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Best Low-Code Platforms for Building Apps

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Best Low-Code Platforms for Building Apps

Which low code platform is best for your need? We’ve tried to create a comprehensive list, with what we saw as the strengths of each of these platforms.

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The world of app development moves at a lightning pace. Take too long writing an app and you could soon be beaten to the marketplace by the newest app developer on the block (who’s probably 10 years old). Or, in the case of an internal app for an enterprise, entire workflows could come to a grinding halt while a team of developers work out the newest UI bugs. Who has time for that?

Enter the world of low code app development platforms. These packages make it simple to integrate with existing enterprise environments without developers having to write their own APIs or integrations. Database connections, user verification, directory services and more all bundled up into handy to use libraries. Simply drag, drop and you’re done. Many low code platforms even come with Google and iTunes app store integration, so you can immediately submit new versions of your app to the stores and get them out the door.

So which low code platform is best for your need? It depends – some of these platforms work best at the enterprise level with powerful built in integrations, some make it easy to quickly get a MVP out the door, and some have their strengths in mobile and POS applications. So we’ve tried to create a comprehensive list, with what we saw as the strengths of each of these platforms.

But enough talk, let’s take a look at the industry leaders and some of our picks for the best low code platforms for building apps out there in the marketplace.

App Press

We could list dozens of reasons—hundreds, even— to choose App Press, but we get that you’re busy. So we’ve narrowed it down. Here are the 3 most important things you should know: App Press has been in your shoes, has experience you can count on, and is obsessed with technology. What makes App Press really stand out is their ability to keep abreast of the latest technologies and emerging trends, rather than building their platform on technology that is ten years old and approaching obsolescence. To that end, App Press offers an easy to use, low code platform for users looking to create, deploy and manage apps, without writing a single line of code. Their web-based platform can build native apps for both iOS and Android devices. In addition, developers can also use the App Press platform to publish their apps as well. Apps can be published directly to users, for example, as in a corporate environment, or can be submitted to both the Google Play and Apple App stores through the App Press dashboard with the click of a mouse. Looking for app analytics? No problem. App Press offers an easy, one step integration with Google Analytics.

PRICING: App Press pricing varies. Single app creation starts at $900/year for a DIY app and goes up to $1,819/year to upgrade and overhaul your existing app. App Press also does app prototyping and custom app creation.

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Alpha Software

A mobile app isn’t all that mobile if it doesn’t work without a data connection, is it? Enter Alpha Software and their Alpha Anywhere development platform. Alpha Anywhere is a complete business application development and deployment environment that enables developers to quickly become proficient in creating and deploying enterprise class mobile and web business forms and applications. The platform is built on HTML5, which means that apps built in Alpha run across Android, iOS and Windows devices. In addition, the platform also has built in support for Phonegap, which makes it easy to create true mobile apps. But the real key differentiator of Alpha Anywhere is its offline abilities. Alpha Anywhere features extensive, built-in, and customizable capabilities for building offline apps that use intelligent conflict resolution, as opposed to the “last-write” wins used by most platforms, to fully integrate with transactional back end record systems. Apha calls their innovative “coding optional” technology RMAD – Rapid Mobile App Development. Apps are designed visually by the developer, while the underlying system writes the needed code. However, to ensure that one never runs out of power in Alpha Anywhere, there are numerous insertion points where JavaScript or.Net code can be inserted. Unlike most other mobile app development software, which typically addresses either front-end or back-end development, Alpha Anywhere combines both of these into one handy package. Alpha has powerful client and server side reporting built in and features direct connectivity to virtually all the SQL and NoSQL databases. Alpha can also be integrated with just about anything through a robust API.

As if that wasn’t enough, Alpha Anywhere is used by over 2500 corporations globally and was awarded InfoWorld’s Mobile Technology of the Year.

PRICING: Alpha Software pricing starts at $995/year for a one developer, build only, license up to $4995/year for a one developer, build and deploy license. They offer custom pricing for unlimited developer packages, partners/resellers, non-profits and commercial applications for resale.

