Despite the pervasiveness of digital technology, the skills needed to develop these tools are in short supply. Relatively few people know how to code and even fewer know how to code for blockchain-based platforms. Creating a decentralized application takes an entirely new level of coding skills.
This shortage of skills has stymied the growth of the industry. There’s roughly $2 trillion in capital chasing a select group of developers who acquired these skills within the last decade. The rise of no-code tools could be a potential solution for this imbalance. Here’s a look at how no-code is revolutionizing the traditional tech sector and how it could soon impact blockchain tech as well.
Rise of no-code
No-code tools are designed to help non-programmers create digital tools. They do this by swapping out the code writing interface with a graphical; user interface. This means you can create a website by dragging and dropping boxes or elements instead of writing complex jargon like “window.alert(“sometext”);”
The best example of a no-code platform is WordPress. Before it was launched in 2003, creating websites was considered a niche skill. Now, even amateurs can build and launch websites in hours. The creation of WordPress helped open the floodgates for new development on the early web. As of October 2021, roughly 42.8% of the top 10 million websites across the world have been built on this no-code platform.
WordPress has several competitors. Meanwhile, other no-code platforms such as Bubble and Zapier allow non-programmers to create sophisticated software and automation systems.
The democratization of web tools has led to more creativity and innovation than ever before. However, these tools haven’t transcended the traditional web. For now, blockchain technology has limited no-code options. That could soon change.
Blockchain technology is relatively nascent and it requires an entirely new set of coding languages. Solidity, for instance, is the primary language on Ethereum. The language was launched alongside the Ethereum network in 2014, so developers have had less than seven years to acquire this new skill. Some estimates suggest that there are less than 200,000 Solidity programmers across the world.
Other, smaller networks like Solana and Polygon have even fewer developers. Blockchain needs no-code tools to solve this issue.
Fortunately, some platforms are stepping in to plug the gap. Abridged helps users create websites based on blockchain technology. The drag-and-drop interface makes it easy for non-programmers to create websites that instantly connect to crypto wallets and process smart contracts.
GraphLinq goes a step further. The no-code platform allows non-programmers to create smart contracts and decentralized applications easily. The platform recently integrated with the Polygon network to reduce fees and has launched its own ERC-20 Ethereum token to raise funds for development.
As these tools proliferate, the barriers to entry for blockchain development should dissolve.
No-code tools have democratized web development. Soon, they could also open access to blockchain development.