Why we are building toddle

June 22nd 2022 - The toddle Team

💡 toddle is a no-code platform for professionals allowing developers and designers to iterate and implement their work within the same tool.

Building software is just too hard! 🥵

We love designing and building software. But during our careers as software developers and designers we have encountered the same issue over and over again: building software is just too hard!

Learning to code takes years, and even after mastering the many different skills, you still need to learn on a day-to-day basis and keep up with new trends and tools.

Building a modern web application requires a team with decades of combined experience.

Learning to code is just the beginning. To build a modern web application you need to master several areas:

  • UI/UX Design
  • Source control
  • CI/CD workflows
  • QA
  • Dev-ops
  • Instrumentation and Monitoring
  • Analytics

Examples of tools integrated in toddle. They are really great products but need skills and time to be mastered.

Code is the great gatekeeper

We love the web, and we love building applications for the web. We want the web to get even better, and we want more people building great applications. We believe that everyone can learn to code, but the time and dedication it takes to build even simple applications means that most people never will. Everyone has an idea for an app, but most people will never have the chance to realise them.

We want more people to have that great feeling of having created something unique. We want people to share their great new creations with the world. It does not matter if it is the next big thing, or a silly application built for no other reason than to delight its users. The web is a wonderful place for creators and we want more people to be creators.

We want aspiring entrepreneurs to be able to chase their dreams without having to hire an entire development team to get off the ground. We want them to be able to compete with the large companies based on ideas instead of resources. We want to level the playing field.

The era of no-code

We are far from the only ones with this vision. In the last couple of years we have seen a tremendous amount of new services that allow users to build software that was previous only possible if you knew how to code. Services like Webflow, Airtable, Zapier and Notion are empowering a new generation of software developers who are capable of building amazing things without writing a single line of code.

We use Notion as a CMS for our blog (built in toddle). We will cover that in depth in a future blog post.

It has never been easier to build a website, create a blog or start a web shop, and you can do all these today without code.

We have seen incredible things from the no-code community. The tools of today have allowed amazing creators to build beautiful websites and apps. We believe that this is just the beginning and that with the right tools the community can go even further.

This is why we believe that we are ready for the next generation of no-code tools.

Here comes toddle 👋

Web development has come a long way in the last 10 years.

Modern JavaScript frameworks like React and Angular have changed the way we build complex applications by focusing on reusable components. These frameworks make building applications much simpler without limiting our possibilities.

toddle is building on the vision of the no-code community, but is harnessing the innovation of a decade of JavaScript frameworks.

Built for professionals. Accessible for everyone. That’s toddle.

toddle gives you the power of a modern JavaScript framework, but does not require years of studying to master. toddle is built for professional software teams, but its simple enough so you can get started on your own.

toddle is BYOB (Bring Your Own Backend). There are a ton of great no-code databases and services available today and more are coming all the time. Pick whichever one you want or code your own, toddle works with any REST API.

toddle is fast . Choosing a no-code tool shouldn’t mean you sacrifice performance. toddle takes care of caching and optimisation so you don’t have to. In addition, toddle runs on edge-functions all over the globe. This means that your applications will load fast no matter where your users are located.

toddle is highly extensible. It can do a tonne out of the box, but if you are missing some functionality, we have made it simple to code your own extensions. This guarantees that you will never run into an issue that can’t be solved in toddle.

Much more to come 🎁

While we have been working on toddle for a long time, there is still much to be done. We are big supporters of #buildInPublic, and we will share our progress as we go.

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