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Simplicité Software

Simplicité (pronounced simplicit-hey – they’re French!) is a low-code platform that allows users to create business applications easily and quickly – up to 10x faster than standard development cycles. That’s because with Simplicité, development is done via a visual modeller. Developers build data relationships with the click of a mouse or can choose from one of the many built-in templates to get started quickly. Simplicité makes it – ahem, simple – to find solutions without reinventing the wheel. Once the Simplicité platform is hosted on the PaaS or IaaS server, everything is done online. There’s no need to install heavy clients like Windows, Mac, or Linux. As long as you have a web browser it all works seamlessly. And because everything is in the cloud – you’ll always be developing with the latest version of the platform Simplicité exposes all its parameters, rules and business processes directly via the layers of APIs natively present in the platform. As a developer, you’re, of course, concerned about security – so is Simplicité – which is why it supports OAuth2, SAML, SSO, SSL, LDAP and thousands of security APIs by default.

PRICING: Simplicité pricing starts with a free, one month trial of its software, good for up to five users. After that, the charge is €20/month per user, with a minimum of 10 users. They also offer custom prices on-premise and bespoke versions of their software.

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Cotham Technologies

Cotham Technologies believes that app development should be easier, faster and smarter and through this ethos are transforming and shaping the way apps are created. Their innovative, patent-filed FloFrame technology suite includes FloPro, a no-code integrated development environment (IDE). FloPro allows organisations to design frictionless user interfaces and experiences (UI/UX) enabling the delivery of smart native mobile solutions at speed and lower costs of ownership. For organisations in the business of developing apps the FloPro platform enables significant acceleration in the development life cycle process – from ideation to app store implementation. Cotham’s FloFlame platform is powered by their patented FloCore™ engine and developers can use it to write once and deploy a single FloFrame solution across multiple platforms (iOS and Android) and multiple smart devices (phones, tablets, wearables, Smart TV). Looking for integration at the back end? No problem. With FloFrame’s box architecture, apps can connect to applications, social media, databases, filestores, and IoT Devices (either on premise or in the cloud). FloFrame supports end to end app lifecycle management from ideation/concept to solution delivery. No more juggling development tools for different platforms. With FloFrame, you can create, integrate, and modify at breakthrough speed. And when it comes time to deploy, FloFrame includes a simple one click app store upload.

PRICING: Contact Cotham to schedule a one on one demo of their software.

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Xojo

For the last 20 years, Xojo has been enabling ordinary people to build extraordinary things with software. App development doesn’t have to be complicated and it shouldn’t have a huge learning curve, requiring an understanding of multiple programming languages and low level details of each operating system. Xojo is a cross-platform development tool for creating apps for the desktop (macOS, Windows, Linux), mobile, web and Raspberry Pi. It’s modern, object-oriented and powerful, but also easy to learn – attributes rarely found together in one tool. Xojo lets you be ultra-productive, so you can develop your app about 10 times faster than with other tools. Development with Xojo is straight-forward – you drag and drop your user interface controls and use one simple programming language to implement your app’s functionality. The compiled applications are completely native to each platform and very secure. With 335,000 users worldwide and counting, Xojo is perfect for every level of developer – from hobbyist and citizen developers to professionals and beyond.

The best part? Guess what language Xojo was written in? Yep. Xojo.

PRICING: Xojo offers simple pricing, with no royalties or other fees. Desktop app development packages start at $299/year, up to $699 year for a deskop and iOS app package. You can also purchase development packages for individual apps which range from $99 to $299/year.

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Omnis Software

Omnis Software designs and sells Omnis Studio, a leading application development tool for creating enterprise, web and mobile applications. The Omnis Studio tool allows application developers and programmers to write application code and business logic once, and then deploy their applications on virtually any platform or device – including desktop PCs on Windows and macOS, as well as tablets and phones on iOS, Android and Windows. Support for a large range of client devices is enabled using the Omnis JavaScript Client – a unique JavaScript based technology for rendering the application UI and web forms in a standard web browser on desktops and mobile devices. The integration of data and services is available in Omnis Studio via REST based Web Services, and functionality can be extended within Omnis Studio by utilizing its powerful and flexible external components API. On the backend, Omnis can natively access all leading relational databases including Oracle, MS SQL Server, PostgreSQL and more.

