It’s not no-code unless it feels like LEGO
If a tool comes out that claims to be no-code but it doesn’t feel like LEGO bricks, I don’t consider it no-code. A tool that only gives me the option to change colors, text, and move components around is like giving me a plain toy car with a box of paints and different wheel choices and then telling me it’s LEGO.

no-code LEGO

Let me explain how no-code should feel like LEGO.
Much like LEGO, the spirit of no-code is to empower builders. Here are characteristics of both LEGO and no-code tools:
  • The possibilities feel endless
  • The building blocks come in small pieces that don’t mean much in isolation
  • Templates or instructions are resources, not requirements
  • You don’t manufacture the blocks themselves (no coding necessary)
It’s helpful to be able to distinguish no-code tools from everything else so that you know where to spend your time learning. I want to input my time into tools that provide the most potential output. Tools that aren’t no-code have limited output.
Coding | No-code—————————Other tools
Flexible output——————————Specific Output
I like to sit as close as possible to the pipe to the right of coding.
If you aren’t trying to increase the range of things you can build, no-code may not be for you. If you are just looking for things you can use, there are plenty of tools out there. HubSpot, for instance, has a huge set of tools. Each tool has a specific output that you can use.
I hope you are better equipped to identify no-code tools and decide which tools to invest your time into. It’s always best to ask if a tool is worth exploring from members in the no-code community.
Ask us over in Slack if you have a question about a no-code tool.
Happy learning,

P.S. For those of you following along from my last post, I ended up deciding to take time off from work completely. I know, not one of the options in the vote between Bubble and the app. Worth it. I built a planter box instead. Because you know, building.