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Forget No-Code! Get to Know No-No-Code



In the past decade, we've all witnessed the rise of low-code and no-code platforms, simplifying software development and enabling a broader audience to create applications. This trend seemed to herald a new era where traditional coding would become less relevant. However, recent developments suggest a shift in this trajectory, leading us to reconsider the future of no-code platforms.

Contributing Factors

1: The Rise of Generative AI

Generative Artificial Intelligence has revolutionized numerous industries, and software development is no exception. AI-powered tools are enabling developers to write code more efficiently, reducing the barrier of entry and cutting through the learning curve. Developers are now spending less time perusing documentation and more time innovating. This evolution makes the decision to code your application or website more affordable and timely.

2: The Impact of Next.js (and similar frameworks)

The preference for frameworks like Next.js over traditional platforms like Wordpress or Webflow is becoming increasingly evident, especially among large companies. As a developer with experience in Webflow, Wordpress, and Next.js, I find Next.js to be the most user-friendly. It's more reusable, flexible, and makes responsive design easier, especially with tools like Tailwind CSS. The abundance of component libraries further enhances its appeal.

3: Your Competition

In today's fast-paced world, businesses strive to stand out, and marketing teams demand pixel-perfect experiences. This trend is only set to intensify with AI-driven autonomous A/B testing and personalization to optimize product funnels. Absolute control over the user's journey is a necessity, and this level of customization is typically a code-first feature, with no-code platforms playing catch-up. The open-source community's agility often gives them the upper hand.

The Advantages of Code-Centric Approaches

A code-centric approach offers numerous benefits, with source control being paramount. Source control enables collaborative development, version tracking, and safe experimentation. Practices like Environments as Code and Infrastructure as Code (IaC) are becoming the norm, streamlining development and deployment processes. These practices are challenging to replicate in no-code environments, which often lack the depth and flexibility that source-controlled assets provide.

The Potential Obsolescence of No-Code Platforms

No-code platforms may increasingly find themselves obsolete. A significant limitation is their lack of accessible code representation for the user. This hampers the effective use of source control, seamless system integration, and deep customization. As the coding world continues to evolve and become more accessible, the unique selling points of no-code platforms are diminishing. With the advent of Generative AI, we may soon see capabilities like conversational coding and self-healing code, but the absence of a clear textual or code representation in no-code platforms could render them obsolete.


The landscape of software development is ever-evolving. While no-code platforms have made their mark, the resurgence of coding, bolstered by AI, innovative frameworks, and accessible design tools, is indicative of a shift. This renaissance of coding doesn't just spell the decline of no-code; it represents a more inclusive, powerful, and flexible approach to building software - one where the art of coding is more relevant than ever.

Our prediction? Code is the future.

But let's delve deeper - No-No-Code is actually the future.

And to elevate it even further - !!code is undoubtedly the future. :)

What do you think? Do you agree?

You can write me at shimon@maplecms.ai

Happy coding.

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