The Awesome Rise of Feature-Rich, Low-Code Platforms
Tech has matured in a way that is enabling pretty much anyone to become a developer, and there are plenty of tools available today to help make it happen.
Appery.io, for example, a "low-code" platform for the rapid development of cross-device applications (recommended as one of six DIY app building platforms by Website Magazine back in 2014) recently announced that its platform now serves over 250,000 developers. That milestone is a testament to the interest in creating and deploying apps, of course, but also to the company's powerful system - which keeps getting stronger thanks to the addition of two new features that will surely be of interest to developers.
Appery.io now enables developers to add LDAP or social network identity for user authentication into their apps as well as on-device app sharing; both of which can increase developer productivity, lower the skills barrier and accelerate innovation.
The LDAP and Social Network Identify feature gives end-users the ability to sign in with a Facebook, Google or Twitter account or go through a secure LDAP enterprise directory - which provides a more secure and convenient experience. The best part is that Appery offers the integration of these capability with absolutely no coding required.
The on-device app sharing feature will also be appealing to developers. Developers will be able to share their apps without submitting new test versions to the app stores. When users install the (free) Appery.io Tester App and enter the code provided by the developer, they are able to run the app on their device and provide feedback - which can eliminate delays.
These enhancements follow Appery.io’s recent partnership with Ionic, which allows developers to build hybrid mobile apps that provide the same user experience of a native application.