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At Latenode, we value our tight-knit and passionate community, built on shared growth and collaboration. While observing the interactions, we noticed a member, Michael, who is very active in the community. Though his projects might not be the most extensive, his enthusiasm and dedication are unwavering. His feedback motivates us to improve our platform. Intrigued by his engagement, we decided to interview him to better understand what he automates for himself. Dive into the insights and be a part of the vibrant community that is Latenode.
- Hello, I'm Michael. I started learning about IT during my university years, between 2017 and 2018. My friend and I wanted to make a website for our services. He was good at Python coding, and I looked for clients who wanted parsers, bots, and automation tools. We then worked with a developer who made our website.
Over time, we had to change some things on our website, like button colors and the cost of services. I started loving how web design worked. Seeing how a little coding could change a website was exciting. This made me want to learn more about web design. I started with HTML, CSS, and JS. Soon, I looked for a job and became a Frontend developer. I've been doing this for three years.
About automation, I only started a few months ago. In the world of IT, I still consider myself a novice. On the grand IT ladder, I might not even rank as a Junior. It all began when a friend asked me to add a particular logic to trigger a popup on a Tilda website. After that, she recommended me to others. I began making custom designs for Tilda. Later, people asked for more difficult tasks, like working on the website's server (like webpage parsing and database updates).
Then, I started using Make (Integromat) to make automation scripts for people. This is how I learned about the world of No-Code automation platforms.
– Currently, much of my work involves retrieving data from platforms such as AirTable and Excel.
I typically use a Webhook tool, followed by a database tool, and finally a Webhook-response tool. Here are some examples of what I've done:
I had to make sure product prices on WB (Wildberries) were the same as on Tilda. For example, if someone has a product on Wildberries, they should see the same price on Tilda. I achieved this in two steps:
First, I made a script that checks WB prices (using AirTable) every 15 minutes and writes down the prices.
Then, another script gets the price when needed.
I had to display user details from Avito (a classifieds platform) on Tilda (a website builder) pages. If someone clicked on a user's Avito URL, they would see their details on Tilda.
I utilized various tools for this and added multiple webhook responses to show specific error messages if problems came up.
I had to make a system where people got a unique promo code by email after buying a certificate. This promo code could only be used for certain products.
I combined two steps for this. The first step checks which products can use the promo code. The second step sends the promo code by email and adds the user to the database.
- As I mentioned earlier, I've shared a bit about how I started with Latenode and what I immediately liked, especially as a newcomer unfamiliar with low-code platforms. Some things I really like are:
I also want to say thanks to the Latenode community. The platform's guides aren't always complete, so I've asked questions like, "How do I do this task? Why is this error happening? How do I write this AirTable formula?" and many more. The community members are always quick to offer assistance. Even when I ask about private scripts, some people contact me directly to help. Everyone in the chat is very patient and kind :)
- I've talked about some issues in chats before, so I won't repeat those. But, I think it would be good to have better guides and information. For example, tools labeled as "Operators" can be confusing.
It's hard to know what they do and how to use them.
More and more people are joining the Latenode community. Our chat is always active, and the main team is always ready to listen to feedback and help with automation questions.
We warmly invite you to join us on the Latenode platform and in our Discord community!