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How To Become a No-Code Developer Without Any Programming Experience

by Reginald Andreas 26 days ago in how to

The future of coding is no coding at all.

Key Highlights

  • Technology runs the world, but people run technology.
  • There aren’t enough software engineers to go around.
  • The future of coding is no coding at all.
  • I was a terrible student, I hated math, skipped college and I avoided computers, and now I’m a developer. You can do it too.
  • Don’t code for money, code to solve problems.
  • Get started with No-Code through the leading visual programming tool, Bubble.

Who Runs the World? Nerds. (NERDS!)

Coding is one of the most highly sought-after skills in today’s job market. Technology is a part of nearly every aspect of our everyday lives and software engineers are largely responsible for developing those technologies and for improving them so that they make our lives easier. Without software engineers, our phones, computers, cars, and even our house fans would not work.

Because of the flexibility of their skillset, developers can work in office, or work from home, or work anywhere in the world that has internet. Because of the value they bring, even a novice developer can negotiate for an above average to an upward of six figures.

Some high schoolers are so skilled that they’re graduating grade school and jumping straight into a high paying career building games for app stores and turn them into millionaires overnight after a random YouTuber streams themselves raging at the game.

Let’s admit it, nerds, for which I am a proud member, have been running the world for a long time and its all thanks to our ability to… sit down at a computer for hours upon hours and make things that do other things and also stuff.

Actual photo of me making programs that do things and also stuff.

“Software Engineer Shortage”

Sounds neat, right? Well, if programming is so great then why are there so few programmers? “Few” may be a bit dramatic, as there are approximately 28 million software developers worldwide, 4.4 million of which are from the United States. But compared to another industries, along with the rapid evolution of technology and the growing demand for software engineers, this number is not enough. In fact, there is a “shortage” of software developers.

Even with the rise of coding bootcamps and some businesses offering to PAY their employees to learn to code, there just doesn’t seem to be enough people that want to learn the trade. There are several reasons for why this is, but the main reason is the way in which programming is taught and how it deters people with non-technical backgrounds.

Learning a new skill is challenging. It requires hours upon hours of study, discipline, and practice. If you’ve ever tried learning coding on your own, you’ll know its that multiplied by 100. But many of todays programming courses are more catered towards people who already have some prior technical experience, and unintentionally alienate those without while also being plagued with issues of language barriers, scattered information, and poor communication between course leaders and the larger online developer community. Coding is already hard, but all of this just makes it feel impossible.

Coding Without Coding

But now there is a new way to code, and it’s the next step of software development. It’s called “No-Code Programming” or “Visual Programming”. It’s a way to build and deploy apps, programs, software, and websites without having to write a single line of code or have any prior coding experience. This is done through tools that come pre-packaged with elements that can be positioned, resized, and reshaped however you want. Just select the element and drag and drop it onto the page, then do your thing. When you’re done, just deploy your app to a “live version” and badabing badaboom you’re done. It’s really that simple.

Through No-Code you can build powerful, responsive, and data-driven web-based applications that rival even the most complex apps build using traditional text-based programming. You can even build complete clones of existing apps like Facebook or Uber or even Salesforce, by yourself.

Anyone, and I literally mean anyone, can learn to No-Code and build their own technical solutions to solve virtually any problem they want to solve. It does not matter what your educational background or technical skill is. If you are a critical thinker and a problem solver, you can learn No-Coding.

My Background

Actual photo of me poor

Take myself for example. I was a mediocre student through most of grade school, barely passing my classes, and needing to attend summer school nearly every year except for 6th and 12th grade. Math was not one of my strengths and I did not like how fast technology was evolving so I mostly avoided it.

I skipped college and started immediately working in retail. After a few years, I knew it wasn’t for me and decided to make a change. I forced myself to learn computer support and it was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made in my life. So far, I’ve had a successful career as an IT Support Professional, working for some amazing companies like Unilever, Alvin Ailey and even WeWork.

