The “pull” for me to Coda was not to get away from Excel/ spreadsheets. (I am an accountant after all )
I am an SAP consultant, and it has always been a challenge to manage the info around a large project - Email collapses in on itself at some stage.
First I came across PersonalBrain, then OneNote. OneNote linking was lacking compared to personal brain, but notetaking was better. Until MS decided to stop support for the desktop version, and tried to force us all into the cloud version, on top of using OneDrive, which I have had regular problems with.
I then found Notion and loved it, and then came across CODA. I tried both for a while, but it became clear that CODA’s table handling is a lot better than that of Notion.
My needs were as follows:
- A place to store all the “interesting stuff” that I come across,
- A place to store my SAP project information
- a place to manage my personal projects and todo lists
At the moment I use CODA for the to-do lists and personal project planning, as well as for publishing my blog.
For the SAP projects and interesting stuff I use Roam Research. (It’s automatic back linking makes for interesting and very flexible note taking.) I also use Roam Research to receive the web articles I want to keep.
Reasons to stay with CODA
- its table management is more flexible and easy than Access, and filtering is much better than that of Notion. The integrated nature of tables and canvas is also a big thing.
- Price. The CODA price is very reasonable. I also had a quick look at Airtable, and it seems much further down the road than CODA, but is a lot more expensive. One of the ideas that intrigue me, as my SAP career nears its end, is to use no-code to help small businesses automate. Part of my market would be in South Africa, and Airtable would be just too expensive.
- The formula language is a big bonus, Notion did not have something like that when I used it. (Not that I know of, in any case.) But I must admit that I am struggling a bit with the new paradigm - hence my comment about moving away from Excel. And that also applies to Access, and procedural programming, both of which I also have some experience with.)
By now I have a whole stack of tools
- Miro for drawing outlines (e.g. mind maps, or high level flows).
- CODA for the nuts and bolts
- Roam Research for unstructured information and researching my blog topics
- Tribe.so which looks interesting to build a community around my blog
- Hubspot to manage my email list. (First tried Mailchimp, but found it difficult, tried Hubspot and it immediately worked,
- Bubble - just for interest. CODA blog presentation is not so nice. But at this stage I don’t really have the time to do something in Bubble. So will stick with CODA for a while.
(I flirt with them all, and is faithful to none…)