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October 5, 2022

How To Build Scalable Web Applications Fast?


Low-code platforms are the fastest, most cost-effective, and bug-free way to build scalable web applications. These newest tools give you a massive advantage over your competitors who code everything manually.

Until now, your best bet at scaling was hiring top talent with many years of experience. This process was very slow and expensive.

On top of that, you always had to face unnecessary timing or budget issues:

  • you either prematurely paid for building an architecture that can scale (before you had a high number of users)
  • or your user growth took you by surprise, so now you can't provide a good (or any) user experience to all of your users

But today, if you use the low-code tools that have scaling enabled out of the box, you can completely avoid these two scenarios. And in most cases, you won't even have to pay for the scaling until you need it (using the pay-as-you-go model).

The benefits of using low-code platforms when it comes to scaling:

  • you don't need to hire people specifically to solve the scaling issues
  • this reduces your scaling costs
  • and reduces your development costs in general
  • and allows you to build top-tier apps without hiring top-tier talent

Building Scalable Web Applications Using The Cloud

To build a scalable app, you need less technical knowledge than ever before. And if you have technical knowledge, then your development speed will multiply. All you need is an internet connection and a browser. In short, you can build your entire app in the cloud.

These tools enable you to create an entire backend server and a frontend web application using the App Builder. It's very simple and just includes a drag-and-drop approach.

But don't let this simplicity fool you. These are low-code tools. This means you get almost everything you need out of the box, but you're not limited by these tools.

You can also add your custom code and create your custom components. This means you don't have to reinvent the wheel for the project's most common and repetitive code. At the same time, you can have any level of customization you need. So it's the best of both worlds.

How To Design Scalable Web Applications?

In short, you don't have to worry about the system design when using the low-code platform. It is already designed in a way to be scalable.

But the second most important question is: are you locked into this platform due to its design? And while this is the case with many other no-code and low-code platforms, for 8base, the answer is a resounding NO.

In the background, 8base uses technologies like AWS, JS & TS, MySQL, etc. So you truly own your project and have the freedom to move it to another platform/environment if you ever need to. And that is true scalability.

Fast Software Development

Another benefit of low-code platforms is development speed. It's the perfect fit when you need to build a startup, have a competitive advantage on your next hackathon, or you want to monetize data sets.

And even though more and more people are rushing into these tools, they are still not widespread. This means there are still a lot of opportunities to outpace your competitors with zero extra work - i.e., just by using better tools.

The additional benefit of using this approach is reducing time to market. So you're able to increase your development speed without any negative side effects. For example, even though you are much faster in your development process, you are not introducing any technical debt due to rushing things to production. 

Fewer Bugs

If you're using low-code platforms, you're not only preventing technical debt, but you have fewer bugs overall.

How is that possible?

Simply put, thousands of other projects are using the same components you're using. This means if any component failed in any of the thousand different use cases, it would already be noticed (and fixed).

Compare that with developing your code the usual way where only one use case is tested. The chances of that code having an error are much higher. In the end, that is why we use code libraries in regular software projects. Even though most of the functionality can be implemented from scratch by every developer.

And low code platforms are just the next logical step in tool development. Every developer uses code libraries because it's faster and less error-prone. Soon, every developer will use low-code platforms like 8base because reinventing the wheel is unnecessary and expensive.

Fewer Developers And Lower Cost

Every cost is a barrier to entry. And new opportunities arise whenever there is a paradigm shift that can lower costs across the board. And the same is with low-code platforms, which will enable the development of new projects that were too expensive to start.

Also, developers will no longer need to do simple, repetitive, and frankly boring tasks. Their time will be freed up to focus on the application's most critical and complex parts. And if they still need to do the simple tasks, they can now do them much faster.

Since low-code platforms allow even non-technical people to develop a scalable app, many people wonder if low-code will replace developers. And the answer is yes, but not in the way you might think.

Some apps will no longer require as many developers as before. However, countless other projects will be created by far fewer developers. But as soon as they gain traction, they will need more developers. Because every successful project has the tendency to grow.

And if you want to be able to quickly build and launch your idea in a scalable way, definitely try out App Builder and bring your project to life in no time.

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