Before I start, you all loved the no-code map piece
, but no one had any recommendations of companies I should add? What companies or categories would you add to the no-code map? Let me know, I’m looking to make it nicer and publish it!
So a few things happened last week that got me thinking about code.
And then there was last week’s twitter kerfuffle pitting “no-code” against “code”. This debate is so played out that I don’t even feel the need to link to it. In summary: a developer dismissed no-code since it doesn’t provide the same level of safeguards for common issues that code deals with like versioning, testing etc. They’re right (I’ve written about the issues here
) but incorrectly assumes that no-code wants to replace code and therefore requires all of those things. Which, you know, we should kind of expect since we’ve named our world in opposition to theirs!
Naturally, no coders felt like this was gatekeeping and came to its defence.
Frankly, we were trolled.
That said, this did get me thinking about what I believe is the most powerful approach to building: picking and choosing the best of each world. What that means to each person is very different.
For a developer, the only thing they may want to abstract is the relation database with Airtable and custom code the rest. Hell, even Zapier may feel like too much when you’re a master of using Webhooks (self-plug: don’t know what a Webhook is? Come to the stream this week and you’ll learn!)
Does it feel that way to James? No! For him, writing a custom script that calls a serverless function with Cloudinary is easy! It took him an hour and he ends up with precisely what he needs. To him, 5% no-code and 95% code is great. It’s the level of abstraction that he enjoys. I prefer the 5% code and 95% no-code give or take 5%.
Just like no developer should feel scared of no-code and camp themselves in it’s all code or its worthless, we shouldn’t camp ourselves in a no-code or die mentality.
We all gain from learning a little bit of code and I’m sure every developer will gain from learning a little bit of no-code!