Picking the Right No-code Tools

Every day there are new tools and integrations making answering the question what integrates with what impossible to answer. Luckily Lola is here to show us how we can use her API resource to identify the right integrations for our no-code builds.



Getting Started with picking the right no-code tools

Atlanta based nocode builder and Lunch Pail Labs Founder Lola Ojabowale (@ojabowalola) joined me on the stream to show how to use Integrations Directory. Ojabowale built the searchable directory to help nocode makers find the right tools for building complex projects. The concept was originally conceived out of Ojabowale’s own need for figuring out the right tools to use when scoping projects for clients. It’s built using Airtable and Bubble.

Since the directory quickly surfaced great APIs to use, we spent the majority of the stream building a tool to post content to social media directly from Airtable.

Who this video is for and what you’ll learn

If you are a nocode builder or consultant, parts of this video show how quickly and easily the Integrations Directory makes it to find the right APIs for your projects.

This video is also for content creators or marketers who use Airtable to manage content. We integrated Airtable with Placid to transform static text into graphics. Next we created a workflow that posted social content to Twitter and LinkedIn with the click of a button using a script. Throughout the entire process, Airtable remained the single source of truth. There was no need to use Hootsuite, Zapier, or Make for this workflow.

How to follow along

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Let’s get into it

Step 1: Find an API to use by searching Integrations Directory (6:31)

Since we wanted to see how the Integrations Directory worked, we logged in and entered “generating images” to discover potential APIs to use for our use case.

Screenshot searching for image APIs using Integrations Directory
Searching for image generation APIs using Integrations Directory

Step 2: Create an Airtable base with Social Content

Prior to the stream, an Airtable base with a few rows of content was created.

Screenshot of Airtable base showing drafted social media content
Airtable base social media content at the start of the stream

Step 3: Configure Placid (12:51)

Once logged into Placid, we started a new project with the name “Social media images” and selected Airtable as our tool. From there, we selected a template and went on to create an action with the title of “Create image.” Setting up an action also involved providing information about our Airtable base.

Screenshot of Placid App while configuring graphic template
Configuring a template in Placid that uses data from an Airtable base

Note: If you have not previously connected Airtable and Placid, you will need to connect them by adding your Airtable API key to Placid.

Once an image is created in Placid, it will be stored back in Airtable. To tell Placid where to place the created image, add your Airtable field names in the “Output Fields” part of the configuration setup.

Screenshot of Placid App where output destination for graphics is being configured
Updating Placid to specify where created graphics should be saved in Airtable

After the Action was configured, we went to Project Settings to obtain a script to add to your Airtable base.

Step 4: Update Airtable to Use Our Placid Code Snippet (19:49)

Back in Airtable, we added the scripting extension and pasted the scripting code made available to us from Placid. We then ran the code to generate images for our content.

Screenshot showing Airtable base actively being updated with graphics created by Placid
Airtable base actively being updated with graphics created by Placid

Step 5:  Find an API for Posting Social Content Using Integrations Directory (22:18)

With social images created and stored in Airtable, it was now time to find a way to post to social media. A quick search of the Integrations Directory revealed that Aryshare was a tool that would fit our use case.

Step 6:  Adapt an Ayrshare Script for Posting to Twitter and LinkedIn from Airtable (24:53)

Before the stream, I connected Ayrshare to my Twitter and LinkedIn accounts.

With those connections in place, we started looking at the Ayrshare API documentation, specifically the Node.js example for posting. We pasted the provided example into Airtable and modified it to match our Airtable base and be triggered by a button. We also adapted the script so that a post could be shared on Twitter, LinkedIn, or both.

Screenshot of Airtable Base with a button field being added to run a script
Adding a button field to the Airtable base

Screenshot showing script code being edited in Airtable
Actively updating the script to work with the Airtable base

Ojabowale provided a starter script for using in Airtable.

How do you find the right tools for your nocode projects? I would love to hear how you use the Integrations Directory or how you manage your social content.

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