No-code 101

An Introduction to No-Code Platforms

No-code software is at the forefront of a movement that allows nearly any business user to design and build applications to solve problems and increase productivity.

No-code 101

An Introduction to No-Code Platforms

No-code software is at the forefront of a movement that allows nearly any business user to design and build applications to solve problems and increase productivity.

What is no-code software?

No-code is a prevalent feature of citizen automation development platforms. It refers to programming technologies that enable non-technical users to create and manage applications using a visual user interface (drag-and-drop) rather than writing or editing lines of code.


No-code software can simplify application development and allow business users to build applications faster, at a lower price point, and with fewer bugs than traditional code-based approaches.

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How does a no-code platform work?

“Code” is a set of instructions that a programmer converts into a machine-readable language. A no-code platform is a visual abstraction between the programmer and the instructions that allows non-technical users to design and build an application.


For example, the process of building a form may involve the following steps:

When developers create a form, they translate each order into lines of machine-readable code.
The code to create a basic form might look something like this:

A no-code citizen automation development platform — like Pipefy — displays the front-end elements, back-end procedures, and third-party integrations in graphical form, which a user can arrange and manipulate using a visual user interface. The no-code platform carries out these graphical representations of instructions as if they are written in code.


So, creating a form in Pipefy looks like this:

Is there really “no code” in a no-code application?

There actually is code in a no-code platform, but users never see it, because they use the visual user interface. The no-code platform generates and updates the code based on what the user does in the visual user interface.

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Benefits of no code

Pipefy is a no-code solution that makes it simple to design and build applications, so companies can quickly launch complex, scalable, automated workflows without writing a single line of code.

Businesses gain many advantages with IT-sanctioned no-code platforms, including:


Employee engagement

When citizen developers can solve problems on their own, they take a greater share of ownership in their work.


Rapid development

No-code enables quick design, testing, and feedback to accelerate internal deployment and go-to-market processes.


Error-proof workflows

Users can build and customize workflows from existing business apps to help ensure error-proof information flows.



IT-sanctioned no-code tools will comply with security standards and policies, so you avoid the risks that come with shadow IT.



Citizen developers can address everyday development initiatives, while IT professionals address complex issues.


Happy customers

Customers benefit from solutions, apps, and workflows designed by users who are most familiar with a problem or challenge.

Pipefy: the best no-code BPM software

Pipefy is a modern, intuitive, no-code application that provides everything a business needs to implement effective, cost-efficient business process management. It empowers citizen developers to automate routine processes using a no-code approach. And with its robust data analytics capabilities, Pipefy helps organizations improve the processes that drive all types of business units — from HR and Finance, to Sales, Marketing, and beyond.


Pipefy’s capabilities include:

number one

Easy-to-set automation rules based on triggers and actions.

number two

Plug-and-play workflow templates

number three

Customization of each step’s actions and required information

number four

User-friendly interface

number five

Native and custom integrations

number six

Drag and drop form builder to collect intake data

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