At some point during my career, I saw an opportunity to combine the quality of business IT Support with the convenience of on-demand apps like Uber and Handy and sought to start an on-demand tech support startup. But since I didn’t know how to code, I sketched out my ideas an over 60 pages and tried to shop around the concept to developers in hopes that somebody would build my app. When that failed, I tried to learn coding myself and became frustrated with the quality of the courses and lack of support from the developer communities that I was a part of, so I nearly considered giving up.

Despite all that technical experience I had by working with computers, I could not wrap my head around programming. But when I stumbled upon the No-Code movement and started working with a platform called Bubble, in just a few weeks I turned my sketches into a working prototype, and a few months later I had several MVPs (Minimum Viable Product) of my idea that some of my friends and family were using.

Now, I use my No-Code skills to help aspiring entrepreneurs and startups bring their app ideas and software businesses to life, all without needing to write a single line of code. If I could do that, anyone can, and that is the beauty of No-Code.

Is No-Code Right for You?

Whether you’ve just started to consider getting into coding or you’re like me and have tried and failed many times to break into traditional coding, the real question to ask is “Do I even want to do this and why should I?”.

Doing anything just for the money is not as rewarding for most people as we tend to assume. Yes, both traditional and No-Code programming pays very well and offers a ton of flexibility, but it is still very challenging and can cause mental fatigue and stress depending on things like the project you’re working on or your team members.

If you’re only considering coding or no-coding because of the payout, I would say you might not enjoy that career path that much, but good luck. But if deep down, you are a problem solver by nature and a critical thinker that seeks to be empowered with the tools to build solutions to issues that you are passionate about, then yes, you should consider learning No-Code.

With No-Code you can build a website for… uh… like… a missing kid tracker, or an app that alerts you whenever you’re near an Ice Cream store, or even an app that helps you and a loved one keep track of all the movies you’ve watched together. Whatever it is, you can build it.

Where To Get Started?

There are a handful of amazing No-Code tools to get started with, but I’ll suggest my favorite one, Bubble, and no, this is not a paid sponsorship… does this platform even do that?

Anyway, Bubble was founded by Emmanuel Straschnov and Josh Haas in 2012 in New York. Their goal is to make programming easily accessible to anyone with even the slightest interest in coding but couldn’t hack it with traditional coding. Get it? Hack? You get it. Just recently, they raised $100 million in funding and plan to improve and expand their platform to make No-Code even easier to get into.

The reason I suggest Bubble is because to me, it was the simplest platform to learn and most importantly, it has a healthy and collaborative community of Bubble developers eager to help each other master this relatively new platform and skill.

Individuals with even a mild interest in coding, and startups looking to build their first working prototype to launch their businesses are now starting on Bubble, saving time and money on developing their own solutions, and sharing what they’ve learned with everyone else.

The platform is free to sign up and free to use unless you want to take advantage of some of the more advanced features, and even then, the prices are still affordable for what you’re getting in return. They also offer free training videos to teach newcomers how to use the platform, and if you’re REALLY trying to dig in, you can pay to join one of their bootcamps helmed by their top Bubble experts from around the world.

Bubble Developers are becoming more in demand as more companies are looking at No-Code solutions to implement into their tech stacks. Now, we’re able to negotiate higher hourly rates and annual salaries that are becoming like that of traditional programmers.

But most importantly, we’re empowered to build anything we want, whenever we want. Technology dominates our society, and sometimes it can feel like we don’t have a say in its direction. But through No-Code development, we can build a new direction for ourselves and even share it with the world for those that may want something similar. I imagine a world where the average person is a software developer in some way.

I hope I did a decent enough job at convincing you to consider looking at No-Code development. You can check out my personal website, built on bubble, where you can find links to my social media and other websites. If you want to discuss more about No-Code, hit me up through any of my socials.

Main Website: www.reginaldandreas.com

Thank you and take care

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Reginald Andreas

I'm a writer, technologist, and NoCode Developer.

www.reginaldandreas.com

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