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What does no-code mean?

Published on
January 17, 2023
What does no-code mean?

No-code is an evolution of low-code where the emphasis is on providing the end user with an experience that requires as little coding and development knowledge as possible. Most no-code tools are built around visual drag and drop interfaces that tend to resemble other platforms that non-technical audiences may be more familiar with - like a document editor, spreadsheet, website builder, or graphics editing program.

With no-code tools, most of the knowledge of core development principles required in code-first or low-code projects is abstracted and happens in the background of the project instead of being front and center. The goal is to provide users with an experience that is as close to a WYSIWYG editor (what you see is what you get) as possible.

Generally speaking, most no-code platforms allow users to build websites, applications and automation with pre-built components or templates, which can then be customized depending on the requirements of the project. Many of the same features and capabilities found in low-code platforms are also present in no-code tools, but with a focus on making them accessible to a wider range of non-technical users.

Because of this, you'll frequently see no-code platforms positioned for small businesses, entrepreneurs, intrapreneurs, hobbyists, startups, or for specific teams at small to medium sized businesses that need to build software but who may not have dedicated programming or development resources at their disposal.

Some well-known no-code platforms include: Webflow, Bubble, Carrd, Adalo, and Glide.

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