The Portable CTO
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This week, I was featured on BuiltOnAir, a podcast that talks to people building things on Airtable.

Airtable offers the ease of use of a spreadsheet with the power of a database. Their built-in API makes it possible to build real web applications, so on the podcast, I talked about how I got started speaking as well as the Airtable that powers CFP Land.

Not everyone is as bullish on "No Code" tools as I am though. One of my favorite reads this week was The 'No Code' Delusion by Alex Hudson:
"The logic [in no code applications] is constrained by the ability of the applications which have been wired together, but it’s still there...Just because a decision is embedded into the wiring of a Zapier rule doesn’t remove any of the burden of maintenance/correctness."
Either way, Airtable is a useful tool, so I recommend giving it a try sometime.
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