No Code Platforms Are Creating a New (Maybe Better) Class of Developers

Thanks to no-code platforms, developers can be freed from syntax. Use that to up your logic game.

We’re all compilers anyway

When you dive down into software development, all of us developers are mostly relying on frameworks and platforms anyway (props to you folks slinging actual machine language, but most of us are compiling what we write).

You don’t have to learn syntax, but…

It’s very much true that no-code platforms don’t require the “coder” to know anything about syntax. But having the syntax written for you does not in any way guarantee good code.

Don’t try to build it all at once

The biggest temptation for a problem solver using no code is to try to solve the entire problem in one sitting. Young coders do this early in their learning and then never do it again once they go through the pain of having to rewrite their application over and over again as things change.

Think way ahead on your data structure

Most bad software begins with bad data structure. Good coders not only think about what the data will be used for, but also what the data could be used for, now and down the road.

Your users aren’t users, they’re customers

And customers need all kinds of classification. So you need a well defined user structure with a customer funnel built around it. This means you’ll need to track every change in their definition as a customer (for instance, prospect to current to former) and you’ll need to track every action your customers take in your system.

Do not sleep on security and privacy

There is no kind of trouble more serious than security and privacy trouble, so you need to be strong on both. Most of the no-code platforms at least help you with the basics, but keeping track of who sees what and who has access to what and how long they have access to it is something you need to plan for ahead of time.

Money! That’s why we’re here.

Payments are hard. Even with third-party services like Stripe and PayPal, seamlessly taking payments is a science in itself. Nothing will turn off customers quicker than a sketchy or difficult-to-use payment process.

Support — Because once you launch, you’re on 24/7

The business world doesn’t sleep anymore, and on the internet there’s no such thing as closed. You’ll need to build in self-support functionality and automation everywhere possible, so that you’re not painted into a corner to act immediately every time something breaks.

I’m a multi-exit, multi-failure entrepreneur. Sold ExitEvent. Building TeachingStartup.com & GetSpiffy. Former Automated Insights. More info at joeprocopio.com

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