Why we built toddle?

We love designing and building software. But during our careers as software developers and designers, we have the same issue repeatedly. Software is hard.

Why we built toddle?
Sean Kennedy

Sean Kennedy

June 21, 2022

toddle stories

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 repeatedly: building software is just too hard!

Learning to code takes years, and even after mastering the many different skills, you still need to learn daily 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

Code is the great gatekeeper

We want more people to have that great feeling of having created something unique. We want people to share their fabulous 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 beautiful place for creators, and we want more people to be creators.

We love the web, and we love building applications for the web. We want the web to get even better and more people building great applications. 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 realize it.

The era of no-code

We are far from the only ones with this vision. In the last couple of years, we have seen many new services that allow users to build software that was only possible if they knew how to code. Services like Webflow, Airtable, Zapier, and Notion empower a new generation of software developers 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 webshop, and you can do all these today without code.

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

We believe 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 how we build complex applications by focusing on reusable components. These frameworks make building applications much simpler without limiting our possibilities.

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

☝️ 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 it. toddle is built for professional software teams, but it's simple enough so you can get started on your own.

toddle is BYOB (Bring Your Own Backend). Many great no-code databases and services are available today, and more are always coming. Pick whichever one you want, or code your own. Toddle will work with it as long as it has a REST API.

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, much remains to be done. We are big supporters of#buildInPublic and will share our progress as we go.

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Bring your visionary idea to life.

Programming is a core skill, like speaking a language. We can’t limit it to a secret code only 26 million people know. toddle is a visual web app builder that rivals custom code and is accessible to everyone.

You don't need to be a developer to build powerful web apps.