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No-code: saying goodbye to coding?

For my first article, I will discuss No-code. It might be surprising for a developer like me to start with such a topic.

So, is No-code the magical solution that enables you to create applications, websites, in short, anything you want, without diving headfirst into the often mysterious world of coding? Let's explore together if the promise holds true …

What is NoCode?

Imagine building a house without ever having to handle a hammer or trowel. That's a bit of the concept behind NoCode. It's the art of creating without coding, without the need to know programming languages. No-code development could also be considered a form of visual programming, providing a alternative to traditional development for non-technical individuals.

Once upon a time, there were No-code tools

How is all this possible? Well, that's where NoCode tools come into play.

The most well-known... is probably WordPress! Yes, NoCode has been around for quite a while, more than 20 years! Indeed, WordPress allows people without technical skills to create a website! With WordPress, plugins are used, assembled like building blocks to create the desired website. Many of us have likely engaged in NoCode without even realizing it. For website creation, there are also online platforms like Wix, etc.

In another domain, Microsoft Access was one of the pioneers of no-code (low-code) solution development.

What Can You Build with NoCode?

Unleash Your Creativity; NoCode is like a magic wand for creatives. You can let your imagination run wild without worrying about syntax errors or code bugs. Drag, drop, customize, and voila, you've created something awesome!

Do you have a brilliant idea for an application, but you've never written a line of code in your life? No problem! With NoCode, everything is at your fingertips.

The significant innovation in recent years is that it is no longer limited to creating websites. Now, it allows you to create:

  • Mobile Applications/Native Apps: Utilize native mobile functions to create applications for the App Store and the Play Store.
  • Simplified Web Applications: Design web applications without writing code, ideal for specific tasks such as project management, sales tracking, or resource management.
  • Interactive Websites: Create dynamic websites with features like forms, image galleries, and interactive pages, all without requiring programming skills.
  • Workflow Automation: Automate complex business processes by integrating tools and creating automated workflows to improve operational efficiency.
  • Custom Databases: Develop custom databases for data tracking, contact management, or other specific needs without having to code complex database schemas.

Difference with Low-Code?

The main difference between "No-Code" and "Low-Code" lies in the level of code involvement in the application development process.


  • Definition: No-Code aims to enable application development without requiring the user to create code.
  • Usage: No-Code platforms offer simple visual tools for application creation, often based on graphical interfaces and drag-and-drop features.
  • Advantages: Accessible to individuals without programming skills, accelerates development, promotes rapid innovation.


  • Definition: Low-Code involves a limited level of coding in the development process, allowing developers to create applications with less manual code.
  • Usage: Low-Code platforms provide pre-built components and visual tools but also allow developers to intervene with code for more advanced features.
  • Advantages: Accelerates development compared to traditional programming, offers increased flexibility for specific requirements.

In summary, No-Code is more focused on accessibility for non-technical users, while Low-Code is at an intermediate level, providing more flexibility and involving a certain degree of coding, often for advanced customizations. The choice between No-Code and Low-Code depends on the skills available in the team and the specific requirements of the project.

Is it useful for developers?

No-Code is beneficial for developers as it enables rapid prototyping, automates repetitive tasks, and facilitates effective collaboration with non-technical teams. It accelerates development, streamlines user interface creation, and provides an agile approach for less complex projects.

Low-code appears to be more suitable for developers than no-code, as developers can engage in additional development to make more complex projects.

However, for more advanced projects, traditional coding may still be necessary.


While No-Code offers significant advantages, it also comes with some drawbacks:

  • Functional Limitations: No-Code platforms may be limited in terms of advanced functionalities. For complex projects, No-Code may not offer all the necessary capabilities.
  • Restricted Customization: The customization possibilities may be restricted by the predefined features of No-Code tools. For highly specific needs, traditional coding may be preferable.
  • Platform Dependency: No-Code solutions can make users dependent on the specific platform they are using. Switching platforms can be challenging due to differences in structure and language.
  • Potentially Lower Performance: In some situations, applications generated by No-Code tools may have slightly lower performance compared to those developed using traditional programming languages.
  • Cost: Some No-Code platforms may involve significant costs, and these costs may increase as customization needs or data volume grows.
  • Security: When users without programming experience create applications, there can be potential security risks, such as mishandling sensitive data.

It is important to note that these drawbacks vary based on the specific project needs and the level of complexity required. The choice between No-Code and traditional coding often depends on the nature of the project and the skills available within the development team.

No-code tools

Here is a list of five popular No-Code/Low-Code tools:

  • Bubble: A No-Code platform for web application development with a powerful visual editor.
  • Adalo: Specialized in the development of web and mobile applications without coding, featuring a user-friendly drag-and-drop interface.
  • Webflow: Enables the design of interactive websites without coding skills, with advanced features. Similar to WordPress and SquareSpace, Webflow is used for creating no-code websites.
  • OutSystems: A Low-Code platform that simplifies the creation of enterprise applications without requiring in-depth programming expertise.
  • Zapier: Automates workflows by connecting different applications without writing code, using "Zaps" to trigger automated actions.


No-code/Low-code is not new but is increasingly providing more possibilities. It allows creatives/functional individuals to create relatively simple applications easily. It does not replace developers but complements their work. We will see how it evolves in the coming years (with integrated AI, perhaps?).

Hopefully, I shouldn't be unemployed for quite some time.

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