When adding text code from a third-party source into a platform, the process is an inevitable and time-consuming chore. Developers currently spend a large part of their day looking at things like “NPM” packages, and so on. There are developer libraries and text code platforms like JetBrains and Visual Studio, but these don’t entirely solve the problem. A British startup thinks it has the answer.
CRANQ is a Low-Code IDE (integrated development environment, like Visual Studio) that allows the creation of components, with, he says, a lot of reusability. The emphasis on standardized data types and ports means intent can be easily verified, the company says. He has now raised £ 1million in pre-seed funding from Venrex and Profounders.
Developers visually build their code in the IDE, using a drag and drop interface. So far, it has been used to create a version of the Educai.io backend, and Alpha trials will begin this summer.
The co-founders are Toby Rowland and Dan Stocker. Rowland, CEO, is a serial entrepreneur best known for co-founding King.com in 2003. His most recent digital startup – Mangahigh.com – was acquired by Westermann Publishing in 2018, and subsequently Rowland launched RyzeHydrogen. com for the hydrogen-transport market. Stocker, CTO, is an experienced developer, software architect and inventor. Among other projects, Dan designed and created Giant, a React competitor, in 2012.
CRANQ’s initial focus on testing will also put it in competition with Postman.com. The Workflow space (Zapier, N8N etc.) also overlaps the CRANQ.
But CRANQ is aimed at a sizeable market. The microservices market is estimated at $ 32 billion in 2023, growing by 16% by some estimates.