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Building No-Code Tools and Applications from Spreadsheets

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Slides from Webflow's No Code Conference 2019. I discuss lessons I've learned from building tools in spreadsheets for 10+ years and why Coda is redefining building tools and apps.

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Building No-Code Tools and Applications from Spreadsheets

  1. 1. Building No-Code Tools and Applications From Spreadsheets Al Chen @bigal123
  2. 2. Al Chen Solutions Architect @ Coda al@coda.io @bigal123
  3. 3. Al Chen Solutions Architect @ Coda al@coda.io @bigal123 ● 5+ years as a financial analyst
  4. 4. Al Chen Solutions Architect @ Coda al@coda.io @bigal123 ● 5+ years as a financial analyst ● 5+ years indiehacking, consulting, teaching Excel
  5. 5. Al Chen Solutions Architect @ Coda al@coda.io @bigal123 ● 5+ years as a financial analyst ● 5+ years indiehacking, consulting, teaching Excel ● Building tools and apps at Coda
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  8. 8. @bigal123 Themes 1. Challenge your beliefs about building apps and tools
  9. 9. @bigal123 Themes 1. Challenge your beliefs about building apps and tools 2. Tech behind no-code platforms is not revolutionary
  10. 10. @bigal123 Themes 1. Challenge your beliefs about building apps and tools 2. Tech behind no-code platforms is not revolutionary 3. Community > Platform
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  13. 13. @bigal123 Database
  14. 14. @bigal123 User Input
  15. 15. @bigal123 Calculations/ Display
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  17. 17. @bigal123tiny.cc/cbvlf
  18. 18. @bigal123 Database
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  20. 20. @bigal123 Calculation s/Display
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  26. 26. @bigal123 Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should.
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  28. 28. @bigal123 Challenge your beliefs about building apps and tools
  29. 29. Spreadsheets ● Filtering and Aggregating Data ● Lookups ● Macros ● Charts No-code platforms abstracting the spreadsheet
  30. 30. Spreadsheets ● Filtering and Aggregating Data ● Lookups ● Macros ● Charts No-code platforms abstracting the spreadsheet No-Code Platforms ● “Databases” ● Buttons and Dropdowns ● IFTTT and Zapier ● User interface
  31. 31. @bigal123 Tech behind no-code platforms is not revolutionary
  32. 32. Grids
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  34. 34. @bigal123 tiny.cc/9jvnfz
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  36. 36. @bigal123 Community > Platform
  37. 37. Community > Platform
  38. 38. @bigal123 Themes 1. Challenge your beliefs about building apps and tools 2. Tech behind no-code platforms is not revolutionary 3. Community > Platform
  39. 39. Al Chen Solutions Architect @ Coda al@coda.io bigal@123 Wanna build an app or tool? Contact me.

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