Low code has taken software development to the next level. It is a visual approach that optimizes the entire development process to accelerate delivery. Furthermore, it enables companies to abstract and automate every step of the app lifecycle to streamline the deployment of various solutions. This evolutionary approach has made developers' lives so much easier and has enabled citizen developers to build applications without the assistance of professionals.
Bringing low code development in Amazon Web Services (AWS), the world's most comprehensive and broadly adopted cloud platform, has enabled many users to build cloud apps rapidly. Through this blog, let us briefly get to know about AWS, its benefits, and its newly launched low-code solution.
What is AWS?
As mentioned earlier, Amazon Web Services (AWS) is the world's most popular cloud platform, which offers more than 200 fully-featured services from data centers globally. They have millions of customers, including the fastest-growing startups, largest enterprises, and leading government agencies that use AWS to lower costs, increase agility, and innovate speedily.
AWS provides significant benefits that include-
AWS has significantly more services and features within those services than any other cloud platform. From infrastructure technologies like computers, storage, and databases, to emerging technologies like machine learning and artificial intelligence, data lakes, and IoTs. This provides a faster, easier, and more cost-effective way to move your existing apps to the cloud and build more varying kinds of applications.
The largest community of customers and partners
AWS has the largest and most dynamic community, including millions of active customers and partners globally. The AWS Partner Network (APN) includes many systems integrators specializing in AWS services independent software vendors (ISVs) who adapt their technology to work on AWS.
AWS is designed to be the most flexible and secure cloud computing environment available today. Its core infrastructure is built to satisfy the security requirements for the military, global banks, and other highly sensitive organizations. Moreover, it is backed by an intense set of cloud security tools and offers encryption of customer data stored by all AWS services.
Fastest pace of innovation
With AWS, companies can leverage the latest technologies to experiment and innovate more quickly. As a result, it is continuously accelerating its pace of innovation to invent new technologies that are used to transform businesses.
Proven operational expertise**
AWS has unmatched experience, maturity, reliability, security, and performance that companies can rely upon for most of its app developments. In addition, with over 15 years of delivering cloud services, AWS has the most operational experience, at a larger scale, among any other cloud provider.
Low Code In AWS
AWS recently launched Amplify Studio, a new Figma-connected low-code service aimed to help developers quickly build cloud-connected apps. It is an extension of the existing AWS Amplify Service that focuses on building web and mobile apps but lacks Amplify's easy-to-use drag and drop interface.
In the Amplify Studio environment, developers start with a data model, adds content and authentication, and then build a user experience using a third-party collaborative design tool called Figma. Furthermore, it includes the Amplify Admin UI's backend configuring and managing capabilities, which helps it to provide a unified interface that enables developers to build full-stack applications faster.
One of the significant benefits of using Amplify Studio is that developers can focus on the core business logic that makes their app unique and different rather than spending a lot of time on UI styling. Also, the brand new Amplify UI library, including its components and primitives, is in preview, further enhancing developer productivity.
Top Advantages Of Amplify Studio
Here are the significant advantages of AWS's Amplify Studio-
Quickly create feature-rich UIs
Developers can easily create and customize the user interface of their apps using the visual interface and libraries of pre-built UI components.
Quickly ship a full-stack app
Developers can complete a full-stack app with just a few clicks by setting up their front-end UI and corresponding backend on AWS.
Users can automate the UI and infrastructure boilerplate code and focus more on their business logic.
Improve designer-developer collaboration
Users can streamline the design handoff process and alleviate costly and time consuming errors.
Key Features Of Amplify Studio
The key features of Amplify Studio that make it a preferable option for low code development companies to build cloud-based low code applications are as follows.
Configure an extensible app backend
Visual backend builder
Developers can use the visual development environment to define data models, user authentications, and file storage without relying on backend expertise.
Extend with AWS CDK
Using the AWS Cloud Development Kit (CDK), users can easily add AWS services not available within Amplify Studio.
Use with Amplify Libraries
Accelerate UI app development (Preview)
Pre-built UI component library**
Users can select from a wide range of popular React components and marketing templates and customize them to fit their style guide.
Figma's design-to-code approach**
Users can seamlessly collaborate by importing Figma prototypes built by developers into Amplify Studio as clean React code.
With a few clicks, users can visually bind the front-end UI components in their layout to data sources in theri cloud-connected app backend.
Manage and ship your app
Data, file, and user management
Amplify Studio lets team members manage users, groups, app content, and files outside the AWS Management Console.
Deploy and host with Amplify Hosting
Amplify Studio can be used with Amplify Hosting to deploy and host any React, Vue, or Next.js web app with built-in continuous integration continuous deployment (CI/CD) workflows, testings, pull request previews, and custom domains.
Supports multiple environments**
Users can quickly test their changes in pre-production environments before pushing them to production.
Amplify Studio, launched by AWS, is an excellent tool for developing cloud-based low-code applications. Though Amazon took a while to get to low code development, the expertise and unique functionalities give us hope for better features and improvements in the future.
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