The evolution of Software Development - Code to No Code


Kelvin Htat

Kelvin Htat

Founder & CEO

Published at 14 September 2023

The evolution of Software Development - Code to No Code

The world of software development is exciting. It's constantly changing in fast phase. It's always evolving to meet the demanding needs of users, technological advancements, and business necessities. It really is the backbone of our digital age.

So, shall we dive into this absorbing evolution of software development together? Let's dig into the birth of programming languages and explore the cutting-edge concepts of low-code and no-code. It's sure to be a fascinating journey!

The Dawn: Programming Languages

Programming languages, or code, are the crucial parts of software development. These are the tools used to craft solutions and solve problems. They function similarly to how human languages work. Just like spoken languages, programming languages have grammar, known as syntax, and semantics. These languages are the primary method of communication between humans and computers.

The assambly language was first created to communicate with computer. It is the low-level programming language that made all other modern programming languages possible. Then, we see the first high-level language, Fortran, was designed to solve highly complicated computational problems. Then, Lisp was created for AI (Artifical Intelligence) research.

We then have modern high-level programming languages such as Pascal, C, C++ and Java which are all used to develop computer systems and software for various use cases. These are the programming languages used in automobile technology, aerospace technology, Internet of Things (IoT), computer software and web technology.

Fast forward to today, software development mainly resides on the cloud with web programming languages such as Javascript, PHP, and the help of cloud providers such as Amazon Web Service and Google Cloud Platform. This is the most exciting era because these programming languages have changed the way we perceive software development. They have become accessible to everyone, and have made it incredibly easier for anyone to build their own software and launch it publicly.

The game changer: Programming Frameworks

Coding for the software project used to be very tedeous with all boilerplates and setup from scratch. However, with programming frameworks, the new way of developing software, developers can be more productive and build a software solution much faster.

Programming frameworks are a bunch of pre-built libraries or code that can be easily configured or reused according to the needs of business. They are extremely efficient. Those frameworks are usually open-source, that means, they are developed and tested by thousands of engineers around the world. These invaluable tools provide a standard way to build and deploy applications, helping developers avoid much of the 'grunt work' and potentially complex, repetitive tasks. Given that they're designed to expedite the process of software development, these frameworks can significantly boost both productivity and speed, making them an essential asset to any developer.

Let's take a peek at some of these noteworthy frameworks. Laravel, for instance, is a PHP framework that's gained popularity for its elegant syntax and MVC architectural pattern. NextJS is known for its developer-friendly features such as automatic routing, code splitting and server rendering. VueJS, on the other hand, is a progressive JavaScript framework used for building user interfaces, with a core library primarily focused on the view layer only, making it easily adaptable into projects of different scales. ReactJS, also a JavaScript library, is renowned for building dynamic and high-performing UIs for web applications. Lastly, we have TailwindCSS, a utility-first CSS framework that aims at enhancing the speed of building web interfaces with low-level utility classes and close control over the design. Collectively, and individually, these robust frameworks are fundamentally transforming the way developers approach and manage software development

These are one of the many frameworks available to help developers build more secured and faster software. There are many other frameworks exist, which can be useful for different use cases.

The New Era: Low-Code/No-Code

The advent of the 21st century marked a significant shift in the software development landscape - the emergence of low-code/no-code platforms. This revolutionary concept offers pre-constructed abstracts to aid faster application development, lessening the necessity for manual coding.

Low-code platforms supply standard components like User Interface, API's, data models, security paradigms, and databases, over a drag-and-drop interface. This permits software developers to develop applications faster than traditional programming techniques, significantly curtailing the application's time-to-market.

On the other hand, no-code platforms advance the cause of democratizing software development, enabling non-programmers to build applications. These no-code platforms fuel the idea of 'Citizen Developer,' empowering individuals lacking technical expertise to create applications using intuitive, visual modeling.

Better future for Software Development

The demand for software development is rising. By 2024, it is anticipated that low-code/no-code development will account for more than 65% of application development activity. As low-code/no-code development makes all software development accessible, an increasing number of citizen developers will be using these tools to build customer-facing software products.

The reliance on the platform to run the product raises many questions. Who actually owns the product? How long will the product last? Is coding still relevant? Well, the answers depend on the goal of product development. The rule of thumb is - if you build it, you should own it.

A few low-code/no-code platforms allow you to export code when needed. However, most of them are still exporting raw code, which is often not usable or maintainable. With programming frameworks being the go-to software development solutions for most developers, it makes sense to own the source code of the app you have built in one of these frameworks. In fact, this represents the future of no-code development. Licode is on a mission to make these programming frameworks more accessible to everyone.


The evolution of software development is an intriguing narrative, reflecting on technical advancements and market needs. It is an engaging odyssey, beginning at the inception of programming languages to the unfolding new era of low-code/no-code methodologies. As technology continues to evolve, the software development landscape will continue to transform, providing us with more flexibility, efficiency, and possibilities.

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