If you\u2019ve never heard of the low code approach to app development before then get ready because you\u2019re about to start hearing it everywhere. The streamlined approach involves rapid design and development with minimal amounts of coding, often relying on third-party application programming interfaces (APIs).\nThere\u2019s not really any individual definition of low code development because it\u2019s more of a mindset than something that\u2019s directly measurable. But the very fact that it\u2019s a mindset has led to a community springing up around the mentality, and low code innovators are increasingly disrupting all sorts of different industries.\nAnd it\u2019s easy to see why. There are all sorts of benefits to low code platforms and we\u2019ll be looking at just a few of them in this article. Let\u2019s go.\nLower costs\nOne of the most obvious reasons why you\u2019d opt for low code platforms is that less code means a lower cost. Let\u2019s say that a traditional bespoke app for a large business would take six months to develop and cost a million dollars. Taking the low code approach could cut that down to a couple of months and $50-100k.\nThis is good news for companies, of course, but it\u2019s also good news for developers. It cuts out the middlemen and while they take in less income, they also use far fewer resources and come out on top overall. And let\u2019s face it \u2013 it\u2019s also more fun, because it stops developers from finding themselves stuck on the same project for what seems like forever.\nFewer bugs\nLess code means fewer bugs: simple. The bug testing phase is a huge part of modern application development and even then, it\u2019s inevitable that issues will creep through if there\u2019s enough code there. But the good news about low code platforms is that there\u2019s less to test and when they tap into APIs, those APIs have been tested by other people.\nFewer bugs is good news for both users and developers because less time will be taken up with troubleshooting and bug-fixes. Better still, the fast pace of low code development means that if a bug is found, it\u2019s often better just to build a brand-new iteration than to stick a metaphorical plaster over it.\nGreater accessibility\nThe less code that an application uses, the less bandwidth is required to download and run it. This is good news for people based in rural areas or in developing countries where internet access isn\u2019t as prevalent as it is in the United States.\nOn top of that, because low code apps can be created much more easily than traditional applications, they can be released more quickly and at a lower price, or even for free. This will help to increase uptake of their applications because it reduces the barrier to entry for everyone from low-income families to bootstrapping entrepreneurs.\nA new type of development\nOne of the most promising examples of a low code platform comes to us from a brand that you\u2019ve probably heard of. It\u2019s called Uber, and the application taps into Box for storage, Google for maps, Braintree for payments, Twilio for messaging and SendGrid for email. And that\u2019s not all they use, either.\nWhat\u2019s interesting about this is that the APIs that Uber relies upon are available to anyone who wants to use them. Uber\u2019s genius is that they took those APIs and used them to create something new without needing to develop each of those individual elements themselves. Then they built their own brand on top of it by looking at how they could differentiate themselves from others. It\u2019s a strategy that seems to have worked.\nThe great thing about this is that it forces innovation. In today\u2019s world, the marketplace decides and the best apps float to the top. Low code development just allows app makers to iterate more quickly and to have more shots at becoming the next big thing.\nThe role of AI\nAI is already big business, and as the technology gets better and better it\u2019s finding its way into more and more areas. One of those areas is low code development, where it comes in useful for a range of tasks including integrating different data sources or making sense of semi-structured or unstructured data.\nOne of the reasons why AI is useful is that unlike a human being, it doesn\u2019t get bored or allow its attention to wander. That means that the technology can be used to automate the dull, repetitive tasks that humans can\u2019t \u2013 or won\u2019t \u2013 do. The Washington Post is even using AI to write articles and social media updates.\nAI is also great at carrying out analyses and trial and error, so it won\u2019t be long until the use of AI becomes a standard part of low code app development. It can help low code developers to find ways to further reduce the amount of code they\u2019re using while simultaneously flagging potential improvements.\nLow code platforms are the future of app development for one very simple reason \u2013 it\u2019s easier, faster and a more efficient use of time. It doesn\u2019t matter whether developers are on-board with this change or not \u2013 it\u2019s inevitable because it\u2019s the path of least resistance, and as the demand for low code platforms continues to grow, developers will find themselves rising to meet it.\nThis is good news, because it\u2019ll push developers to be at their very best. There\u2019ll be no time to mess around reinventing the wheel and there\u2019ll be no room for sloppy code or lengthy development processes that make apps redundant before they\u2019re even finished. Instead, we\u2019ll have a \u201cmove fast and break things\u201d approach that fosters creativity and innovation.\nThe old way of doing things might not die out completely, but people who rely on it will be made increasingly redundant as low code programmers outmanoeuvre them. Those who survive are likely to be those who at least partially adopt the low code methodology to form a hybrid. Otherwise they\u2019ll be too slow, too cumbersome and too costly.\nThe market will decide, as it always does. Don\u2019t allow yourself to be on the wrong side of history.