Tell us a bit about you. What’s your background? What have you built with no-code? What are you building now?
I have spent my career in software development for a major healthcare company, the majority of which as a Product Manager. Last year while working on my side startup, the traditional software development process was taking too long and was costing too much. I began looking for alternatives and soon found Bubble. Because I have an engineering and database background, the learning curve was short. Since that time, I’ve built 2 versions of that startup (and have since shut it down), built a new platform that I’m actively developing now and have built another platform for a friend that is working in the insurance benefits space.
Is it nocode, no-code, no code, visual development, vis dev, low code, something else? What does it mean to you?
It depends on the application. If it is a website or landing page then no-code. However, if it is a functional web application, it is 1000% visual programming. Many jump into Bubble (or similar platforms) with the idea that it is “no-code” and assume that there is no learning curve. Unfortunately, this is not true. There is still basic knowledge of databases, UI/UX, etc. that need to be understood. It is not that people won’t learn, but I think if it were referred to as visual programming, the expectations would be appropriately set.
What do you like about no-code and why?
No-code will impact the way software is built and managed as the emergence of cloud computing did in the previous decade. No-code allows software solutions to be built at 5x the speed and 1/8th the cost. This is game changing. This opens the doors to startups that previous had no chance of seeing the light of day and also gives enterprise companies the ability to develop internal tools that are more aligned with their unique process, again at 1/8th the cost.
What are your favorite tools for building?
What are you looking forward to learning or building in the coming year?
I’ve dedicated to focusing on load optimization, scalability and mobile optimization.
What’s a hot take you have or future prediction you’d like to make about no-code?
Enterprise adoption will open the floodgates. No-code will move from “a cool tool that empowers makers” to a dedicated role that large companies will hire for.
What are your tips for learning no-code?
Start with templates and spend time analyzing them. I was too quick to get to the “build” part. I wanted to see the results but unfortunately early efforts had to be refactored (and yes, no-code projects often have to be re-factored the same as traditional software stacks).
Where do you go or what do you do for inspiration?
I take inspiration from observing the super smart people around me. Watching people to seemingly impossible things is amazing.
What is a tip or life hack more people should know?
Always follow up with authentic appreciation. A quick email, text or note. It takes 1 minute but changes everything.
Do you have a quote or motto that you live by?
Planning is priceless but plans are worthless.
Will no-code replace traditional software development?
No… like many technology advancements, it will take the low hanging fruit off of an engineer’s plate so they can focus on the hard (but incredibly valuable) stuff.