You probably don't know how to write code. In the 1970s, that meant you couldn't use a computer because early devices didn't really do anything unless you manually typed out commands.

That's not true anymore—you don't need to know how to write code to scroll through Instagram. This is what allowed computers to go from an obscure hobby to a part of everyday life. Most people would never have bothered to learn to use computers if they had to learn a programming language. It probably sounds so obvious that it's not worth saying, but it's a big deal.

A similar thing is happening right now.

What does no code mean?

Building interactive things on the internet, historically, required at least some knowledge of code. That's changing, thanks to tools that allow anyone to create these interactive things without any coding knowledge.

Ryan Hoover, the founder of Product Hunt, calls these "no code tools"—and he's not alone. The term is catching on among tech enthusiasts, and slowly breaking into the mainstream. Apps built using no-code tools are showing up on Product Hunt every day, according to Hoover. That's changing the way the internet works.

"It's not just engineers that can build something useful on the internet," he told us. "It really could be anyone."

Even, it turns out, someone with no clue what they're doing.
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