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#ApplicationDesignPrinciples

Coding is the art of designing:

  1. In a software language,
  2. To create a framework of instructions which can be used as ‘applications’ or ‘apps’…

So what is no-coding?

As above, but you can skip the first step.

No-coding is the art of designing:

  1. To create applications.

And that’s it.

The difference between the two approaches is akin to sourcing ingredients versus sourcing components – you can make and assemble your own hamburger from scratch, or you can obtain the bun, patty, and garnish and put it together yourself.

At the risk of oversimplifying, let’s consider this as the key distinction between the two approaches. And then stop worrying about it. They share the same outcome, the same goals – to create functional software, tools, applications, in order to achieve a means to an end.

Application Design Principles

Application design is simply a matter of problem solving. No matter the platform, coding language or technology used, there are certain fundamental principles that are common to all. And we’ve decided to boil them down for you!

You will be familiar with some design frameworks and methodologies – you may well be an expert in them for your particular field. But no matter your origin, having a clear set of goals, means and outcomes laid out before you start developing will save you time, money, and paracetamol.

Our Insights

We’ve drawn on our wealth of experience in the field of software development, from working in AGILE teams to being solo app designers to the support desk, to create a guide to getting started with designing your application.
It is designed to be largely platform- and framework- agnostic, so we think it will set you off in the right direction no matter what no-code platform you choose (despite the odd mention of Intelastel).

By taking the time to prepare your project, come up with some design plans, and analyse the problems you want your application to solve ahead of development, you’re going to avoid many common pitfalls, such as:

  • Feature creep – adding more and more functionality until you lose sight of the original purpose of the application.
  • Bloat – increased complexity and need for resources.
  • Indigestion – too many long hours spent having to re-do or work around tasks, fuelled by junk food and energy drinks.
  • Mismanaged expectations – missed deadlines, over-promised functionality, loss of stakeholder faith…

So download our guide, print it out in glorious full colour, pin it to your wall, read along each step of the path, and take notes. Get started on creating your own no-code application, confident in your goals and ambitions, and let us know how you get on!

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