Why do Developers Love Low-Code?

You can find articles online why developers hate low-code, but they don’t take in account that there are also low-code platforms developers actually love. One such low-code platform is Crust Low-Code. Crust Low-Code is excellent for a whole range of things, from citizen-development to smart apps. However developers also love it for the following 9 reasons:

#1: Maintenance is easy

As with any kind of software implementation, the trickiest part usually comes a few years down the road. The solution has been running smoothly for a couple of years, but now there are new requirements. While you would be stuck in some low-code platforms, you’re not in Crust. Requirements that lie outside of the architectural structure of your initial implementation can be solved in Crust. Firstly, Crust is API-centric, and allows you to integrate with third-party solutions. Secondly, the Corredor automation engine enables the developer to add complex automations, going way beyond the normal record automation capabilities of other platforms. And thirdly, Crust is open-source and standards based. You have all the flexibility you need to fulfill any future requirement, however complex it may be.

#2: Create a custom look-and-feel

A good low-code platform goes beyond the possibility of only modifying the css or some configuration options. Thanks to the block-based, drag-and-drop page editor in the Crust Low-Code Platform, you are in full control of any page layout. However, if this is not enough, you can create your own portal, and use the API to retrieve or push any information to Crust. As a developer you can easily use the API for this.

#3: One size fits none

You often hear “One size fits all”, but at Crust we know that every business or organisation is different. So, that’s why we implemented a system that gives you optimal flexibility to handle any use case, whether it be an education cloud, service solution, customer portal, donation tracking system, or even an IoT dashboard.

#4: You can use code where needed

Sometimes the requirements are so complex that a simple Low-Code module and page configuration are not enough. That’s why developers can extend and customize Crust, and develop new use case specific features, such as implementing business logic, custom user interface, task automation and much more. If you want to dive in to the extending and customizing options of Crust, we would recommend that you check out the extensive documentation.

#5: Low-code does not mean flying blind

In a good low-code platform a developer is able to test and debug code. For developers, Crust includes:

  • An action (audit) log
  • Ability to capture log output from scripts
  • Automation scripts (wrapped in a method) that allow (unit) testing
  • Extensions testing and debugging
  • Ability to load (3rd party) scripts as extensions and overload them if needed

This means that with the Crust Low-Code Platform developers are not flying blind. Testing and capturing errors is possible.

#6: Sometimes you just need to add a simple function

Often there are small functions in applications that do simple things, such as converting a date format or changing a string into a number. While in some low-code platforms you might solve 90% of the cases with filters or switches, you’re stuck with the other 10%. However, in Crust you will be able to do everything you need.

Crust Corredor scripts are written in JavaScript. This is a powerful programming language, backed by some of the biggest IT players. At the same time, it’s one of the most used programming languages in the world. So, adding a simple function will always be possible in Crust.

#7: Low-code can be very efficient

It’s mentioned that low-code is often inefficient. However, this is not the case with the Crust Low-Code Platform. Crust is the “Golang Low-Code platform”. It’s written in Golang, the hyper-scalable, multi-threaded computing language used by Google to deliver much of its application infrastructure. Additionally, the frontends are delivered in Vue.js, the lightweight and highly popular JavaScript framework. This makes Crust lightning fast without having to rely on huge servers.

#8: Easy to learn (or you might already know how to do it)

The Crust Low-Code Platform has a very familiar approach for most people. For example, a developer will see that modules behave like tables and pages as the layout. But what developers will appreciate the most is the automation area, where automation scripts are written in JavaScript.

From a perspective of the company that is using Crust: it’s easy to find people that are able to maintain or create new automation scripts, because JavaScript is, es mentioned before, one of the most used programming languages in the world.

#9: You’re not locked in

Unlike with proprietary low-code platforms, you are not locked in when you use Crust. Firstly, Crust is free and open-source. And secondly, Crust is complete standardised. There is no lock-in in any way with the Crust Low-Code Platform, so Crust is the safe choice upon which to grow your business.

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