2. What is no-code and low-code development?

No-code development involves the creation of applications or business processes without the need to code. A no-code development platform provides users with a Graphical User Interface (GUI) so that citizen developers or non-IT business professionals can create and deploy digital solutions to meet business needs.

Kianda form Designer is an intuitive interface allowing you to quickly start building digital processes and apps for use on any type of device. Kianda features include:

  1. Multibrowser and multidevice access.
  2. Intuitive Designer layout to create forms at a click, with options to clone and activate several forms together.
  3. Wide array of predefined field types to choose from.
  4. Responsive form layout.
  5. Vast selection of properties and settings to customise your design.
  6. Connect to external datasources for up-to-date, scalable processes.
  7. Ability to allow multimedia capture and image annotation through forms.
  8. Rules to make forms reactive and interactive.
  9. Anonymous forms to allow external sharing of processes.
  10. Dashboards for monitoring and reporting purposes.
  11. Options to create custom fields, rules and dashboard widgets.

Features such as field types and rules will be explained in more detail in Sections 3 and 4 of this course. Dashboards and creating custom fields will be explained in Section 5.

Low-code development, unlike no-code development, requires some level of coding experience. Low-code tools are aimed at software developers and offer a shortcut in creating something new and beneficial for the organisation. Rather than thinking about every single line of code, a developer can take advantage of Kianda’s Developer environment to create custom widgets from predefined field, rule and dashboard code.

This video demonstrates how to get started with Kianda developer, by going to the Side menu > Administration > Developer. The main focus of this course, however, is on no-code development.

The remainder of this section will look at how to get started in your Kianda workspace.