No-code has been the talk of the town lately, but one has to take with a grain of salt some of the stuff being tossed around. While some tend to overestimate the capabilities of no-code platforms and prophesy greatness for them, others underestimate them, predicting that their impact will only be ephemeral. We need to make a shortlist of the most common myths and misconceptions about no-code and see whether they hold up under scrutiny.
Professional developers scoff at no-code platforms and that’s understandable. Some of the hype around no-code is clearly unfounded (we’ll get back to that in a bit) and if you are a developer who spent years writing thousands of lines of code, an amateur posing as a coder just because he could drag-and-drop some components on the screen can get on your nerves.
It shouldn’t, though. There are so many tedious, repetitive tasks that developers could do without. No-code platforms are perfectly capable of handling those tasks and empowering citizen developers in an organization to build apps for their own jobs. This frees up developers’ precious company time for things that require more creativity and coding prowess. There is no harm in an non-coder hacking a tool to satisfy a daily need. Let regular people spread the word and culture and create more demand for coding, which will be done by none other than developers.
Some people think that no-code platforms are only good for validating ideas, prototyping and developing a minimum viable product (MVP) that will be just good enough for the early adopters of an app. The MVP consists of just the core features of a product. The skeptics tend to doubt claims that apps can go beyond the MVP stage on a no-code platform. They are wrong, though. The premium no-code platforms have long achieved a level of maturity where, once you build your MVP, you can go and turn it into a full-fledged, real-time web app.
Scalability refers to a system’s capability to handle spikes in load and stay responsive in the face of rising demand and increasingly more complex requests. This has been another concern of no-code-skeptics. Existing cloud architecture and cloud service providers already offer some kind of scalability. However, not many developers have the skills to properly leverage cloud computing in a way that promotes scalability at a satisfactory level. This issue is already dealt with within the architecture of premium no-code platforms like Peaka. These platforms utilize the cloud infrastructure in the best possible way, facilitating scalability and taking a good deal of workload off developers at the same time.
Conventional software development requires large, dedicated teams or sometimes even departments of expert developers that can oversee the system and step in when a security issue arises. There are well-known vulnerabilities such as XSS, SQL Injection and CSRF that pose a threat to systems. Most developers don’t know much about these threats, let alone devise solutions for them. Luckily, a well-designed infrastructure can eliminate such attacks. No-code platforms come with built-in industry-best practices out-of-the box. These platforms are developed with a focus on abiding by OWASP criteria, which help them mitigate a significant portion of the risk posed by common types of attacks.
No, it won’t. Developers are here to stay and the demand for their skills will keep rising for years to come. They will be expanding the horizons of software, designing cutting-edge architecture, bringing into fold tasks which software had nothing to do with previously. This will trickle down to low-code/no-code platforms, improving their capabilities and reception. In fact, what developers refer to as “real coding” will be running the world in one form or another.
No-code might be a fairly new term for regular people. But the technology behind no-code has been around for some time and is already mature. Although they are not silver bullets by any means, premium no-code platforms like Peaka have delivered on their promises and proved that creating real-time apps on a scalable, secure environment is possible for anyone.