Earlier this month, thousands of New York Times readers encountered an article titled ‘No-Code’ Brings the Power of A.I. to the Masses on the paper’s front page. While in this case focused primarily on AI-related no-code topics, the article highlights a variety of ways in which the no-code revolution is permanently altering the digital landscape, and how it is benefiting individuals, organizations, and companies that decide to embrace the benefits of no-code software.
Articles like these aren’t new—media reports of the ongoing no-code revolution date for years. However, what is new here is how common and visible coverage of the topic is becoming, with growing predictions of a full-on paradigm shift. For example, in 2020, Forbes analyst and contributor Betsy Atkins predicted that, by the following year, the most disruptive trend in business would be no-code and low-code platforms. Atkins highlighted that, “The unique thing about these no code/low code platforms is that they take the place of a significant amount of the hand coding that consumes an engineer’s time.”
Similarly, in 2021, Gartner observed that, fueled by progress in no-code technologies alongside widespread changes and innovations occurring in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, no-code approaches were poised to impact tech companies across the globe, particularly in 2022. Here in early 2022, all of those predictions are becoming reality—and at a remarkable pace.
Growing public awareness
For most, perhaps the most visible example of the rise of no-code approaches can be seen in the incredible popularity of no-code website platforms, such as those offered by Wix, Webflow, and Squarespace. The platforms offered by these companies allow users to build professional-looking websites from scratch without knowledge of a single line of code. No-code has become a very visible and very beneficial solution, freeing up skilled hands for higher level tasks and allowing people to concentrate on factors like quality over pondering over the nuts and bolts of production.
Yet another factor that continues to fuel the increasing demand for no-code solutions is an incredible increase in complexity in all things tech. In the app testing sphere, this is an ongoing problem with which every mobile app testing team will be familiar. Often, far too much time is spent keeping an eye on the nuts and bolts and how they’re arranged over the importance of innovation and maintaining quality.
Past, present, and future
Historically speaking, the no-code revolution didn’t come out of nowhere. Given the history of computer science, it was even very predictable! Historians will note that this is a natural development of abstraction, a concept wherein layers of solutions build on one another to allow for control of increasingly complex mechanisms. Technological advancements associated with abstraction opens the door for skilled workers to focus on higher-level projects.
The development of coding languages was one step in a long chain of abstraction. In turn, the arrival of no-code technology makes for a rational evolutionary step forward. Abstraction marches ever onward!
For industries across the world, the digital landscape is increasingly one wherein individuals no longer require knowledge of a single line of code to produce what were once laborious and time-consuming tasks. This frees developers and engineers to turn their focus to other, higher-level tasks and projects.
Clearly, no-code is a hot topic, but it’s also a topic that is only going to get hotter. The no-code revolution is in full swing and early adapters can attest to no-code’s many benefits. Current trends in adaption imply that no-code approaches will only become more common—and, as their benefits continue to be understood, increasingly popular—in the near future. Those who adapt now and get ahead of the curve stand to reap the benefits of these approaches now rather than later.
Sofy began alongside the no-code revolution. If you’re on the fence about the benefits of no-code solutions for your testing needs, there’s never been a better time to give no-code solutions a try.