I recently read a comment about no-code development platforms not letting you do anything really complex – there is the persistent myth that attempting anything advanced in software development will require coding knowledge. While this was the case up until relatively recently, it is a disingenuous picture. With an increase in availability comes an increase in usability – just as the typical coder no longer requires an advanced degree in mathematics or logic, the typical ‘citizen’ developer should no longer need to know code. At all.
Now, we at Intelastel think this is how it should be, and we can prove it:
Take the highly successful Lego as an example. Lego’s simple premise of interlocking bricks and shapes allows you to build pretty much anything – from a simple brick wall to a fully functional 3D printer – all using the same building blocks.
Lego is as much a system as a tangible project. You choose the components, and assemble them in a specific order. Lego’s users don’t make the bricks, nor specify their dimensions, but instead know which bricks to select for their creation. They choose the colours and theme as part of the design, to realise their vision.
Ah, but surely assembling a Lego model is just a case of clicking bricks on top of one another?
Sure. The person playing with the Lego kit doesn’t need to decide how and where to put the bricks, nor the wheels or weird little circular clear yellow plastic bits – they follow clear, simple instruction sets to go from a bag of individual bricks to a car, a fort, or a spaceship. But guided assembly is not the same as creativity.
The same is true for an Intelastel application designer; they might want to use one of our pre-built templates, or work through one of our how-to tutorials. These are equally fine, but they are not the limit to our platform’s purpose or parameters.
Eventually they might decide to take the model apart and rebuild it into something new. With Intelastel you can do exactly that – take a copy of your application or one of our templates, change some of the parameters and repurpose it as you see fit.
This is something worth emphasising: you might be put off by a mental, theoretical ‘limit’ to what you can create with a no-code platform, but just because it isn’t written in a coding language doesn’t mean it isn’t capable of being full-featured and complex.
Nor should complexity be a measure of functionality – there are Lego kits for young children, made of few, simple components, all the way through to very elaborate kits with thousands of pieces and even lights, sounds and moving parts. Each is appropriate to their intended user, for their intended purpose.
The same applies to Intelastel, and we even have proof of concept to back this up. Our platform is modular, and from a few simple-to-configure elements, you can combine and create thousands of variations of function and application.
You can build a simple weather station to give you a regular local weather forecast, or a full-service health and safety compliance application. Or both.
There are two conclusions to be drawn here: that Lego is actually a no-code development platform, based in the material world; and that for no-code development platforms such as Intelastel, the complexity lies in the design, and the challenge sits with the designer, not the tool.
So if you would not be put off by the idea of playing with a Lego set, why should you be put off creating your own application using a no-code solution?
And as an added advantage, there is very little danger of you stepping on an upturned Intelastel application on a cold floor early on a Saturday morning!
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