Bounded low-code platforms

Published: Oct 28, 2020
Last Updated: Apr 13, 2021
Apr 2021

One of the most nuanced decisions facing companies at the moment is the adoption of low-code or no-code platforms, that is, platforms that solve very specific problems in very limited domains. Many vendors are pushing aggressively into this space. The problems we see with these platforms typically relate to an inability to apply good engineering practices such as versioning. Testing too is typically really hard. However, we noticed some interesting new entrants to the market — including Amazon Honeycode, which makes it easy to create simple task or event management apps, and Parabola for IFTTT-like cloud workflows — which is why we're once again including bounded low-code platforms in this volume. Nevertheless, we remain deeply skeptical about their wider applicability since these tools, like Japanese Knotweed, have a knack of escaping their bounds and tangling everything together. That's why we still strongly advise caution in their adoption.

Oct 2020