Around the middle of last year, much was made of GPT-3 AI coding bots that can take a short description and generate the code for you
. These are just starting to turn into useful products
, mostly to help developers code faster through autocomplete. This hasn’t made it to non-technical users yet… but it might just be a matter of time.
Mostly, there are two main bottlenecks to no-code’s continued growth. On the one hand, non-technical folks don’t really know how they want their product to behave. On the other hand, no-code tools like Bubble still require a considerable amount of technical knowledge to use.
As new products focus into smaller and smaller niches, there will be opportunities for “all in one” tools to arise. You can hook up 5 different SaaS tools with Zapier, for example, or you can do the same job with Outseta
right out of the box. So vertical SaaS isn’t going away, but it’s led to new opportunities for “business-in-a-box” software – which you can now increasingly build with no-code tools, too.
The cutting edge of software will always outpace the cutting edge of what you can do with no-code tools. This makes sense: You need to be able to create a website in the first place before you can make it point-and-click. No-code tools are still built with code.
But there are more and more opportunities to build new platforms using platforms like Bubble. Bubble is one of the first platforms that gives you the same infinite possibilities as code, without code. The problem is, you’ve still got to learn the concepts.
For this reason, I think we’ll see a lot more purpose-built, all-in-one platforms like Outseta that abstract away the complex stuff. We’ll also see a lot more “building blocks” products, which make it easier to create these “all-in-one” products. And so on, in a self-reinforcing loop, until there’s an all-in-one software for everything and a pre-made building block for every aspect of it. Maybe that’s when GPT-3 will really become useful.
Another issue is that all these “building blocks” are proprietary, with their own APIs you have to learn plus the ever-present risk of being cut off or charged for access. Zapier helps, but it’s not all-powerful. There’s opportunity here too (cough cough, Web 3??).