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Why do companies build custom low-code tools?

In this post I explore some some common reasons that justify the effort of creating a custom low-code tool. Sell it as a service There are several low-code startups that are providing app generation services for different niches. There are offers like website generators, mobile app generators, landing pages, generators, internal app generators, and others.

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Should a company use a low code solution or an MDE tool?

When researching low-code and MDE software, I realized that the former is marketing itself as a solution; while the latter as as a tool. Solutions are aimed at business people, who have problem to solve. Tools are marketed to engineers/developers who have a solution to build. The users of a solution, usually do not care about how it works or is implemented, as long as it solves the problem.

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When is cookie cutter good?

One of the complaints I read the most about low-code tools or code generators in general is that they are too “cookie cutter”. I just made a google search to find the advantages and disadvantages of actual cookie cutters and I think they share some with low-code tools. Let us look at some desirable characteristics of cookie cutters:

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Low-code development vs. MDE

Today I want to share with you this excellent article about MDE (Model-Driven Engineering) and low-code platforms that I found through Twitter. The article is titled Low-code development and model-driven engineering: Two sides of the same coin?. The paper explores the commonalities and differences of the two approaches and throws very good insights on the different concepts.

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What is low-code?

I’ve been working with DSLs since 2009, but I’ve recently become aware of the term low code. Looking at Wikipedia, it seems the term first appears in a Forrester report from 2014. Prior to that there were application development (RAP) and fourth-generation programming languages. The idea was always the same: improve the development speed by having more high level tools.

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