowns, like user experience, are many; and the technology advances so rapidly it can be hard to keep up.

That's where a low-code development platform comes in. These solutions -- offered by big name brands and niche players, in and out of the cloud -- make it easy to pull the building blocks of mobile together without any coding background required. Business analysts, office administrators, small business owners or really anyone with an idea and a low-code development platform can create apps by doing nothing more than drag and drop objects. These so-called citizen developers are solving problems quickly and delivering fully functional apps to both internal users and external customers. And most of the time, they're able to do so without the help of traditional IT departments.

But this capability isn't about replacing software developers. They're in short supply around the world, and hiring them requires a combination of salary and perks that can be difficult or impossible for many companies to manage. The growing number of low-code development platforms allows organizations to extend their mobile (and web) app development efforts without hiring new developers. But these tools will work for developers, too. Many of these tools let developers "get under the hood," and some tools are sufficiently robust, so a developer can streamline delivery of a simple request.

This handbook examines how the low-code development platform is becoming more prevalent in organizations looking to expand their mobile development options. And citizen developers aren't going anywhere.