I wanted to take an app build with code and rebuild it using no-code tools. Gwyneth Peña built a wonderful app that sends a daily positive news article about COVID-19 via a text message so I decided to build this app using no-code tools. I shared a high-level overview of the app in an earlier blog post.
In this blog post I will share a more step-by-step how I built the app. You should be able to follow the steps and build it as well.
Tools you need
You will need the following tools to build the application. All four services offer a free plan.
- Parabola – no-code platform
- News API – news service
- Watson NLU – sentiment service
- Twilio – SMS service
Parabola is a no-code tool where I built the app. Parabola is a drag-and-drop workflow builder. You build a flow with multiple steps (nodes) and connections between steps. Each step has input and output. Output from one step is passed as input to the next step. You can also look at it as a serverless application – where each step represents a serverless function. But, instead of writing code, each step is dropped onto the flow and configuring. This is how the application flow looks:
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