04. Hey Honey(code)! Make me an app!

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Even if you have come here because of the click bait title, please stick around for the content ! I guarantee you it’ll be worth your time.

There’s also a demo at the end where we build a fairly complex app within minutes !

Ok here we go,

Many of us are aware of the Software Development Life Cycle, where your application goes through design, development, testing and deployment phases.

Arguably the most time consuming and resource intensive of those phases is the development phase, where developers chug it out with

  1. Programming languages
  2. UI frameworks / libraries
  3. Databases
  4. Local development and testing and production environments

To deliver an application.

Of course if the application has to be consumed via multiple avenues like browsers, Android and iOS app etc, that adds more things to worry about

So, more of

  1. Developers
  2. Resources (compute and db etc.)
  3. And of course time!

And while this is going to continue for most apps - for foreseeable future, for many applications there exists a new paradigm

(drum roll ….)

No Code

or to be precise

Applications built with No Code app builder platforms

A no-code platform is a development platform that uses a visual development environment to allow layman users to create apps, through methods such as drag-and-drop, adding application components to create a complete application.

So basically you create an app by dragging and dropping components and configuring them.

Isn’t it magic?

Well, I know there are doubts. And does that mean all the developers are going to lose jobs ?

Well, No, at least I don’t want them to, I am one of them !

For years now development in general has moved from

Writing everything yourselves


Writing only what you need.

Barring some exceptions, most of the code a modern developer writes is actually borrowed, and that is a good thing !

It is better to use an existing library which is well tested than inventing the wheel every time.

So, in the same direction No Code App builders (and there are many out there) make it easy for your team to build the most common application types / patterns within minutes and usually without writing any significant code.

And that, finally brings me to the title of this post.

Amazon Honeycode !

It is a very promising no code app builder platform from AWS.

It lets you create amazing apps that can be accessed via browser or mobile app without writing a single line of code!

If a picture is worth a thousand words a video is probably worth a few million words!

So, here it is - watch me build a real world application (web and mobile) in about an hour using Amazon Honeycode. You can build along if you like.


Video - AWS Honeycode - Create Real world App (Web and Mobile) - In Minutes

Please watch in full screen or on youtube directly

CSV and Formula ARTIFACTS:

Also please find the CSVs and the Formulas used in the video here

Thank you for reading !

Do let me know in comments if you want to know more !


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