In this blog post you will learn about the no-code space, its history as well as some of its advantages and disadvantages.
What is no-code?
Okey, so what is no-code? No-code is using any tools that allow you to build software applications without coding, usually using visual and drag-and-drop tools. The following definition form Wikipedia describes this space nicely:
No-code development platform (NCDPs) allows programmers and non-programmers to create application software through graphical user interfaces and configuration instead of traditional computer programming.
Instead of writing code you can use graphical user interfaces, configuration and wizards to build software applications. For example, an integration no-code tool Parabola allows to build app logic using a graphical flow instead of traditional programming. You wire and connect various components such as API calls, mappings into a flow which is then executed.
I personally like the term “visual development” a little bit more than “no-code”.
I attended the No Code Conf in San Francisco on November 13, 2019. This blog post is my conference recap. I also added some opinion and history of No Code space.
The main theme of the conference (in my opinion) was: the are millions of people who want to create and build solutions but they don’t know how to code. No Code will allow these folks to build applications without code. No Code allows to focus on customer experience and value, not on servers. No Code is going to democratize software development.
I know this is a lot so let’s unpack this.
Democratize software development
Today there about 24-25 millions developers in the world which means only about 0.3% of people today know how to create software, invent new things.