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Create web applications as a non-tech entrepreneur

How can you translate your unique business idea from paper to a working web application? This is the question that has kept me from pursuing many ideas I have had. And I am sure I am not the only one. Luckily, I found a more than interesting tool that solves this problem. Welcome to the future, welcome to the world of no-code.

No code

The last few years no code has been an upcoming trend in the development landscape. Driven by the everlasting search for increased efficiency, cost reduction and a shortage of traditional developers. As of today, there are quite a few companies specialized in no code. The most striking example would be Mendix that has grown to a sizeable organization with known clients like ING, New Balance and War Child. Platforms like Mendix allow clients to create a MVP (Minimum Viable Product) of their product within a matter of days. Due to the simplicity of the development process in comparison with a more traditional way of development, it allows clients to reduce their development time and the associated costs.

No-code / low-code mostly results in easy to use interfaces with drag and drop features. For front-end development these kinds of websites have been around for quite some time now. However, with the rise of the new generation of no code platforms it now becomes a possibility to create fully working web applications. Being able to create the backend functionalities of a web application without needing the knowledge of programming is truly revolutionizing. However, most of the platforms are focused on enterprise solutions. There is one exception.

Bubble

Bubble is a no-code platform focused on entrepreneurs who lack the skill of programming and do not have the funds to hire a team of programmers right from the start. It allows you to create an MVP without the normally associated costs. The main features of the platform are centralized around the drag-and-drop functionality. You can drag elements onto your webpage and have them display dynamic data by connecting it with the databases you have created in Bubble. There is however still the possibility to use Javascript or HTML to achieve certain results. Bubble can even handle external data, you can create your own API or connect to an existing one. What I love the most about Bubble, is the community around it:

• There is an official support forum where everyone is helpful, and knowledge is shared.
• As of today, there are 642 plugins (both paid and free) created by the community, which helps extend the platform by adding specific functionalities (e.g. Amazon S3 integration).
• There is an increasing number of themes created by the community. Templates can be used as an easy way to start of your web application without having to worry about the base design.

Bubble is a full-stack no-code development platform

The best of it all is that it is completely free to use. You will only have to pay a monthly fee for the hosting when you decide to go live. Furthermore, the platform is continually being developed by a dedicated team of developers. The limits of what you can achieve is therefore pushed further every update. If you are looking for a way to start building on your business idea but lack the skills of programming, the future of no-code seems very promising. With the rise of Bubble, it is safe to say that the future is partly already here.

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Hirebel is focused on providing you with valuable insights on how to improve your career and how to get the most out of your working life. Occasionally there are sidesteps to topics related to new technologies that enable people to achieve their (life) goals.

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