What Is No Code?

wrannaman
wrannaman
Jan 6 · 4 min read
No-code development is a mindset shift.

This article was originally published on the NoCo Blog.

No-code platforms provide a way to build web and mobile apps without writing code. Basically, you want to build an app (mobile, web, etc) but you don’t know how to code, so you use a platform to build it and deploy it. Instead of building your layout with code, you typically drag and drop components or parts of an application. For example, say you wanted to build a form. The form would collect a person’s first name, last name, and email. To do this in code, it would look something like this:

<form action="/action_page.php">
First name: <input type="text" name="fname"><br>
Last name: <input type="text" name="lname"><br>
Email: <input type="text" name="email"><br>
<input type="submit" value="Submit">
</form>

As you can see, it’s a visual way to drag parts together to create the form. The end result is the same though, you get a form that people can use to, in this case, give you their emails. Entire companies are built around this simple use case and you’ll be able to accomplish this in minutes.

Some of the platforms out there allow you to add custom code optionally, or help you create the bulk of your app so that it can then be handed off to a developer or IT to put the final touches on it and deploy it.

Whether you’re an individual looking to build a startup idea or a leader of a sales organization in a fortune 500, I’m sure you’ve had ideas about cool apps to build or workflows you could automate. No-code platforms are supposed to enable you to build whatever kind of apps you could image, a skill that was once only available to developers.

Why No Code?

Even as a developer myself, there are many times I find myself having to write the same kind of plumbing between apps. It’s specific enough that I can’t copy and paste it but generic enough to be uninteresting to build. Many developers use no-code and low-code tools to bootstrap projects or get a head start. Or once they see how powerful they can be, abandon writing code for that particular project altogether. A more common approach is somewhere in between where about 80% of the application can be built without code, and the unique value add of the app can be built with code and interface with the no-code application.

Low Code vs. No Code

Key Differences Between Platforms

Mobile Apps

Some no-code platforms specialize is building mobile apps. There’s been a flurry of services that build mobile apps using a google spreadsheet as a back end. It’s clever and get’s the job done for many use cases.

Web Apps

Enterprise focused platforms and SAAS focused platforms are often times low-code applications that enable businesses to create internal tools or applications, i.e. tools that are not customer facing but help fulfill

NoCo Platform Approach

  • Low Design — many no-code platforms require a lot of design. We’ve taken the approach of standardizing the UI so that it looks clean and beautiful without you touching it at all, but if you want to create something customized, you can.
  • Re-usable components. You can design a single item and re-use it many different places in your app.
  • Ejectable. We generate real (beautiful) code so if one day you’d like to get off the platform, you can and not start from scratch.
  • Deploy single-tenant back ends (meaning we can give you access to your own database to do whatever you would like with it)
  • Automatic, Free SSL
  • Authentication -> You can build an app your users can log in to.

If you’re interested in trying this out for yourself, head over to NoCo and sign up.

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