FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Trivial is a cloud IDE and code generator that uses templates to establish strong patterns and security. Users modify the templates and extend patterns without taking on the full responsibility of setting up an environment locally, configuring a repo, tests, hosting, deployment, etc.

At any time, you can eject from Trivial and walk away with a clean NodeJS app.

Code tutorials have a habit of showing examples and calling them "trivial". Telling the reader it’s easy while they are struggling to understand a new concept is belittling at best, and demotivating at worst.‌

We strive to make the things that are said to be trivial actually trivial. It’s a big ask and perhaps forever out of reach. All the same, we see great benefits to making code more manageable even if we never get to easy.

We’re rolling out popular open source languages over time. The first is Javascript, which we plan to follow with Python and Ruby. We like these languages because they are open source, have massive installed bases and tend towards readability.

Yes! This is a big deal to us. We support everyone writing their own code and becoming better developers. We think “app builders” that hold your code out of reach or force you to use their proprietary language are fundamentally unacceptable.

For individuals, Trivial is free forever. For enterprise, we offer custom solutions tailored to your needs, contact our sales team to learn more.

Security is one of the biggest challenges facing novice developers (and the senior engineers that manage them!). Trivial bakes in best-practices (like encryption in transit and at rest) from the start to keep your data secure.

On software teams today, there's a game of telephone between users, product managers, and developers. We short-circuit this game of telephone by letting the people with the deepest understanding of the business rules take direct ownership over them.‌

Often we see roles dividing into a development team publishing APIs, and the operations team managing the implementations in Trivial.

With Trivial, you’re only paying to write the portions of your logic that are actually custom. Depending on the project, this can cut engineering costs by as much as 70%.

We started Trivial with a hunch that there’s a big group of people who can code a little, but writing a full app more than they want to take on. We think we can make them 10x more productive with the right tools.

If you know what variables and APIs are, you should be in good shape.

On the flip side, if you can already code there’s a good chance you’re tired of writing the same boilerplate. Trivial lets you work on more interesting problems, deliver faster, and delegate outside of engineering without lowering your standards.

Yep. All Trivial apps come pre-configured with a Git repo and Github.com origins.

No. Trivial’s develop environment is hosted in the cloud, and is not available offline. For enterprise users, private develop environments are available at the org, team and user level. If you’re interested in an offline mode, we’d love to learn more about how you’d use it.

It’s all about control of your code. When you use [Celigo, Workato, Mulesoft or other low-code platforms], you are building your logic in their system. That time and energy you invested is locked into a platform that you don't own. With Trivial, you own your source code, and access it at anytime.