Linx vs. Other low-code platforms 

What is low-code
Low-code means many things to many people. Various tool types exist under this umbrella term: website generators, form builders, API connectors, database builders, workflow automation, and more, each targeting different domains and requiring varying levels of technical proficiency. The only common theme is that they have a graphical user interface that enables a user to build and/or configure something.

What is Linx
Linx is a general-purpose low-code platform for building backends like APIs, automations and integrations. It is an abstraction of programming itself and not domain, process or tooling specific. This means it can be used for any backend application in any domain with no limitations on connections to other tools and services.

What makes Linx different
The use of a programming abstraction makes Linx extremely powerful. It is not constrained by a domain or use-case driven paradigm and is often used in conjunction with other low-code tools to provide the API or integration services that those tools are not designed for.

How does it compare with other low-code tools
Low-code tools that can be used to build APIs, automations and integrations fall into several broad categories.

TOOL CATEGORY TOOLS LIKE BEST USE CASE NOT SUITABLE FOR
General-purpose low-code platform Linx Building APIs, any backend automation or integration
  • Building user interfaces
Consumer Application Integration Zapier, IFTTT Simple automations by non-technical users
  • Anything slightly complex
  • Building APIs
Robotic Process Automation UIPath, Automation Anywhere Automating business processes by automating the user interface
  • Automation or integration where APIs are available
  • Building APIs
Business Process Management Kissflow, Creatio Automating business processes
  • Integrating systems
  • Building APIs
Enterprise Low-code Platform Mendix, Outsystems Building applications
  • Integrating systems
  • Businesses on a budget
Enterprise Application Integration Mulesoft, Boomi Large scale enterprise integration
  • Small to medium automations and integrations
  • Getting something done quickly

How does Linx complement other low-code tools
Most low-code tools make working in a specific domain very easy but have difficulties working with systems and concepts that do not form part of the main use-case the tool was designed for. Linx can fill the gaps when domain-specific low-code tools hit their limits.

TOOL CATEGORY TOOLS LIKE BEST USE CASE COMBINE WITH LINX TO DO
Consumer Application Integration Zapier, IFTTT Simple automations by non-technical users
  • Complex automation
  • Integration with legacy or on-premise systems
Robotic Process Automation UIPath, Automation Anywhere Automating business processes by automating the user interface
  • Hosting APIs or Microservices for use by the RPA
Business Process Management Kissflow, Creatio Automating business processes
  • Hosting APIs or Microservices for use by the BPM
  • Integration to legacy or unsupported systems
  • High volume processing
Enterprise Low-code Platform Mendix, Outsystems Building applications
  • Integration to legacy or unsupported systems
  • Microservices
  • High volume processing
Enterprise Application Integration Mulesoft, Boomi Large scale enterprise integration
  • Integration to legacy or unsupported systems
  • Fast prototyping
  • Microservices
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