Limits of No code and Possible Downsides
Building in the no-code space is a creative endeavor just like anything else, and therefore can be approached as a part-art-part-science. What’s most exciting is that the tools and applications are growing each day, meaning new possible use cases are emerging all of the time, as the industry is anything but static.
No-code tools are great at displaying data, organizing content, and connecting APIs. They’re less ideal if you need to:
- Leverage custom layouts and illustrations
- Customize out-of-the-box functionality
- Create robust native apps
- Manage complex calculations
- Oversee a ton of data
- Prioritize speed and scalability
Which is why you currently see more no-code prototypes than products. Especially on the mobile app front, no-code tools have a long way to go before making a robust, non-cookie-cutter MVP is possible.
Apart from this following are some other concerns around No-code:
- A major limitation of no-code software is dependency. You’re tied to whatever tool you use. If they sink, you sink too.
- It difficult to claim IP (Intellectual Property) when just about any one can build your product with the same suite of free tools.
- Platforms that let you to throw in everything plus the kitchen sink usually have speed and scalability issues.
- When you need help moving beyond your no-code prototype, you’d need to hire external help.
People often run before they walk. Worrying about what may happen with 1 million users is probably not a useful exercise. We’d recommend building with no-code and validate with paying users ASAP.