Having just returned from US to Canada to ride this out, I’m pretty much confined – as many of us are or, if not, should be – in my apartment for the next couple of weeks or month.
I hesitated to write anything this week due to the grave circumstances in which we find ourselves in. Everything feels unimportant, useless in the face of the pandemic. Should I really be writing about no-code?
That being said, I’ve found great calm in the the mundane. A conversation where I don’t talk about coronavirus or a transactional email that just wants to know how I like my new couch. Yes, how I rate my couch isn’t important right now but I do long for the days where for some people at some corporate office somewhere that was their most pressing preoccupation.
I’m attempting here to strike a balance between saying nothing for worry of distracting you from what’s most important and trudging on as if nothing was happening to keep up appearances. Maybe it’s too much on one side or the other, I can’t really say.
With that said, like everyone I’ve been following the news. Truthfully, I’ve been glued to the news. And in times like these, more than ever, I think it’s important to disseminate accurate, up-to-date information quickly. We should strive all above all else for accuracy, availability and accessibility.
And let’s be honest, doing things quickly that look half decent is kind of our thing! In fact, that is exactly our thing!
So it’s no surprise, no-code has stepped up in a big way. It’s allowed teams working on gathering data to disseminate and display it efficiently without worrying about standing up a front-end or a back-end. I’ve seen teams leveraging Airtable, Coda, Taskade, Googlr Sheets – whatever, now is not the time for tool partisanship – to provide employees a list of company resources, visualize disease spread, and some less serious stuff like a list of books to read while we’re all quarantined.
Part look at what we’ve been able to contribute, part I can’t stop looking at the news and clipping important stuff, here’s some of the no-code gems I’ve found: