The SeaTable no-code platform

The SeaTable no-code platform

What is low-code or no-code?

No-code / low-code are comparatively new development methods that enable people to develop their own applications or processes. As the names suggest, the core idea is that this should also be possible for people with little or no programming experience and that this should only take a fraction of the usual time.

With no-code or low-code, the platform provides the necessary working environment for the technically interested user. There, one can work on a solution alone or in a team. This approach is completely at odds with traditional software development, which is often time-consuming and cost-intensive in comparison.

Low-code and no-code can also be seen as the next logical step in the development of programming techniques. While a developer used to develop the interface, the logics, the database structures, etc. himself with the help of a programming language, developer frameworks such as Bootstrap or Laravel have already taken over many of these tasks. No-code / low-code goes one step further and reduces the development effort again significantly by allowing the user to fully concentrate on problem solving and the processes to be developed.

Is no-code better than low-code?

Not at all. Both approaches have their raison d'être. While no-code is about not really needing any programming knowledge, low-code allows you to partially programme your own components in order to get more building blocks for your own solution. Both can have their advantages and disadvantages. Often a clear assignment is not possible or not wanted. In the following, I will therefore only speak of no-code.

Theessence of both approaches is that in a fast-moving age with frequently changing requirements, people should have the opportunity to develop applications together in the shortest possible time and without a great deal of prior knowledge, which should make their lives easier.

4 important features of No-Code

The market research institute Forrester Research names four important characteristics that a no-code platform must fulfil:

  1. visual model-based development method for data models, business logic or user interfaces. Whereas with classical programming languages, for example, you start from scratch, with no-code you don't have to think about it.
  2. Reusability through the use of ready-made templates, widgets or plug-ins and components is another feature of low-code. These are available in the form of building blocks and can be used directly.
  3. Theentire life cycle should be covered, i.e. from development and deployment to the subsequent expansion of the application.
  4. The last feature is the automatic provision and management of the application via cloud or directly in the form of an on-premises system. Instead of having to set up a new server for each application, the applications run directly on the respective platform.

„No code“ isn’t just about helping non-coders build things.
It’s also about helping coders build things.

Found on Twitter: by Sahil Lavingia, founder of Gumroad

The advantages of a no-code platform

This brings us to the central advantages of no-code platforms. These are ...

  • Quickly create and deploy applications
  • Can be implemented by programming laymen or technically interested people
  • cross-team collaboration
  • easy integration with other platforms through apis
  • focus on problem solving, less on design and surfaces

No-Code is universally applicable

No-code is not limited to one industry. Much suggests that there is a need for this kind of development and problem solving in every area of life, in every company and in every person who works with data on a computer in some way.

SeaTable is a no-code platform

SeaTable fulfils all four characteristics of Forrester Research. SeaTable is actually not clearly categorised as low-code or no-code either. Many processes and workflows can only be configured visually, which speaks more for a no-code approach. At the same time, SeaTable allows the execution of self-written Javascript and Python scripts, which are either time-controlled or executed manually. This corresponds to low-code.

No matter what problem you have. Give SeaTable a try. You will be amazed at how easy it is to develop your own data structures, applications and workflows with it.

Christoph Dyllick-Brenzinger
Christoph is the founder and technical managing director of SeaTable GmbH. He is responsible for all internal IT at SeaTable and loves new and exciting challenges. In his free time, he enjoys playing tennis, exploring foreign cities with his family or playing the occasional computer game.

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