Yes, Loco Really is for Everybody

Submitted by Ellie, Loco user since March 2018.

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When I first heard about Loco, I was really intrigued. The concept of building my own apps sounded pretty cool to me! However, I am a nursing major at Ohio State, and I've never stepped foot in a Computer Science class. I'm practically allergic to coding- how was I supposed to make this platform do The Thing that I heard it could do? I'll be honest, I was pretty intimidated looking at a blank page asking me to assign properties to my decks and their respective sets and cards. 

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That is, until I saw how it actually worked.

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After a few minutes of playing around with Loco and looking at the App Library to see how the information was held within the pre-made apps, it sort of just clicked in my head...

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Wait, I don't have to know how to code?

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With a little help from Doug Wilson (Loco's Product Manager), the thought-process behind Loco began to make sense to me and I immediately started coming up with ideas of apps to build on my own. Of course, I had to start off slowly, creating apps like "Summer Goals!" and "Weekly To-Do List" whose properties were minimal and did not interact with other decks. But while these apps were simple, they got a job done, and I felt really, really good about that.

The first app I built using Loco (Don't laugh, I know it doesn't make a lot of sense!):

_As I created more and more apps, my understanding of the platform got deeper and I began to do cooler things like adding rules to an app to let me know via email when I had a homework due date coming up, or creating a report to let me know how many of my weekly tasks I had completed each Friday...Sometimes, I didn't really want to know, but it held me accountable :)

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Fast-forward to today, I've created multiple lead generation apps to track and store hundreds of contacts, outreach statuses, and messaging I've used in my marketing job. Knowing that only after a little bit of practice that I can make apps that manage real-life data that I use for work is pretty empowering! While, running rules using blocks of code or connecting your apps to other platforms like Slack may sound like scary, complicated actions, I promise you that anyone can do it. 

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An app I made a few weeks ago! Just look at all those properties :)

 

Once you get through that initial, small learning curve (and I know that you will!), Loco can help you build some really cool things. Don't get down on yourself if your very first app can't run a game of Blackjack from Slack- Give yourself some time, let yourself build those small to-do apps, and keep learning from there! You'll become a citizen developer yet!