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Everything You Need to Know About No-Code Development

Abhinav Girdhar
By Abhinav Girdhar | Last Updated on February 6th, 2024 11:47 am | 4-min read
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Even the CEO of GitHub agrees that no-code development is the future. While many expected no-code to have a slow growth since most people would stay averse from application development, no-code application development is already a major industry. The industry was valued at $3.8 billion in 2017.

Analysis predicts its valuation in 2020 at $13.2 billion and it is expected to rise to $21.2 billion by 2023. The industry experiences a massive surge. This surge was pushed further by the COVID pandemic. The pandemic proved how essential mobile apps could be. Even our no-code app development software Appy Pie AppMakr has experienced a 198% growth rate in the first 2 quarters of 2020.

However, despite its enormous success, no-code development is not as well-known as it should be. Outside developer circles, it is rare for someone to know what no-code app development is. Keeping that in mind, this blog is to tell you everything you need to know about no-code application development. But before we go into that, here’s some more statistics related to the no-code app development industry.

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What makes no-code development special is the fact that it can be used by both programmers and non-programmers. To understand how, keep reading on.

What is No-Code Development?

No-Code Development platform and software are specialized programs that allow programmers and non-programmers to create applications, especially mobile apps, with the help of a graphical user interface. What sets no-code development apart is the lack of coding meaning that even someone from a non coding background can create apps for their businesses.

What this means is that anybody can use no-code development software to create their own applications even if they have no prerequisite coding knowledge. Our industry-leading software, Appy Pie AppMakr is a perfect example of a no-code development platform.

Is it too good to be true? The very definition of no-code development sounds too good to be true. However, more than 10,000 apps are made through Appy Pie each day! That is proof enough that this kind of application development actually works.

The Benefits of No-Code App Development

No-Code Development’s success can be attributed to the fact that it has various benefits over normal application development. Here are its benefits:

  • Time Taken to Develop Apps
  • An average app can take anywhere from 3-6 months to develop. With a no-code app development tool, this time can be significantly reduced. If you know how to use a no-code app development platform, you could potentially create an app within a day.

    This agility in app development is made possible thanks to no-code development’s module and drag-n-drop based interface. Another advantage is that even testing is partly automated. Appy Pie’s AppMakr goes an extra step and provides users the ability to test while building their app simultaneously.

  • Cost Effective
  • Traditional app development is expensive. Most small businesses cannot afford to create their own apps. This makes using no-code development a cost effective decision. In fact, app making is getting more expensive. Choosing to develop apps with no-code software is an excellent choice.

  • Easily Customizable
  • Making apps that are easily customizable are a breeze with no-code software. Making a change in your app takes a lot less time when compared to a normal app. This makes no-code an excellent choice for small businesses.

The Use Case for No-Code Development

No-code Development isn’t as free as custom app development. There are certain limitations of building software with no-code development platforms. That being said, most businesses do not require such complex applications. Take Appy Pie AppMakr for example. Appy Pie AppMakr provides over 200+ different features that you can add to your apps. That covers most use cases for apps belonging to small businesses.

Our most popular categories usually involve educational, real-estate, eCommerce, and food & hospitality. Such businesses require apps that are simple to create and use. It is something Appy Pie is more than capable of. Infact, we are currently trying to make AR/VR app development codeless.

The market has proven that the current use case for no-code development is very good. For the past 5 years, no-code development has consistently grown by 28% each year. That wouldn’t have been possible if no-code wasn’t acting as a satisfactory solution. Infact, no-code development is so popular that even app development companies are adopting no-code to cut down on time, innovation, and costs. After a lot of requests, Appy Pie has created its own dedicated reseller program to aid app development companies.

Apart from the simple apps mentioned above, no-code is extensively used for internal tasks. No-code web apps have been made to automate tasks, and back office processes. A massive chunk of apps made with our software is for backend processes.

Why No-Code is The Future of App Development

Gartner predicts that no-code app development will account for 65% of the app development industry in 2024. Their prediction is a realistic assessment. Here’s 4 reasons why no-code will become more popular with time.

  • Enables a Larger Workforce
  • One of the reasons why traditional development is slow is due to a lack of a skilled workforce. No-code, however, makes it easier to code. Even non-skilled developers can develop apps enabling a larger workforce of coders. This can go a long way in reducing backlogs.

  • Dealing with Shadow IT
  • Since a no-code development approach homogenizes app development, a lot of shadow IT can be avoided making it easier to ensure security, documentation, and control without sacrificing the agility of a business.

  • Clearing Backlogs
  • Nearly 11% of app development businesses agree that backlogs are getting worse every year. No-code can help and reduce backlogs significantly.

  • Democratize App Development
  • App development is not accessible to people without detailed knowledge of various IT systems. However, with no-code platforms they can avoid these pitfalls and put their ideas to work, creating a way for more innovation in application development.


I hope you have learned the basics about no-code development. If you want to learn even more about no-code development subscribing to Appy Pie’s newsletter wouldn’t actually be a bad idea. And if you want to experience developing apps without code, head over to Appy Pie AppMakr. The first app is on us!

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