The rise in NO-Code Platforms and How to document them?

What can you build with a no-code platform? Almost everything. Remember when building websites required writing code upon code, no? Me neither. It should have been obvious when I started to see advertisements for learning how to design a website in two weeks. I always wondered, why designs? And for two weeks? Impossible, or so I thought. 

No-Code platforms enable users to develop digital goods such as websites and applications without the use of code by allowing them to design, organize, and manage components and features.

Instead of utilizing traditional programming, which includes manually inputting data and programs to obtain a result using a Command Line Interface (CLI). No-code development platforms allow users to develop application software using a Graphical User Interface (GUI) and arrangement of certain functionalities. A GUI is a computer program that uses graphical icons like cursors, widgets, arrows etc for interaction with a website or an app. 

Users do not need to write a line of code to create software applications on no-code platforms. A visual user interface is used, as well as dragging and dropping program components. There are many no-code tools available, each serving a different purpose. Some are designed to cater for internal users, while others cater for external users. Some are for applications, and some are for websites. For example, Bubble is a no-code tool for comprehensive package design. What may be built with this tool is limitless: applications or websites, interactive manuals, landing pages, forms, and so on. Drag-and-drop visual interfaces are used to design the products.

The question should not be, “Why no-code?” but rather, “Since when have we been using no-code platforms?” There are many things that you have done with no code tools and didn’t even realize.

No-Code Documentation

The no-code development process requires documentation to help new and non-technical users to understand the platform. 

How does a technical writer document a no-code process or development? A process that uses a visual interface? My answer would be a “How to Guide” with lots of visuals or a video on how to use the tool. A no-code tool caters to non-technical users. These users are not looking to read a long document describing features in a website, they would need to see it. The writing process can be used to broaden a particular feature for additional details. 

Tools like Tango and Lightscape help to capture these processes in a video format. Tango has additional features like highlighting and blurring certain aspects to make them more visible or otherwise. 

No-code platforms allow both expert and non-technical users to create software using a Graphical User Interface. Users can create apps and web pages by manipulating visual icons such as tabs, menus, cursors, and buttons. There is a need to document these processes in a form that is understandable to non-technical people because no code was built for them. Tango is a great example of a documentation tool.

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