No code

I’ve been coding every day for the last few days and it’s become another way for my brain to stretch. I’ve written code on and off since I was 16 (mostly frontend) and delved into web app development in 2015. 

But for the past couple of years, in terms of work, I’ve avoided coding as much as I can. There are easier ways to do it, I tell myself. 

Ryan Hoover writes in his article The Rise of “No Code” that although there may be tradeoffs, “it’s inevitable that more products will be built — or at least MVP’d — without writing code, including by programmers that can code”.

I personally love no code tools. I use them for apps that are meant for my use only. I have a podcast app where I line up podcasts to listen to, as well as save those that I want to listen to again and again.

I use one for my email newsletter on cocktails. I use one for my podcast — Ledes (on break). I use it for my e-commerce stores. 

I use no code for this blog because I wanted to focus on writing, not coding.

At some point though, no code tools can only do so much. You pay for them in other forms — lack of flexibility, with money, possibly a compromise on ownership. 

But when you want to start small, move fast, focus on priorities, no code tools are amazing. 

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