The main problem you will face when choosing a low-code platform
Today I found thread on reddit about a programmer being put on a no-code project and having a very bad time with it. The complaint from the OP was that PMs/managers promised things that are not deliverable with the low-code tools. The comments were very interesting and there was some discussion that not all low-code platform are made equal, some are very extensible while other are useful only for a set of use cases.
The problem is that most low-code solutions market themselves as “app builders”, and some people assume that it means that you can build “any” app. Maybe some platforms are powerful enough to do this, but my intuition is that probably none is at that level yet. Also, to arrive at that level, you need to fall down to your standard programming language. The magic of low-code platforms is trading flexibility and customization, for development speed, and falling into a standard programming language seems to get you the worst of both worlds.
So, the core of the problem is that there is no concept of “Turing completeness” for low-code platforms, and finding out if the trade-off made by the platform in question is good enough for your requirements, implies looking well beyond its marketing materials.
The solution to this problem passes through standardization. We need to be able to see two low-code platforms and immediately know if they have the same level of expressiveness and what are their limitations. My guess is that the industry needs to develop some new vocabulary both to better classify these platforms and their limitations.