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The rise of #lowcode & #nocode

Thoughts from being right in the middle of things

For the last couple of years I have seen a hashtag being used more and more. Specially amongst users and makers of so called no code tools. The hashtag being used is, surprise surprise: #nocode. Right about the same time I saw another tag being used #lowcode.

What these fine makers are most likely really saying is ”we do most of the heavy lifting & and you do less”.

Thing is, I didn’t realize that we, as Team Sketch2React, also are part of this movement, trend/era or whatever it is. I’m a slow learner, so please forgive me. ?

So actually I’ve written tons and tons of articles about it without even realising it. Go figure hah!

How is Sketch2React #nocode?

Actually about the whole workflow from a static design file to a real code prototype is without you touching a single line of code.

Everything is done inside Sketch using our markup.

Learning it is easy, you are in safe hands, we have a ridiculous huge amount of both written & recorded tutorials.

The only time you step outside this ”comfort zone” is when you have exported to React or HTML5. Then it’s a matter of following a few easy steps available in our Docs portal.

Actually now that we are very soon releasing Sketch2React 1.6+ for free, we think we’ll see a new rise of users, trying out prototyping for React & HTML5 for the very first time. Excited? As are we! ??✅

I’m planning to record at least one tutorial aimed at getting your over-complicated design files (trust me they are) into real code React prototypes. We’re going to cheat of course, that’s the whole philosophy behind a prototype ?✅

How is Stratos #nocode?

For example, you just add the syntax & markup {H1} to a styled text layer in Sketch and we give you a couple of things automagically:

  1. We create a Styled Component that’s production-ready
  2. We create a NPM project in the background
  3. We create a React web app in the background
  4. We create a HTML5 web app in the background

See? All of these amazing things are created by us the very same second that you add our markup inside of Sketch. That is #nocode, at least for me. But it’s a devious hashtag that also can be interpreted that you, as a user, need to do very little to achieve great things. We all know that is never, ever true.

The differences between Sketch2React & Stratos?

So by now you may be wondering what’s the main difference between Sketch2React & Stratos?

There are a few philosophical differences & technical ones. People love bullet points so here we go:

  • Sketch2React is perfect for simple real code prototypes
  • Stratos is perfect for complex prototypes & production-ready React components

We haven’t yet decided if Stratos is going to replace Sketch2React or if they will co-exist. They serve different masters and tasks. We’ll let the users decide about that, we’ll use one of my fav quotes:

“When in doubt, do nothing”

Don’t even know who said that but I really like it.

Our Youtube with lots of tutorials

Our Docs portals

Sketch2React for Sketch

Stratos for Sketch

Btw our Stratos docs are not 100% finished yet since we are continuously transferring/translating components from Sketch2React V1 into Stratos.

All the best
Juan, Team Sketch2React

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