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How does Airplane's code-based approach provide quality control and reliability compared to SaaS-based UI code generation?

Ravi Parikh

Co-founder & CEO at Airplane

The debuggability of Airplane is a very strong point and this will be hypercharged in the AI world. But even now, people will come to us and say one of the reasons they like Airplane is because, if they're building a view in Airplane, it's just one file with a bunch of React code in it that they've seen a thousand times before in their life. Whereas, when they're in something like a Retool, they're like, "Well, I have a bunch of parts of the UI that poke out and have some JavaScript code in them. I have to reason about how the data flows between these four components, and that's quite hard to do in an unfamiliar territory."

To your point, if you get a world where I can write some natural language text and it spits out this finished product or a 90% finished product for me, that last mile polish and fixing in Airplane is going to be pretty easy to do, because it's spitting out something that you've seen a thousand times before. 

Whereas it’s just going to be really, really hard to do if it's spitting out like a Retool app and you're like, "Well, it looks correct, but I'm not really sure. I have to click on 800 things to really audit what the heck's going under the hood." 

So, already as a pain point, I think it'll be just hypercharged. I think we're very well positioned for that kind of shift.

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