What was our favorite part of Omnis? The debugger. We’ve seen a few debuggers in our time, and we’ve concluded that Omnis has one of the best debuggers out there – debug code at any time, even during runtime, and then to edit it during debugging. What more could you ask for?

PRICING: No pricing information on the Omnis site, but they do offer a free trial versiondownload of their studio software.

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Pepper

The folks at Pepper have developed their innovate technology from the ground up with the developer in mind. They know that one size does not fit all, so their goal is to make it easy for devleopers to code own-brand mobile payments and loyalty apps with ease. The team at Pepper filmly believe that development time and effort is better spent on building a delightful user interface and additional innovative features. Their product is cheifly aimed at mobile shopping and POS apps. To that end, they concentrate on three broad areas of developer enablement in their product: platform REST APIs, iOS and Android native SDKs, and Connector Developer Kits. The platform also integrates with a whole raft of 3rd Party Point-of-Sale (PoS) systems.

PRICING: As Pepper says on their website, the daily cost of using Pepper is less than a coffee with a butter croissant. Prices vary, with a one time setup fee, depending on the number of venues and then a low monthly charge.

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Servoy

With Servoy, you can easily and rapidly create world-class business applications. Servoy’s architecture is made of three tiers: data, logic and presentation. The data tier can integrate with just about any data source via the API: databases, web services, email, file systems and more. Servoy’s core engine (the logic tier) consists of a combination of events and modeling UI patterns. Here the business rules for the app are written in JavaScript. At run time, this JavaScript code is compiled into native bytecode that runs server-side for optimal performance and security. The last tier, presentation, supports various client technologies, HTML5, native desktop, native mobile and the omnichannel delivery capabilities of the platform, all from a single code base. The built in WYSIWYG editor in Servoy allows users to easily create and modify user instances – whether it’s a calendar, a chart, a graph or just about anything else. In addition, the Servoy platform can be easily extended with custom layouts and elements. Servoy can be deployed to both classic and modern environments, from your Mac Mini, a Windows Server, a local unix or linux box to any cloud environment: both public and private cloud. Servoy is deployed as a Java container so any cloud that supports Java containers can run Servoy – whether it’s AWS, Azure or IBM Softlayer. Want to get started with Servoy right away? Good, because you’ll find a plethora of of preconfigured Servoy images to instantly fire up Servoy instances.

PRICING: Servoy pricing comes in three tiers: Community, Enterprise and ISV. The Community version is free for up to five users, the Enterprise version for unlimited users costs $249/month and the ISV version, with built in “Appsurance” support starts at $2500/month.

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Agilepoint

Agilepoint NX allows developers to quickly build anything from simple eforms and workflows to complex, multi-tenant SaaS apps, IoT apps, and composite LOB systems – all without writing code. When it comes to deployment, Agilepoint more than lvies up to its name. Agilepoint NX can be hosted on your own on-premises server, functioning as a regular SaaS deployment but keeping your data safe within your firewall. You can also host Agilepoint NX in a private or public cloud. No matter which deployment you choose, you can build, deploy, manage, and monitor all your AgilePoint apps from one integrated portal. Services contained inside Agilepoint NX include an application services layer, a database layer and a web-based application development UI for building apps. The platform contains more than sixty controls (including Telerik) with a simple configuration.

PRICING: AgilePoint has a detailed pricing structure – starting at a cost of $25/month for single seat app development all the way up to $3950 enterprise level plans based on CPU cores. They also offer additional customer support packages as well.

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Best Low Code Platforms

As you can see from our list above, there’s plenty of choices when it comes to picking a low code platform for building your app. Which of them you will choose will ultimately depend on what type of app and your audience you have in mind.

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