However, as a potential customer I do not know what this product can do from browsing the webpage for a short a mount of time. Hints like "Airtable alternative" is no use to me when I don't know what Airtable is good for.
The Videos (as commented by other hn'ers are not really helpful in showing what's going on).
This, for me, was easiest to try out. And quite impressive, honestly.
The key point was that in each table, the 'title' column (created by default) has a special meaning as they show up in the join columns cleanly.
Amazing and congratulations.
This adoption issue was part of the inspiration for Wax  which lets you build internal tools on top of Google Sheets. If your team is already using Sheets, it's much easier to add the missing pieces there vs. pushing people to an entirely separate platform.
0 - https://www.wax.run/
In noco we've the concept of primary-value (like primary key) and that shows up automatically when you join with other tables (defaults to 'title'). However the primary value column can be changed to any other column too (by hovering on the column name).
Other tools in the list do not give the smart-spreadsheet automatically when you connect to databases. And frankly, these are two different tools we are comparing.
NocoDB is a Free & Open Source Airtable alternative that transforms your own existing databases like MySQL/Postgres/MsSQL/SQLite into a smart-spreadsheet.
Happy to answer any queries and you can also join our discord for any help.
 : https://github.com/nocodb/nocodb
 : https://discord.gg/5RgZmkW
On the other hand, I could also see this being used as somewhat as an "Admin UI" for SaaS software administrators.
I ended up not using them, but they created an issue for me on GitHub, saying my request was on their roadmap.
Oh and they quickly researched a solution to an installation bug I was experiencing.
TL;DR: great customer service from nocodb, so I'm happy to consider nocodb for future projects.
What's a Page Designer? Do you mean forms for data entry? Or report pages (read-only data)?
By page designer - its about custom reports from the data.
I don't mind so much having to write some plumbing code if necessary as long as I can get the job done.
Can it scale to B2C number of users? Are there technical limitations that prevent this if we keep adding servers?
Thank HN: A customer found us on Hacker News and wrote our first angel check - https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=28606258 - Sept 2021 (6 comments)
Show HN: NocoDB – Open-Source Airtable Alternative - https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=27303783 - May 2021 (157 comments)
Definitely worth keeping an eye on this project.