Preface to Low-Code 2021: 2nd Workshop on Modeling in Low-Code Development Platforms
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International Conference on Model Driven Engineering Languages and Systems Companion, MODELS Companion 2021, pp. 45-46, October 2021
The growing need for secure, trustworthy, and cost-efficient software as well as recent developments in cloud computing technologies, and the shortage of highly skilled professional software developers, have given rise to a new generation of low-code software development platforms, such as Google AppMaker (soon AppSheet) and Microsoft PowerApps. Low-code platforms enable the development and deployment of fully functional applications using mainly visual abstractions and interfaces and requiring little or no procedural code. This makes them accessible to an increasingly digital-native and tech-savvy workforce who can directly and effectively contribute to the software development process, even if they lack a programming background.
At the heart of low-code applications are typically models of the structure, the behaviour and the presentation of the application. Low-code application models need to be edited (using graphical and textual interfaces), validated, version-controlled and eventually transformed or interpreted to deliver user-facing applications. As all of these activities have been of core interest to the MoDELS community over the last two decades, we feel that a workshop on low-code software development at MoDELS is a very natural fit, and an opportunity to attract low-code platform vendors and users to our community, with substantial benefits to be reaped from both sides.