Nearly everything there is to know about no-code

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“The future of coding is no coding at all,” says Chris Wanstrath, CEO at GitHub. Take a trip into the future with us. Maybe you’ve already heard some buzz about no-code, maybe this is your first exposure, or you've found the term alongside low-code. Either way, knowledge is power and there is always more to learn (that’s why we say “nearly” everything there is to know!).

Our goal is that by 2023, anyone can build an application, so we are motivated to learn everything we can to make that happen. We created this page to share what we think you need to know about how no-code works in software development and why it can benefit you -- and we look forward to growing our knowledge, even more, the more we learn!

So here we go, from no-code’s rise from the evolution of programming, to components of a no-code platform, to popular use cases and key benefits. Have more questions or missing some information? Just reach out to us for anything else you want to know about all things no-code and rapid application development.

Named a Visionary in Gartner 2020 Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Low-Code Application Platforms

Gartner Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Low-Code Application Platforms 2020 sees Betty Blocks named a Visionary for the second consecutive year among 18 recognized vendors. As Gartner has positioned Betty Blocks highest for ability to execute in the Visionaries Quadrant, we’re proud of our position this year and feel we have proven our platform’s capabilities alongside our vision to democratize citizen development.

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With a no-code platform, you can equip more of your workforce--your citizen developers or software developers--with the tool they need to build business, web and mobile applications. The low learning curve makes it even easier for you to grow your business or event jump right into collaborative agile development strategies.

Citizen development collaboration with IT Citizen development collaboration with IT Citizen development collaboration with IT

How it Works

“How can you possibly build an application without writing a single line of code?” is a question that we hear quite a lot. Here’s the secret: Betty Blocks programmers write the code that lays the foundation of the visual modeling elements that you then build your applications with. Essentially, when you build with a no-code platform you are building with code, it’s just hidden (so you don’t have to write it!).

Betty Blocks: it’s no-code with an escape hatch
Betty Blocks stands out from other no-code platforms by being both easy enough that anyone can use it while boasting capabilities powerful enough to build secure, complex, enterprise-grade applications. Unlike most no-code platforms, it’s no-code with an escape hatch: While it is not necessary to write any code to develop complex applications, Betty Blocks also supports JavaScript or HTML integrations for added customization. Effectively, it's as agile in coding flexibility as in implementation.

A no-code platform is made from the following key ingredients and features:

Platform Screenshot No-Code UI Builder
User Interface Builder

Rapidly drag and drop every web page together, just how you like it. From header to form to table and instantly see how it looks on mobile, tablet or desktop as well. Feeling adventurous? Combine it with any JS framework - like Angular or Vue.js - for full freedom and flexibility.

No-code visual data modeling
Visual modeling

We replaced complex code for a drag-and-drop interface. Process and manage your data easily through visually modeling. Fast, fun and easy with endless possibilities.

Platform reusability Block Store

(Small) parts of an application can be reused in new applications. Fast development is great, not developing at all is even better. Plus, you can contribute to the community by offering your part in the Block store for others to (re)use it.

Betty Blocks integration options

To connect everything you need, you can easily integrate with all kinds of web services like Slack, Twitter, Mollie or Ideal. The platform fits into every IT landscape and provides modern possibilities for legacy systems.

What Kinds of Applications Can You Build Without Coding?

You can build three kinds of applications on a no-code platform like Betty Blocks: Back office (database), Web, and Mobile applications. All applications are hosted and run 100% in the cloud. Discover examples of applications build without a single line of code in our App Gallery.

Back Office Applications

Improve your organization's internal operations! This application type uses a back office module only. It provides functionality to administer your business data for internal use. The back office module is already built and largely designed by us. Why? Because this module is often only seen and used by your employees or software developers.

No-code platform grid view

Speed up development and take advantage of the steps we have already taken care of for you. Use the out-of-the-box and ready-made features, such as filter, search, export, import, logic (workflows) and more. The platform makes it easy to visually create grids, forms, and workflows without programming.

Portals and Web Applications

Build a customer-facing application! A web application bridges the gap between your back and front office, when your application needs to be used publicly. The web application type uses both the back office and web module. How? The web module is used for a customized user interface and the back office module is used to administer your data.

waal no-code customer relationship portal

This way, the web application enables you to create your own user interface (such as web pages) together with ready-made back office features. You can use your own HTML or our WYSIWYG page editor or insert your favorite JS framework to build with. Brand your identity by using your own style sheets.

Mobile Applications

Take your mobile solution on the go! Build a mobile application and fully customize the front end especially for mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones, rather than large desktops. The application is web-based, and you have full access to all elements of the web browser. No software installation is needed.

no-code platform

Just like with web applications, you are completely free to create any mobile page you want in HTML, CSS and JavaScript development. Distribute it like a ‘regular’ web application or in the same way native applications are distributed. The mobile application always includes a back office module to administer your data

Discover applications built with no-code

Now you know what kind of applications you can build with a no-code platform, it's time to make it more visual for you. In our App Gallery we show you the possibilities of no-code and the unique features of each application. Take a look and see what’s in it for you and your organization.

Discover the App Gallery.

The Ultimate Guide to No-Code

No-code platforms encourage the entire digital transformation process, from idea to experimentation to solution to innovation, by facilitating the effective and efficient implementation of a continuous stream of new ideas. With no-code, your organization can easily implement or transition to an agile development strategy. No-code allows users to rapidly develop new solutions to transform business processes and meet customer needs.

No-code development is about more than just the platform, or the technology. It's about putting the power of innovation into the hands of your entire organization. The Ultimate Guide to No-Code dives into everything there is to know about no-code. From how no-code works to practical implementation cases from around the world.


The Future of Application Development

Industry experts agree: No-code is driving the future of rapid application development. The demand for applications is so high that we simply cannot keep up--there are not enough software developers available to meet this need.

This is the classic problem in application development today: The gap between IT departments and business demands. And no-code offers the solution to surviving the new era of rapid application development.

Enable a wider workforce

By enabling a workforce to build applications under the guidelines of IT, citizen developers can produce the technical solutions while IT provides oversight. Business developers and other non-programmer roles are able to step in to meet the demand for faster application delivery using agile, scrum, and collaborative development. Read our whitepaper: The Rise of the Citizen Developer

Align Business and IT

Regardless of industry, every company is in the IT solutions business. Whether you directly provide technology as a service, apps are involved in every aspect of your business. No-code presents a solution that is accessible to business developers and other professionals alike, not just software developers or programmers with decades of experience under their belts.

Avoid Shadow IT

Shadow IT is the use of technical solutions outside of IT’s governance and authorization. This creates security threats and drains company resources. By sanctioning the use of a no-code platform, IT provides a regulated environment from the start and has full control.

Crush IT Backlog

IT is swamped keeping up with the maintenance of existing applications. Delegate backlogged projects to citizen developers so that IT can focus on more critical concerns, and free up space for both software developers and citizen developers to pursue innovation.

Inside the Mind of: John Rymer, Forrester Research VP and Lead Analyst

Betty Blocks CEO Chris Obdam and John Rymer, Vice President and Lead Analyst at leading global research and advisory firm Forrester have a conversation about how no-code platforms are changing the landscape of application development by providing a solution to “one of the classic problems in IT,” according to Obdam.

Watch the video below to learn what your leadership needs to stay ahead of the game in the changing era of rapid application development.